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Aaron Clamage

Aaron Clamage

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:

Aaron teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Editorial Portraiture
* Photographing Events In-The-Field
* And more

What People Are Saying About Aaron

"Terrific class....learned so much! 

“This was a great class and everything Aaron shared was useful.”

“Aaron was outstanding! He clearly has a passion for portraits and is able to share his knowledge in a fun and engaging way.”

“Excellent Course!!  Aaron was highly effective and engaging.”

"Aaron is very knowledgeable and experienced and it’s obvious that he likes helping people learn."

"Thanks to Aaron, this class was a great introduction to portraiture, posing and lighting." 


Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

Tim began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, The Ritz Carlton, Vasque boots, 3M, Blue Note Records, and The International Heart Institute. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod & Reel, Northern Lights, Modern Luxury and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration.

In addition to commercial work, Tim has also been involved with the Rocky Mountain School of Photography since 1993. He has taught workshops, classes, seminars, as well as held the positions of Consultant, Director of Education, Director of the Black and White Program and Director of Digital Imaging. Tim currently teaches various workshops, classes and seminars for the school in addition to writing and consulting on both photographic and digital technologies. He is the author of the training videos Perfect Exposure for Digital Photography, Perfect Composition, and Magic Light, and book series Complete Photoshop for Digital Photographers.

Today, Tim combines his love for photography with his love for showing others a means by which they can realize their own similar passion. Through fun, clear and informative workshops, instructional books and videos, Tim hopes to share what he has learned by experience over the years.

Tim offers the following course on the Online platform:

  • Perfect Exposure For Digital Photography, The Zone System of Metering
  • Demystifying Flash Photography

Rick Frankle

Rick Frankle

Rick Frankle worked as a teacher and computer specialist in the Howard County, Maryland Public School System for over 30 years. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology Leadership with a focus on multimedia development from The George Washington University. He was named as Outstanding Educator by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

He began exploring the world of photography in the darkroom at summer camp. More recently, he has used his passion for photography to document his travel experiences throughout the world.  

You can learn more about Rick on his website,  

What People Are Saying About Rick

"Such a great class to learn how to showcase your work. I’m excited to publish my work online."

"Rick is terrific, I really like his pace and how clear his explanations were."

"As a novice for websites, I needed help with everything and Rick made it so easy."

"Rick is very personable and so willing to answer people’s questions. I really enjoyed this class!"

“Just wanted to share how much I appreciated Rick and his class. Not only did I enjoy the class, he went out of his way after the class to help me with a problem I was having and we ended up doing a brief zoom session so he could show me what I needed.  It may have been a small thing from his end, but for me, it was a big thing! You are lucky to have him as part of your team."

“Rick is a great instructor and is easy to follow along. He made the chore of creating a website an enjoyable project for me and I’m excited as I continue adding my photos to it.”

Claire Gardiner

Claire Gardiner

Throughout her life Claire has always been fascinated by photography and remembers taking a small Kodak 110 instamatic on a trip to Europe in college.  Her cameras changed to more advanced SLRs but all the while she was shooting in auto or program mode because apertures were too confusing! She made the leap to manual exposure after she attended a photo workshop with Bill and Linda Lane where the mystery of apertures and shutter speeds was unlocked and it all started making sense! 

She now shoots professionally capturing weddings, corporate events, family portraits, and head shots but her true love is nature and wildlife photography. Just ask her about her Bluebirds!!!

Claire is enthralled with astrophotography and loves shooting the moon, lunar and solar eclipses, comets, the planets and the Milky Way. She witnessed and photographed her first Total Solar Eclipse in 2017 and found the experience very moving and emotional.

Claire is a musician by education, having a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from James Madison University. She taught music for 5 years at O'Connell HS in the 80's and then moved onto a career in the Federal Government as a Copyright Examiner for the Performing Arts, a rare government job which at the time, required a music degree. She is retired now (after a 31 year career there) and has more time to enjoy her photography.

