Our Instructors

Sam Abell

Sam Abell’s forty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through lengthy, in-depth assignments for National Geographic, where for thirty years he was a contract and staff photographer.

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At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author. Mr. Abell was a founder of the Santa Fe Center of Photography and has been a member of the boards of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and the University of Virginia Museum of Art. A one-person exhibit and monograph of his work at mid-career titled Stay This Moment was organized by the International Center of Photography in New York in 1990. In 2002 a traveling exhibit and monograph of his work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life was organized by the University of Virginia Art Museum. His other book credits include Seeing Gardens (2000) and The Life of a Photograph (2008).








His book, Amazonia, was published in January 2010 to coincide with a traveling exhibition of images organized by the University of Oregon Art Museum. The first installment of four books in the planned 16-volume publication of The Sam Abell Library was released January 2013 by Radius Books, Santa Fe.

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DCP Classes
with Sam Abell

None scheduled at this time.

Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg is a nationally recognized photographer and co-founder of Artists for Animals. She specializes in contemporary, artistic portraits for a sophisticated clientele. Additionally, she donates much of her time to animal and children’s charities.

Berg’s work has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Today Show online, BBC Radio, The Dallas Morning News, The Toronto Star, Professional Photographer Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Guidepost Magazine, Bark Magazine and numerous blogs.

She is a graduate of the Elkins Institute of Photography and a member of Wedding and Portrait Professional Photographers International (WPPI).

Berg works full time from her studio in North Dallas. Samples of her portrait work can be found at www.teresaberg.com


Steffenie Burns

Steffenie Burns recently moved from to the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Atlanta, GA in July of 2020. While in Atlanta, she worked as a Sr. Live Content Correspondent for the National Football League, as well as holding independent photography contracts with the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Atlanta United FC (MLS), Atlanta Braves (MLB), USA Today Sports Images (IMAGN), and many others. Now living in Dallas, she works as a product photographer for an e-commerce manufacturer. She has had the opportunity to cover 2019 Super Bowl events in Atlanta, MLS championship games, Pro Football Hall of Fame Week in Canton, OH., as well as dozens of collegiate-level sports and championship events. Her work has been seen by millions on social media and billboards in the Atlanta area, and featured in numerous online and print publications. She specializes in capturing the energy and emotion of players and the game, while giving corporations the best representation possible through strong imagery and passion for sports.

Born and raised in Georgia, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a focus in photojournalism from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication. Upon graduation she was offered a position with the UGA Athletic Association as the first staffed athletics photographer, where she began her career focusing in sport photography. After a few short years of working in the field, she discovered her love for sports photography. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, she changed career industries from sports to e-commerce, but still photographs sports assignments freelance in the DFW area.

Steffenie is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and has been a guest speaker at the University of Georgia on a handful of occasions. She has also assisted in collegiate photojournalism workshops and the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina, and enjoys guiding others in making creative, technical and editorial decisions.  Her love of helping others has fueled her desire to teach workshops for the Dallas Center for Photography….and coming from a family of teachers, it only seemed natural.



DCP Classes
with Steffenie Burns

  • Fundamentals of Sports Photography
  • David Brown

    David has 40+ years of experience in the darkroom doing both monochrome and color film processing and printing. He’s been a wedding and commercial photographer and has worked as a full-time darkroom technician.

    He taught high school briefly after college before being employed by a security surveillance company that used 35mm film. David maintained multiple cameras in over a hundred locations, designed an in-house darkroom for the company, and processed, printed and archived tens of thousands of feet of film. Now retired from his “day job” as an analyst for the Department of the Treasury, he maintains a working darkroom for personal work. While using state of the art digital for color, all black and white work is done with film and silver gelatin printing.

    From 2006 to 2009, he worked with four other Texas photographers on the Texas Church Project: a collaborative effort documenting historic church buildings using film and darkroom prints. The TCP photographers exhibited multiple times and appeared in a segment of the “Texas Country Reporter” TV show. In 2014, David produced a group exhibition with work from seven Texas photographers, showing silver gelatin prints, platinum/palladium prints, and ambrotypes. In 2015, he completed a documentary project photographing historic pipe organs in Texas and surrounding states.  This project resulted in two exhibitions and a book.

