studies: BFA from Tufts University/Museum School-Boston; Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology - Lesley College; Master’s Degree - Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography. career direction: I owned a design/photo studio on Cape Cod for 13 years and then went back to grad school. Taught at Brooks Institute of Photography for 7 years. Then Director of Graduate MFA Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for two years. Currently, head of the Photography Department in the Fine Art Division at SBCC since 2001. travel: Directed several Study Abroad programs (Paris, London), and Cuba twice (2003 and 2012); interests: boating (sailing and power boats), painting and sculpting, carpentry, and home renovation projects.
Liz Amidon has worked at Santa Barbara City College since January of 2006. She has taught, Beginning Photography, Digital Darkroom, Color Management, Fine Art Photography and Portfolio Development. Amidon received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute as a Merit Scholar in May of 2006. Her worked was comprised of Sculptural Objects, Video and Large Scale Photographs. She enjoys working with alternative processes both in the darkroom and in the digital darkroom. Travelling extensively she had taken and collected many images from her travels and enjoys her summers off.
Bruce Jeffrey Burkhardt is a Santa Barbara CA based photographer and artist. Having lived, studied, taught and traveled internationally for many years, Bruce has gained numerous cultural influences to broaden his creative foundation. Mr. Burkhardt currently shares his experience and knowledge as a digital image maker at Santa Barbara City College. He is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and has owned and operated a greeting card publishing company and a freelance photography business for decades. Bruce is currently focusing on digital image compositing and retouching with a variety of clientele and Corbis stock agency.
Greg A. Cooper
Greg A. Cooper graduated in May 1996 from Western Kentucky University with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology. After graduation, Cooper worked as a daily photojournalist then picture editor for newspapers in California then Ohio.
Cooper returned to his native Ventura County in 2003, this time to pursue his Master’s Degree in Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, where he graduated in December of 2004. Cooper now shoots mostly with his smartphone, teaching workshops about how to shoot better still images and video with mobile devices.
Wendy “Say” Dempsay Skiles
Wendy Dempsay Skiles, better known as “Say”, began her career as a product photographer in Tucson, AZ while attending the University of Arizona where she earned her BFA degree in Photography. After attending Brooks Institute of Photography for a short time, she decided to pack her camera gear move from Tucson to Santa Barbara. Say began teaching photography at Santa Barbara City College in the Spring of 2001. Seeing that the future of education was also in online learning, she earned her MAEd degree in Distance Learning. Say’s interest in photography is varied but is currently enjoying working on urban exploration project of abandon buildings.
Kacie Fowle is an award winning portrait and wedding photographer based in Santa Barbara since 2004 and photographs close to 200 sessions a year. After perfecting her technical skills at the Brooks Institute of Photography, she embarked on a rewarding career which lead her to be featured in many publications including US Weekly, People Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The Knot, Santa Barbara Magazine, Montecito Journal, Independent and many more. She is very energized and always looking to challenge herself with something new. She began teaching in the photography department at SBCC in 2013 and in 2014, started Portraits For Causes, a non-profit where she donates free portraits to families battling a potentially life threatening illness. She is living out her dream life in beautiful Santa Barbara with her husband and two beautiful little girls.
Taralynn Jones, known to most as Tara, graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography
in 2004 with a degree in Digital Media. Before graduation, in 2003, Tara started her
first company, Flare Productions, which services commercial advertising clients. In
2012, she began teaching photography at Santa Barbara City College. And after years
of photographing everything from travel to weddings to commercial clients and products,
Tara started her second company, Eat This, Shoot That!, a food, wine, and photo tour
company. Alongside the tour company, she also writes a libations column for Noozhawk.com,
a local online newspaper.
Tara now mostly shoots with her iPhone, focusing her interests on food and travel photography, simultaneously pursuing her writing as a columnist and author.
Jezaira Knight is a boudoir photographer who specializes in creating beautiful portraits
of women. She brings 23 years of real world experience to SBCC, using what she has
learned along the way to influence and guide students towards fulfilling their professional
goals. She is passionate about photography, no matter what genre. She teaches the
Portfolio class and the Photo 109 class, giving students the knowledge and the skills
to succeed in the real world as they develop themselves both personally and professionally.
Katie Moos graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2002. It was in that year that she began her business, Katie Moos Photography, as a wedding and portrait photographer. Wedding photography has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her work has been published in Instyle Weddings, The Knot, Brides, and Wedding Dresses magazines. Since 2002 she has expanded her business to include documenting births, maternity portraits, and some commercial work for Women’s Day Magazine.
Natalie Morris earned her BA in Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2004. Natalie began her photographic career exhibiting her fine art photography in galleries, design studios, and restaurants locally and nationally. Her photographs have been published in Santa Barbara Magazine, CASA, and the Independent. In 2011 she founded Eva Cards, a card company designed from her photography. Natalie spends her time as an educator, entrepreneur and fine art photographer.
Chuck Place has worked as an editorial photographer for thirty years. His degree is
in biology, but his passion is photography. His subjects have changed, from large
format landscapes to sailing and travel and finally food and people on location, but
his fascination with images has never wavered.
His assignment clients range from National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Islands, Time Magazines and Smithsonian Books to Tamron Lenses, Timberline Clothes and IBM. Chuck is the sole photographer of six books, has written and illustrated articles for such magazines as Outdoor Photographer and his work has earned recognition from the New York Art Directors Club, the Western Art Directors Club and Art Direction Magazine. Chuck Place taught commercial photography classes at the prestigious Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and has recently completed assignments for Disney’s Family Life, Westways, Seasons, American Airlines, Food & Home, Roblar Winery, the Biltmore Hotel and Sea Ray boats.
A photographer for over 20 years, Seantel Sanders is an alumni of Brooks Institute of Photography, where he received his degree in Commercial / Illustration Photography.
After shooting commercial projects in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Washington DC, he left the commercial world to pursue a career in Fine Art Photography He became a faculty member at SBCC in 2006. He now teaches full time and shoots and exhibits his Fine Art Photography locally and abroad.