Based in Washington, DC, Aaron Clamage specializes in editorial, portrait, corporate and event photography.
Growing up as the son of a successful filmmaker has informed the way Aaron approaches photography. Whether capturing an intimate portrait or documenting an event, he always has the same approach. Assemble and craft the pieces, but let the subject do the talking.
Aaron’s work has been published nationally and internationally. Some of his clients include The Washington Post, NBC, The Kennedy Center Honors, Scholastic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, PBS, Linkedin, GM, The Sierra Club, American Girl Magazine, L’Oreal and The National Academy of Sciences.
Aaron's work can be viewed on his website: www.clamagephoto.com
Aaron teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Editorial Portraiture
* Photographing Events In-The-Field
What People Are Saying About Aaron
"Terrific class....learned so much! I especially appreciated the opportunity to both be off on my own and to have some one-one time with each of the instructors throughout the afternoon. Many thanks!"
Renee Comet is a noted advertising photographer specializing in food photography. Whatever the subject, her visual treatment can best be described as uncomplicated, fluid, and elegant.
Ms.Comet's contemporary photographic style mixed with sensual lighting creates strong graphic images. Her work features unique dishes, minimalist propping, and a surprising use of backgrounds to enrich the photo. The result is a pleasing, organic image with incredible texture, depth and grace.
Her distinctive work has appeared in advertising, packaging, and cookbooks. Some of her clients include: Glutino, Marriott International, Australian Lamb, California Almond Board, Ritz- Carlton, King Arthur Flour, US Postal Service, USDA, and American Diabetes Association.
View her website www.cometphoto.com
Renee teaches the following class for Capital Photography Center:
* Getting Started In Food Photography
What People Are Saying about Renee
“I thought the Food Photography class format of discussing examples in the slides followed by working hands-on around stations in small groups provided a very effective learning environment. The fact that Renee, Bonnie and Marie were so helpful and supportive was just icing on the cake.”
Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. He strives to share the beauty of a destination you’ve never seen and provide a new perspective on a familiar subject. While Corey has collected diverse images from extensive travel, he also find some of the most interesting subjects close to home.
Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogs. His photographs are also seen in exhibits and his prints are found in private collections. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby.
Corey has a passion for sharing his knowledge and his instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad. More about Corey can be found on his website, www.coreyhilz.com
Corey teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center.
* Lightroom In A Day
* Printing with Lightroom
* Editing With The Wacom Tablet
* Photoshop For Photographers
* External Flash Made Easy
* Advanced External Flash
* And Many Of The In-The-Field Shooting Classes
What People Are Saying about Corey
"Corey Hilz never disappoints! I have taken several classes and workshops with Corey and I always come away with more photographic knowledge and insight than before. Not only does he have great vision, he is also technically savvy, making him a guru in the field and in the classroom. Corey is patient with all of his students regardless of level, and he makes his explanations easily understandable. I can’t recommend Corey enough if you are contemplating a workshop or class with him."
"Corey makes one feel confident. Yes, Corey truly is a gifted teacher, and he is able to clearly explain complex concepts to a complete novice."
"I've done enough photo workshops to know that some instructors are good in the field while others are good in the classroom. Corey is outstanding in both! In the field he has an uncanny ability to show up just when you need his help. His comments are always constructive and nonjudgmental. He lends his equipment freely (he got me hooked on Lensbaby) and encourages you to try new techniques. In the classroom, his teaching is methodical and logical. He shows you how to make the most of the digital darkroom with the software that you have (and then he shows you again using the software you wish you had). Corey is a natural teacher."
"I completed the Lightroom in a Day class with Corey Hilz today. This class far exceeded my expectations. I was admittedly skeptical of the long list of topics to be covered in one day but Corey is a gifted instructor and he presented a large amount of technically complex materials in a very easy to understand clear, concise, and coherent in manner."