Judy Graham

Judy Graham

Judy Graham is an avid photographer whose focus is on creating stunning landscape images. Her journey into photography began after a trip to the Grand Canyon several years ago when the snapshots she took on her cheap point and shoot camera did not reflect the true beauty she witnessed. Today, Judy travels widely in pursuit of capturing award-winning photos, including ones of the Grand Canyon.

Judy is eager to share her excitement and knowledge of photography with others. Her goal is to help photo enthusiasts create dynamic photos using different camera settings and a variety of composition techniques. 

Judy has enjoyed various roles in travel and photography including work for Overland Canyon Tours guiding photographers from all over the world in the famous slot canyons near Page, Arizona as well as to the well-known Wave in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness along the Utah border.

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland Judy currently lives in McLean, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and spent her career in corporate America.  Retirement now affords her the time to travel far and wide capturing amazing imagery.

Her work can be viewed on her website, JudySGrahamPhotography.

What People Are Saying About Judy

"Terrific class. Just the right level for me: not too advanced, but full of information and ideas about composition that added greatly to my knowledge level. Judy was very patient and passed on valuable tips on composition."

"Judy is a phenomenal teacher and I learned so much from her it’s amazing. I will definitely be taking more of the classes she is teaching!"

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher is an award winning and published event, headshot and portrait photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She started her photographic journey while on active duty with the United States Navy. Laura, now a retired Naval Officer, opened a small studio in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and is enjoying her second career as a full time photographer.  She continues to serve the Veteran community with her headshot and military ceremony photography.

Laura’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, VIP Alexandria Magazine, and several college Alumni magazines. Her clients have included: The City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (her Alma Mater), The US Capitol Historical Society, and Texas A&M The Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Laura's work can be seen at:

Laura teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* How to be a Photography Business Owner
* Exploring Headshot Photography
* Getting Started With Studio Lighting
* Portrait Editing- Tools and Techniques



Beth Haubach

Beth Haubach

Beth joined Capital Photography as the Education Programs Manager in 2017 and we are now happy to have her as a talented instructor! She brings a long time love of photography with her having been bitten with the 'photo bug' back in her high school days. 

Beth has a keen eye for composition and what makes a strong image. Her skills vary from abstract, architectural, floral, landscape, portrait and street. As you can see, she loves to photograph mostly ANYTHING! 

She constantly pushes herself beyond her comfort zone and loves to explore new ideas and techniques to expand her skills further.

She looks forward to meeting and helping you think outside the box with your own photography. 

Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz

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 finds 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,

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." 

"Corey Hilz did an excellent job of outlining the goals for the class, reinforcing some key concepts and adjustments relevant to the indoor environment, and providing guidance and feedback on composition. There was ample time to practice and Corey circulated among the group to review photos, provide helpful feedback, and answer questions. Extremely satisfied with the experience"

Marie Joabar

Marie Joabar

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. 

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.

Her work can be seen on her website at

Marie teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* Photography Basics
* Fieldwork - Photography Basics
* The Lightroom Library and Develop Modules In Depth
* Long Exposure Photography
* Night photography
* And many others

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 is an excellent instructor and is well-versed in many different models of cameras, including Sonys, Nikons, Canons, and film cameras. Her expertise in photography really showed throughout the class."

"She encouraged trial and error and was great at giving feedback to individuals on their efforts as well as pointing out great shots for the class to try. She was incredibly encouraging and the class was informative and fun!"

“Marie struck the perfect balance of knowing her stuff and being non-intimidating!"

Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly

Kim’s interest in photography took root when she received her first camera, a Canon AT-1 (film) as a college graduation gift and she has continued to shoot ever since. She eventually migrated over to digital technology and her passion for capturing images continued to grow. Kim served as the Field Trip Director for three years for the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis and serves as the club’s liaison to the Maryland Photography Alliance. 

She currently makes her home near Annapolis and considers the Chesapeake Bay region, with its extensive shorelines and historic maritime richness, her playground. Through her images, she hopes to invoke a curiosity in the viewer to ask questions about her subjects. She enjoys taking them places they would not normally go themselves. Many of her works feature old workboats or nautical treasures found in and around the tributaries of the Bay. She is also passionate about photographing nature, wildlife, landscapes, travel, and architecture, etc. 

