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The pedagogical team of THE PHOTO ACADEMY is a nice mix of professional photographers with various background and approaches. Photography is a broad field; so is our team!

Each of the trainers will be able to propose his or her knowledge, between practical exercises and theoretical explanations, culture and personal experiences.

If you fancy the work and style of one our photographer in particular, you can book a private class with him or her!

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Lian Hong


Lian Hong is a London-based visual artist and freelance, portrait and advertising photographer. Her style of photography is a hybrid, drawing inspiration from many different sources: films, music, books, magazines or even a fashion collection. Lian has been fortunate, carving out a career photographing celebrities, musicians, designers, real people, and children with stylised authenticity, ensuring her fashion-photojournalistic style runs through all these categories, despite their diversity. She possesses the art of effortlessly, working either in solo, or, as part of a team; capturing the raw, and natural emotions of a person/people against simple or staged backgrounds. Lian takes pride...

Owen Harvey



Owen Harvey started his photography journey back in 2003 when he brought a Sony A200 to help him with his understanding of light/shadow/contrast and composition while studying 3D animation and University.

After the financial recession of 2008 had hit, and jobs were becoming more scarce. Owen decided to turn his creative talents towards building a successful photography business. Since that decision, Owen has spent most of his time building his brand and growing his portfolio and client base.

Owen mainly shoots client events, both personal and corporate, weddings, food photography, Interior photography, and when he has time to spare, fashion.


Francois Boutemy


Francois Boutemy's  fascination with photography has grown into a daily occupation, a natural conclusion arising from a childhood interest in the use of imagery as commentary on the world around him. In particular, becoming 'graphically literate' has perhaps evolved from Dyslexia, the aptitude and development of expression through visual images came far more naturally than translating meaning through written words, in this sense it is Francois' first language. Based in London, in residence at Simulacra Studio, which has continued to grow since it's 2006 launch,  he is never short of subject matter and stimulation. Drawing on life experience, he has...

Lilymae McLean


I specialise in fashion and beauty photography but also get involved in other parts within the industry such as set styling, model direction and production.

I gained a 2:1 from a university in London and have since shot for clothing designers, skin care specialists and jewellers.


Emma Jane Lewis



Emma-Jane is a conceptual fashion and wedding photographer. specialising in PR, celebrity and fashion campaigns for one portion of her work and fashion inspired wedding work for her dynamic couples. Her two areas of focus in photography blend well and allow for imagery that plays on concept, fairytale softness and dynamic locations. Emma-Jane has been lucky enough to work in Italy, Malta,  NYC, Paris and Atlanta for her work and has created imagery for large brands such as Accurist, Hawes and Curtis, Buzzfeed and Nina Naustdal. 


Emma-Jane is also a qualified tutor, with a background in adult...

Margaux Biancheri.



Margaux Biancheri is a French journalist and photographer from Monaco based in London. From 2011 to 2016 her artists portraits and society photo reports were published in a range of magazines. The main body of her work is based on natural light, with a predominance of black and white pictures, however she is experienced in studios techniques and opened herself to new horizons by working in the fashion industry, building model portfolios in London since 2016.

Eleni Parousi


Eleni Parousi is a music and documentary photographer working with both analogue and digital photography.In 2010 she founded the educational art collective Cardboard Cameras where she taught photography and animation to vulnerable young adults. In 2017, she joined Simulacra studio, where she is now based. Eleni’s work is expressed through portraiture and photojournalism and it explores themes of representation, identity, sexuality and gender. Through her lens she tries to capture the true colours and shapes of the world as they present themselves in the opportune moment. At the same time she explores the physicality of the 35mm film format...

Eva Thompson


Eva Thompson, a professional lifestyle photographer based in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Eva began gravitating towards photography through the success of her blog, Eva & Amelia's World, which was listed as one of the Top 10 UK Blogs for 2017 & 2018 by Vuelio. A personal flair and style quickly became synonymous with her work - which inspired Eva to leave her masters in Economics and go on to pursue a career in photography. 

