Jonathan "JC" Charpentier
Minneapolis, MN
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Jonathan "JC" Charpentier

Jonathan "JC" C.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have +15 years of experience in Adobe Photoshop.
With my help, you will learn the basics and advanced ways to become creative and edit like a pro! My students say I am professional, easy going, patient, and fun to work with. It is because I actually care about you and your success!

About Jonathan "JC" C.

Hello! Bonjour!
I believe the best way to teach is to make it simple and fun! I am patient and dedicated to your success.
-------- QUALITY FIRST --------
Everybody wants the best. I believe quality is the most important. I also believe each person is unique. Therefore each student should have tailored lessons.
-------- HAPPY TEACHING --------
Teaching should be a positive and fun experience. I believe in a personalized and genuine approach. In my experience, the benefits are enormous: we save a lot of time, energy, and since it is way more suited to the student, we are more efficient = happy! Hopefully, Wisdom will come out of this process. All we need is a little support to all grow together.

-------- PHOTOGRAPHY --------
Photography has been my full-time job since 2003. I am a 35-year-old French-American man living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have +17 years of expertise as a professional photographer. Recent clients include Porsche Minneapolis, Taste of the NFL, Medal of Honor Convention Twin Cities, and Women's Leadership Trust Forum. I will be your teacher today.

-------- WHY THE MOVE TO THE USA? --------
I am a husband and step-father who moved to Minnesota in 2015 to live with the wife Sophia and two kids: Blake and Samara, 17 and 15. They all are musicians or artists.

-------- MY FRENCH HERITAGE --------
From 1995 to 2002, I primarily studied French literature, English literature, and German, and even Russian for three years when in high school in France.

I was born in France, so the language is my mother's tongue. My parents are Monique and Alain. They are now happily retired and taking care of my grand mother Françoise, 87 years old. My older brother Frédéric lives in the region of Paris with his two children. My younger sister Johanna lives in Québec, Canada. I do not practice German and Russian at the moment, but I am a specialist of the French language. If you want to test my French, here I am!

-------- LE TEST FRANÇAIS: BIEN, OU QUOI ? --------
Comme on dit en français: "quand on me cherche on me trouve !" Le français, on l'appelle aussi la langue de Molière par opposition à l'anglais qui est la langue de Shakespeare.
Le français c'est facile car il suffit de pratiquer souvent avec un bon prof' qui sait ce qu'il fait. Et voilà les amis c'est comme ça qu'on doit bien faire les choses en bonne et due forme ! Y'a pas d'secret vous pigez le truc on quoi? Si tu es d'accord dis-moi oui oui hoche de la tête mon ami ! Alors, tranquille le chat? T'inquiète biquette ? Ça roule ma poule ?

-------- MY PASSION FOR SOCIAL WORK --------
Before I moved to the USA in 2015, I was the President of nonprofit organization Association Sunyoga France. It is the French branch of the leading NPO from India called UNIVERSAL PEACE CENTRE. We focus on scientific and spiritual research, agriculture, clothing, taking care of orphans and older people, building a health center and an education center.

We are creating a Self-Dependent and Sustainable Global Family Home University. As we speak, we have people from +14 countries working together towards that goal.

I know the organization well since I have been working with them since 2012 in France, India, Serbia, and now in the USA!
I am now working on developing the American branch of the association. It is called Universal Peace Centre • SUNYOGA AMERICA.

Teaching is a big responsibility. Parents and teachers we must teach the best. Let's do our best together. Thank you for your trust and friendship.

I am wishing us all the best success, peaceful, blissful, healthy, and enlightened life.
Merci! Gratitude.

Jonathan C.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Voted Top 5 MN Photographer by CBS News Minnesota
🇺🇸-🇫🇷 French-American
🌏Internationally published and awarded photographer
🐣Photography Workshops Teacher/ Coach for ↪beginners ↪advanced ↪pros💯
🙌Social worker for Universal Peace Centre • Sunyoga America


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22 Reviews
Chaitali Thakkar
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This was the first time we used TakeLessons website to find a tutor for my son. We were a bit hesitant about the quality of teachers we may find on the site. There were many tutors for Photoshop to choose from but we went ahead with JC. His description of attention to quality and ensure kids have fun while learning is what attracted us to his profile. I must say, he lived up to the description in his profile and our son enjoyed the manner in which he spoke and how he conducted the lessons. I would recommend him for Photoshop definitely and we will continue to work with JC as our time and his time permit. Excellent Photoshop tutor!

Posted Jul 3, 2020
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Jonathan is a very skilled teacher that takes you expertly through SunYoga meditation. His guidance and humor has allowed my spirituality to grow boundlessly.

Posted Jan 27, 2019
Kelly M.
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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!!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Leila A.
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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

Posted Jan 7, 2019
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Had a great time. Jonathan is very knowledgeable and is able to explain things easily

Posted Nov 17, 2018
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Very personable and easy to talk too.

Posted May 22, 2018
Samantha D.
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Great lesson with JC!:)

Posted Oct 9, 2017
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Well versed in the proper French grammatical structure and helpful with questions.

Posted Oct 1, 2017
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Jonathan is a great teacher!

Posted Sep 27, 2017
Laura J.
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Great teacher, very helpful and very patient

Posted Jun 24, 2017
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Posted Jun 8, 2017
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Posted May 23, 2017
Emily ..
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JC is a fantastic instructor. He communicates clearly and works hard to make sure the material is well understood. He also makes time to fit in any questions you may have about photography that aren't covered in the lesson.