Drawing on more than 12 years experience as the Corporate Trainer and Education Programs Manager for one of the Washington DC area’s leading camera retailers, Marie Joabar founded Capital Photography Center in January 2012.
With a talented staff of instructors and a wide variety of classes, its mission is to help those with a love of photography grow their passion and reach their goals - be it to capture better snapshots or become a professional photographer.
As an instructor herself, Marie finds just the right way to take complicated concepts and technology, and break the information down into easy-to-understand nuggets to share with others. Whether teaching photography basics or helping one better understand their camera, she works to take away one’s intimidation or sense of overwhelming that often accompanies learning new things so they can begin enjoying the craft and develop their skills.
Marie is also very active in the Shenandoah Valley where she teaches photography classes for Shenandoah County and writes the Shared Exposures photography column for “The Mountain Courier.” Her photos can be found in various print and online publications for the Shenandoah County Department of Tourism and have been published in various local magazines and newspapers.
She is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and VECCA (Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts). Her work can be seen on her website at www.mariejoabar.com.
Marie teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* DSLR Photography Basics
* Fieldwork - Photography Basics
* The Lightroom Library Module In Depth
* The Lightroom Develop Module In Depth
* And more
What People are Saying about Marie
“Marie is very friendly and was able to put herself in the mind of the beginner using clear and concise communication!”
“Marie clearly knows photography and comes from a technical perspective, but she has a talent for translating that technical information into understandable content and not everyone can do that! She was terrific!”
“The instructor made the class so interesting that it did not appear to be a four-hour class!”
“Marie struck the perfect balance of knowing her stuff and being non-intimidating!"
Lewis Katz is an experienced photographer and instructor based in Baltimore, MD. He finds inspiration both in the classroom and out in the field shooting his adopted city of Baltimore.
He teaches at Johns Hopkins University as well as at Community College of Baltimore County. He is a very active member of the Baltimore Camera Club and has received recognition for his award winning images.
View his website at www.lewiskatzphotography.com
Lewis teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* DSLR Photography Basics
* Various In-The-Field Shooting classes in the Baltimore area.
Michael Koren is a free-lance sports and event photographer in the Washington/Baltimore metro area specializing in youth sports game-time action and team portraits. Prior to this Michael worked professionally shooting model portfolios, corporate portraits, product photography for catalogs, and client advertising campaigns.
Michael’s passion for photography is shared through his skill as a photography educator. Michael teaches classes at Montgomery College on a variety of photographic topics from mobile photography to street photography. Additionally, he has served as President and Education Chair of the Silver Spring Camera Club in Maryland. He has led numerous seminars and workshops for the Camera Club, Ritz Camera, Calumet and the former Washington School of Photography with topics ranging from beginner photography to hands-on advanced level workshops and classes.
Visit Michael’s website to learn more. https://www.michaelkorenphotography.com/
Michael teaches the following classes for Captial Photogaphy Center
* SmartPhone Photography
* Exploring Street Photography
* Photographic Composition – Essential Techniques
What People Are Saying About Michael
"He is excellent with adult learners — great deal of patience, humor, and kindness. I would love to take another class with him!"
"Michael is fantastic. So articulate, instructive, and patient!! We all were saying at the end of the class how amazing the afternoon had been!"
"I was blown away by the class!!! Much more then I expected it to be! I can’t wait to take more! I loved the way he explained things and the order he did stuff in made lots of sense. You can tell he is a seasoned teacher, and an experienced photographer who also loves it! Can’t wait to squeeze more of his classes into my schedule...."
“I thought the class was a good mix of class time with history, concepts, guidance, how-to-approach and then practice time on the streets of DC. Michael provided very good direction as well as hands-on tutoring in the field. Very happy with the class.”
“I wanted to write to say how much I enjoyed the class. My first experience going around with a photographer seeing what catches his eye and it was so great you were pointing out pictures I could get. So relaxing!”