Eva’s welcoming personality has allowed her portfolio of clients to grow organically. In a matter of months her work could be seen...

Emily Smith


Emily Smith is an American Photographer who now resides in Brussels, Belgium. She began taking photographs at the age of 15 when she took her first black and white darkroom class. Since this marking experience, she knew that her camera would be her sidekick for life. She furthered her studies at The Southeast Center of Photographic Studies where she learned the technical side of her craft.  Upon graduation from photo school, Emily moved to New York City where she worked as an assistant, digital tech, and has done retouching for many different photographers. When she decided that sedentary life...

Chris Taylor

New York

After growing up in sunny Florida, USA, Chris decided to leave behind the gators and snakes for the city slickers of New York. In 2006, Chris made the transition from Florida to New York to attend art school.

He currently works as a production manager for a fashion photography studio in New York City. When Chris is not producing other photographers’ projects one can find him in the studio creating his own photo projects from fashion to portraiture.

Although Chris enjoys candidness, he prefers creating tableaux imagery executing scenes that he has performed in his head. Chris is...

Ricardo Santos


Born in Brazil and now based in Helsinki, Finland, photographer Ricardo Santos has been developing hybrid photography for the past few years; shooting with film, developing and scanning the negatives for digital editing.

The first contact with photography came at a very early age, in 1984, when his dad taught him how to look through the view glass of a Rolleiflex. It wasn’t until Ricardo’s first son was born, that he made the decision of getting a new DSLR camera to record the family memories. After that photography became a serious hobby and it didn’t take long until he...

Sander de Wilde..


Sander de Wilde is a Dutch Photographer who now resides in Brussels, Belgium. His mother had a darkroom and his father was specialized in collecting and photographing caterpillars and butterflies.
From the age of 16 Sander was a sailing teacher during the holidays, always with a camera. After visiting the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (NL) he worked in photo studios before starting his own business in Rotterdam in 2002, doing mainly corporate and advertising photography.

In 2007 Sander moved to Brussels, where he mainly works for international magazines and newspapers. His photography is heavily influenced by...

Dani Oshi



Dani Oshi  is a self-taught photographer who lives in Brussels. Life observer and urban explorer. Photography is his passion and he enjoys documenting every day life in the streets. Currently working as a freelance photographer, he uses his free time for learning more about photography and shooting in the streets trying different techniques. He enjoys doing print exchanges and he gets inspired by contemporary photographers.

Dani is the founder of and also one of the main editors and curators, helping selecting the best work to display on the website since 2013. Dani is also one of the...




Born and raised in Valencia, Spain, Sara Sainz-Pardo moved to France in 2012. After many years in the acoustics engineering, she reinvented herself as a photographer with the aim to tell stories using images and focused on self-identity, cultural diversity and social issues.

Always passionate by photography and visual arts she started making street photography and little reportages during her trips in Latin America. She studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris.

Today she is working as a freelance photographer, working in reportages in Spain, France and Moldova and covering events and making portraits...

Mikael Theimer.


Born in Paris, Mikaël Theimer moved to Montreal in 2008. Following four years in the advertising industry, he reinvented himself as a photographer, beginning a search for meaning, humanity and freedom.

Inspired by the Humans of New York blog. Meeting Montreal residents on the street, he cofounded the Portraits of Montreal blog, which eventually turned into a book, published in May 2017.

As part of the 375th Anniversary of Montreal, he contributed to the Aime Comme Montréal book and exhibit. Partnering up with many NGOs, he has documented social projects in his own city, but sometimes as far as...

Farah Ghazal


Story teller, photographer, graphic designer, and creator of beautiful things

I’m a Destination Wedding Photographer , who loves to photograph romantic and intimate weddings, elopements and events and travel all around the world.

I'm truly blessed to have found what I love in life and be able to pursue it. It’s not always easy to take that leap of faith and put your heart’s work on display, but it always leads to beautiful and unexpected destinations.