    After a lifetime of landscapes, architectural and documentary work, David now seeks to create photographs that he first “sees” in his mind, rather than capturing a scene that he encounters and documents. As part of that process, David has moved into the studio, and is experimenting with still life, macro, and small abstract setups. He believes that one must never stop learning and moving forward!

    Select exhibitions:
    University of North Texas 2007 (group)
    Abilene Camera Club 2008 (solo – with presentation)
    Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas 2009 (group)
    Texas Tech University School of Architecture 2009 (group – with lecture presentation)
    Cathedral of Saint Matthew, Dallas 2010 (solo)
    Jeanette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas 2014 (group)
    East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Archives, Kilgore 2014 (solo)
    East Texas Pipe Organ Festival Archives, Kilgore 2015 (solo)


    DCP Classes
    with David Brown

  • Intermediate Darkroom
  • Whitney J. Daude

    Originally from Ding Dong, Texas, Whitney assisted her parents in loading their 35mm cameras with film in hotel rooms on vacation from a young age. She received her BFA in Art, with a concentration in Photography, from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017. After graduation, she accepted the Photo Lab Coordinator position at UTA, assisting students in navigating lighting studios, digital print labs, an alternative process lab, and a black and white darkroom. More passionate for the black and white darkroom, Whitney has found that the safelights have proven to be a safe space since graduation. Since 2015, she has assisted instructor and photographer Scott Hilton in professional projects. Additionally, she assisted both renowned wet plate photographer Lisa Elmaleh in tintype workshops and Alan Ross in fine art printing during their DCP workshops.


    DCP Classes
    with Whitney J. Daude

  • Beginner Darkroom
  • Shoot Film with a Brownie Hawkeye
  • Lisa Elmaleh

    Lisa Elmaleh’s work is a photographic exploration of rural America. Elmaleh is an analog photographer living in Paw Paw, West Virginia.  She is a traveling educator, often teaching wet plate collodion workshops out of the back of her truck for various workshops across America. Elmaleh’s Everglades work was published as a monograph (Everglades) in 2016. She has been awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation IPF Grant, PDN’s 30, the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant, the Tierney Fellowship, and The Everglades National Park Artist Residency. She teaches at the Penumbra Foundation in New York City. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Elmaleh’s work is in the collection of the Norton Museum, the Ogden Museum, and other private collections worldwide.


    Ed Kashi

    Ed Kashi is a prolific photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker and educator dedicated to documenting the social and geopolitical issues that define our times. He has covered topics as diverse as the impact of oil in Nigeria, the protestant community in Northern Ireland, the lives of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, the impact of an aging society through his groundbreaking project, Aging in America, climate change, the plight of Syrian refugees, and the global epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease among agricultural workers. A sensitive eye and an intimate and compassionate relationship to his subjects are signatures of his intense and unsparing work. A member of VII Photo Agency since 2010, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.

    His early adoption of hybrid visual storytelling has produced a number of influential short films and in 2015 he was named Multimedia Photographer of the Year. Kashi’s embrace of new approaches to visual storytelling has led to creative social media and printed projects for a range of clients including National Geographic, Open Society Foundations, The New Yorker, MSNBC, GEO Germany, Fortune, Human Rights Watch, International Medical Corps, MediaStorm, NBC.com, New York Times Magazine, Oxfam, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and TIME magazine. From implementing a unique approach to photography and filmmaking in his 2006 Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, to of the moment Instagram coverage of Hurricane Sandy for TIME Magazine in 2012, Kashi continues to create powerful imagery and engage with the world in new ways.

    A leading voice in the photojournalism world, Kashi frequently lectures on a wide range of topics for arts institutions, universities, schools and professional organizations. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide, receiving numerous awards and honors. Through his editorial assignments and personal projects Kashi has published eight books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger DeltaTHREE, and Photojournalisms.

    In 2002, Kashi founded Talking Eyes Media in partnership with his wife, writer + filmmaker Julie Winokur. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books, and multimedia pieces that explore significant social issues. They are currently engaged in a 5-year storytelling project with Rutgers University in Newark focused on immigration for which they recently received a two year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kashi is also on the Board of Directors of the Catchlight Foundation.


    DCP Classes
    with Ed Kashi

    None scheduled at this time.

