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.
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.
Blake Dieters stalks his prey like a seasoned hunter, but his target isn’t big game. Behind the lens of his trusty camera, he bags the fleeting memories and precious keepsakes that gave his company its name. Citing the portraits of Arnold Newman, Annie Leibovitz, and Robert Mapplethorpe as his inspiration, Blake renders subjects in striking black-and-white tableaus during individual and group sittings. Though he stages most photo shoots inside his studio, his love of Colorado's wilderness draws him outside for on-location photo shoots as well. After the sessions end and the subjects pick their poses, Blake prints the digitally edited photos onto professional-grade, luster-finish paper suitable for framing or use in a very expensive game of paper football.
Pitter Patter Pix's award-winning founder has captured artistic images of over 2,000 babies and their families with in-studio portraits and on-location shots, and has used her expertise to train hundreds of photographers. During her workshops, she teaches parents how to nab the best possible pictures of their children—whether they're using high-end equipment, a camera phone, or a Diane Arbus impersonator—through lighting techniques, posing, and props.