Lori Lankford is a photographer specializing in macro, flower and landscape photography. Her passion for photography began as a way to capture her personal travel adventures. Over the years she dived into the fine details of macro and flower photography. She loves to escape so deeply into the details of a tiny object. Lori spends her free time in local gardens across the country shooting in the natural light and capturing its beauty. Lori’s work has been exhibited in local and national gallery exhibits as well as in printed calendars and catalogs.
Lori has a love for teaching and sharing her passion for nature. She leads workshops in the Virginia/DC area. You can learn more about Lori on her website, www.lorilankford.com.
Lori teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
- Creative Close-ups
- Creative Editing with Photoshop
- iPad/iOS Creative Editing Course
What People Are Saying About Lori
"Lori has opened a new door for me!! I am so excited. I hope to learn more from her in the future. Looking forward to the next class."
"I've taken two photography classes with Lori and both were exceptional. Her classes have a great mix of both lecture and practical exercises which really enhances the learning experience. Lori is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about her craft and passionate about teaching others the art of photography."
“Lori's classes were exceptional in every respect - her enthusiasm was contagious; her preparation always exceeded expectations; class activities and assignments were challenging and motivating; and, her feedback was constructive and right on target. I certainly plan on attending any upcoming workshops that Lori conducts.”
Long standing relationships with the Washington Nationals, George Washington University, American University, Georgetown University and the Verizon Center have established Mitchell as the area's leading sports photographer.
In addition to his work with local sports teams, Mitchell has had the opportunity to cover three Olympic games, as well as every major sporting event in the United States including, but not limited to Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, NCAA Championships and World Series. His work appears regularly on sports web sites that include Sports Illustrated.com, ESPN.com, Yahoo.com and Fox.com, as well as in many print publications that are read worldwide. His photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.
In recent years, his work has been a part of an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery that documented the changing neighborhood around the then, newly built, Verizon Center. Having been part of the Washington D.C. and Baltimore sports world for over 35 years, Mitchell has distinguished himself as a well established and well respected photographer known for his creativity, reliability and long term dedication to service. More of his work can be viewed on his website, www.mitchelllayton.com. His photos are represented by Getty Images and can also be viewed on their website.
- Mithcell teaches the Sports Photography Classes
What People Are Saying About Mitchell
"The class with Mitchell was fantastic! He is an excellent teacher and just a very nice guy! He made the extra effort to teach us how to get the best shots and what to look for during the game. I could not ask for more. It was money well spent to say the least."
“I had such a great time – I’m not sure what more Mitchell could have done to make it better. I had high expectations and you exceeded them!”
“I had an absolute blast and learned so much! Having someone of Mitchell's stature take the time to teach and talk with us is just phenomenal. I am so excited to continue practicing the techniques and skills he taught and can not wait to learn more… The class size was just right too! Great one on one opportunities!”
"The perfect training course for those interested in understanding how difficult, yet rewarding sports photography can be."
Geoff Livingston is an award-winning professional photographer in the Washington, DC Area. He provides event photography, photojournalism, portraits, engagement shoots, and fine art photography.
Geoff has photographed President Barack Obama, Super Model Kendall Jenner, Actress Rosario Dawn, Actress Neve Campbell, Actress Gabrielle Union, Six Time MLB All Star Prince Fielder, and Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich among others. His corporate experiences include Audi USA, Bank of America, the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, Pearson Education, USA Today and more.
His fine art photography has been featured byExposed DC, Glen Echo Photoworks, the Art League and Del Ray Artisans in several exhibitions. His photography and photographic insights have also been featured in PetaPixel, NikonRumors, National Geographic, UK Magazine Digital Photographer, the Huffington Post, and Digital Photography School.
Geoff's work can be seen at geofflivingston.com
Geoff teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Night Photography On the Mall
* Street Art and Mural Photography
What People Are Saying About Geoff
"This is a class that could easily go several hours more.... Jeff was awesome and looked to make sure that everyone had time for discussion and review."