    Richard Klein

    Richard trained in photography and sculpture at the University of New Mexico. While mastering the technical aspects of lighting he has retained an artist’s understanding of subject and context. His commercial work is photographing hospitality, food & beverage, architecture and people in paradise for clients like Disney, Hyatt International, Intercontinental, Rosewood, Shangri-La and Sheraton Grand.

    Richard has logged over 5 years of assignments shooting and directing crews in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, “I strive for an understated elegance in the images, if the viewer has the experience of actually being in the space in their mind’s eye and not noticing the photography, I have done my job well.”

    He was an early adopter of digital imaging which has led to a deep understanding of the process. Richard says he feels fortunate to have lived through the digital revolution and had time to absorb that universe slowly, layer upon layer. Though he does confess that he works hard to make his digital files look like the 4”x5” transparencies he loved for so many years.

    Richard is committed to passing on the craft and joy of image making by teaching classes and workshops at the Dallas Center for Photography, University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and as a contributor to lynda.com. “Learning is a process and I see myself as a lifelong learner continually taking on new subjects, being in a state of Beginners Mind. My commitment as an educator is to share complicated material in a way that is easily understood by the student regardless of their experience level. My approach is of mutual respect, honoring the knowledge and experience of everyone in the room.”

    Richard joins his wife, fine art photographer and artist bookmaker, Susan kae Grant in supporting and participating in the visual culture of Dallas and New York. Frequently collaborating and always discussing ideas and approaches in the art making process makes them a great team. In addition to photography Richard has recorded ambient sound around the world that he uses in sound design for his animation and motion work.

    Kirsten Lewis

    Kirsten is a documentary family photographer based in Denver, Colorado. However her work takes her all over the world, from New Zealand to Dubai, Brazil to Canada, Italy to Hawaii. Although she has been shooting for more than 20 years, it was teaching on Creative Live that really brought her approach to documentary family photography to the forefront as a desirable alternative to the traditional family portrait.

    Currently, she divides her time between mentoring, private commissioned shoots, commercial work and personal projects. Despite the many accomplishments including being regularly featured on the Huffington Post, it is her role as a mother and wife to her daughter Byrdie Mae and husband street photographer Gregory Bethmann that brings her the most pride and joy. Well that and any Scrabble victory, which are countless.


    DCP Classes
    with Kirsten Lewis

    None scheduled at this time.

    Mike McLean

    A Dallas-based freelance photojournalist McLean’s foundation of storytelling skills comes from his strong news background at the Dallas Times Herald. As a staff photographer for the Dallas Times Herald he served on a reporting team that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the crash of Delta flight 191 at the DFW airport. McLean is a frequent speaker and workshop instructor for Journalism associations, Universities and Media organizations throughout the country. He is a co-author of “Get The Picture” and “Grow your know in Photography.” McLean developed and taught an online digital photojournalism curriculum for a University based in Colorado. He recently developed a Photojournalism course sequence for “A Backpack Journalist” which is an educational services and event support company, providing curriculum, workshops and training for the US Military and their families. Presently McLean is a photography content expert for Jostens Publishing and for the past three years he has worked as a visual content lead and instructor in photography at the West Point US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy.


    Patrizia Montanari

    Patrizia Montanari was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Growing up she was surrounded by the love of a large extended family – uncles, aunties and cousins whose lives all entwined daily. She has many blissful memories of long, hot summers altogether in the south of Italy surrounded by art and beautiful food.

    In 2002 she began traveling and experiencing a world outside of Italy, living and working in a number of cities including New York, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas until early 2017 when she made Portland, Oregon her home along with her husband Mark and two young children, Lucy and Johnny.

    Patrizia has experienced and created art all of her life. In the last 10 years her love for portrait and figure painting naturally evolved into a love for photography. Taking photographs quickly became an obsession and a new way to express her creative side. Portraits are her passion and people are her biggest inspiration. Patrizia’s Photography business quickly grew a strong client base through word of mouth, working on a wide range of projects, from portrait to fashion lifestyle, product and food photography to name a few.

    In 2018, her entrepreneurial spirit, love of fashion, design and photography all came together when she launched her very own clothing line, Patrizia Montanari. A gender and size free collection that embraces modern, and simple silhouette with a minimalist approach. An inclusive range for all body shapes and personalities.

    Patrizia teaches photography workshops at Dallas Center for Photography and she is also available for individual tutoring.