Posted May 10, 2017
Rebecca B.
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Jonathan was a great teacher. His enthusiasm was contagious :). It was great fun learning with him.

Posted Apr 27, 2017
Emily ..
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Posted Apr 26, 2017
Melaina D.
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Jonathan has a very positive and encouraging attitude about learning a language, which I believe is one of the most important fundamentals. He took the time to provide me with voice recordings of every word (and letter in the alphabet!) that we practiced, and also informed me of numerous resources to help get me started with French. As he is a native speaker, his perspective is great when it comes to offering pointers on accent/pronunciation, and even things like idioms and slang. Despite encountering some technical issues in our first lesson, Jonathan kindly spent extra time with me to make up for the lost time. I look forward to continuing our lessons!

Posted Apr 25, 2017
Nimi Roy
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Jonathan is such an inspiring and motivating photographer.

I was fortunate enough to participate in one of his workshops almost a year back. This review is based on the amazing experience during the workshop and highly beneficial interactions with him beyond that.

The workshop itself was wonderful. Jonathan made sure that every participant understood exactly what he was talking about on a one on one basis. ‘Patience’ - the virtue great photographers are known for was on display live. There were beginners, intermediate and professional level photographers and each of them learned a lot from Jonathan and from each other. The biggest impact was the photography community feeling Jonathan created in us and all of us interacts with each other even after a year and learn together via social media groups.

As part of the conference, there was a street photography session where we interacted with strangers and got their photographs. It was a great experience. Being new to Minneapolis and from a different culture and upbringing, this experience helped me to gain a lot of confidence and finally I was able to come out of my shell.

The best part about Jonathan is, he helps me out so much with my photography even months after the workshop. Also, he provides the opportunity to assist during photo shoots which help me a lot to learn just by observing. It really really helps me improve my photography knowledge and experience.

I would definitely recommend Jonathan to anyone who is looking to get into the photography world. He is such a great teacher who will inspire and be with you throughout your journey!!

Posted Apr 19, 2017
Andres B.
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This is Andres' mom rating the class. I have to say that Andres was very excited about this first class, and since it ended, he has been studying. I guess he was captivated. Amazing achievement!

Posted Mar 27, 2017
Anisha C.
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I am so thankful I found Jon via takelessons for photography lessons. He is an amazing, encouraging and a patient teacher. Before the class, we discussed my goals and Jon came up with a lesson plan to help me meet those goals in 3 days of classes. I have learnt so much during our classes so far - the impact of light on photographs, the importance of talking with the subjects/models and the benefits of patience and being a keen observer. Jon is ever so helpful and is always suggesting ways to help me improve my photography skills. Thank you Jon!!!

Posted Mar 23, 2017
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Posted Feb 27, 2017
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He wisely starts with the fundamentals. Reinforces it thru different language and examples. An excellent base. Friendly, enjoyable company and answers questions thoroughly.

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Robin W.
Profile-location-online Online

thank you so much for improving my French. It is important for my studies. Thank you!

Posted Jun 8, 2014

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Nonprofit organization President
Jan 2019 - Present

Universal Peace Centre • Sunyoga America

I work for the Universal Peace Centre, an Indian nonprofit organization that is present in +14 countries worldwide and help in growing the American organization. Our mission is Universal Peace, Universal Unity, and Universal Brotherhood. We are creating a self-dependent and sustainable Global Family Home University. We are building +7 social programs: Food, Farming & Agriculture, Shelter & Construction, Clothing, Health therapies, Global Family Home for orphans and older people, Education, Meditation and Sunyoga, Self-Realization. We also have a program for Higher Education and Research for scientific, spiritual, and educational purposes for the benefit of humanity and society. Everyone is welcome to participate and learn with us.

Lead photographer
Jul 2015 - Present

Alliance Française

I joined the team of our French-American cultural center on Bastille Day July 14, 2015. I now take photos of events, shows, talks, and all activities taking place in Minneapolis-St Paul, but also off-site like in Rochester, MN, or on the lakes for outdoor activities. May 11, 2016, was our successful annual Gala "Mais Oui Orient Express" at the Depot of Minneapolis.

Lead photographer and photography teacher
Mar 2003 - Present

JC PHOTO • Jonathan Charpentier photography

Having a photography business is an exciting adventure. We now have +17 years of experience in France, North America, India, and many other countries. Being internationally published and awarded means I travel quite a bit for work, but I spend most of my time working from Minneapolis, MN, USA. If you want to see specific aspects of my work that are not on my website please reach out to me directly!


Meditation, Sunyoga, and Acupressure
Aug 2012 - Present

UPC Lachipur India, UPC Belgrade, UPC Paris

Sep 2002 - Jul 2004


French, English literature, German, Russian, language studies
Sep 1999 - Jul 2002

Galileo School, Paris region



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Acupressure & Sunyoga
Dec 2013

UPC Lachipur, UPC Belgrade, UPC Paris

Jul 2004


French baccalaureate (high School degree)
Jul 2002

Galileo school, Creteil Academy, Paris region


Top 5 Minnesota photographer
Oct 2015

CBS News Minnesota

Best event photographer
Sep 2012

SIEL Paris

Exhibition awards
May 2008

Château des Bouillants, Seine et Marne, Paris, France


Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
Jul 2015
The mission of Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul, an independent chapter of a worldwide organization, is to serve our community by promoting the use and appreciation of French language and cultures through language classes, cultural programs, social events and information resources.

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