I believe that memories can be fleeting, but photos can capture these moments and make them last forever, long after your memories have faded. These...

Alice Zilberberg


Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, recognized by curators, collectors, and art patrons across the globe. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, and raised in Israel, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very much present in her digital works. The winner of numerous prestigious competitions, her accolades include 1st place in The World Monochrome awards, ranking as one of Magenta Foundation’s best photographers in Canada, and several of the International Photography awards.

In 2013, she was the youngest artist to date...

Anthony Sotomayor



Canadian based photographer Anthony Sotomayor is focused on creating art that will resonate with future generations. His fascination for cities from culture to architecture has played an important role in defining his artistic style. Most of his work consist of cityscapes, street life, and portraits. After completing a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at Ryerson University, he was fortunate enough to pursue his passion and work as an urban planner for a leading developer. Presently, he is concentrating his efforts to traveling as much as possible while he still can. 

Aaron Von Hagen



Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, Aaron has been calling Vancouver home for over a decade. Aaron moved to Vancouver to attend Vancouver Film School, and soon found a passion for photography. On top of pursuing a career in photography, Aaron also works in the camera department in Vancouver's bustling film industry. 

An avid traveler, lover of coffee, and all things sweet, Aaron is a very passionate photographer. Throughout his photographic pursuit, Aaron has learned how important it is to receive help, instruction, and feedback from people who are as passionate about photography as he is.

Ben Nelms


Ben Nelms is an award-winning photojournalist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ben works for such clients as National Post, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Macleans, Sports Illustrated and Canadian Geographic.

In late 2010, Ben moved to Vancouver to work as a stringer for Reuters News Agency. He also continues to freelance for other clients.

In 2016, Ben was honoured to receive the title of Official Royal Photographer to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, for their 9 day Royal Tour of B.C. and the Yukon.

Ben is deeply passionate about the power of...

Annette Cheung


As an emerging artist and photographer based in Vancouver BC, Annette Cheung uses photography as a means to express what she sees, how she feels, and what she has learned in field. 
“Photography is an intriguing medium because anything I document, may it be people or places, are all authentic and my experiences engaging with each of them are always real, personal, and true.”

Gezim Ibrahimi


My name Is Gezim, I am a Vancouver based photographer.

Born and raised in Albania. Moved to Italy when i was 18 to study modern art, languages, and literature. After spending 11 years in Italy enjoying La Dolce Vita, decided to Move to Canada in 2012.

My passion for photography started at very early age and it gradually become part of my life. One of my favourite quotes about photography is this one by Steve McCurry

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe , and my camera is my passport”

My favourite type of photography...

Anna Soriano-Harrington


Anna is a Vancouver BC Canada based photographer and runs 2 portrait studios. A portrait artist whose passion is bringing out the soul of her subject thru connection. She handmakes her backdrops and her wardrobe and is a deeply intuitive photographer who shoots instinctively and writes the story of her subjects through emotions.
Photography is the therapy of choice for me. No activity has given me more calm, a feeling of centeredness, and a sense of accomplishment than seeing the end result of an image taken. The honesty of the subject is what I seek to reveal and in...

Pauric McGroder


Married & living in Dublin
Two children and three grand-children
Spent 43 years working in the corporate IT sector and retired in 2013.
Started Pauric McGroder Photography in 1999
Have been networking in BNI and South Dublin Chamber B2B since 1999
Joined IPPA (Irish Professional Photographers Association) in 2011.
Attained the following Photographic distinctions:
LIPF Licentiate with Irish Photographic Federation Jun 2007
AIPF Associate with Irish Photographic Federation Apr 2011
ARPS Associate with Royal Photographic Society Jun 2013
AIPPA Associate with Irish Professional Photographers Association Nov 2013
FIPF Fellowship with Irish Professional Photographers Association Sept 2018
Currently working towards...

