Classes and workshops are led by experienced professionals and working artists who are excited to share their insight and techniques with you.

We strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. If you are interested in becoming a photography instructor for us, please email a resume to [email protected].


Morgain Bailey

Morgain Bailey is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose documentary landscape work has been inspired by the New Topographics movement and the personality of place. Originally from San Francisco, California, where she is alumna of the San Francisco Art Institute, she now lives in the northeastern corner of rural Maine. Her work has been featured by the Tacoma Art Museum and the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. She creates long-term photography projects and teaches creative photography workshops to global audiences.


Zena Ballas

Zena (yes, like the warrior princess!) is an educator and visual storyteller who stems from New York. Her appetite for exposure (pun intended) encouraged her to branch out to the Mile High City in 2017. Over the past several years, she’s had the pleasure of connecting with people who shake the world in the gentlest way. Her work is a magnetic collection of what she’s naturally drawn to: movement. Her goal is to explore personal stories and uncover the similarities that bring us all together. Her personal vision focuses on the abstract; she’s enamored by taking a subject and altering one’s perception of it. She’s entertained by simplicity, health and wellness, and the little things that have the capacity to hold more than meets the eye.

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Shawn Bush

Lens-based artist Shawn Bush (he/him/his) grew up in Detroit, MI, a city whose civic history and geographic location have profoundly influenced how he thinks about physical space within American sociopolitical and socioeconomic landscapes. As a result, his photographs and collages are responsive to over-built systems, failing icons, and collapsing mythologies.

Bush earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Columbia College Chicago. He is a 2021 recipient of the Aperture CreatorLabs Photo Fund, a 2021 Wyoming Arts Council Fellow, and a 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize winner. His debut monograph A Golden State won the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize (NYC) and is included in the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, MA), Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL) collections. A Golden State was published by Skylark Editions (Chicago, IL) in 2018. Bush’s work has been shown in various arts & culture publications, including Wallpaper Magazine* (London, UK), Dear Dave Magazine (NYC), FotoFilmic’s JRNL (Vancouver, BC), and Vogue (NYC). His second monograph, Between Gods and Animals was published by VOID (Athens, Greece) in Fall 2021. Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Assistant Professor of Photography at Casper College.


Kimberly Chiaris

Kimberly Chiaris received her BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute. Her interest lies mainly in personal storytelling through hand made processes. Her practices often involve digital composites combined with analog and alternative processes that include elements of mixed media. Her focus is primarily on themes of origin and identity and how trace memory, emotions, time and culture shape and shift our understanding of history. She has been published in Christina Z. Anderson’s book – Cyanotype-The Blueprint in Contemporary Practice, The Hand Magazine, Shadow and Light Magazine, Shots Magazine, RfotoFolio, L.A. Photo Curator and HM Hard Music Magazine. Kimberly also loves teaching and igniting curiosity in people through art processes. She has taught numerous photo based art classes and workshops at Universities, Colleges, Museums, galleries, Artist associations and nonprofit organizations.


Erin Clark

Erin Clark is an artist and visual arts educator living in Denver, CO. She earned her BFA in Photo Media in 2014 from the University of Kansas and has worked in various facets of education for over five years. She has experience working with students as a Visual Art Coordinator, Field Instructor, and Operations Coordinator. Currently, she teaches visual arts to middle schoolers in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood. Erin’s primary artistic focus is to create a discussion on the topic of environmentalism by documenting the contemporary landscape using large format film photography. When she is not teaching or working on art, Erin can be found mountain biking, attending concerts and art shows, or enjoying the sunshine in the park.

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Marc Feldman

Marc Feldman is a professional sports, commercial, and real estate photographer with over 25 years experience. He is a graduate of The University of Southern California Film School and Art Center College of Design. He owned and operated his own advertising and commercial production companies in Los Angeles. He was the Senior Staff Photographer for Golf Illustrated and GolfWeek Magazines and was a contributing photographer for Getty Images and WireImage, on the PGA Tour and all other professional sports. Marc’s work has appeared in every major sports magazine throughout the world and has received numerous awards for both his commercial and editorial work.


