Jonathan Young
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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Jonathan Young

Jonathan Y.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A photojournalist and wedding photographer with 20 years of experience. Jonathan has a passion for teaching and loves seeing his students thrive. All ages and skill levels welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. You'll soon have the foundation to take timeless photos or take your skills to the next level. Shoot me a message, I'd love to hear from you!

About Jonathan Y.

I am a professional photographer specializing in photojournalism, portrait, food, and wedding photography. I graduated from UCLA and work professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their photography skills. Every photographer has a unique vision; I teach students the technical and real-world approaches to bring that vision to life. I can help any student to photograph with confidence and success.

I teach photography students of all different ages and experience levels. I have 15 years of professional experience. I can teach students to select the right camera settings for any situation and compose their photos for the highest visual interest.

As a professional photographer, I frequently travel to New York and San Francisco for photoshoots. I have photographed events with Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan. I've worked with high-end restaurants such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns for their food photography. I've photographed alongside firefighters battling wildfires in Southern California. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, creative photographers.

My personal passion is photographing people, but I firmly believe that a great foundation is essential to any and every photographic field. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better photographer!


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10 Reviews
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He is flexible, articulate and patient.

Posted Jun 18, 2021
Conner C.
Profile-location-online Online

My son really enjoyed his lesson with Jonathan! He learned a lot about his particular camera and photography itself! Jonathan was very professional and helpful!

Posted May 18, 2021
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Jonathan did a great Job helping me today. I am a total beginner and now I feel like I understand the workings of my camera better and am anxious to start taking much improved photographs. He was very patient with me and my 10,000 questions. I look forward to working with him again in the near future.

Posted May 8, 2021
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Very thorough and smart..loved my lesson

Posted Nov 9, 2020
Amit A.
Profile-location-online Online

very interactive and understanding

Posted Jul 31, 2020
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Jonathan is without a doubt a talented professional photographer / artist. Yet he has adapted himself to working with a novice trying to navigate a new digital camera before a big Patagonia vacation of a lifetime. Whether you are a beginner like I am or a professional photographer looking to improve your game, Jonathan will exceed your expectations. I like his patient and calm approach to my questions and after only two lessons I have already improved so much.

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Jeff W.
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I have learned a lot from Jonathan so far. He has been very helpful in helping me understand PhotoShop and Lightroom. I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jan 13, 2019
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Jonathan is a really good instructor. He has helped me out a lot so far with the different software applications to do with photography. I’m still learning, but every lesson I get more invaluable information from him.
I would highly recommend him.

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Bryson S.
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Very knowledgeable

Posted Jul 8, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Jonathan is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I felt like I was in the driver's seat and could ask anything; I never felt rushed or intimidated. Looking forward to working with him again!

Posted May 30, 2018

Photos & Videos

13 Photos & Videos


May 2006 - Present

Millay and Young Photography

Wedding and family portrait photography. I've photographed over 500 weddings, engagements, and family session.

Sep 1999 - Present

Jonathan Young Photography

Photojournalism and commercial photography, with an emphasis on people and food.


Dual Degree in History and Political Science
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004




Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Media Photographers
Mar 2020
The Mission of ASMP: To create sustainable information, advocacy and communication systems designed to empower and educate still and motion photographers, and associated imaging professionals.

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