Photography Instructors

David Swindler Photographer

David Swindler

David Swindler is an award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer.  Among others, he has been recognized by Sony World Photography Awards, International Landscape Photographer of the Year, and National Geographic.  He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. In 2014, he left his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to some of the most remote regions of the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David's work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!

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Having guided photo tours for years, David is very familiar with many different types of cameras.  He is a master with light and composition. But most importantly, his dedication to his clients is what really sets him apart!   Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.

Johnny Adolphson

Johnny Adolphson

Johnny is a published landscape/fine art photographer living in Heber City, Utah.  His award winning art can be found on the walls of clinics, hospitals, airports, hotels, restaurants and private homes throughout Northern Utah. In addition to being a photography guide, Johnny spends the winter months working as a powder ski guide.  His years as a wildland firefighter show in his exceptional backcountry navigation and survival skills.

With landscape photography being Johnny's passion, he spends the majority of his free time exploring Utah's vast wilderness areas in search of hidden gems and new photo ops. Johnny is intimately familiar with the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges of Northern Utah as well as the the deserts of Southern Utah. Johnny loves to share his passion for photography with others.

See more of Johnny's work below and be sure to follow him on Instagram:

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Kevin McNeal

Kevin McNeal

Kevin McNeal is a Washington-State photographer who is passionate about photographing grand landscapes that reflect the most unique places on earth. Capturing moments of magic light and transferring this to print is the ultimate goal. His images hold a combination of perseverance, patience, and dedication to capture landscapes in fresh ways. The stories of how these images are rendered come across in the feelings the images convey. He has traveled all over North America, shooting diverse landscapes and finding remote places with the hope that we can convey to the public that this earth is worth caring for. His award winning images can be seen in galleries and showings across the United States.  He was recently invited to the Art Wolfe Art Gallery for the Environmental Photography Invitational. Kevin was the grand winner of the Landscape category for the Natures Best Magazine and was selected for the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington D.C..  He is a regular contributor to publications like Outdoor Photographer.

Artist’s Statement

“I believe that the Earth shares secrets with us that only can be discovered by trying to understand our position on this planet. We are never fully intimate with the planet but are given brief moments that make our souls want more. These glimpses of nature’s power are fleeting and never the same twice. I also believe it is important to share with those who want it. The treasures that await us given the patience that is out there. What I try to do is bring some of that magic to my images to share with the rest of the world. Each of my images tells a story that everyone can relate to in some way whether it is success, fear, or challenging oneself to overcome obstacles

Kevin's portfolio can be found at www.kevinmcnealphotography.com.

Nickolas Warner

Nickolas Warner

Nickolas is a photographer and tour guide with a particular interest in extreme and unusual locations.  His travels have taken him to some fascinating locations, but the American Southwest is his favorite place to photograph.

Nickolas spent the past decade guiding in Alaska, where he provided instruction on photographing the aurora borealis, and shared his knowledge of the far north’s rugged terrain and resilient wildlife.

When not guiding, Nickolas enjoys long distance hiking and extended backpacking trips through remote wilderness areas.

Nickolas's portfolio can be found at Nickolas Warner Photography

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Nicole Pino

Many of you will have already interacted with Nicole well before you go on your first tour or workshop.  As our front office manager, she is the glue that holds our operation together and ensures everything runs perfectly. We couldn't do it without her hard work and dedication!  But not only that, she is is a talented photographer and an attentive teacher.  As one of our photography experts, you may be fortunate to have her as one of your instructors on a workshop.

Having an interest in photography from a very young age, Nicole certainly found her home and "happy place" in the photographic community.

Nicole is also a licensed boat captain, and you will see her on our Lake Powell Houseboat Workshops and Reflection Canyon Tours.  Lake Powell being one of her favorite places on Earth, she has spent many years exploring the lake and its side-canyons and knows it very well. She has a plethora of experience piloting boats both large and small.

Nicole is a Utah native and self-proclaimed "Gypsy at heart."  Having an incurable wanderlust and a love for the outdoors, she spends the majority of her free time traveling and exploring .  She enjoys sharing her passion for photography and love of nature with others.

View some of Nicole's work below and visit her on Instagram.

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Kathleen Gardner

Kathleen moved to southern Utah in the summer of 2018 after living in the mountains of Idaho for 17+ years.  She grew up in Colorado, and spent much of her childhood visiting and exploring southern Utah with her family, so it only made sense that one day she would live here.
Her father, the geologist, made sure they spent their vacations exploring the lands and discovering new locations and places people had never been.  Kathleen loves to hike and photograph these places and is always discovering new hidden gems.

Kathleen has been a photographer for 35 years, dabbling in portrait and glamour, but always came back to nature, as that is where she feels most at home.  Don't let her beautiful landscapes fool you, there is one tough cookie behind that camera!  She has hiked the Grand Canyon, rim2rim2rim in 2 days, trekked 53 miles along the San Diego coastline, also in 2 days.  As if that weren't enough, she has kayaked and biked the entire length of the Florida keys in 3 days; kayaked, biked and hiked for 25 hours and 77 miles around Santa Barbara, as well as completing many obstacle course races over the past few years.  Kathleen loves to challenge herself and even moreso, loves the change it creates within herself, just as it does in nature.