Kim’s works have been displayed in local Annapolis businesses, been in juried shows and have been in print in several publications including Chesapeake Bay Magazine, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources 2019 Calendar, MarinaLife and the cover of the Tidewater Times. She has had several solo exhibitions in the area as well. You can see her images adorning the walls of several commercial & residential properties in the area.

What People Are Saying Aobut Kim

“Kim showed us different techniques, angles and backgrounds to display in the photos, which made the photos a lot more interesting than the photos that I normally take.”

“What made this class, was the knowledge of the event and backstory that was given throughout this workshop. Kudos to Kim for putting up with us moving around on a hot summer day.”  

“Kim is a great instructor and I learned so much at the class.” 

Michael Koren

Michael Koren

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.

Michael teaches the following classes for Captial Photography 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!”

“Michael's presentation was comprehensive and very instructive.  He provided excellent suggestions for finding opportunities while in the field, including how to use background, shadows, gestures, etc.”

"This was a great class! I am a beginner and I never felt intimidated or overwhelmed. The class was a lot of fun and I feel like I learned so much. I’m looking forward to taking another one soon"

Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny

Laura Chase de Formigny is a DC based editorial and commercial food photographer with a passion for capturing the place where food, life, and story telling combine. With a background in photojournalism and time spent working as a staff photographer at the Annapolis Capital Gazette, it’s no surprise that she’s sought after for her strong editorial eye by regional restaurants, chefs, and clients like The Washington Post, AARP, NPR, Smithsonian Institute, Science Magazine, and the Michelin Guide.

When she’s not shooting an assignment or creating food libraries for her restaurant clients, you can find her expanding her commercial portfolio - most recently providing the photography for National Geographic’s Attainable Sustainable. Laura Chase has a B.A. in Studio Art from UNC Chapel Hill. After living and working in places like Charlotte, Chattanooga, Baltimore, and Belgium, she’s happy to call Silver Spring, Maryland home and enjoys spending family time with her husband, adorable son, Henry and baby, Frances!

Laura Chase proudly serves on the American Photographic Artists National Executive Board. She is supported by Philly Reps, Found Artists, and Wonderful Machine. In addition, she is an active member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

More about Laura Chase can be found on her website, 

What People Are Saying About This Class
"The composition tips were very helpful and gave me a new perspective."

"I enjoyed the artistic implications that Laura Chase demonstrated, it really got me thinking in a new way."

"This was a great class, I lepecially liked the hands-on part. I learned so much and can't wait to start applying it to my own food shots!"

"Laura Chase's presentation was GREAT!  You can tell that she loves what she does and loves sharing her knowledge. I got so much out of the entire class." 

Geoff Livingston

Geoff Livingston

Geoff Livingston is an award-winning photographer and author specializing in photojournalism and landscape photography. What he really likes is to take pictures every day and is happiest behind the lens.

It is by being mindful and present that great captures happen, says Geoff.

During his hiatus from teaching photography, Geoff was immersed in marketing initiatives for various companies. In 2023 he started his own marketing company, Generative Buzz to help businesses utilize the power of new AI technology. 

His photographic inspirations include Tony Corbell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frank McNally, and Lawrence Jackson.

Tammy Loverdos

Tammy Loverdos

Tammy is a professional photographer in the Washington DC area specializing in interiors and Real Estate. Her work is regularly featured in the Washington Post, Visit Alexandria, Virginia Living Magazine, DC Urban Turf and more. 

Tammy has over 20 years of work experience in marketing, communications and design. Her roles ranged from marketing and design for the banks at Fleet Street to communications and design for USAID.

She has lived and worked in 4 continents and now lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.    

She is passionate about sharing her photography skills and knowledge with others. Visit Tammy's work on her website,

What People Are Saying About Tammy

"The instructor was great!!!!! She answered every question, walked us through steps on what to know, and explained a lot of information."