"Geoff is terrific, class was a lot of fun!"
"I was very satisfied with the class and with Geoff in particular."
"Geoff clearly loves what he does and he shared his enthusiasm with the class. There was a range of experience among the people in the class (I was definitely the rookie), and he seemed to meet everyone where they were. I look forward to taking another of his classes."
"Geoff did an amazing job and showed us some fascinating photography spots on the National mall. But more importantly, the tips I learned from him I believe have taken my night photography to another level, the level I wanted to be at. For example, on reviewing one of my early shots he stated that I was over exposing my subject in the context of night/low light photography and that advice helped me to take such amazing shots afterwards. I finally feel I have it."
E. David Luria
E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.
A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.
David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson. His work can be viewed on his website at www.eDavidLuriaPhotography.smugmug.com.
David teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Capital Photography Center Photo Safaris
* Photography As A Second Career
* Real Estate and Architectural Photography
What People Are Saying About David
“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students. You were born to teach!”
“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others. Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday. I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with! I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”
"The instructor made the class interesting and not only used story-telling to demonstrate key concepts, but was able to put me at ease with mistakes I made during the practice time. Thank you for the opportunity to advance my skills with expert instruction."
Mel is an avid photographer of places, people, and events. She started her photographic journey in college with her first film SLR camera and built a darkroom in her parent’s garage. She is accomplished in Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign. Mel loves to travel and create books of her adventures, she also enjoys designing cookbooks for people using their loved one’s original recipe cards.
Mel graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She has a Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University and a Masters degree in Educational Media from Boston University. Mel is a retired Library/Media Specialist and Educational Technology Resource Teacher having worked for the Howard County Public Schools in Maryland.
Mel teaches the following class for Capital Photography Center:
* Creating Books with Lightroom's Book Module
Photo by Amy Deputy
What People Are Saying About Mel
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the class with with Mel. I learned a lot! And even better, I am very inspired to start creating books from my photos."
"Mel is the perfect choice to teach this class. She brings a great balance of teaching experience, technical knowledge, enthusiasm and humor to the class."
Emily Carter Mitchell
Emily Carter Mitchell is an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer based in Annapolis, Maryland. Through her work Nature as Art she brings a creative interpretation of the natural world around us bringing a sense of serenity in a world increasingly filled with chaos. There is a sense of stillness and ethereal attributes in her images that has one see beyond what is first obvious.
Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Global Management, with a corporate background in Human Resources and extensive years in the travel and hospitality industry. Her photographic journey began when she was a teenager and she has always enjoyed photography as a way to capture the world around her.
Emily’s passion of photography is shared with others through her nature and wildlife photography classes for Capital Photography Center based in the Metro DC area.
To enjoy her creative work, please visit Emily’s website at: www.emilymitchellphotographycom
Emily teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Getting Started in Bird Photography
* Photo Adventures and to various parks and waterfalls
* A wide variety of In-The-Field Shooting classes
* Editing with Topaz
What People Are Saying About Emily
“Thoroughly enjoyed the class, Emily is a wonderful instructor and I learned a lot! I really appreciate her taking the time working with me on lighting and composition even though I had a smaller compact camera. I'll look forward to taking other classes she teaches!"
"Emily was terrific. She gave explicit details re: camera settings, light, composition, and point of view. She was very patient and gave individual attention. I appreciated the opportunity to learn from her."
"Emily provided great instruction ahead of time, with tips and ideas. She was wonderful at making sure that everyone got the attention they needed and got real time feedback and help. Emily is awesome!"
Roy Sewall spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines though his family's State Department home was based in the Washington, D.C., area.
With a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State, Roy worked for several major technology corporations in the DC area for over 30 years.
His interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents and in 2001 he started his transition to full-time photographer.
He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world and has published two photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., in 2005 and Great Falls and Mather Gorge in 2009. These were inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal.