Owen O’Connor


I have had a camera in my hand since I was seven and have always been interested in pictures. An Agfa with a cube flash and 110 film.

How times have changed, I am now on my tenth Mac and tenth digital camera. But the goal is still the same... to produce beautiful photographs of the highest technical standard and in a style, which is modern yet timeless.

My interests also included design and art learning to draw and pottery in school working on my goal of going to art college. After qualifying from Dun Laoghaire School of Art...

Olesia Banie


Nice to meet you, I am Olesia. I grew up in Russia, learned to think out of the box in Canada and currently explore life in Luxembourg. I do photography to help people to carry best memories through years or even the whole life, whether it is a wedding day, love story, family moments or just a nice feeling, that deserves to be remembered. 

Majorly I shoot on film. Kodak, Fujifilm... Do you remember? Well, like years ago. Of course, I take digital photos too, but always prefer film, because I believe film photography tells a true story, though a...

Darren Dean



Ever since I was given my first camera at the age of 12, I have been passionate about photography.

The magic of photography has not only intrigued me, but the translation from the click of the shutter to a finished image has always amazed me.

I have won several photography competitions, including a national landscape photography competition, and regularly shot landscape images for calendars and other markets. I now take great satisfaction in crafting professional photographs of all types of subject, and enjoy the spectrum of challenges that photography provides, from Wedding, portrait, models and landscape photography.

Gary Hurdman


Gary Hurdman is a Birmingham based photographer with 15 years’ experience of pointing a camera in one direction or another.  He will tell you he enjoys all aspects of photography but from his portfolio it’s clear that he spends a lot of his time in the studio where he has built a reputation as a portrait specialist, priding himself in helping families capture a joyous moment in time. 

Gary’s enthusiasm for photography is infectious and helping others enjoy photography as much as he does is a real passion of his.  He enjoys the satisfaction of helping people develop their...

Kevin McGarry


Kevin McGarry is a much sought after Professional Photographer based in Glasgow, Scotland and working throughout the UK, Europe each new endeavour drawing upon 30 years expertise... translating ideas into stunning marketable photography for all types of businesses... capturing the essence of the renowned professionals who are putting his ‘wow’ factor images to work in todays highly visual market place. I have taught at various universities and art colleges in the UK and Canada. I am privileged and exuberant about the range unbridled client assignments and the self-assigned exploration dominates my future creative projects...covering weddings, film sets, projections, sports events, plus...

Daniel Blake


Daniel Blake is a working photographer and videographer in Glasgow, with a fast paced and highly successful career already under his belt, which took off in 2017. He works within the cities expansive music scene, first making a name for himself as a gig photographer, then leading to the start up of his own business, Daniel Blake Photography shortly after. His undertakings also include promotional photography and video work for bands, encompassing a wide range of photographic techniques and styles, demonstrating the ability to combine portraiture, urban and street photography, landscape photography, flash photography, medium format and 35mm film...

Jonathan Malits


Jon has been taking photographs for over forty years and after a career in law became a full time photographer in 2015. He has photographed weddings, parties, families, portraits, pets, all night raves, military events, commercial events, buildings and schools.

He travels extensively and travel photography has become an increasing part of his portfolio. There are wonderful landscapes with fascinating cultures and sights to be photographed all over the world and street photography plays an important part when travelling.

Jon lectures on cruise ships on the subject of photography. His teaching philosophy is that with the right guidance everyone...

Michael Thomas


I define the moment I became a photographer as when I took the worst photo of my life.

I came to photography as most my age, using a film camera.  It wasn’t until the advent of affordable digital cameras in the early 1990’s that I really come to find my voice in photography.  The blending of technology and art was key to me being able to create and shape images.

People always ask what you shoot, the easy answer is everything, the hard answer is what do you do with the images you capture. To me that is the...

Tyler Sirman


Tyler Sirman is a Canadian photographer and videographer, who has found his niche in working with personalities to create content on YouTube.

