Follow the links for information on our Custom 1-on-1 Sessions and Mentoring Program.

Our Instructors

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 and Custom 1-on-1 Sessions in Hanover and Virtual 1-on-1 Sessions.

Emily Hojnowski (Hunt’s Photo Leader & Lead Educator, Melrose and Manchester…and Beyond)

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 a variety of group classes and Custom 1-on-1 Sessions in Manchester, Virtual 1-on-1 Sessions, and leads Photo Walks and Workshops. Emily is also available for mentoring sessions. You can find Emily’s class schedule here.

Walter Jennings (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Holyoke)

Walter has over 30 years of photographic experience. He has been teaching and educating photography enthusiasts for the last 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in the mountains and hanging out at the beach, where you will always see a camera in his hands. He uses a variety of cameras from film to mirrorless on his photographic excursions. He teaches with great enthusiasm and his reward is seeing the photographic growth of his students.
Walter teaches Custom 1-on-1 Sessions in Holyoke.

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 and Custom 1-on-1 Sessions in South Portland, and a variety of Virtual classes, including Adobe Lightroom Basics.

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 has led the Education Department since 2014. He specializes in flash, lighting, portraiture, and printing. Outside of work, Paul is an avid 4×5 film shooter, loves baking, cooking, and gardening. His current favorite photographic subjects are his strong-willed daughter, Lucy, indefatigable son, Maxwell, and newborn son, Leo. His recommendations: Practice, practice, practice!
Paul teaches Flash, Lighting, Portrait, Printing, and Custom 1-on-1 Sessions, both virtually and at many of our store locations. Paul is also available for mentoring sessions. You can find Paul’s Class & Workshop Schedule here.

Ron Phillips (Hunt’s Photo Walk Leader, Melrose)

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 leads Hunt’s Photo Walks. You can find Ron’s Walk & Workshop Schedule here.

Don Toothaker (Director of Hunt’s Photo Adventures, Photo Walk Leader, Melrose…and Beyond)

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 Workshops and most of the Hunt’s Photo Adventures. You can find Don’s Walk & Workshop Schedule here.

Rebecca Wade (Hunt’s Photo Educator, Melrose)

Rebecca is a Boston-based wedding and lifestyle photographer. She studied photography and art history at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, where she earned her BFA.
Rebecca teaches Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop classes, as well as Custom 1-on-1 Sessions in Melrose. You can find Rebecca’s Class & Workshop Schedule here.

Special Guest Photo Adventure Instructors

Robert Fletcher (Hunt’s Photo Adventures, Adventure Co-Leader)

Robert Fletcher began his full-time photography career in 1970. Following in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, he mostly photographed people (children, portraits, weddings, seniors, etc.), which paid the bills. Over time, he became interested in photographing wildlife and landscapes, mostly for personal pleasure. In 1999, he was asked to become a “Stringer” for Canon USA and has been in that position since then. It has led Robert towards teaching, leading workshops and sharing his life-long passion with others. He always looks forward to sharing his knowledge of photography with those who are anxious to learn.

Robert co-leads Hunt’s Photo Adventures. A complete list of his current Adventures can be found here.

Jeff Swinger (Hunt’s Photo Adventures, Adventure Co-Leader)

Jeff Swinger boasts nearly 30 years of professional experience built upon his passion for telling stories through images. He honed his skills over 16 years with The Cincinnati Enquirer covering news and sports and has covered four Olympic Games for USA Today Sports. Additionally, Jeff works as an educational contributor and freelance Pro Market Representative for Canon USA and travels domestically and internationally conducting photo tours and workshops. Jeff lives with his family in Park City, Utah.
Jeff co-leads Hunt’s Photo Adventures. A complete list of his current Adventures can be found here.