Nick Sinnott
Co-Owner
Nick Sinnott is a Partner and Director at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes. He has taught all levels of photography for 5 years and has written the curriculum for several classes including the popular Drips, Drops and Illusions Workshop and Lightroom In-Depth 7-week Class. As a photographer, he enjoys photographing landscapes, sports, architecture, real estate and his family of 4 children and amazing wife.
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Rick Katz
Co-Owner
Rick Katz, a Partner and Director at Chicago Photography Classes, has been teaching photography since 2003. He has developed many of the classes used at Chicago Photography Classes and enjoys teaching. In prior careers, there were many opportunities to photograph unique locations and events. Situations were often a challenge but it always came down to the use of light to create a mood and the composition. While his favorite subject is nature, particularly the American Southwest and its National and State parks, recently he began exploring both portraiture and black and white photography. Both are significantly different from outdoor photography. Rick especially enjoys leading the various photo safari trips each year, where students get to enjoy travel, scenery and also practice their craft.
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Angie McMonigal
Instructor
Angie moved to Chicago more than 15 years ago and has been exploring the city with her camera ever since. Raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she approaches the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. An award-winning fine art photographer, Angie’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. She frequently works with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors.
Federica Ghidelii
Instructor
Federica Ghidelli grew up in Italy and moved to Chicago in 2013 and started pursuing her passion for photography. Today she is an international award winning fine art photographer and a proud instructor at RSCPC. "All the people and students I met in these years at the school made me the person and the artist I am today".
Gary Forcier
Instructor
As a retired physician and former Associate Professor at the Loyola School of Medicine, I’m thrilled to be able to combine my two passions, teaching and photography at the school. If I’m not out shooting I’m probably out on my bike, camping or life guarding at the local YMCA. I enjoy shooting with either my Canon DSLR, Panasonic micro 4/3 mirrorless, medium format or 35 mm film cameras split pretty evenly between color and black and white.
Jeff Silva
Instructor
As an artist I seek to better understand and share my slice of reality with others in hopes that we may all be inspired by the transformational power of art. I never considered hiking at 4am in the dark at 10,000 ft. of elevation with a loaded backpack and tripod until I realized the joy and power of the camera— photography is a funny muse! Whether through landscapes, cityscapes, or studio projects I have worked hard at honing my vision. I am proud to be an instructor at R.S. Chicago Photography School where I teach Lightroom In-Depth and a Photo 1 Lab.
Jordana Wright
Instructor
For over a decade, Jordana Wright has had the opportunity to shoot professionally, travel, and share her love of photography with clients, workshops, and aspiring photographers around the world. She has presented two TEDx Talks, led dozens of photowalks across the United States, been published in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, and has developed and executed a variety of exciting personal photographic projects. Her debut photography book "The Enthusiast's Guide to Travel Photography" will arrive in stores in June 2018 from Rocky Nook Inc. When Jordana isn't “going places and seeing stuff,” she lives in Chicago with her husband and her 12-year-old pitbull, Dutch.
Kambua Chema
Instructor
My mantra is, "live everyday as an exploration of endless possibilities seizing fleeting moments." In my world, everyday is an exploration with endless possibilities of new memories to be forged onto humanity. My passion is photographing people and their connections. On January 1, 2013 I made a commitment to shoot every day. I haven't missed a day. I can't possibly imagine my life without photography. My daily quest is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary and creating ART. In June 2012, I took a Photo 1 photography class at Richard Stromberg's Photography Classes and over 2 years stayed the course. It has been an amazing journey....As a Photo 1 instructor, the joy and excitement I felt 5 years ago when I attended my first class still lingers on in my heart every week when I teach.
Kim Loch
Instructor
"As an educator and the owner/lead photographer for Kimberly Rensburg Photography, Kim brings her infectious smile to every client meeting and photography session. Her obsessions with portrait, editorial, and event photography bring a brand’s story to life through vibrant imagery. A Detroit native who married into a family of South African winemakers, Kim has spent the past decade in Chicago where she currently lives with her husband and their sassy pug named Javier. She has collaborated with businesses that include the American Dental Association, Flywheel Sports, MealPal, The Gauge Collective, and The Rose Reserve. She is featured in A Sweat Life blog, How He Asked by The Knot, and The Real Chicago magazine. When not editing way past her normal bedtime, Kim enjoys scouring the city for the best ice cream shops and brunching with friends."
Neale Zingle
Instructor
I believe the best images capture the convergence of light, composition, and its elements. When done well, great images possess the ability to visit over and over, often revealing hidden qualities missed at first. I embrace that sentiment when shooting, and teaching photography.
Danny Howard
Instructor / Lab Coordinator
I have been a teacher for 26 years, I have been an artist for 36 years. By day or night I am either a drummer or photographer. Occasionally both. I seem to have a passion for creating things. My love of travel and exploration have been expanded due to being able to work with both my passions. Growing up in the UK, then moving to Chicago in August 2008, the world has become a place to play in. Currently I teach Photo I & Photo II at RSCPC as well as being the Lab Coordinator for staff and students alike for Adobe Lightroom. I also teach percussion in the Chicago area. You are just as likely to catch me playing drums and percussion with my own band Contrabanda, or in an abandoned building photographing its history. Nominated for a Grammy in 2016 with the New Budapest Orpheum Society I have been able to travel with music and that in turn has allowed me to take pictures where I have gone. Being an Artist in Residence at the University of Chicago with this ensemble has enriched my life. I also enjoy running International Photography Trips to Off the Beaten Track places. Come along for the ride!
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Heidi Levin
Instructor
My husband, Richard Stromberg and I opened Chicago Photography Classes. I currently teach Photo 4 and the Show Class, with Ron Porras.
Jim Welninski
Photoshop Director / Instructor
Jim is a Chicago native and has been an artist and teacher his entire life. He spent 25 years working in media production as a video editor, animator, sound engineer, writer, and producer. He was on the front lines for the digital revolution in that industry, witnessing million-dollar control rooms replaced by a few computers. It was here, way back in 1994, that he first began his 20-plus year love affair with Photoshop. After leaving that field in an effort to maintain his sanity, he returned to his first artistic love, the camera. An international award-winning photographer, Jim has a real passion for teaching and he brings the entirety of his life as an artist into the classroom, where his classes and workshops are consistently popular. He teaches Photo III, Photoshop I and II, Black and White Artistry, and Post Processing Mastery. He also runs several workshops every year, has a strong presence as a photography educator on the web, and is a creative partner at ON1. The focus of Jim’s teaching is the inner development of the photographer as an artist. He consistently and gently challenges students to reach inside and find their own artistic voice.
Shirley Nannini
FreshLens Coorodinator / Instructor
After spending 33 years as a teacher, coach and administrator at Evanston Township High School Shirley retired in 2010 and was committed to finding a new adventure. After a year of pottery, she decided to pursue her passion for photography at RSCPC. Shirley took 15 months of classes and then joined forces with Candace Wark as Wind Flow Photography. Since 2012 they have become award winning art photographers and have shown their unique work in over 50 solo, group, gallery and museum exhibitions. Shirley caught the teaching bug again in 2017 and returned to RSCPC to help establish FreshLens, a full scholarship photography program, for under-resourced high school students.