Kial James

Kial James is an award-winning photographer and artist based in Nevada City, California whose work has been published all over the world. Kial’s images are infused with colorful landscapes, stunning astro photography, picturesque scenes of the Gold Country and his muse, The Yuba River.

Mariah Quintanilla

Mariah Quintanilla is a freelance illustrator based in the magical forests of Northern California. After earning a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, she discovered that she could marry her passion for storytelling and art by illustrating for publications. Since then, she has regularly illustrated for Sacramento Magazine and continues to create commissioned art for various clients. 

Ashley Hayes-Stone

Ashley Hayes-Stone is a freelance photographer and writer whose work has been published in Sacramento News & Review, The Sacramento Bee, and the Fort Bragg Advocate-News. She covers sports, music, arts and news. Online at