See more of Kathleen's work below and follow her on Instagram:

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Amy Osness

Amy Osness

From an early age, Amy knew she had a wandering spirit.  Her desire for adventure and passion for nature, stayed with her into adulthood, prompting her to pursue photography as an expressive art form.

The moments captured by Amy's camera are far removed from the "point and click" variety.  She often spends hours and even days scouting possible shoot locations.

Amy loves exploring and photographing all the natural wonders that surround her hometown of St. George, Utah.

Amy's profile can be found at Nature's Eye Photography

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Jono Melamed

Jono is an artist, photographer, and designer currently living in Southern Utah.

In 2013, Jono earned a BFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and several years later an MFA in Collaborative Design from The Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jono can often be found rolling around the backcountry in his tiny purple pickup truck with his dog Leonard and a few too many cameras.  As an artist, his work is fueled by a reverence for place and the physicality of presence. As a photographer, his images tell a story of an ongoing romance with the wild and a compulsion to find stories in the dirt, sea, and sky. As a designer, he works to fuse design thinking with photojournalism in order to uncover and investigate complex narratives that provoke critical thought and meaningful change in America’s wildlands and the communities that call them home.

Jono's profile can be found at Jono Melamed

 

John Haymore

John Haymore is a Utah-based photographer with a deep passion for landscapes. Ever since he took his first road trip to Moab over twenty years ago, he's been in awe of the magnificent sandstone formations that the Southwest holds. Those encounters with serene locations left him craving for a way to hold on to those memories and preserve the surrounding beauty. He believes in blending conservation with landscape photography to educate and raise preservation through principles of responsible stewardship for our public lands.  A Graphic Designer by trade, John focuses on building brands and visual communication. He believes everything in this world should be thoughtfully designed and has spent the last decade turning ideas into visual solutions that evoke emotional responses.

John not only loves teaching photographers in the field, but he is equally proficient at teaching computer skills to raise students' post-processing IQ's. John's images have won numerous awards, including top finishes in the prestigious Epson Pano Awards!

View John's Portfolio Here:  Gallery

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Greg McCown

When he was just 9 months old Greg McCown moved to Tucson, AZ. Greg especially loves the mountains. He has spent many days and nights camping, hiking, skiing, and rapelling in the Catalina Mountains.

 

At age 21 Greg met the girl of his dreams. They quickly married and had 5 children together. Greg soon found that he really liked working in real estate, buying and selling properties both for himself and others. He has built spec homes, split lots, done rezonings, and been a landlord. He found that he truly enjoyed helping others in the process of buying and selling real estate. Even after obtaining an MBA in Global Management in May of 2002, Greg found that any new career would not be as fulfilling as the one he had come to enjoy so much. 

 

In 2004, on a trip to Hawaii, Greg stole his wife’s camera. She never got it back and Greg became instantly obsessed. He spent years studying and practicing the art of photography and has become a well known landscape photographer specializing in storms, stars, and sunsets. His work is now found in magazines, calendars, the local news, and has been published internationally.

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Ryan McGinty

Ryan McGinty is a landscape photographer based in Moscow, Idaho. His work focuses on the surrounding area called the Palouse. A region in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington known for its rolling hills of agriculture and surrounding mountains. 15 years experience living and photographing the Palouse year round.

He started his interest in photography at an early age while inspired by a relative landscape painter Norton Bush and photographs of Ansel Adams Yosemite where Ryan grew up. In college he decided to take photography more seriously by taking several classes then becoming assistant wedding photographer. Furthering his education by attending Brooks Institute of Photography. While attending he learned large and medium format film photography which he still continues today. In 2003 he moved to Idaho where his passion for landscape returned and has been the main focus of his photography.

His photographs have been published in books, calendars and travel guides. He has guided several large group and many private tours of the Palouse. His passion is sharing his knowledge from his experiences photographing the Palouse and surrounding areas.

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Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Born and raised in India, Rajesh moved to Texas in the early 1990's to attend graduate school. He now lives in Murphy, TX with his wife and two daughters.

Rajesh's landscape and astrophotography journey began through his love of horticulture and the native Texas landscape. His interests include macro, landscape and astrophotography, and he has an affinity for undiscovered locations and unique photo ops.

Photography has taken Rajesh on a path of self-discovery, learning, and meaningful friendships. His images are displayed at several exhibitions around the world, and he has won several awards including the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Top 101 award and a Top 10 finalist in the Smithsonian 15th Annual Photo Contest.  Two of his images are published and displayed at London’s Royal Botanical Gardens.   

Rajesh shares his images regularly on his website and other social media.

Website:   2020px.com

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Instagram: ladybugfarmimages 

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Evelyn Fu

Evelyn Fu

Chief Strategy Officer
Evelyn is instrumental in our business planning and future strategy.  Her creative mind and forward-thinking approach help us keep a fresh perspective and find new opportunities!  After graduating sum cum laude from University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, Evelyn earned her medical degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She then completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Following residency, Dr. Fu pursued extensive training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Fu actively contributes to medical literature by authoring original reports, book chapters, and electronic publications and abstracts.
Evelyn's personal interests include adventure travel and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, sailing, and snowboarding. She is also an avid reader and enjoys history, philosophy, psychology, and fine arts. She has a keen interest in landscape and travel photography.