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About Bradley H.

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Medina, WA

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About Bradley
Hello from Seattle! I love teaching! For more than 40 years and I have been a professional photographer. I was the Team Photographer for the Washington Stealth pro indoor lacrosse team for three years, and teach photography at the Pacific Science Center, the Bellevue Club, The Leica Store, Glazer's Camera, Omega Photo and other locations. I have shot professionally since I was 15. My photos have been published in several magazines and I have three photos published in the New York Times. I was the mission photographer for the first private spaceflight - Space Ship One, and the first ocean plastic cleanup system. I have experience shooting dozens of cameras from nearly every manufacturer. I often write camera, software and lens reviews for online sites. I am also a former employee of Apple in their advertising department.

I love teachin
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~ Photography 101, Basic Photography How To's
~ Learning How to Really Use Your Camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Panasonic, Olympus and more)
~ How to pick and use the right lenses for the task
~ Photos for your Online Store: Table Top Photography
~ Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop
~ Photo Processing, Editing, Storage
~ Basic Portrait Lighting
~ Travel Photography including making travel books
~ Black & White Photos from your Color Photos
~ Sports Photography
~ Printing Fine Art Photos
~ Color Management
~ Mac computer setup and optimization for photography

and other topics that may be of interest to you. I especially love doing a portfolio review with you where I give you honest critique and suggestions on how to improve your existing photos and think about elevating your new photos.

I like to start with new students by talking on the phone or emailing before our first lesson to get a good sense of your experience and your goals in getting more instruction in photography. I do not charge for this initial conversation once you have registered and scheduled your first lesson package.

Three of my students have gone from amateur to professional and are selling their work.

I am married (28 years!) and I have two boys - one in high school and one graduating college. I have several students in their early teens - I love teaching them because they're so motivated and unafraid of the technology.

We can do lessons together online using Zoom - we can see each other, hear each other, share screens and I can show you step by step how to do everything we cover! Zoom conferencing is free, there's nothing to buy, so it's included in my lesson prices. My students love our online sessions - we go at your pace and answer all the questions you have. My students range in age from 11 to 80.

I am most proud of this comment from one of my students:
"There is a difference between teaching and mentoring. While the terms seem similar they are distinct in their approach to the recipient. Brad is innately both with the lessons I participated in. He is a teacher and a mentor.

He taught me but he also "brought me along". On one hand, he gave me excellent raw knowledge and technique but still, on the opposite side of the coin, gave constant reality-based feedback and pushed me without hurting my enthusiasm. He told me about his successes and shortcomings "once upon a time ago" and I didn't see him as infallible as many instructors want you to, I saw him as having lived a path, scouted it, and coming back to help show me the way. He didn't just tell me where I was going wrong, he showed me, then showed me how to correct it, then guided me through the process of correcting it, then followed up. Who could ask for more than that?

Brad is the total package when it comes to instruction. I am a better photographer for having studied with him. I am also making my dreams come true as a businessman. I owe most of that to him. I look forward to my next lessons, but honestly I more so look forward to what is behind the doors he will inevitably open up for me."
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Lauren Krupp May 20, 2017
· Photography · Online
Superb teacher. Extremely patient, explains things extremely clearly, and gives great advice and guidance.
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Jeffrey April 26, 2017
· Adobe Lightroom · In home
Super helpful 2 hour session. Very much worth the time and money. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Bill April 12, 2017
· Photography · Online
Brad is an excellent instructor. He's very knowledgeable, clear, thorough and a pleasure to work with.
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About Jonathan "JC" C.

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Minneapolis, MN

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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 34 year old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis Minnesota. I have +15 years of expertise as a professional photographer. I will be your teacher today.

I am a husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and 2 kids: Blake and Samara, 16 and 14.

Photography is my full-time job. I also practice traditional Sunyoga meditation as a teacher, and acupressure therapy. 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 CENTRE, for scientific and spiritual research, agriculture, clothing, taking care of orphans and elderly people, with a health center and an education center.

Our 7 humanitarian programs focus on creating a Self-Dependent and Sustainable Global Family Home University. As we speak we have people from 14 different countries working together towards that goal.

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. To be clear I am not into industrial stuff. I am into a personalized and genuine approach which in my experience saves a lot of time and is way more efficient.

What comes first? Question or answer? When we arrive on our first day at school do we have final exams? First the teacher shares some 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
I hope the choice of words reflects my philosophy

Jonathan C.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Voted Top 5 MN Photographer by CBS News Minnesota
🇺🇸-🇫🇷 French-American
🌏Internationally published and awarded
👍Creative Business, Event, Portrait, Commercial, Performance Photographer
🎨Fine Art Photographer
🐣Photography Workshops Teacher/ Coach for ↪beginners ↪advanced ↪pros💯
🇺🇸-🇫🇷 French-American
👔Board Member of the Minnesota Medal of Honor Memorial
🙌Serving businesses, NPOs, individuals, families
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Kelly M. January 17, 2019
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
Jonathan was awesome! He was very helpful and did a great job working through all of the questions that I had. I will definitely be signing up for more lessons!

