While certainly challenging, photographing with a natural style which reflects rich emotion can be mastered. Indeed, often the first step is “unlearning” the traditional, stiff, unnatural style commonly taught.

I offer intensive, hands on, practical tutorials for beginning, amateur and professional photographers. All tutorials include practical or “real world” instruction, weekly photography homework assignments and weekly critique of your images. Course length and depth depends on your goals, skill level and time commitments. A minimum is your submitting new images to me each week for critique. You will receive a certificate upon completion.

Learning options follow:

  • For those in the greater Santa Fe, Albequerque area, a face to face weekly meeting each week.
  • Distant learners: Weekly phone contact with a critique of images mailed to me or submitted via the internet.
  • Distant learners: Schedule permitting, I can travel to your location for an intensive tutorial. These would typically be for a minimum of three days.
  • Internships: Selectively, I work with interns who accompany me on my photo sessions.

I customize all training to your specific goals. Call for quotes.


Andrew Vachss, author.


Sister Jose Hobday, International Speaker.

Dear John,

In my hasty departure Saturday night, I neglected to give you a strong handshake of gratitude. You are an excellent teacher. I appreciate your sincerity and patience. It was evident that you were genuinely concerned that I come away from the workshop with complete understanding. In the four days I spent under your instruction, I not only gained practical marketing knowledge and confidence working a wedding, but I also gained a lifelong mentor and friend.

I am already beginning to apply some of what I have learned and I have come up with a title for a portrait exhibit that I am really excited about.

I am looking forward to our next training session!

Thank you so much.

All the best,
Margie Greer

John, I learned more from your training than from my entire photography curriculum in college. It's changed the way I see the world!

Thank you! Erin Morris

John,

Your one-on-one training was invaluable as you tailored the tutorial to my needs. Not only was your seminar valuable in terms of shooting and business ideas, but I really learned from the hands-on experience at the portrait photo shoot and at the wedding. Your follow-up calls have been extremely helpful as it helps me process all the information I learned to get my business started and your personal approach to critiquing my images has helped me become a better photographer.

Thanks so much!

Wendy Chalgren
Denver, CO