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About Layla M. H.

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Oakton, VA

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Dedicated artist with over a decade of experience. I enjoy working in a variety of mediums and in abstract styles. Also have experience with 3-D mediums such as ceramic sculpting and metal work. Experience teaching a range of ages.

About Layla M.
Current PhD student at George Mason's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA). With a Masters in International Relations from NYU and over five years experience at the college and university levels, I am extremely passionate about education and am willing to help any student willing to accept the assistance. I am excited to begin learning with you!

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College professor available to tutor students in a variety of social science disciplines as well as basic math. Also available for music and dance lessons both online and in person.
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Boyd Shawn November 8, 2016
· SAT · In studio
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
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Cameron N. August 2, 2016
· Dance · In home
Layla deserves the 5 stars and more! Great instructor, very pleasant and understanding. Recommend to all, learned a lot on first session and hope to continue more!
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Layla M. H.

Layla M. H.

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About Ronald K. H.

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La Mirada, CA
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Learn to take your camera off of AUTO!
Take pictures you will love to show others.
Bring your camera and start having some real fun with Photography!
You can also learn to have fun with Photo Shop just ask !

About Ronald K.
HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR CAMERA TAKE IT OFF AUTO !

Pro Photographer for over 40 Years. From East coast to West.
Teacher for over 15 years in 5 Cities. Pro Wedding Photographer for
over 28 years. I have shot over 160 wedding. Shooting now for 3 Mag's
Sports and other.
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Raquel E. November 9, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Friendly and full of experience. I am learning a lot and excited to use my camera.
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Ronald K. H.

Ronald K. H.

La Mirada, CA 90638
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About Jonathan "JC" C.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Photography is my life. I have been doing it professionally since 2003. I have references and exhibitions all over the world. I can teach groups or individually. People of all ages and all levels are welcome.

About Jonathan "JC"
Hello students, parents, and co-creators. The way I teach is simple and fun! I am patient and dedicated to your success.

My name is Jonathan. I am a 33 year old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis. I will be your teacher today.

I am a happy husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and 2 kids: Blake and Samara, 14 and 12 (10th, and 7th grade).

I have been a professional photographer for more than 14 years now. It is my full-time job. I also practice traditional Indian-Himalayan SunYoga, meditation, acupressure. I have participated in healing cancer patients and all kinds of diseases in 4 different countries (USA, France, Serbia, India).

In 2015, before I moved to the USA, I was the President of a Non Profit Organization called SUNYOGA France, French branch of the ma
in NPO from India called UNIVERSAL PEACE CENTER, for yoga, research, education, and humanitarian programs. I am now working on creating the American branch of the association. It will be called SUNYOGA AMERICA.

WHAT ABOUT TEACHING? Everybody wants the best. I believe QUALITY is the most important. I also believe each person is UNIQUE and should be treated in a unique way.

What comes first? Question or answer? When we arrive on our first day at school do we have final exams? First the teacher shares knowledge during class. Depending on the teacher's talent, passion, and love for his work, the students will learn something. Then only we have exams.

Life is the biggest exam off all. Every day we are being tested. With our family, friends, work, travels, everywhere we go and whatever we do. Hopefully wisdom will come out of this process. All we need is a little support to all grow together.

Teaching is a big responsibility. Parents and teachers, it is our duty to teach the best. Let's do our best together. Thank you.

ENLIGHTEN YOUR EVENT, BRING LIFE TO YOUR STORY

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Voted Top 5 MN Photographer by CBS News Minnesota
👍Creative Business, Event, Portrait, Commercial, Performance Photographer
🎨Fine Art Photographer
🐣Photography Workshops Teacher/ Coach for ↪beginners ↪advanced ↪pros💯
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Laura J. June 24, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher, very helpful and very patient
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· French · Online
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Adrian May 23, 2017
· French · Online
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About Tanna M.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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I can teach you how to easily use your DSLR (digital) camera to capture your special moments, without having to learn advanced techniques or art history lessons. Maybe you just got a new "big" camera for your birthday and can't wait to take some professional photos but you have no idea where to start! You tried taking photos of your kids and your dog but they just come out dark, blurry, or out of focus. I can help you with that! I am professional photographer with an emphasis on children and pets.
This class is geared towards beginners that want to take professional looking photos with a digital camera without sitting through college courses. You may use a DSLR or a point-and-shoot. We will go over the basic functions of your digital camera and how to take photos using Manual and Semi-Automatic modes.
I have taught kids and adults of all ages and I will give you custom handouts to take home so you don't forget what you've learned in the lesson. I always recommend at least two ...

