Our Instructors

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.

Harper Hodges (Hunt’s Photo Walk Assistant & Educator, Manchester)
Harper went to school for photography and immediately started work in the photo-retail world, where he could reinforce what he’s learned and better understand emerging techniques and technologies. In addition to retail, Harper has dabbled in real-estate and wedding photography and senior portraiture. He has had work shown in local New Hampshire galleries in Concord, Chester, and Portsmouth. Harper has worked at Hunt’s since 2012.
Harper teaches Beginner Photography & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Manchester.

Emily Hojnowski (Hunt’s Photo Walk Assistant & 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.

David Kinchen (Hunt’s Photo Walk Assistant & Educator, Boston)
David started shooting in high school when he picked up his dad’s Nikon film camera and has been shooting ever since. He took some courses in school on photography, but is largely self taught. After school, he worked in several different type of photography jobs and started his own freelance business shooting weddings, portraits and events. Now, he works for Hunt’s helping people find the right cameras for their own style and teaching lessons about camera setup, lighting, portraiture and anything else clients have questions about.
David teaches Custom 1-on-1 classes in Boston.

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.

Scott Levine (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Lighting Specialist, Melrose)
Scott graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a BFA in Illustrative Commercial Photography. He is also a 20+ year member of the Professional Photographers of America, and also a member of Professional Photographers of America, Massachusetts. Scott loves giving back to the photographic community by teaching seminars, classes and courses that help new photographers get a better understanding of the technical and craft of photography.
Scott teaches Lighting with Speedlights and Studio Lighting courses, and Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose.

Alex McKenna (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Hanover)
Alex is based out of Scituate, Mass. He graduated from BSU with a BFA in Photography and his travels take him all over New England.  You’ll find that he has a very laid back approach and likes to let moments happen naturally.
Alex teaches Beginner Photography & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Hanover.


Paul Nelson (Hunt’s Photo Education Coordinator & 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.
Paul teaches Adobe Lightroom, Basic Digital Printing, & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Melrose.

Brian Nolte (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Holyoke)

Brian Nolte is a photographer living in Northampton, Massachusetts from Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Hampshire College after studying Photography and Philosophy and has experience teaching photography at Hampshire College, Maine Media Workshops, The Williston Northampton School and here at Hunt’s.
Brian teaches Adobe Lightroom & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Holyoke.

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.

Trisha Sunryder (Hunt’s Photo Walk Leader & Educator, Holyoke)

Trisha Sunryder started in photography in 1994 after gaining employment at a camera store. She was a backup photographer for weddings for a few years and did some portrait and event shooting as well. As she found she loved teaching more than taking, Trisha started having classes for those in need.
Trisha teaches Beginner Photography & Custom 1-on-1 classes in Holyoke.


Don Toothaker (Director of Hunt’s Photo Adventures and Walks, 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 Excursions.