His books led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
In 2007 Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. He has done extensive photography work for river and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.
In addition, he has been a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in feature articles in the D.C. and Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV and is sought after in many well-known photo competitions for his judging skills.
Roy continually adds to his collection of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “People of the Woods” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.
More about Roy can be found on his website, www.roysewallphotography.com
Roy enjoys working with novice and intermediate photographers helping them develop their eye and their skills.
Roy teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Great Falls at Dawn
* Take Your Photography To The Next Level
* The Small Studio
What People Are Saying About Roy
"I've taken a couple of lighting workshops but came away from them without really "getting it." Thanks to the way Roy clearly explains things, the small size of the group and being able to work with the equipment hands-on, I finally got it!"
"The class was very informative. Roy was great explaining the equipment needed for studio photography, their function and how to use the equipment including hands-on time. It was great getting to play with the lighting photographing each other."
"Roy was excellent! The price for the class was more than I wanted to pay but after taking the class it was well worth it. I learned a great deal and will be taking what I learned into my photography business."
"I think that Roy is very knowledgable. He made some wonderful suggestions and provided a lot of material to work with."
Catherine is a studio and natural light photographer specializing in headshots and fine art portraiture. She has spent countless hours over the past 8 years fine tuning her skills in the studio and in Photoshop. When Catherine isn’t photographing, she can be found in the classroom sharing what she has learned with others.
Helping people learn and grow into their full potential as artists is a true privilege and one that she takes very seriously. She has been a popular instructor at Capital Photography Center since 2018. Additionally, she volunteers tutoring photography students at her local community college, and has taught beginner's workshops through the United Nations Photography Club in Vienna, Austria, where she spent a year living abroad with her family.
Catherine is currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design obtaining her Masters of Fine Arts degree in photography.
Catherine teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:
* Getting Started In Portraiture
* Family and Children Photography
* Editing for Portraiture
What People Are Saying About Catherine
"Catherine is terrific! Can't wait to take more of her classes."
"Catherine provided excellent instruction! She was both knowledgeable and very personable. I really enjoyed the class!"
"Catherine is very passionate about the topic and had a lot of great material to share with people."
Silver Spring, Maryland based commercial photographer Tony Ventouris has been creating unique and inspirational images for his clients since 2007. His clients, ranging from local entrepreneurs to global brands, trust him for his specialty with architectural, product, and portrait photography. Tony’s unique background in business, audio, video, and photography combine to offer a comprehensive and insightful approach to creating media that works.
Outside of client work, Tony combines his photographic talents with his passion for the arts, science, and the natural world to produce personal work that takes the viewer into an elevated sense of wonder. Tony’s recent series of natural mandalas draw a deep influence from Eastern philosophies while playing with the concepts of symmetry, form, and fractals.
Tony is also the creative force behind the website and blog UnlockingOlympus.com. A website dedicated to the unique world of Olympus cameras.
Beth Haubach - Education Programs Assistant
Beth joined Capital Photography as the Education Programs Assistant in November 2017. She brings a long time love of photography with her. The photo “bug” struck her in high school – back in the days of film!!!!
Her passion for photography has taken her from the exotic – a horseback safari in Africa – to the more mundane – soccer fields and ice rinks! She has spent several years as “team” photographer to her children’s various sports.
More recently she has shifted her focus toward portrait photography but she loves to photograph mostly ANYTHING! In 2017 she joined a global photography project with a weekly themed assignment that has pushed her creativity and has expanded her photographic and post processing skills.
She has met several of you at classes already but looks forward to meeting and working with many more Capital Photography Center clients at future classes.
Claire Edkins - Social Media Coordinator
Claire is freelance photojournalist and social media manager based in Washington DC and a proud graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Before joining Capital Photography Center Claire fell in love with the DMV photo community while working with Leica Store DC.
She loves to share the amazing work of local photographers so tag your photos #capitalphotogcenter on social media so Claire can find them and share them with our followers!