Sara Harvey believes we all need keepsakes to remind us of good times, and through her photography, she frames those fond memories for posterity. An experienced shutterbug, she’s had work published in Click magazine and has photographed such notables as five-time Grammy winner José Feliciano and 2010 Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler. Continually learning and nurturing her passion for photography, she gains new experience each day during portrait sessions for everyone from families and moms-to-be to models and pets. She also specializes in large events, such as weddings and parties.
Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.
Photography Workshops of Utah.com owner Ken Spurgin garnered his photographic knowledge from 24 years as a freelancer, specializing in snapping images of commercial and industrial subjects. When he’s not snapping pictures of racecars and commercial properties, Ken leads workshops to show aspiring photographers how to best use their digital cameras and how to frame subjects, whether it’s a glorious forest in autumn or a newspaper salesman slipping on the ice in the winter.
Visual Art Institute helps students increase their imagination, art skills, and self-confidence through art classes for all ages. Kids aged 5 and up can learn how to draw portraits and build with ceramics, while teens improve their technique in foundation drawing and take their skills to the next dimension in portrait sculpture. Adult classes try to capture that spark of creativity with watercolors, figure drawing, and oil painting.
At Utah Digital Trail, a Utah-based freelance photographer hosts hands-on workshops to help students harness their creativity while capturing evocative images. Workshops such as The Art of Composition and Canvas Gallery Wraps cover a range of topics and offer shutterbugs the opportunity to add new skills to their tool bags or fanny packs. One-on-one instruction lets students choose their own areas of focus during private sessions.
One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.