Rick Berk (Hunt’s Photo Walk Leader & Educator, South Portland)
Rick Berk has over 20 years experience in the photo industry as a photographer, technical specialist with Canon, and as an educator. His landscape work has been published in various magazines and calendars, and has been purchased by art collectors and enthusiasts around the world. Rick is a Vü Filters Visionary, and has produced several webinars on using filters in landscape photography for Vü Filters.
Rick teaches Photoshop & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Portland.
Shea Brennan (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Holyoke)
Shea fell in love with photography and film making when he was just a kid trying to document his friends riding BMX and skateboarding. Following his passion for art and digital media, he went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree from Fitchburg State University where he studied film and video production. By helping creators of all skill level, Shea wants to show how everyone can enjoy and take pride in the work that they do.
Shea teaches Beginner Photography, Adobe Lightroom, and Custom 1-on-1 classes in Holyoke.
Alex Hochstrasser (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Hanover)
Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications Media with a double concentration in photography and professional communication from Fitchburg State University in 2016. He is a professional photo retoucher and has been an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC since 2014. The education department has been a joy for Alex, he loves being a knowledgeable resource for others and is able to break down concepts so they are easy to understand.
Alex teaches Beginner Photography, Adobe Lightroom, and Custom 1-on-1 classes in Hanover.
Emily Hojnowski (Hunt’s Photo Leader & Lead Educator, Melrose)
If you are looking for inspiration for your photography, look no further than Emily, who brings a world of enthusiasm to every class and workshop in which she teaches! Emily is a self-taught photographer, and has specific love for film photography. Emily can teach anything photographically, but she also has a knack for handling dogs in her spare time, and can combine those two passions in a lesson, if so requested!
Emily teaches Beginner Photography (weekends only), Beyond the Basics, Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose and leads and assists on Photo Walks.
Ray Levesque (Hunt’s Photo Educator, South Portland)
Ray has been teaching photography for over 15 years and was instrumental in starting the Hunt’s education program. His favorite classes to teach are Lightroom editing and printing. When not teaching, he can be found with a camera on the streets of Portland.
Ray teaches Beginner Photography, Adobe Lightroom, Basic Digital Printing, & Custom 1-on-1 classes in South Portland.
Paul Nelson (Hunt’s Photo Director of Education & Educator, Melrose… and Beyond)
Paul received his BFA Photography from SUNY New Paltz in 2005 and Masters in Secondary Education (History concentration) from UMass Boston in 2012. He considers himself a “Jack-of-all-trades, Master of None”, which means he can teach you anything in photography, yet believes that modesty is the best policy–he’s not perfect and always aims to improve, whether in photography or in teaching. Paul is an avid 4×5 film shooter and loves to make something from nothing. This includes his side hobbies- Beer brewing, baking & cooking, and gardening. His current favorite photographic subjects are his strong-willed, crazy-haired daughter, Lucy, and mellow son, Maxwell. His recommendations: Practice, practice, practice!
Paul teaches Adobe Lightroom, Basic Digital Printing, Lighting Classes & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose…and Beyond!
Ron Phillips (Hunt’s Photo Walk Leader & Educator)
Ron is a self-taught photographer based in the metro Boston area. He received his certification in Photoshop from the Art Institute of Boston in 2003. Ron specializes in long exposure photography, and is especially knowledgable about the aspects of focus stacking and masking with layers in Photoshop.
Ron teaches Photoshop & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose and often leads and assists on Hunt’s Photo Walks.
Michael Rice (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Providence)
Michael Rice is an internationally published fine art landscape artist with a passion for black and white photography reminiscent of the old large format masters. Dramatic light, a smooth tonal range, and textural image details evoking the atmosphere of times past characterize his work. His color work is lush and vibrant, manipulating colors more like an oil painter. Light is playfully manipulated to create drama and intrigue.
He honed his craft through the years working as a commercial, portrait, and wedding photographer, photo retoucher, and printmaker. His philosophy is that most photographers are either camera or computer oriented, meaning that while some photographers excel at taking pictures, others excel at enhancing the images in the computer. He believes that to take photography to the next level; one must pursue both disciplines. The synergy is; knowing what is possible in the digital darkroom, aids in the decision-making process in the field.
His images can be seen at www.twistedtreephoto.com
Michael teaches all group classes and some Custom 1-on-1 classes in Providence.
Otha Sonnie (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Melrose)
A Hunt’s instructor and seminar series lecturer since 2009, Otha Sonnie has more than forty five years of experience as a photographer and instructor with working skills in fine art, photo journalism, commercial, studio portrait/modeling portfolios and event photography. His photographs have been exhibited and published nationally and are included in private collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Otha teaches the Wednesday evening sessions of Beginner Photography, additional group classes, & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose.
Don Toothaker (Director of Hunt’s Photo Adventures, Photo Walk Leader, Melrose)
Primarily self taught, Don enjoys photographing a wide variety of subjects, and instructing, throughout New England and beyond. He approaches photography as a powerful form of personal expression and works hard to inspire others to do the same.
Don leads many of the Hunt’s Photo Walks and Adventures.