"Although technical aspects were covered, I liked that the focus was on composition so we could concentrate on providing the best image."

Mel McNamara

Mel McNamara

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 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."

Jeffrey Snyder

Jeffrey Snyder

Jeff is a sought after award-winning professional photographer. He is based in the DC area and works with professional photographers and large corporate clients nationwide. 

He has photographed events such as Super Bowl’s, Major League Baseball, Movie Premiere’s, Concerts, and MTV Video Music Awards and more. His images have been published in The Washington Post, US Weekly, People, Rolling Stone, Variety, In Touch, and USA Today.

Jeff's client list includes Madame Tussauds - DC, Miramax - Lions Gate Films, The Blood-Horse, US Weekly, People,  Allied Advertising, Disney/Buena Vista, MGM/UA - Paramount Pictures, FOX - MTV, Hard Rock Cafe - Planet Hollywood, Variety, and many others. 

I can’t praise you folks at Capital Photography Center and Professional Photographer Jeff Snyder enough for providing such a thoroughly enjoyable workshop.  Jeff could not have been more organized as to when/where to take me at Laurel Park to get the best shots or just generally nicer throughout the day.  I so enjoyed myself and would recommend this workshop to anyone.  It’s worth every penny and then some! It was a truly unique opportunity to spend the day with Jeff. Through his press pass, he provided incredible access to every aspect of the horse races. And yes, the ground does shake as the horses go by! I haven't had so much fun in a long time.  Thank you, Jeff and Capital Photography, for a great day.  
Gary S.

Thank you so much for the time at the races! It was fun to see some of the behind the scenes of this world totally unknown to me before yesterday. I can’t wait to go back!
Ilenia A.

It was a delightful day at the races. Jeff began by showing me the room inside where the photographers work, and then outside where the photographers spend most of their time alongside the track. During the class we shot 9 races at either the race start, or the approaching turn, or the following turn, or head on, or the finish line, and the winners circle, and the Paddock. Jeff's face is so well known, that when he shouts a compliment to a still-mounted winner, he gets an interesting response to record. Since the track is not open to the public, without Jeff I would not have been allowed to cross the track for another perspective. Since the class is limited to just 2 students, it allowed me to keep a low profile within the intimate crowd of owners.
David P.

Kathy Zemens

Kathy Zemens

Kathy is recently retired from her position of Office Manage in the medical profession brings her organizational skills and her friendly personality to the mix.

She is joining us as our Education Programs Assistant and looks forward to working with our CPC community!

Kathy is an avid traveler, a lover of dogs, a mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. She enjoys capturing special moments on her phone camera and has a great eye for composition.

A Variety of CPC Instructors

A Variety of CPC Instructors

Enjoy the Year of CPC Photography with a variety of CPC instructors; Marie Joabar, Michael Koren, Aaron Clamage, Kim Kelly, Laura Hatcher, Beth Haubach, Tammy Loverdos, Judy Graham, and others.

What People are Saying About The 2023 Year of CPC Photography Program

"I loved the CPC 2023 Year Program!  It's a unique format that combines group instruction with individual feedback.  It covered a wide range of topics presented by excellent instructors. In short, it's a fun course at a great price!" Mark M. 

"If you’d like to raise your game as a photographer a couple of notches, sign up for A Year in CPC Photography! The monthly online courses and critiques and quarterly photo shoots are a great way to expand your horizons. I’m primarily a  travel and wildlife photographer but I found it stimulating and skill-building to plunge into such other related genres as macro, portrait, black & white, street photography and so forth. I also greatly improved my post-processing skills. I can’t recommend A Year in Photography highly enough. You won’t be disappointed." Gene G.

"Love the year in Photography course!  It keeps me on my toes and gives me the push I need.  Very professional and always interesting."
Laurie H.

"What I like most about the Year program is that it keeps me using my camera every month. Plus I love the presentations by the different instructors!" 
Susan W. 

"... It motivates me to get out and see things I might not have thought of photographing."
Terry D.

"Each month I find a different topic to inspire me. Thanks for offering this!" 
Robert M.