AURA Ventures

January 1, 2019 to present

Executive Creative Director

Holistic: We take only clients that give back to the community (plus we set up programs that support the community everyday, not once a year), we take only clients that have sustainable and organic products and practices. Our team of 21 is over 50% female. We enable companies to understand consumer needs, embrace new technologies and get innovative products to market faster.
We create brands that deliver measurable results.
Whether we’re building a business from the ground up or reorganizing talent, resources and infrastructure, our experienced team delivers pragmatic operational support through to branding and marketing magic.

Stock Pot Images, LLC
Founder and Managing Partner / Launched 4/20/2015

The first Cannabis-related stock photo agency serving the needs of the emerging Cannabis economy. We specialize in providing imagery of the real users and communities of Cannabis. Partnered with Adobe, SmartFrame, Permission Machine and Haystack..


Rolling Stone: Weed in 2019

Now This: Ophelia Chong is Opening up the World of Cannabis

Adweek: Marketers are Putting a New Face on Weed

Culture Magazine: Inspired Images

Civilized: Changing the Way We Look at Cannabis

MerryJane: Meet Ophelia Chong, Founder of the Shutterstock of Weed

Medium: Five Things You Need to Know to Succeed in Weed / Interview with Ophelia Chong

The Golden Tarp: Ophelia Chong has a Special Eye for Cannabis

Musee Magazine: Dope Photos and Ophelia Chong

Lurzer's Archive: Branding Cannabis

APhotoEditor: Ophelia Chong and StockPot Images

Nine Influential Women who are Shaping the Cannabis Industry

Ganjaprenuer: Changing the Public Perceptions of Cannabis with Stock Photography

Civlized: This Photographer Focuses on the Real Faces of Cannabis

LA WEEKLY: Marijuana Photography no Longer Sexy Nurses

Dope Magazine:By our contributors,  the cover photo of Tommy Chong by Bettina Chavez. cover article by Sharon Letts

Asian Americans for Cannabis Education: The Cultural Divide

PROHBTD: Stock Pot puts Cannabis in Focus

Marijuana Investor News

High Times

Dabs Magazine

Visual Connections

Marilyn Cadenbach Represents

Los Angeles Times

THC DESIGN/ Community Outreach + Media
March 2017 - April 2018

Created the first Veterans Cultivation Internship: paid 12 weeks in THC Design’s cultivation. From seed to sale. Each veteran was given his own grow room

and mentored through the entire process of cultivation. Featured in the media from Buzzfeed to the Denver Post and here on KCET.


Constellations I + II : free vending space for small businesses owned by women. Over 50 vendors at each event. Over 200 attendees at each event.

LBGTQ: First Cannabis booth at Dragcon with over 80K attendees. First cannabis float at the Gay Pride Long Beach. Outreach through sponsorships and show appearances at GAY DD, a monthly LGBTQ burlesque show with an average attendance of 100+.

Local and State Government outreach:

CA Food and Drug / cannabis division

La City Council

LA Heath Department

Local and State officials

LA County Cannabis Department

LA City Cannabis Control Department


Autism Outreach: sponsorships of speakers at Autism One 2017

Art Center College of Design
Instructor / 
Fall 2010 - ongoing
Marketing & Self Promotion/Photography
Marketing photography through social media, the web, print, and networking. Emphasis on personal and business presentation.
A leader in art and design education, Art Center College of Design challenges students through a transdisciplinary curriculum that explores socially responsible, creative and design-based solutions to real-world issues. I also created and manage a Facebook group of over 560 members, photography, design, students and graduates, the group's focus is on job postings, forums and self-marketing. 

Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (non-profit)

Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE) connects and empowers Asian communities to educate the public on cannabis issues, news, and policy affecting Asians worldwide.

PRESS: All press here

Plastic Surgery Channel
Art Director / Fall 2015 - 2016

Women Grow
Vice chair / Los Angeles Chapter 2015-2016

Blend Images
Art Director / Fall 2014 - 2016
Fresh Blend Magazine and Blend3
Marketing + Design

Black Clock / California Institute of the Arts
art direction / MFA program
10.07 - 11.11 - 2014
Black Clock has become one of America’s leading literary journals since its inception three years ago. Works appearing in Black Clock have been anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart prizes, and two excerpted novels have gone on to win National Book Awards. Edited by Steve Erickson

Woodbury University
Woodbury University | Burbank and San Diego, California is a private, non-profit institution that was founded in 1884. 
Art Direction / Promotional
August 2014 - 2016

Kevan Hall Sport / sportswear
2013 - 2018

Earnest Sewn NYC
Art Director / Social Media
November 2013 to August 2014
• Tripled traffic to all Social Media platforms
• Curation and art for Social Media platforms
• Design/UI/UX of Earnest Sewn website
• Outreach and responsive interaction with followers on all Social Media platforms

APA-LA (American Photographic Artists)
Art Direction / Print
Recent Project: "Off The Clock" Photography Book June 2012
Jan. 2011 - Dec, 2013

ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals)
Art Director / Magazine
Dec. 2010 - March 2014

Columnist / tech / Asian Americans in Los Angeles

Alyssa Pizer Management
2010 - 2016
Portfolios / Marketing Collateral / Branding / Web design / Electronic Marketing

Venus Stock Photography
Art Direction / Web and Print / Logo / Branding / Blog design
2010 - 2011

creative director/ UI Design / Product Management / Team Management / Client relations
11.08 - 7.10
User Interface design for Redpoint's clients.RedPoint Global, which provides Web-based customer behavioral transformation and performance solutions for Fortune 1000 businesses.
art direction / interactive web design
04.08 - 1.09
Projects:,, .DECA is committed to creating unique, high-quality digital entertainment properties that combine premium video, social media applications and community. Our goal is to consistently provide new and exciting digital brands to consumers, marketers, distributors and creative talent.

creative director/marketing
08.05 - 04.08
art direction
UI design
logo / logotype
branding / marketing / electronic marketing
advertiser campaigns

creative director
New Zealand Magazine +
05.05 - 04.07
art direction
logo / logotype
branding / marketing
print budgeting / pre-production / production

creative director
09.01 - 10.05
Workbook publications:
Wraparound Magazine
Point Magazine
Framed Book series
Single Image Book series
art direction / branding / interfacing with marketing dept. on all campaigns
direct mail / design and production for print products / 
web design including electronic marketing

creative director
Slamdance Film Festival 
10.98 - 01.04
art direction
logo / logotype for each festival year theme
branding / marketing / trailer production
UI web design for each festival

creative director

09.99 - 09.00
art direction
logo / logotype
UI web design / interactive design
branding / marketing / electronic marketing

creative director
Strand Releasing Films
06.96 - 09.99
art direction
logo / logotype
UI web design
branding / event marketing / marketing for over 50 films

art director
World Domination Records
95 - 96
Bands: Sky Cries Mary / Elastic Purejoy / Dave Allen
Clutter Magazine / creative director
Elastic Pure Joy Music Video /producer + director
Album Photography and Illustration

art director
NoDance Film Festival
The Digital Film Festival/ Park City Utah
98 - 99

Raygun Magazine / David Carson


American Illustrator 29 + 30
2011 2012
Collage Work

Print Magazine: Hand Drawn 2012
Honorable Mention
Collage Work

BoNE Show/ AIGA 2005 / Best in Show 
project: Synesthesia (music cd promotion with poster) / Workbookstock

GraphicDesign USA 2004 / Excellence in Design
project: Wraparound Magazine / Workbook

GraphicDesign USA 2003 / Excellence in Design
project: Synesthesia / Workbookstock

Step Into Design 2003 / Excellence in Design
project: Synesthesia / Workbookstock

Step Into Design 2003 / Excellence in Design
project: Invisible (art book promotion with stickers) / Workbookstock

Bandie Award 2000 / Excellence in Design
project: (interactive teen website) / 

Photography Clients:
Andrea Stern Reps
Alyssa Pizer Management
American Society of PIcture Professionals
American Photographic Artists
Charles Bush Photography
Gary Copeland Photography
Andrew Durham Photography
Gretchen Easton Photography
Colette de Barros Photography
Michael Mayo Photography
Eric Klein Photography
Larry Bartholomew Photography
Martin Rusch Photography
Jeff Johnson Photography
Cheyenne Ellis Photography
Katie Swanson Represents


Featured on Lola Loves : Letterpress XOXO Dec. 18, 2015

AI 30
Two Illustrations Chosen for American Illustrator 30

Featured on 22 Magazine
An Interview with Ophelia Chong / 22

Featured on Design Cove
25 Beautiful Collage Designs by Ophelia Chong

"Cutting Edges" 
Gestalten Press Spring 2011
Cutting Edges:Contemporary Collage

Slice Magazine: 
The Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
Slice Magazine Issue 7 /2010

Impressive Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design/ Gestalten Press
June 2010

Ucal McKenzie Breakaway Foundation 2011 Poster Calendar. Collaborators include GOOD Magazine, IDEO, Bruce Mau Design, Luba Lukova and others.
The Second Annual UMBF 2011 Poster Calendar
June 2010

The Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration
Letterpress and Collage work

November 09. Published by MaoMao Press and Harper Collins International

The Crafter's Devotional: 365 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Unlocking Your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call
Collage work
July 09. Published by Quarry Books

Featured on 22 Magazine
An Interview with Ophelia Chong / 22

Featured on Design Cove
25 Beautiful Collage Designs by Ophelia Chong

Slice Magazine: 
The Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani
Slice Magazine Issue 7 /2010

Blanket Magazine
Collage Work

Booooooom Magazine / Jeff Hamada
Collage Work

gabyu magazine (France)
Letterpress Work

Ian Claridge / Random Ideas Thoughts and Expressions
Letterpress Work


Art Center College of Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts Painting / Honors and President's List