Photographer Andres Soulas's 30-year journey through the world of photography began in his native Argentina when he enrolled at the National Art Museum in Buenos Aires. From there, he traveled to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art College before moving across the US to teach at the Richmond Visual Arts Center. Reflecting his travels, his portfolio features photos of cityscapes, landscapes, performances, fine art, and portraits of people outdoors rather than in front of studio backdrops. Because of his passion for on-location photography, his photography classes are ideal for beginner photographers who want to learn to take pictures while traveling and get statues in the park to smile.
Okello Dunkley designs his workshops for students who have just bought or are thinking of buying a DLSR camera but are mystified by its myriad gadgets and gizmos. The accessible nature of these classes has helped Dunkley spread them into nearly a dozen locations across the Midwest and east coast, where students as young as 12 learn how to take a digital camera off automatic mode and manually manipulate ISO light sensors and aperture openings. More advanced classes delve into working with difficult light—such as cloudy weather or days when the sun is set on strobe light—and others explore how to navigate computer software for photo manipulation.
Though photographer Jennie Wood sharpened her skills shooting wedding and boudoir photography, today she turns her lens on her native city while leading Richmond Photo Tours. Each all-ages photography tour visits some of Richmond's most interesting historic buildings, landmarks, and supervillain hideouts. These outings aren't just for sightseeing, though: they also delve into basic photographic techniques, such as controlling aperture, using depth of field, and composing a shot.
There's no rushing creativity, which is why the instructors at Art Adventures present students with the fundamental techniques, and then allow them create a truly individual piece at their own pace. The center's classes are open to students of all skill levels, including adults as well as children as young as 4, and they explore mediums such as sketching, painting, photography, and clay sculpting. By keeping class attendance small, the instructors are capable of providing more personalized feedback while helping students find the confidence that they need to express themselves through artwork. The classes may use a reference photograph as a source of inspiration; however, it is up to students to use that inspiration as they see fit and exercise their own imagination. At the end of every year, Art Adventures hosts its own gallery show where students are encouraged to display their pieces and debate the differences between the shades of eggshell and ivory.
BD Creative Images' primary goal is to collect and preserve cherished memories. The photographer, Brant Squirrel, captures those memories in stylistic images that employ unique angles and postproduction editing to create one-of-a-kind pictures. He works closely with families, kids, couples, and moms-to-be during shoots to ensure he adds the exact right polish to each image. Family pets can even get in on the action with pet portraiture. His skills can also be applied to special events such as birthdays and wedding receptions. Those celebrations can be enlivened with by including one of the company's photo booths, replete with a photographer, assistant, and studio lighting.