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.
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, and 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, and she holds mom's night out events all over the country, including in Honolulu, San Diego, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Denver.
SeaAnna captures vibrant moments in time: undulating wheat fields, abandoned train tracks, tattered prayer flags hung on a line. She sells canvas prints of these creations, photographed in natural light. SeaAnna brings the same exquisite eye for detail while photographing posed and candid images at her other sessions, which range from wedding and newborn photography to general portraiture. Said sessions result in prints and CDs with edited, high-resolution versions of SeaAnna’s best work, as well as client favorites.
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Searching for the Light Photography's owner, photographer, and graphic designer Emmy Gaines has always been driven toward aesthetic beauty. Prior to finding her niche behind the lens, Emmy tried her hand as a dance choreographer, a fashion designer, and an architect, seeking out the sublime in each trade. Today, she specializes in wedding and portrait photography, using her camera to capture the beauty of a couple in love.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Tami has 20 years of photography experience including 35mm film, digital and wet darkroom techniques, medium format photography and digital slr photography. Award winning work and published three times last year on major wedding blogs for her photography.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Instructor will furnish student with a small packet of basic photography knowledge (cheat sheets).
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started in photography at the age of 5 after I found a "spy" camera (110) in a kids meal.
True to form, I've been a fan of photography ever since but I don't start my experience until high school; I took a photography class and was "teacher's pet" to the point of nearly lettering in Photography.
What do you love most about your job?
I love interacting with my client families and watching them grow, but I especially love teaching others what I know.