    A visual storyteller, she hasn’t abandoned her passion for travel, and continues to showcase her adventures on Instagram, mostly with the help of her family and her perfect travel companions, her Fujifilm X100T, Nikon Z6 and of course her iPhone!


    DCP Classes
    with Patrizia Montanari

    None scheduled at this time.

    Nikola Olic

    Nikola Olic is a Serbian photographer living and working right here in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area, focusing on architectural photography and abstract structural quotes that reimagine architecture in playful, dimensionless and disorienting ways. He is represented by Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, Subject Art Gallery in New York City, Espaces Atypiques in France, and Bartselona Gallery in Serbia.

    His photography has appeared in publications and public and private collections around the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired Magazine, The Guardian Newspaper, BBC News, Forbes, Dezeen, USA Today and many others. He was also featured in all major local media outlets, including The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, Dallas Architecture Forum, Advocate Magazine, Patron Magazine and D Magazine.


    DCP Classes
    with Nikola Olic

  • Architecture Photo Walk with Nikola Olic
  • Jim Pollock

    After receiving an electrical engineering degree from MIT, Jim worked at a scientific instrumentation division of Hewlett-Packard before involvement in 8 early stage technology companies including 4 startups of his own. He is currently the CEO of LumenAstra, a startup commercializing a patent from the University of Colorado for a non-invasive, wearable core body temperature sensor. For kicks, Jim plays the piano, bikes a couple thousand miles a year and stares into space through his telescope. Always pursuing efficiency, he has combined two of his favorite hobbies by entering the world of astrophotography and loves sharing it with anyone who will listen (or has no way to leave).

    DCP Classes
    with Jim Pollock

  • Introduction to Astrophotography
  • Peter Poulides

    Peter’s interest in photography started while attending an international high school in Athens, Greece where he often cut classes to spend time in the darkroom. His degree is in TV & film production with a minor in graphics and printing. He worked as an educational video producer for four years while starting to shoot stills professionally and building his portfolio.

    In the early 80s he started freelancing with a specialty in travel and editorial photography. For the next decade or so he completed dozens of assignments for Smithsonian Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Travel Holiday, Business Week, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, WGBH and others. He also shot commercial and industrial work for small and large companies including Texaco, 7-11, CompUSA, AMEX and Fluor.

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    Some of Peter’s magazine covers

    When his first child was born in the early 90s, he wanted to be closer to home so Peter backed off the location work, leased some studio space and started shooting indoors. For the next decade he was heavily involved in producing top-selling images for the stock photo business, shooting for Tony Stone Worldwide, which later became part of Getty Images.

    Peter has owned The Spot Studio, Inc. since 1998 and started offering classes in 2009. Today, Dallas Center for Photography keeps him busy with teaching and finding other instructors to bring world class photographic education to Dallas.

    Alan Ross

    Alan Ross has earned an international reputation as a specialist in the art of black-and-white photography – as an artist, educator and master printer. He was Ansel Adams’ Photographic Assistant in Carmel from 1974 to 1979, and integrally involved with Adams’ books, teaching in Yosemite, and production of fine prints. Ross is the exclusive printer of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite Special Edition Prints, an assignment Adams personally selected him for in 1975. He makes each print by hand from Adams’ original negatives using traditional darkroom techniques. 

    As a photographic educator, Ross specializes in helping photographers at any level to realize and express their photographic vision. He has led workshops in Yosemite & across the United States, Ireland, Italy, Australia and China. 

    Ross’s tonally exquisite black-and-white photograph prints, painstakingly hand-crafted in the darkroom, are prized by collectors and hang in collections throughout the world. 


    DCP Classes
    with Alan Ross

    None scheduled at this time.

    Jennifer Spelman

    Jennifer Spelman is a freelance editorial and documentary photographer based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a fluid traveler and is equally at home in rural villages and cosmopolitan cities.

    A sensitive photographer of people, she strives to create images with energy and insight. Her clients have included Village Science, Seven Squared Media, The Heart Gallery, What Moves You, Sanjhi, and Sustainable Santa Fe.

    Jennifer is a patient educator who has co-instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Santa Fe, India, Mexico, and Cuba. She is thrilled to lead passionate photographers on ridiculously fun adventures around the world with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.


    DCP Classes
    with Jennifer Spelman

    None scheduled at this time.