Patti Hallock

Patti Hallock received her BFA in photography from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004 and her MFA in photography 2007 from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Patti has been teaching photography at the University of Colorado at Denver. She works digitally as well as with medium and large format film. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, Colorado. She was invited to exhibit work from her project, “The West Is Here” in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO, in January 2013. A book about the work was published in conjunction with the exhibition and included an essay by Karen Brooks from the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Her work is in both public and private collections and has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia.


James Harper

James Harper has lived in Denver for 30 years, and has been a photographer for over 40 years mostly shooting landscapes. During his twenties, he worked in Hollywood building photo-composites using multiple enlargers for the movie and music industry, often taking ordinary images and transforming them into exceptional photographs. The L.A. lifestyle was not fitting to his true nature as a person so he left to pursue other careers. He felt very satisfied with what he had accomplished in LA. He said “I can return to photography in retirement” and after the digital transformation, but he has never really left photography. Nearing retirement, James wants to help other photographers let go, and to find and refine the images they have captured. Photography is a joyous personal expression, and nothing should stand in the way of it.


Patricia Howard

Patricia Howard is a Colorado photographer and educator. She has shown her photographic work nationally and in Ireland, where she has completed two residencies. In 2018, she received a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and was part of the Photographers’ Master Retreat in France. She taught photography and digital art at Juniata College and Penn State. Patricia’s photography often focuses on the conceptual and incorporates a strong element of storytelling. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware, received her MFA from Penn State and currently teaches remotely with the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC.


Mari Howells

Mari Howells is a visual artist and teacher based in New York. She is an adjunct professor at Pratt SCPS, NY where she teaches a class in visual literacy. She received a Masters of Fine Art in photography from The Royal college of Art, London, with a distinction in research, and a Masters of Fine Art in Theatre, from Columbia University. She is a classically trained cellist, pianist and guitarist and worked with the renowned composer Rahayu Supanggah in Indonesia. Her photography draws on her theatrical and musical background, combining aspects of both through the filter of photography. Her work was most recently exhibited at Cromwell Place, London, UK.

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Eric Joseph

Eric Joseph is a photographer and Executive Vice President of New Business and Product Development at Freestyle Photographic Supplies. Eric graduated from California State University, Northridge in 1985 with a B.A. in Art, Specializing in Photography. With over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry, he has unique access to vast technical resources and always seeks to share important and accurate information with as many folks as possible. Eric has traveled across the United States leading seminars and workshops related to digital printmaking.  The most notable of which is entitled, “The World of Inkjet Paper…The Print Matters!” Speaking at colleges, universities, commercial labs, photo clubs, art centers and professional photographic organizations, Eric teaches digital printmaking with an emphasis on empirical knowledge allowing folks to make informed decisions about their digital output and how to obtain consistent, reliable, repeatable and controllable results. Eric regularly teaches a hands on class called  “The Fine Art of Digital Printmaking” at the Los Angeles Center for Photography and performs workshops for Canon Learning Centers in Southern California and Leica Akademie.


Alexandra Mamatas

Alexandra Mamatas is visual art educator and practicing artist based in Denver, CO. Throughout her career she has explored a variety of media and taught a range of techniques, from video and film production to darkroom photography to college level 2D-Design. Alexandra’s art education philosophy is that all students are capable of success and deserve the opportunity to explore meaning making through their own artistic voice. In her fine artwork, she personally explores dreamy themes with magical qualities, searching for the boundaries between reality and a dream state. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys marveling at the mountains in Colorado, and capturing shots during hiking and camping with a photojournalistic approach. Alexandra earned her BFA in Studio Art and Art Education and MA in Art Education, both from James Madison University in Virginia.


Kia Neill

Kia Neill teaches at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and is a multidiscipline artist that works between photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Neill is native to Chicago and has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, jurying exhibitions and grants, and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. She recently moved to Colorado after starting her latest concentration of works, inspired by the Colorado landscape, for which she digitally collages her photography with elements of her abstract drawing and painting.


Tim Richmond

Tim Richmond is now based in Montrose, Colorado. Having completed his six year long-term English series, Love Bites, has moved to the American West to explore new horizons and projects in the region. Love Bites is due for publication and exhibition in 2022. Having grown up in England and Greece, he graduated in film + photography from London College of Printing in 1982. For the next thirty years he photographed for publications that included, L’Uomo Vogue, Telegraph Magazine, Vanity Fair, World of Interiors, Wonderland, Port, as well as making short 16mm films for Nowness. In 2010 he started concentrating on his long-term documentary projects, the first of which Last Best Hiding Place, a contemporary look at the American West, was published in 2015. Love Bites, his follow up project, was shot over six years around a twenty mile stretch of the Bristol Channel in England. His prints are housed in many private collections, as well as the National Portrait Gallery.