His work has been seen millions of times either in presentations, online, in print, news or used privately by companies. His style is no-frills, tack sharp shooting, either in poorly lit venues with musicians or in corporate settings covering events.

After quitting his 9-5 to pursue his passion full-time, Tyler demonstrated that hard work and patience, coupled with consistent quality and an open mind leads to success in the photo business.

Steven Li


My name is Steven Li and I’m a professional photographer at Steven Li Photography. Been
doing photography professionally for over 4 years I have extensive experience in all types of
photography ranging from personal, commercial and travel photography. I’ve also done a lot of
teaching and have done countless private lessons and workshops.

Mark Hughes


Mark Hughes is an writer, educator, forensic engineer as well as being an award winning and accredited professional photographer (PPOC).  Although specializing in portraits of people and pet, Mark also creates stunning fine art landscape and nature photographic images (  His photographs have been published through National Geographic and he has exhibited his nature series (Fallen) and black and white cityscapes (Tourist at Home). Mark is accredited canine portraiture photographer through the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

Ellina Rabbat


I'm a multi-faceted creative from Canada with big love for digital and film photography. It was during a difficult time in my life that I stumbled upon a used camera for sale and decided to go out and take photos to escape my reality. I always had a fascination with architecture and all the details that come with the city streets and buildings. I eventually branched out of urban photography and found a passion for travel and portrait photography. The camera has become an extension of myself and my creative vessel. It brings my visions to life. I'm excited...

Andy Cranford


Andy Cranford is an Ottawa-based freelance photographer. Born in St. Catharines, he moved to Ottawa in 2005 to study Psychology. Curious about human nature and the lives behind the person, his photography is based heavily in the journalistic style as see in his portrait and wedding photography. He got his start in photography while spending time in the beauty of the lakes and forests in Muskoka and Algonquin, documenting nature and his experiences while hiking and camping.

Currently Andy is an adventure, wedding and portrait photographer as well as participating in various other disciplines of photography. He is a...

Dirk Uhlenbrock


Dirk is a professional photographer based in Hamburg who loves his neighborhood by the river, spending time with his daughter and savoring a good cup of coffee. Photography has been his life for more than a quarter of a century. It has taken him to many corners of the world and enabled him to meet and work with a diverse selection of people.
While Dirk masters a wide variety of photographic disciplines, he specializes in people and portrait photography. He puts his passion into presenting each personality literally in their best light, be it on the red carpet or in the corner...

Orvis St. John


After two years in Milan, he was booked for the show season in Paris, where he stayed for the next few years. He continued to work as a model and completed at the same time successful training as a chef at the renowned "Le Cordon Blue Culinary Institute" . Upon graduation, Orvis returned to the States and lived and worked as a chef in Los Angeles, where he had the honor of cooking for celebrities such as Quincy Jones, Naomi Campbell, Jodi Foster, Farah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal and many others.

But after years in kitchens, Orvis longed for the freedom that photography offered...

Anna Hager


Anna is a freelance photographer, from Munich, who discovered her passion for photography during her schooldays. Since then the camera has been her constant companion.

Her focus is on nature/macro and travel photography. If Anna is not on her way to the equator, she photographs the beauty of nature in our latitudes. She has a trained eye, even for the little things in this world that others too often overlook.

Ingo Juergens


Born and bred in Bremen in the north of Germany, his photographic journey started at the age of 16, when he got his first SLR camera. After studying graphics and design with a main focus on photography, he worked as a freelance graphic-designer for a couple of years. About 10 years ago, he found his way back into professional photography by shooting weddings and events.

Business developped and today his business activities are ranging from industrial photography, food, interiors and architecturals, to products, people and of course events.

Thomas Werner


Based in Munich, Germany I started photography in the film days as a hobby.

During the last years I was more and more drawn into photography as a profession starting my own business a few years ago.


Moments, emotions, colors, light, shadows

These are the elements that fascinate me and which I try to capture in my photography.


