the creative academy

Introducing Your Hosts...

Kris Bamba

Founder of Studio Rise Co.

Megan David


Kris Bamba

Founder of Studio Rise Co.

My love for filmmaking started from an editing class I took in high school where I would often edit short films in iMovie for my skater friends. After high school, I focused on pursuing my education and career in sports medicine and exercise science but would still edit slideshows for family & friends here and there. Fast forward to 2018; I was at home, researching travel tips and planning my trip to India when I came across a short film on YouTube about Sadhu life in India. I rewatched this short film over and over again, studying every shot & frame...I was obsessed. This was the catalyst moment in my life, I had this surge of inspiration to create. By the end of 2019, I bought my first camera, said goodbye to my sports medicine career, enrolled into the film program at the University of Hawai'i and the rest is history. Since then, my path as a filmmaker has led me to small and large scale productions such as American Idol, Cooking Hawaiian Style, local commercials, events, music videos, weddings, directing lifestyle content and the creation of STUDIO RISE. From my skill set, a personal favorite is color theory and shooting with artificial light in low-light settings. My goals in life are to travel the world, document and share life stories through film and most importantly, support other aspiring filmmakers along their creative journey. 

Aloha! I'm Kris Bamba - a filmmaker passionate about the art of visual storytelling. 

All my life, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Why? I'm not sure...but I still ended up going to college for 4 years in Los Angeles, CA & received a BA in Political Science (yay...). Don't get me wrong, I'm so grateful for that experience and everything I learned during that time, but I realized that I wasn't pursuing this career for me, but for the approval of those around me. So I came back home to Hawai'i to figure things out and I'm so glad I did because my life has forever changed for the better in so many ways. In June of 2021, my photography journey "officially" started! I was working a full-time corporate desk job and had a used DSLR camera sitting on a shelf at home. My friend had asked me to take her cousin's grad photos and I flat out said no because I had no idea what I was doing. Eventually, I agreed and that's when everything changed for me. I officially fell in love with photography & the whole process that comes with it. From making people feel comfortable in front of the camera to editing techniques - I was eager to grow my skills and see where I could go with it. When I started to take photography seriously and learned as much as I could through workshops, styled shoots, and mentorships, I was able to step away from my full-time job in December of 2021 and become a full-time entrepreneur & photographer! Within my first full year of business, I shot over 40 weddings & elopements, captured countless moments for couples, families and individuals, hosted styled shoots + a Content Retreat to Utah, and generated a 6 figure income for the first time ever in my life. My goal in this workshop is to share absolutely EVERYTHING I've learned with YOU! I'm holding nothing back 😉 I want to see you succeed, however that may look for you!

Hey guys! I'm Megan - a photographer obsessed with capturing moments for the madly in love.

Megan David


March 7-9, 2024
Honolulu, Hawaii

3 styled shoots

2.5 day workshop
3 styled shoots

Your ticket will include...

Investment: $2,000


Incredible line up of guest speakers

Ticket to the Spring Fling Gala
(with a +1 included so bring a friend!)

Headshots by MD Photography

Swag Bag

2 Week Post Creative Academy Zoom Follow-Up + Check In

Some meals, light snacks + refreshments

Early bird special


10% off ticket price if you secure your ticket in the first week (11/8 - 11/15)

Signed contract + $350 deposit required to secure your spot

Investment: $2,000



Payment plans are available upon request.

Please complete the applicAtion form beLow to reserve your spot for The Creative AcAdemy Workshop! 

WOOHOO! We're so glad you're here! Take a moment to take it all in because this is the moment that you're about to level up your video & photo skills like never before 🔥 Please complete this form to attend the Creative Academy on March 7-9, 2024. After completing this form, we will contact you within 24 hours to let you know if you were able to snag a spot! We'll chat about next steps from there ✨
Thanks for completing the form! Spots will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. I will be in touch with you via email within 24 hours with an update. Good luck!!

The workshop covered so much, it was amazing! I loved that Kris & Megan opened up about their processes! For example, their workflow, what they send to clients, examples, etc. I also loved that they stressed the importance of client experience! That is something I definitely need to work on.

guest speakers

Andrew Tran

Photographer, Videographer & Entrepreneur


Blake Abes

Filmmaker & Photographer


Mahina Choy



Aleina Radovan

Branding & Website Designer


Kimberly Fischer

SEO specialist


Mike Isip

Photographer & Videographer


Guest Speaker Coming Soon!

Guest Speaker Coming Soon!

Guest Speaker Coming Soon!

Megan David

Photographer + Entrepreneur


Kris Bamba



Devon Johnson



It was really inspiring meeting all of the other creatives in the workshop and at the mixer. I was a bit intimidated going into class thinking I didn't have the best or right equipment, I had a lower skill set, and I wasn't confident as I was preemptively comparing myself to others. However, after meeting all the wonderful students in the class, I realized that we were all in this together. Everyone has to start somewhere. And we all have our insecurities but at the end of the day, you just have to fully believe in yourself and push yourself to turn photography/videography into your dream job.


 Think:  artistic, spring, modern classy, chic, bridgerton-esque.

MARCH 9, 2024  |  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Capitol Modern, The Hawai'i State Art Museum

50% of the proceeds will be donated to Help Maui Rise

Tickets are $80 per person and will include:
  • Various food vendors
  • Open Bar by Char's Bar
  • Live Music
  • Silent Auction and more!

dress code inspiration

Creative Black Tie attire is strongly encouraged but optional. We want to see you in your best & most creative "Spring Fling" fits!

Must be 18 years or older to attend the Spring Fling Gala.


The 2024 Spring Creative Academy is geared towards photographers & videographers who are anywhere between an intermediate - advanced skill set. In other words, we won't be diving deep into the basics of how to use a camera. We'll instead be focusing on how to level up your business, reignite your passion & love for your art and building meaningful connections in the community.

March 7-9, 2024
March 7 - half day  |  March 8 - full day  |  March 9 - half day workshop + Spring Fling Gala in the evening

Oahu, Hawai'i. We will be going to several different venues that will mainly be based in Honolulu such as Shutter Haus, The Gather Cowork, and the Capitol Modern - Hawai'i State Art Museum

Workshop tickets are all-inclusive! In other words, your ticket covers you for all 2.5 days of the workshop and trust us, YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS A THING! We have a huge line up of guest speakers to share their knowledge and specialties with you plus creatively artistic styled shoots that will surely excite the creative in you. If you're unable to attend the entire workshop, no problem! However, tickets include all 2.5 days and it's at the discretion of the attendee if they'd like to skip a day even if their ticket allows complete access. Prorates ticket costs for just the styled shoot portions are not available at this time but we'll be sure to announce any availability if there's spots left!

Yes! A $350 deposit is required in order to reserve your spot. If you're able to pay in full, great! If not, no problem. We are willing to work with students by placing them on a monthly installment plan. Contact us at if you have any further questions.

Contact Us! Have further questions? Contact us at or DM us on Instagram at @the_creativeacademy.

Capturing love, confidence and authentic moments.

Oahu Photographer

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