Plus it was great to learn how to add my cats in all photos! A new Photobombing level of greatness!!
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Leila A. January 7, 2019
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Trying to learn adobe on my own almost to push me to become alcoholic ! Since I started to take classes with Jonathan Finally starting to understand the process.
Jonathan is patient, very knowledgeable and happy person. He transform adobe in a fun activity and that is a miracle!Bravo
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Nickolas November 17, 2018
· Photography · In studio
Had a great time. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and is able to explain things easily
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About Dovile R.

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Villa Park, IL
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About Dovile
I began teaching while studying in Art Institute. My first students were 5 to 7 yr. old kids. It was very challenging, but also very rewarding. I was teaching them skills, they were teaching me patience. Later the age of my students grew, until I ended up teaching the same students I was in the same classes just 6 months ago. Again another challenge. I love challenges and even more I love helping others to overcome them.
My philosophy about teaching is that everybody can learn, it is only the way how we learn is different for different people. Another very important thing - I strive to be creative, respectful and approachable.
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Ratna June 22, 2018
· Jewelry Design · In home
Kept cancelling. Unresponsive to my texts. Not my type of teacher as she was very unproffesional.
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Riya June 22, 2018
· Jewelry Design · In home
Horrible. Kept on cancelling. Never got to see her.
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Gaye B. May 6, 2018
· Jewelry Design · Online
Dovile is knowledgeable and patient. She has showed me ways to improve what little I know and move forward.
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About Stephen B.

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Newton Highlands, MA
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I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Piano and Film Scoring.
I love many styles which include, Film scores, Pop, New age, Rock, improv, Classical and some Jazz.
I teach basic to intermediate. (Scales, finger exercises, chords, arpeggios, theory, simple songs, posture and breathing, etc.)

Last year, I taught an eight year old girl and three boys. I currently worked at Piano Playtime where I teach twelve Kindergarten to 4th grade group piano lessons. I am fun, easy to get along with, and very patient with kids and adults.

In the past, I scored a local film titled "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus" who's son Andre Dubus III wrote the story "The House of Sand and Fog." In 2003 the novel was adapted into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The film won first place
at the Providence Film Fest in 2007. I also composed a jingle for the online college Capella University.

I have a car and can come to your location or you can come to me depending on distance. I look forward in sharing this musical journey with you!
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Nancy G. October 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great lessons...Stephen is a wonderful teacher. Very kind and musical.
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Clifford W. November 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
Stephen was informative, patient, and very punctual. He made the effort to explain things thoroughly and gave me leeway to work on my skills at my own pace.
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About Sandra E.

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Redmond, WA
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About Sandra
If you just want to learn software programs, go elsewhere. But if you want to learn to SEE and become a true photographer, Sandra is the person to work with. Although software and hardware are certainly part of the discussion, software and cameras don't make pictures – you, your eye, and your experience are what make your pictures different and interesting.

Every person's path toward becoming a better photographer is unique. Sandra has helped hundreds and hundreds of professional (and amateur) photographers significantly improve their photography and their enjoyment of it. Working with her, results are quick.

You will get far more out each session with Sandra than from a dozen sessions with others and you will learn more about yourself and your potential. Just bring your questions, a collection of your pictures and we start from w
here you are.

Sandra is an internationally respected picture editor and designer with a unique experience that runs from contributions to scores of visual books to editing for the White House, work on major newspapers, and the Associated Press. She was instrumental in the creation of the original ground-breaking news site MSNBC.com as well as spearheading creation of the Defense Department's public web program. She has taught photography and editing at three universities and at workshops all over the U.S. and judged multiple national and international photography competitions. But Sandra is still easy to talk to and interested in YOUR concerns and pictures.

Sandra's key skill may be her ability to articulate visual concepts and issues, to find and convey the underlying currents and needs in a photographers work and then help him/her find a personal, unique route to reaching his/her potential.

Always fully honest, Sandra is also completely supportive of helping any photographer, from beginner to seasoned professional, become better, see more, and understand their own work on new levels.

Sandra can certainly help with technical matters but her special forte is in helping photographers and designers see in new ways. She has worked with documentary, landscape, fine art, portrait and other photographers as well as designers and website builders.

