Meet Our Instructors
Stephen Weiss. is a photographer and the previous owner of Creve Coeur Camera, a chain of retail stores in the mid-west.
Mr. Weiss, a graduate of St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, purchased the company in 1998. He comes from an extensive background in retail, photography, and marketing.
Mr. Weiss is the Photographer for the St. Louis County Hazmat team and has extensive experience as one of Gateway Motorsports Park track photographers specializing in NASCAR and NHRA races.
His portfolio includes: Gucci, Cristal Advertising, Charter Communications, the Coca-Cola Company, Edward Jones, and many other companies. He has extensive experience with fashion, table top products, portraiture and travel photography at it's finest.
Travels include: Cuba, Iceland, Costa Rica, Spain Japan and many other parts of the world.
Casey has been photographing for 22 years. She started on film when whe was 8 years old and taught herself the trifecta of exposure through trial and error and many notes.
In her more recent years, she was the store manager for the Columbia, MO Creve Coeur Camera location where she further developed her skills as a professional photographer.
She had her first art show in 2015 showcasing her work on film and was even able to develop everything in her own darkroom and make her own frames for her photos.
She is a very patient teacher and a wealth of knowledge.
Come learn with her!
Mark D’Harlingue has a BFA with majors in Illustration & Graphic Design and an Associate in Graphic Design and Photography. He spent his early professional career coming up through the photographic ranks. Starting out in a darkroom, hands in chemistry, printing for commercial photographers and working as an assistant to a number of photographers in a variety of specialties.
The Digital revolution sent him back to school to upgrade his skills both as a photographer and illustrator. Not only re-learning the craft of photography, but finally getting to blend his skills as a designer, painter and draftsman with his photography to take his artwork to a new level. His post-production experience in Photoshop gave him unprecedented control of the new photographic medium.
Over the years he has worn many hats in the commercial imaging field which has given him insight into the abilities and limitations of the medium. A team player with the ability to take someone’s vision and make it a reality; the flexibility to make changes on the fly; and the experience to bring more options to the table.
Photography, like all visual art forms, are acts of seeing, interpreting and documenting. His years of experience with film gives him the technical expertise to control exposure, color and take a balanced lighting approach, to set the mood and tone of the image. His understanding and eye for color, along with his ability to manipulate and control the hue, value and chroma in a digital format, is essential in setting the mood and cohesiveness of the image.
Finally, his attention to detail is probably his best attribute. With over 20 years in commercial imaging, has given him insight into the abilities and limitations of the medium and the ability to take someone’s vision and make it a reality; the flexibility to make changes on the fly; and the experience to bring more options to the table. Photography, like all visual art forms, is an act of seeing, interpreting and documenting.
I am Jorge Restrepo, I explore and document the world and my surroundings with my camera.
My kids were the reason I became a photographer. They are my why! The journey started in 2005 as a desire to photograph my kids growing up, playing sports, and during school shows. Now, I use my camera, and teach others, how to document life, tell stories, and freeze moments: portraits, sports action shots, events, landscapes, nature, the dark skies and the stars, wild life, or flowers… there’s always beautiful scenes to photograph.
Photography is art and is science; it’s given me an opportunity to see the world in a whole new perspective, a way to capture the beauty people and places have.
My "why" is simple, it’s to create memories! One image is the ticket to remember that special day, that special person, that special place, that event.
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
— Karl Lagerfeld
Kyle is a driven family man and photographer who love shooting, working on VW's, traveling and even works full time as a software engineer.
His talents are vast and his photography includes, drifting, landscapes, people and more. He shoots almost every week just because it 's his passion. He sees landscapes with a wonderful eye that draws you into the image. His drifting photography is the same...not just ordinary.
You will meet Kyle at many of our "automotive" events....just look for the tall RED bearded man!
We love having Kyle as one of our professors!