About Tanna
HI there! My name is Tanna and I am professional photographer with an emphasis on children and pets. I can teach you how to easily use your DSLR (digital) camera to capture your special moments, without having to learn advanced techniques or art history lessons. Maybe you just got a new "big" camera for your birthday and can't wait to take some professional photos but you have no idea where to start! You tried taking photos of your kids and your dog but they just come out dark, blurry, or out of focus. I can help you with that!
This class is geared towards beginners that want to take professional looking photos with a digital camera without sitting through college courses. You may use a DSLR or a point-and-shoot. We will go over the basic functions of your digital camera and how to take photos using Manual and Semi-Automatic modes.
I have taught kids and adults of all ages and I will give you custom handouts to take home so you don't forget what you've learned in the lesson. I always recommend at least two lessons, the first lesson is geared towards learning how to use your camera and the second lesson is actually taking it out and using it with my guidance.
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Andrew April 15, 2016
· Photography · In home
The first lesson went pretty good. Looking forward to more lessons for my son.
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Mel S. July 29, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Tanna was very knowledgeable, and helpful to Rochus. She made a lot of effort to show interest and make the lessons enjoyable. We highly recommend her!
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Libby S. July 20, 2015
· Photography · In studio
Had a wonderful lesson with Tanna. My daughter is 14 and just got a new camera for her birthday. Tanna explained how to operate all the different functions to her. She was very patient with her. Tanna is a "must" if you have a new camera.
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Tanna M.

Tanna M.

Altadena, CA 91001
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About Janis Y.

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Los Angeles, CA

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https://www.janisyuephotography.com/

I am an established freelance photographer who has been shooting for more than 5 years. I can teach anything from basic technique to more advanced creative nuances.

About Janis
Hi there! I'm Janis, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I studied neuroscience, but beyond my science curriculum, I took many literature and music classes.
I love learning about all types of topics and people, and I want to bring this energy to my students. From a very young age, I have loved creating lesson plans for my younger siblings. This developed into more formal tutoring and mentoring roles through middle school, high school, and college.
I have experience teaching everything from beginner piano to young children, to science presentation skills to international teaching assistants.
Using passion, compassion, and a positive energy, I would love to help you achieve your learning goals! :)
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Briana D. August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 5 y.o. daughter just took her first lesson with Janis and she much enjoyed the lesson. Our daughter is excited to learn to play the piano and Janis made the lesson fun and enjoyable. Our daughter is off to an excellent start with Janis. Janis left homework for our daughter until she returns for the next lesson. We are very pleased with Janis. She is very pleasant and patient and our daughter much enjoys her company.
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Alisha August 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We moved recently to LA from London and Janis is a fantastic teacher. My two boys are very much enjoying their lessons now and even practice without me having to ask. She discovered how best to motivate each child and customized her approach. Janis is much better than the previous two teachers in London.
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Lulu July 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have a 4years old boy. He loves taking piano lessons with Janis. You know how hard to let them listen to you, but she did it!
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Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Hailey L.

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Photography is one of my favorite passions! Feel free to take lessons with me on: the workings of the camera, the history of photography, how to get a great shot! I have designed a curriculum that targets all of the basic-intermediate aspects in photography! Start with me today to start with a 5, 10 or 15+ lesson course!

About Hailey
Hello, My name is Hailey. I am a Junior Biology Pre-med student at KSU. I am very interested in teaching lessons in the areas I have selected because I am passionate about education, and also music. I have been playing flute and piccolo for about 10 years, and I am extremely passionate about helping others grow in their abilities. Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions you have :)
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn!
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Davion C. December 18, 2016
· Flute · Online
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Kathrin December 13, 2016
· Flute · Online
Great teacher! Always prepared and very good in motivating! Thank you!!
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Maria December 12, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Great teacher!
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Hailey L.

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About Irina L.

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Beverly Hills, CA

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Personal lessons tailored to your individual needs with custom handouts. No boring theory, just practical and useful tips.

