Picture of photography lessons in Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica, CA Photography Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Photography lessons? Our Santa Monica teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 4 0 , 0 6 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Photography Teachers near Santa Monica, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Santa Monica, CA including Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Culver City and Playa Vista.

Showing 10 of 49 results View More

About Jonathan "JC" C.

Close
Profile_96995_pi_Z_%20Jonathan%20Charpentier%20-%20profile%20pic%20SQ
Minneapolis, MN

View Full Profile

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! Bonjour!

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 Minnesota. 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, 15 and 13 (11th, and 8th grade this year).

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 main
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 with unique lessons.

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.

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.

As a photographer my motto is
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💯
...
Reviews
Thumb_106563_pi_tlnow_594d481722b1d
Laura J. June 24, 2017
· French · Online
Great teacher, very helpful and very patient
Silhouette-80
breone June 8, 2017
· French · Online
Silhouette-80
Adrian May 23, 2017
· French · Online
View Details
View Profile
Jonathan "JC" C.

Jonathan "JC" C.

Online
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Yan C.

Close
Profile_60902_pi_g83L7mflqZs
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile
About Yan
Photographer, Sound designer, Graphic designer. I have a passion for music recording and production, as well as street and event photography.

Pro-active and results oriented professional with broad experience in all aspects of digital photography and complex post production, editing and retouching using industry standard software.
...
View Details
View Profile
Yan C.

Yan C.

Online
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Wahb M.

Close
Profile_55882_pi_Screen%20Shot%202014-12-09%20at%206.00.11%20PM
Los Angeles, CA
View Full Profile

If you wish to learn photography, whether just as hobby and to further your knowledge, or if you desire to become a pro, you would not find anyone as accomplished as I am. I am a world renown elite fashion photographer, having worked for world top fashion designers and top international magazines. I have worked as a photographer around the world for 25 years and in over 30 countries, I can teach you the very best and simple ways to achieve high levels and excellence in your photography skills in the shortest time you would have ever hoped for.

About Wahb
I have practiced Many different Martial Arts, like Karate, Kung Fu, Philipinian Kali eskrima since the age of 10. When I turned 25 I fell in love with Kickboxing and Thai boxing, after I have practiced these combat sports disciplines for a couple of years I took a Kickboxing and Muay Thai course for coaches with the Italian Academy and Federation of combat sports that was then named FENASCO under the leadership of well renown coach Carlo Diblasi. After a few months I received my instructor's diploma and I have since then coached many athletes, some of whom went onto becoming national and international champions. I have trained consistently for many years with world legendary kickboxing and Thai Boxing champions like Ramon Dekkers, Andre Mannhart and Rob Kaman, just to name a few. I have had the chance to coach in South Africa, in Dubai an
d now I do privately coach in Los Angeles, California, USA.
I am deeply passionate about coaching and sharing my passion and experience with others.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Tarrah G. February 4, 2015
· Strength and Conditioning · In home
I was referred to Wahb after seeing the physical and lifestyle changes of a good friend. She lost 15 pounds and was so much happier as she was eating clean and having fun. I wanted to know her secret!

When I met Wahb he was friendly, kind, energetic, knowledgeable and I felt safe having him in my home. Our first session entailed evaluating my "body type", asking key questions about my goals, eating habits, any past injuries along with exercises/activities that I enjoy. Next we began our challenging workout. Usually I walk on the treadmill and never see results or feel soreness. Wahb made sure I was sweating and learning new exercises I had never seen before. Wahb was taking a lot of notes while he was showing me the correct form and explaining every exercise step-by-step. Every thing made sense.

After a challenging workout, Wahb customized a meal plan for me for the next 2 weeks. The meals were delish and 6 pounds melted away without starving.

My goal is to drop 30 pounds. I see Wahb 3 days per week and 1-2 days at the gym. I have lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks eating what I love and mixing our workouts from inside strength training and stretching to outdoor cardio. Mixing things up seems to be the key to Wahb's technique. He's a wealth of information.

