A student at University of Colorado–Boulder, Vasili of VCK Photos spends his free time honing his craft and capturing life’s memorable moments. With camera in hand and an adventurous spirit, he takes to all subjects with professionalism and enthusiasm, shooting everything from classic portraits and landscapes to concerts, pets, sports, and special events.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, a resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.
From the backward glance of a ballerina standing en pointe on a deserted street to the charged expression of a singer, each image that comes out of Blue Talon Photography tells a story. This is due to the talented photographers behind the camera, who begin each shoot by getting to know their clients. From there, they’re able to individualize sessions to create artistic headshots, coquettish portraits, or cherished family keepsakes. Blue Talon Photography combines fine art, fashion, and contemporary glamour photography to enhance their repertoire. Offering memorable sessions for families, Blue Talon Photography strives to create a uniquely artful photographic experience for each client.
Laura Monahan comes from an artistic family, and spent her youth practicing sculpture, oil painting, pottery, and what turned out to be her ultimate passion: photography. Her ability to preserve candid moments has left an indelible impression—she has a published portfolio on three continents and product lines appearing at national retailers such as Hallmark and JCPenney. Laura’s photo shoots always take place outdoors, capturing newborns, older kids, families, and makeshift popsicle-stick families in soft, natural lighting and poses that never appear unnatural. Her settings span the country from San Diego’s foamy beaches to Denver’s red-rock sunsets and into the Midwest’s autumn leaves.
Recognized by the Professional Photographers of America as a master of her craft, Mary Lynne Ashley won a second place award for her entry in Professional Photographer Magazine's 2010 cover contest. While this certified pro photographs children, families, and expectant mothers, she snatches honest smiles and inquisitive gazes from the mists of time with a hair-trigger shutter. After she adorns newborns with wreaths of flowers, headbands, hats, and tutus, Mary Lynne stealthily captures their subtle expressions as they slumber on antique chairs and barrels overflowing with fuzzy blankets. She displays her versatility by documenting these bundles of joy in the comfort of her studio, in front of scenic landscapes, or in the arms of their loving adoptive androids. In addition to photographing humans, she snaps pictures of beloved pets and imparts her knowledge of digital photography during workshops and classes.