Before becoming business partners, Jonathan and Lindsay Betz fell in love in the shadow of the St. Louis Arch. When they first met, John was just beginning a photography career while volunteering as a firefighter and Lindsay was a music therapist serving children with special needs. After their marriage, they both agreed that the perfect backdrop for their new life together needed more mountains and fewer geometry-inspired landmarks, so they went on road trips to find the perfect place to build a home and raise a family. They eventually landed in Colorado Springs, where their two children now frolic through grassy fields while Jonathan snaps photos amid the Rockies.
A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Jonathan's work has graced the pages of the New York Times. When he isn't capturing the candid smiles of high school seniors or families, or chronicling the happiest moments at weddings, he stays busy in the lab, retouching each image he captures to ensure that all colors are balanced and all Waldos are accounted for. He also hosts four-week, six-week, and one-day workshops, during which he fills students in on fundamental skills, image editing, and how to turn a photography hobby into a business.
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.
Whether capturing newlyweds and their families, parents and children, or a tree reaching for the skies atop a rocky cliff, photographer Robert Villena eschews traditional posing and straightforward composition for a candid, photojournalistic style. He often shoots from unique angles, such as over a subject's shoulder or underneath a pair of clasped hands, and renders his images in vibrant colors or heavily contrasting black and white. He further enhances shots with bold lighting effects and frames compositions to emphasize his subjects' unique characteristics, such as a rock formation's size or a human's lack of bat wings. When not helming on-location shoots for wedding and landscape photography, he often educates others on his photographic technique and style through on-location workshops for both beginners and advanced amateurs.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
The classes at Colorado Photography School cover just about every imaginable facet of modern photography, from buying and bonding with one's first DSLR to embarking on a wedding-photography career to finding yourself on the other side of the lens as a model. Software classes help you perfect images post-shoot by learning to use basic editing programs and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom rather than painting directly on your laptop screen. There are also subject-specific sessions on topics such as landscape photography—a special favorite of school founder Simon Andrews, who's managed to find time for plenty of wilderness excursions in his decade as a pro photographer.
As a professional photographer, Megan Haverlah knows firsthand how fleeting special moments can be, which is why she dedicates herself to capturing any that she can. Whether she's commemorating an anniversary or shooting a senior portrait, Megan catches split-second happenings such as loving glances between a husband and wife. She also wants her portraits to become keepsakes, which is why she encourages her subjects to incorporate special items such as a family heirloom, rocking horse, or favorite toy into photo shoots.