Instructors

Classes and workshops are led by experienced professionals and working artists who are excited to share their insight and techniques with you.

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Steven Begleiter

Steven Begleiter is a freelance photographer living in Denver, Colorado. Before moving to Denver, he was a freelance commercial photographer and teacher at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. Prior to that, he was a lecturer of photography at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, in addition to running a photo business and exhibiting his work in juried art shows. He has authored five books, is a contributor to the trade magazine, Photo Techniques, and reviews photography books by Elsevier Publishing. His professional career began in 1982 as first photo assistant to Annie Leibovitz and Mary Ellen Mark. Since then, his work has appeared in Esquire, Newsweek, Big Sky Journal, Us Weekly, Forbes, Elle, Business Week, on the cover of Time, in Fortune 500 annual reports and in national advertising campaigns. He is a recipient of a Greater Philadelphia Cultural Association grant and has served on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

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Karen Divine

Karen Divine is an award-winning photographer known for her masterful composite work using the iPhone. She studied painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. Awards include the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Eomen Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Awards. Her work has been exhibited around the world.

Angie Dornier

Angie Dornier

Angie Dornier is a freelance photographer in Erie, Colorado. In addition to creating portraits and images for commercial clients, she takes on personal art projects to continue to challenge herself.  She is a trained educator through FotoFest International’s Literacy Through Photography program and has taught in various schools and adult facilities for over 5 years.  Angie is also a founding contributor for Viewfinders.io, a photography collaboration devoted to helping other photographers find inspiration and community.

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Patti Hallock

Patti Hallock received her BFA in photography from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2004 and her MFA in photography 2007 from Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. Patti has been teaching photography at the University of Colorado at Denver. She works digitally as well as with medium and large format film. Her work is represented by Goodwin Fine Art in Denver, Colorado. She was invited to exhibit work from her project, “The West Is Here” in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO, in January 2013. A book about the work was published in conjunction with the exhibition and included an essay by Karen Brooks from the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum. Her work is in both public and private collections and has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Shelli Foth

Shelli Foth started making photographs as a 15 year old when she took a digital photography class in high school. She felt that the world had opened up to her and began to see the world in terms of images, as if everything was a picture.

Since then, she has taken millions of pictures and spent countless hours behind the lens (and computer) making photographs. Shelli received her BFA in Photography from University of Colorado Denver and does her best to balance her personal photographic interests with her professional work shooting products and food.

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Kia Neill

Kia Neill teaches at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History, and is a multidiscipline artist that works between photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Neill is native to Chicago and has lived and worked throughout the U.S. as a professional artist doing public and private commissions, exhibitions, lectures, jurying exhibitions and grants, and teaching college and continuing education for 15 years. She recently moved to Colorado after starting her latest concentration of works, inspired by the Colorado landscape, for which she digitally collages her photography with elements of her abstract drawing and painting.

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Ashlae Shepler

Ashlae Shepler is a freelance writer and photographer in Denver with over 10 years’ experience working with photographic education. Throughout her career, she works with portraiture clients and special events while also producing fine art photography exhibitions and alternative process workshops in the area. Her fine art work has been exhibited nationally in galleries including Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, The Woman’s Museum in Dallas, and La Verne University in California.

Michael Snively

Michael Snively

Michael Snively is a Colorado native and professional photographer who, for more than 25 years, has created images for commercial and private clients, publications, presentations, and exhibitions. Michael is a traditionalist whose primary medium is B&W film, not out of fear of digital but out of respect for the traditions that have guided his career. Michael is a firm believer that photographic skills are best learned through mentorship. In addition to his technical skills, Michael is highly regarded for his emphasis on light and form.

Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford

Rayna Tedford received her BFA in fine art photography at the University of Texas at Austin, and received her MFA in photography and media arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited at Galeria de Arte Fotografico Meliton Rodriguez, Medellin, Colombia; the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and other venues. She has taught traditional and digital photography classes at the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado at Denver, Naropa University, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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George Vago

George Vago, a native of Budapest, Hungary and Aerospace Engineer, pursued his MFA in photography at San Jose State University. He is a Fine Art Photographer and Master Printer with a fondness for traditional film based, wet darkroom, B/W landscape imagery. George’s training was influenced by his father, a street photographer and chemist, and other mentors like Morley Baer and Oliver Gagliani. He established a successful commercial photo studio in San Francisco, “Visions Unlimited”, serving the architectural and product advertising fields.  After the fall of Communism, George was invited by the Russian Government to photograph Central Siberia. His Siberian environmental portraiture’s became a nationwide Kodak traveling exhibit. Over the years, his B/W imagery appeared in numerous exhibitions. His images are in many private collections, here and abroad.

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Frank Varney

Frank Varney has been an active corporate location and fine art photographer, and a collegiate level photography instructor for over 30 years. Frank is currently an Assistant Professor at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and was assistant instructor for the National Geographic Expeditions Wyoming’s Cowboy Country Photography Workshops. Frank holds an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College and a BA in Communication Arts from University of Denver. His work has appeared in AARP The Magazine, ELLE, Glamour, First for Women, and Ladies Home Journal, and books including The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Photography for the 21st Century.