About Us

Meet founder George Theodore and the rest of our expert photography instructors. To be a member of this faculty, one must have a passion for teaching and these folks know how to teach. You'll get the benefit of their successes (and mistakes) and find that the only thing they take seriously is making sure you have a quality learning experience second to none and that you have fun too.

_DSC8781-Edit-2.jpgGeorge Theodore
George, after retiring in 2002 from a successful engineering career, turned a life-long hobby into a full-time profession. Starting in urban photography as a teenager—mostly black and white—George finally got the "color photography bug" over thirty years ago and hasn't looked back. He now specializes mostly in landscape and travel photography and enjoys a little bit of macro work too. His photographic travels have carried him worldwide and he loves capturing not only the landscapes, but the people and a sense of their culture as well. Prior to founding this company in 2011, he was a part of the Great American Photography Workshops team for eleven years teaching tours and workshops. A very early convert to the digital medium, he uses his background in electrical engineering to help bring clarity to the technical side of digital photography in a way that's down-to-earth and easy-to-grasp; and his art studies combined with sixty years behind the viewfinder can help you express your vision. Every now and then, he still does a little black and white and over the past ten years has developed a keen eye for infrared subject material too. 

George is well versed in post processing software and enjoys the freedom to make image adjustments based on personal preference and impressions; but he stresses "getting it right" as much as possible in capture. George is passionate about teaching and enjoys sharing his experience as well as his well-honed technical knowledge all of which he sprinkles with a healthy dose of humor.

He is a member of the North American Nature Photography AssociationPhotographic Society of America, Professional Photographer's Association and is the founder of American Nature Photography Workshops. His work is represented by Danita Delimont Stock Photography.



tom_bol.jpgTom Bol   tombolphoto.com
Tom regularly shoots assignments (and writes) for numerous national publications. He has a degree in Journalism and has traveled around the world photographing and writing stories with an adventure sports theme. Tom's work has been used in magazines, brochures, billboards, books, postcards, calendars and he has over 60 covers to his credit. He regularly teaches on photography tours and workshops.

Tom is on the faculty of Kelby Training, writes monthly articles for Digital Photo and is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. A dedicated and enthusiatic teacher, he is well versed in all aspects of photography and a leading expert in the use of artificial light—in the studio and in the field. .

photo of Terry EggersTERRY EGGERS   eggersphoto.com
Terry has been photographing aggressively for the over 25 years. Terry specializes in Nature, Wildlife Photography and Travel, but his files cover a wide variety. His work is represented worldwide by three photo agencies, Corbis Worldwide, Panoramic Images and Danita Delimont agency. In addition Terry markets his work to many calendar companies. His work has appeared in Audubon, Inner Reflections, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Hallmark, Teldon, Day Dream, Landmark, and others.

photo of Brenda TharpBRENDA THARP  brendatharp.com
For over twenty-eight years, Brenda has specialized in creating strong compositions with attention to light, color, form and texture and has helped countless photographers to achieve that level as well. Her images are used in ads, books, brochures and magazines for a variety of clients including National Geographic Books, Nature Conservancy, Audubon, National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications. Passionate about sharing her love for photography, Brenda is an acclaimed workshop instructor and is the author of several books including the recent best seller Expressive Nature Photography. You’ll enjoy her style and her ability to help you create your own stories through your photograph 

photo of Cliff ZenorCLIFF ZENOR  cliffzenor.com
Cliff has an extensive background in horticulture and adult education and been a nature photography tour leader and workshop teacher for over 25 years. He has photographed, taught and led tours in parks and preserves worldwide. His work has appeared in various publications and advertisements and his limited edition photographic prints are in many private collections. Cliff has presented programs for PPA and NANPA and appeared in segments of PBS shows about exploring and photographing nature.  

BethforAbtPg.jpgBeth Ruggiero-York    bethruggiero.com 
Beth organizes and teaches photo workshops in the US, Asia and  Europe and is also a photography instructor for Arizona Highways PhotoScapes, teaching popular landscape and night workshops in the US and abroad. She has a passion for photography and travel and, as an instructor, seeks to extract the best each has to offer. Beth is the author of Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography and co-author of Everglades National Park: A Photographic Guide.