Recently my husband has been commenting on how great I look and he has scheduled 6 sessions with Wahb. I recommend Wahb to anyone who wants to see results and work with someone passionate who really cares about your health and wellness. He is not your average gym trainer looking to take your money. I also love that Wahb is available anytime for questions. He's very attentive with his clients.

Expect to work hard and you'll see beautiful results!
Thumb_61072_pi_Screen%20Shot%202015-01-28%20at%209.35.22%20PM
Bahram R. February 4, 2015
· Sports Nutrition · In home
I must say that, for a man who is 50 of age, and always looking like he is in his mid 30"s, Wahb has figured it all out! What he taught me about nutrition is probably the most valuable thing when it comes to keeping healthy eating right, eating light, yet have an incredible amount of energy at all times. Nutrition with Wahb is made simple yet incredibly delicious, the ingredients are all natural and organic in the most part, mostly vegetables, greens and seeds, with a few selected meats and a lot of healthy herbs and spices. A basic nutrition that is rich with all the essential nutrients, and where all the superfluous food is almost totally discarded. If one wants to keep healthy, strong and young looking... Wahb is the guy!
Needless to add that he is so proficient in any type of physical exercise, combat sports, self defense and many various sports. His main focus is how to exercise to be fit maintaining a constant attention to improving health and well being.
Thumb_61164_pi_10882236_10205150275190564_53326705442500866_n
Rivet S. January 29, 2015
· Self Defense · In studio
Wahb is honestly the best trainer I have ever worked with. His self defense methods are great, and I have never gotten a better workout with another trainer. I really love how patient and kind he is, while also being tough and kicking your butt at the same time! He makes you feel so comfortable, and doesn't make you discouraged at all. Rather, he encourages and inspires me to push my body to the limit, while maintaining safety, of course. I would recommend Wahb for anyone who wants to get fit, the healthy and safe way!!! :)
View Details
View Profile
Wahb M.

Wahb M.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
(4)
starting at
$60 / 30-min

About Drea C.

Close
Profile_59346_pi_photoDrea-300x300
Glendale, CA
View Full Profile

I am a professional photographer and has been shooting events for 10 years.

Depending on your level, I would customize a package for you and your needs. If you are a beginner and have never held a camera before, we would start from the basics (Learning composition, camera settings etc.). If you are intermediate, we would learn lighting techniques and conduct photoshoots.

About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
Silhouette-80
John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
good teacher,
View Details
View Profile
Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
(2)
starting at
$55 / 30-min

About Tanna M.

Close
Profile_74177_pi_IMG_6454-1
Hacienda Heights, CA
View Full Profile

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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Andrew April 15, 2016
· Photography · In home
The first lesson went pretty good. Looking forward to more lessons for my son.
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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.
View Details
View Profile
Tanna M.

Tanna M.

Altadena, CA 91001
(4)
starting at
$150 / 90-min
View More
View Previous

About Christopher L.

Close
Profile_87641_pi_me425x425
Long Beach, CA
View Full Profile

Experienced [subject] teacher of [#] years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of [subject] skills. I specialize in [specialty, style], typically use [book names] books, and also have the following tools available to use during lessons: [equipment list].

About Christopher
Hello! My name is Christopher and I am looking forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and love helping my students learn Photoshop and other graphic software. I went to California State University, Los Angeles and earned a degree in Graphic Design in 1997. I'm a fun and outgoing person and my teaching style is both demonstrative and facilitative. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Catherine March 11, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher is very knowledgeable and patient.