I'm an enthusiast, dad, yoga beginner, runner, archer, lateral thinker, perfectionist, tester, nature lover, fly fisherman, e-bike rider, espresso lover, hiker and individual.


I am looking forward to meet you …

Ivo Berg



Born in 1989 in Berlin, Germany, Ivo Berg grew up in the eastern part of the city. At the age of 19, he made first contact with photography and became hooked almost instantly. What followed were years of extensive practical study during which he experimented extensively with a wide variety of photographical fields such as architecture, street photography and travel . Almost no subject or style remained untouched.

Over the years his work has been published in a variety of international media such as “The Daily Telegraph” (UK) and “Welt der Wunder Magazin” (GER). 

Ben Kilb


I am 36 years old and was born and raised in the Taunus Mountains in the state of Hessen. 12 years ago I started working as a professional photographer. I now live in Offenbach next to Frankfurt and work as a documentary and portrait photographer for editorial and commercial clients. Latter include The New York Times, STERN Magazin, DIE ZEIT, 11Freunde and others.

Markus Lokai


Born at Dueren/ Germany in 1970.
From 1994 - 1997 he studied photography at the institute of arts Saint-Luc in Liège / Belgium where he finished with grad./diploma. Since then he worked for magazines and Newspaper editions and was represented Europe-wide by the photo agencies Visum and . Since 2002, his work also gets international interest at touring exhibitions and photo meetings, especially his photo series about the problem of homeland destruction and climate change by open cast mining and his photo series about political refugees. The WDR , German television broadcast, produced a documentary about this work....

Markus Schnabel


Born 1968 (Original „68er“)

Educated TV-Journalist (RTL)

Succesful TV-Producer (Own production company together with RTL)

Quit TV-Business because „too much circus“

2002-2004 traveling the world, especially South-East-Asia

2005 started working as „Medianautiker“ (freelancing photograph, filmmaker,

webdesigner, entrepreneur)

Specialities as photographer: documentary/event photography, people

Current photo exhibition at Cranachzentrum, Cologne (05-09/2018)


Based in Cologne, Germany

Eugene Ivanoff


My name is Eugene Ivanoff from Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK. I am a man who loves making photographs and spending time with my family (my wife Maria and two daughters – Vili and Stela), traveling around the world for pleasure.

After a long romance with the art, I get to find in photography the muse of my own creativity. My interest in photography stems from an early age. I find myself becoming more and more jaded with the photographic landscape of today and people who are telling stories with their bodies and faces. I never want to be someone...

Marcus Ahmad


My background as a fashion and beauty photographer has enabled me to travel the world and work with some inspirational people. I have now settled in Bristol where I still shoot commercially and teach photography at University level.

I shoot digitally and on film and am an Adobe Accredited Expert in Photoshop. I teach photography across several disciplines – Documentary, Studio Practice, Art Photography etc.

When not taking photos or teaching you can find me playing bass guitar in my funk band or riding the roads of Bristol on my bicycle.

Hardik Gaurav.


I am a Freelance photographer and film-maker based in Bristol. I have been professionally doing photography for last 4 years and my strength lies in capturing natural light portraits. I like to add some human elements in most of my compositions. I love traveling and meeting people from all walks of life. It makes me appreciate the human connection we share with each other and it also aids me in taking a portrait more soulfully. Other than photography I am a big movie buff and can have a good conversation over a coffee about the classic ones.

Leon Day


‘I have been a professional photographer for 12 years and specialise in wedding, portrait, event and commercial photography.  I've been lucky enough to be taught by Lord Lichfield, shoot the odd celebrity here and there and cover weddings and some of the most beautiful venues in the UK and Europe.

With my commercial work I've photographed hundreds of hotels & restaurants across the south of England with the Food & Drink Guide doing food and interior photography, as well as many of the local lifestyle magazines such as Bath Life, Bristol Life & Crumbs.

My main passion is portraiture...