About Irina
Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
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Kathryn (Royal) March 3, 2017
· Photography · In home
I lost the "joy" of photography with Irina. Technically, she knows her stuff, but her sensitivity and people skills are lacking. Barely an encouraging word. I felt degraded, nervous, and overall shitty by the end of the second lesson. Hoping for a better experience with another teacher.
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Desislava G. February 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Irina is amazing... I would never even think that I can create such beautiful photographies.
My father used to have a small photo lab at the loft and it was like a magic to me. I was always passionate to learn the beauty of photography however I never got the chance to.
I took few classes with Irina, she helped me to create incredible photos for my marketing campaign.
Irina is very professional and patient teacher, she has deep knowledge of photography and she makes it fun to learn.
I would recommend Irina to anyone who wants to learn photography.
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Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
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Irina L.

Irina L.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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About Seth B.

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Venice, CA

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Documentary and adventure photographer for over 10 years. Degree in photography from Emerson College.

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Filmmaker and photographer here. Will teach you DIY tricks no one else knows.
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Venice, CA 90291
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$60 / 30-min

About Lindsey B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I love teaching! It lights me up and fuels my fire. I feel my life has purpose when I have the opportunity to share in knowledge with you to create art that has purpose and meaning. I have over five years of experience as as private photographic educator. I provide private teaching designed to give you the skill sets you need to use photography as a powerful tool to build confidence in your creative self expression. I cater to all levels of experience and cover a large variety of subject matter from the basic technicalities of a camera (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes, and auto-focus) to more intermediate level subjects (on-camera and external flash, composition, quality of light, staging subjects, or posing models) and love to dive into more advanced topics such as (conceptual photography and translating emotion through imagery, subject and light study, abstractions, black and white photography, and film photography). Within all levels of experience I also teach ...

About Lindsey
Lindsey Baumsteiger is a freelance, fine-art photographer based in Central California; where she graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography. She has spent years traveling and taking pictures for herself and clients, but has found that her heart resides in the teaching of photography. A firm supporter in the power of creative self-expression and art as therapy, Lindsey believes that photography is a medium of art every individual can greatly benefit from. It is this passion and experience that has brought her to teach and share her excitement.

“Lindsey took the fear of ‘being in over my head’ and smashed it. She explained things in a way that made me feel less scared to pull out my camera in front of people. Most of all, she made photography an inviting place. I am encouraged, excited, and look forward to taking another class with h
er in the future.”
— Katharine L.

“Lindsey is knowledgeable and had a real passion for both photography and passing her love of photography along to her students. The manual settings have always been intimidating for me. Lindsey broke it down in a way that helped me to really understand. Her class has opened me to a whole world of possibilities and has ignited a new passion for a hobby that I have always loved. I could not wait to rush out and try the new techniques.”
— Jon S.
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Lindsey B.

Lindsey B.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
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$200 / 60-min

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Guilford, CT
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Whether you’re an absolute beginner, advanced hobbyist or emerging professional, Rob’s private photography instruction will transform your vision and your photography forever. His private teaching is customized to your skill level and experience, weaving together creative inspiration and technical training in an exciting, fun way.

Sessions are offered in-person for students living in the New Haven, CT area and on Long Island. Rob also teaches students around the world via Skype and FaceTime.

About Rob
I am a photographer, multimedia artist, educator, author and speaker. My work combines aspects of art, education and social awareness as a means of personal and professional growth.

My photographs have been celebrated in gallery exhibitions and national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Time, Brides and Mademoiselle, and used by major corporations including Google, Club Med, Microsoft, AT&T, Marriott, Braun and Seagrams, to name a few.

I am the founder and director of the Center for Creative Development, a nonprofit organization that is home to several youth empowerment programs including “I Matter” and Just Like Me. I am also the founder of the Stepping Stone Gallery for Contemporary Photography and Art That Matters, an artist community and gallery in New York.

I am the author of Shooting From The Heart: Creating Passion and Purpose
in Your Life and Work. My projects, courses and lectures are offered at universities, museums, art institutes and corporations, focusing on creativity, personal and professional development, and transformative education. I hold a BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Photography and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
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Rob G.

Rob G.

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$175 / 90-min

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