Our Photography Teachers in NYC
JP has been a professional photographer since 2006. In that time, his images have been published by The New York Times, GQ, New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Observer, The Village Voice and Time Out New York. JP is the Chief Education Officer of JP Teaches Photo and has taught over 15,000 people how to use their cameras. His How Do I Use My Camera? class was chosen by NY Magazine as one of the top ten things to do over Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to being really knowledgeable about photography, JP can also teach classes on how to make a mango guacamole that will blow your socks off. When he’s not teaching, you might find JP playing Shanghai rum with his grandmother and, despite what she’ll tell you, he doesn’t cheat.
Lydia fell in love with photography as a child, wandering through the country side in upstate New York. She was totally fascinated with light and the way it interacted with objects in nature, like water and plants. In high school she experienced being in the darkroom for the first time and couldn’t have been happier! She knew at that moment that she was a photographer and needed to pursue it professionally. She even built a darkroom in her parents’ basement!
Lydia earned a BFA in Fine Art Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. She has been living and working in NYC as a photographer, model, anti-violence advocate, and a teacher for JP Teaches Photo ever since! Her work has been published widely online and has been exhibited at numerous venues and events. To see some of her work, please visit: lydiabillings.com.
Lydia loves teaching private classes because she loves people! She sees each lesson as an adventure and an opportunity to share and celebrate her students’ love for photography and learning. When she’s not teaching, you can find Lydia doing yoga, make photographs outside, listening to NPR, or eating sushi!
Paul began photographing surfing in Hawaii at age seventeen. His love of photography and adventure led him to New York City, Oahu and Sweden as he pursued competitive kiteboarding and portrait, event and celebrity photography. Paul’s work has been published in various print and online publication including Harpers Bazaar, BBC America, NY Magazine and The Kiteboarder Magazine.
In 2008, Paul began focusing on developing his skills as a lighting director, working with New York City fashion photographers. His lighting work has been published in L’Officiel Homme Korea, L’Officiel Homme China, Destion Magazine, Essential Homme and Fiasco Magazine. In 2009 Paul was hired as a full time instructor for a Canon sponsored photography program traveling throughout four major US national parks. You can see his photography here.
Originally from Syracuse, NY, He moved to NYC after finishing his BA in Public Speaking and Rhetorical Studies at Hofstra University. He then worked for a top event design firm, where he was able to perfect his skills in creating stunning visuals. He wanted to capture images from all the events he curated and that transitioned into his love for photography. In early 2013 to bring his photography skills to the next level, he took classes with JP and Lydia, where he fell in love with their teaching style and photography even more! After creating his own photography business and building his portfolio, he was brought on board to join the team at JP Teaches Photo. In addition to teaching and shooting, he is the Operations Manager for a non profit that transforms the lives of NYC’s youth through a unique venture philanthropic model. To check out more of his work visit www.tylergreenpope.com
Brian von Glahn
Brian earned a BFA in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013. Since then he has been working in NYC as a photographer and digital tech for a variety of fashion, food, and commercial clients including Sotheby’s, Yamaha, and Red Bull.
When not on set, you can find Brian rock climbing, camping, or wandering the streets of New York in search of great food and interesting people to photograph. You can see some of his work at brianvonglahn.com.
Nicole graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in Photography in 2015. She is currently freelancing in Portland, Oregon as a photographer, retoucher, assistant, and video editor. She has worked for many clients such as Reebok, Adidas, Vans, and Camuto. Nicole started working for JP Teaches Photo in the summer of 2015 and is currently teaching our online Bootcamp course remotely from the West Coast. You can see her work at nrosenbergphoto.com.
When she isn’t working you can find Nicole traveling around the world, dog sitting, dancing, rock climbing or watching the Ellen show.