Ashlae Shepler

Ashlae Shepler is a Denver artist who enjoys experimenting with old cameras, hiking in the mountains, biking trails and cuddling with her cat. She’s led a creative freelancing career for over 10 years in design and photography loves collaborating with creatives to push boundaries and drive stories through creative media. On occasion, her fine art photography has shown in galleries located in Dallas, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan and Denver, Colorado.

Michael Snively

Michael Snively

Michael Snively is a Colorado native and professional photographer who, for more than 25 years, has created images for commercial and private clients, publications, presentations, and exhibitions. Michael is a traditionalist whose primary medium is B&W film, not out of fear of digital but out of respect for the traditions that have guided his career. Michael is a firm believer that photographic skills are best learned through mentorship. In addition to his technical skills, Michael is highly regarded for his emphasis on light and form.


Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford received her BFA in fine art photography at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her MFA in photography and media arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited at Galeria de Arte Fotografico Meliton Rodriguez, Medellin, Colombia; the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and other venues. She has taught traditional and digital photography classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Naropa University, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.


Preston Utley

Preston Utley, is a freelance photographer based in Denver, CO. Preston has a bachelor’s degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and has been mentored by Magnum photographer Alex Webb, National Geographic photographer Sam Abell, and New Mexico based documentary photographer Norman Mauskopf. Preston has been a working photographer for almost 20 years. First as a photojournalist at a newspaper and for the past 10 years as a documentary wedding photographer. His interest in photography began as a way to connect with friends and family and has since spawned into a passion and a lifestyle. He is drawn to moments, light, and the human experience.

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Frank Varney

Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, and a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. Frank is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and was assistant instructor for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, and books including The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Photography for the 21st Century.

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Eli Vega

Eli Vega is a highly published and award-winning self-taught photographer, and author of Right Brain Photography, now in its fourth edition. He is a regular instructor for colleges, lifelong learning organizations, and camera clubs in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Arkansas. He has over twenty-five years of experience as a photographer and instructor. As a certified workshop facilitator, Eli makes his classes engaging and fun. One of his many famous mantras is, “The best photography is found where technical know-how and creative aesthetics meet.”


Kenneth Wajda

Kenneth is an editorial and commercial portrait photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. From Kenneth: “As a 30-year professional photographer, I have a job I consider one of the best and genuinely a privilege to have. On any given day, I get to document people and their world and create images that tell their stories, whether for a magazine, news article, advertisement or annual report.” Kenneth believes in the importance of making photographic prints, he shoots digitally for commercial shoots and film for personal projects, he teaches workshops, exhibits in galleries, and coordinates a local salon with other photographers.

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Ian Warren

Ian Warren is an architectural photographer and award-winning book artist living in Denver. Having asked for a subscription to Architectural Digest for his 11th birthday, his lifelong love of art and design led him to a BFA in Sculpture and an MA in Book Arts. You can find Ian most often looking through the lens of his camera, ice climbing, and perfecting his homemade taco recipe.


Liza Weems

Liza Weems is a photographer living in Boulder, Colorado. Her work has been exhibited in various one person and group shows in the United States and Europe. Liza has received awards for her work from the New York Center for Photographic Art, The Texas Photographic Society, The Camera Club of New York, The Boulder Arts Association, and the Latent Image, Journal of Photography. Liza enjoys sharing her passion for photography and has many years of experience teaching photography at the high school and college levels.

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Casie Zalud

Casie is a documentary family photographer based in Boulder who has a passion for photographing the real, nitty-gritty, heart-bursting moments of family life. Casie loves her work. “I want to help kids embrace their curiosities, build their self-esteem and help them realize their important place in the family. There are so many pressures on kids and parents to think they need to be perfect. I show them they can just be themselves.” Casie’s photographs tell the story and paint the picture of family life, self-discovery, and life-giving relationships. When not working, Casie can be found adventuring, traveling and creating memories with her family.