Group sessions and critiques can also be arranged on request for additional fees.
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Mary August 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
I wish I could give Sandra TEN stars; five are not enough. She's the best! She helped me see my pictures, and the world, in new ways. I was lucky enough to see her work with a variety of photographers, from students just starting out, to professionals who had been working in the field for years. They all had great things to say about her, and how she showed them how to improve their portfolios. Many of them went on to win contests thanks to her teaching. If you want a teacher that is easily approachable and very accessible, has a wonderful sense of humor, and will take you and your photos to a new level, do yourself a favor and contact Sandra. You'll be amazed!
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About Tim L.

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Casselberry, FL
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Greetings! My name is Tim and I can't wait to get you started on the awesome journey of visual arts! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students with the basics of creative problem-solving, understanding different workflows, and how to achieve their desired results. I went to Full Sail University and earned a degree in Digital Arts & Design in 2016. I'm just your friendly neighborhood art guy who has a passion for teaching. I also understand that no two students are the same, so I catered to the individual needs of my students. Stay inspired, be creative, and I look forward to our journey ahead!
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Lynnette January 17, 2019
· Photography · Online
Just had my first lesson with Tim! He is a great teacher and I have learned a lot already. His easy going fun style is so nice. I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Tomeka October 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Tim is very patience and taught me a lot during our first lesson. I left feeling confident and I'm excited to learn more from him.
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Chris D. June 1, 2017
· Illustration · Online
Tim is an excellent instructor! You can really tell he has a passion for both art and people. He's very approachable and you can ask him for feedback and tips at anytime. I would highly recommend taking any of his courses if you are hoping to increase your knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator or are looking to have a better understanding at creating your own illustrations.
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About Kristen O.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Kristen
I live in a remote part of Northern California where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. I have 2 son's 16 and 4 who I've homeschooled off and on throughout their lives. My 16 year old graduated high school early and is now pursuing a degree at College of the Redwoods. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on photography and digital art.

I am a teacher by trade and profession. I've always had a natural ability combined with patience and understand thats allows me the to excel my students further beyond what they've thought possible. I've been a teacher of Arts at many private schools in Northern California for the last 20 years. Recently over this last year I have discovered the joys of teaching ESL online for a few large companies. I am really looking forward to working more one on one with my students as I feel this can
be very beneficial to those looking to really excel further in the english language.

Art is my passion
Learning is my journey
Teaching is in my DNA
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Melanie P. October 2, 2018
· Photography · Online
We had some challenges finding some things, but we worked it out. Very nice lady.
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Avi July 28, 2018
· ESL · Online
Kristen is a wonderful teacher! She is teaching me and a friend at the same time and we both love the classes.
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About Isabela D.

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Fort George G Meade, MD

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About Isabela
I'm an enthusiastic learner even after 19 years of formal education (two Masters, one Bachelor) earned on two continents continued by US military education in various forms, and formally tested student who needed to document skills that were not formally captured on paper (like the foreign languages I know).

I love interacting with people and pass on my knowledge from five visited continents, instill love for learning and continuous curiosity for any subject out there. Nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it. Failing once doesn't mean that you'll never win (proof in my athletic years and life ever since); determination, hard work, self-motivation and a good supporting system can bring to reality even the most insignificant dreams that we believe may not come true, and especially those in which we passionately trust.

I be
lieve in breaking down a goal into objectives, assigning tasks to each one of them, and then sticking to achieve them.

I'm a Certified Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. My hobbies include practicing foreign languages by speaking them, learning about cultures and slangs, etymology, watching foreign movies, traveling internationally, taking photos, reading (a lot), carefully planning with room for error and impulsive decisions (to take the boredom out of things), meeting with life long friends, drawing, painting, and spending time outdoors for inspiration.

I'm elated at the opportunity of brainstorming with you and giving you tools to be an independent learner.
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Teresa Greer January 14, 2019
· Italian · Online
Isabella was fantastic in every way!
E stato fantastico in Goni mood, Gratzi❤️
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Stephen K. January 4, 2019
· Italian · Online
Grazie mille, Isabella, for another great lesson. Her deep knowledge of Italian, patience, and teaching style is clearly helping me with pronunciation and common phrases, and is pushing my Italian skills to the next level.
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Ben December 27, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · Online
Isabela is wonderful inspiring young kid to explore their interests and creativities. We look forward to working with her and spend lots of fun time with our daughter.
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About Jayla E.

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Baltimore, MD
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About Jayla
Welcome :)

When I was young, I was a fairly shy child. When I was introduced to art, it helped me out of my shell and allowed me to blossom into the person I am today. As I grew, I've learned a wide variety ort mediums to help me express my emotions in different ways. Soon becoming advance in, drawing, painting, animation, realism, writing (spoken word, poetry, rap etc), and proficient in digital design and multimedia. By the time I was 13, I had begun my journey of giving back by helping others learn to express themselves through different forms of art. Holding classes at summer camps and various branches of libraries in the DMV Area.
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Jayla E.

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