Thanks!!
Silhouette-80
Buddy March 10, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher is very knowledgeable with Photoshop ... I can't begin to say how patient he was with me and helpful he is with this program!!!
I had a very light background with PS but had not needed to actually use it until recently with my work.
I made contact with Christopher and asked for help (help!!!). We worked out a workable schedule very quickly and he had me hands-on in very little time.
I had no idea of all that was part of Photoshop yet Christopher got me up and running with the program with just two sessions.
Wow.
Thank you so much!!!
Thumb_56e192033c291_review_mecory
Cory March 10, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Christopher was the best. I have been wanting to learn Photoshop for years but never had the never to try. He made it all seem so easy. He's very patient.
View Details
View Profile
Christopher L.

Christopher L.

Long Beach, CA 90803
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Mikiesha H.

Close
Profile_112736_pi_IMG_0136
Canyon Country, CA
View Full Profile

Well versed photographer. I am getting back into photography but have experience in working with photography in fashion and in photography classes. I am offering a basic level of professional headshots for beginning actors or models. With not having years long of image history to backup my talent, I am offering an open option of the amount of looks you want and locations. I am able to provide digital edited photos after shoot. Let's get together and create some amazing photos for a great price!

About Mikiesha
Hello, my name is Mikey Sophia and I am a fun, outgoing, yet motivated well versed individual that loves fitness, fashion, dance and photography. I have over 7 years of experience in all of these genres and I am here to make sure that I provide you with my best knowledge and skills for each lesson/service. I am offering great prices and will be sure to offer a true, well thought out session. I have a true passion for each lesson/service I am offering and would love to help someone with the desire to be great in one of these skiils as well.
...
View Details
View Profile
Mikiesha H.

Mikiesha H.

Canyon Country, CA 91387
starting at
$100 / 30-min

About Irina L.

Close
Profile_94744_pi_12074960_10203558285237712_6822500889491538982_n
Beverly Hills, CA

View Full Profile

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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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.
Thumb_92659_pi_Desi-Headshot-1-internet-size
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.
Silhouette-80
Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
View Details
View Profile
Irina L.

Irina L.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(7)
starting at
$120 / 60-min

About Seth B.

Close
Profile_103813_pi_IMG_1244
Venice, CA

View Full Profile

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

About Seth
Hi,
Filmmaker and photographer here. Will teach you DIY tricks no one else knows.
...
View Details
View Profile
Seth B.

Seth B.

Venice, CA 90291
starting at
$60 / 30-min

About Ana Z.

Close
Profile_107029_pi_self%20edits%205_6
Gordonsville, VA
View Full Profile

These lessons will address principals of composition in photography, as well as learning the correct camera settings.

At the end of the lesson, student will receive a camera settings sheet. The list can be stored on a smart phone and consulted any time anywhere.

About Ana
I am a Graphic Designer with a full time job teaching Photoshop in high school. Recently I've been receiving many requests from amateur and professional photographers, as well as aspiring graphic designers, who would like to learn the unlimited creative possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. If you would like to learn how to create literally anything your imagination leads you to, or just use techniques to obtain an effect you have seen somewhere, you came to the right place. Whether you would like to learn the secrets of professional photo retouching or dive in the surrealism of advanced photo manipulation, I can customize the lessons to your specific needs.
On the other hand, if you are just getting started and those YouTube videos are too fast or too advanced for you, we can go through the basic at your own pace, until you feel c
omfortable with using the tools on your own.
The sky is the limit.
...
Reviews
Thumb_48629_pi_IMG_2144
Matthew D. June 29, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
The lesson start off like every other lesson I had before. We start to get to know one another. What I want to learn and how I can improve. Like most teachers I fined things I don't like. After 15mins of lesson I start seeing how much Ana really care about the lesson. How she create new ways of teaching me on the spot. Every word was filled with new encouragement. I learn a lot in the lesson. Thank you Ana for help me learn new things in Adobe Photoshop.
View Details
View Profile
Ana Z.

Ana Z.

Online
(1)
starting at
$20 / 60-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Santa Monica, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Photography Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Photography instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 1 3 4 , 4 2 1

lessons and counting!

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More