Instructors & Staff
Ana BelicFounder & Instructor
Ana fell in love with photography as a young teen at 14. She has a natural passion for the art and loves nothing more than relaying that passion to her students. She was noted for her ability to make the concepts simple and easy to understand for those that are new to the field. She uses hands on techniques that really work and help her students retain what they have learned. Ana is an award winning photographer, specializing in weddings and studio portraiture. As founder of GTA Photography Classes, she has built the program from the ground up and thousands of students have come through her program in just a few short years.
Stefano has been shooting ever since he could wrap his hands around his camera in grade 5. Stefano is a published freelance photographer and his clients include the likes of Canadian Living, Report on Business and Kraft Canada. He graduated from the Applied Photography Program at Sheridan in 2003 and has been shooting commercial work over the past decade. He has also travelled extensively and covered a significant portion of Cuba in his documentary work. Having a real world approach to photography, Stefano is able to teach concepts in a clear and easy to understand manner. In addition to teaching the technical concepts, he ensures to make the classes fun and interactive by creating an experience for each and every student.
Lauren has a big appetite for both food and photography. Realizing she could combine these two passions she now works at a leading food photography studio in Toronto handling national brand clients. She also runs a freelance business shooting weddings, engagements and other special events. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from York University as well as a Certificate in Creative Photography from Humber College. Her teaching approach combines her diverse educational background by placing importance on both creative and technical aspects.
Chloe enjoys photographing people and objects slightly outside of their normal situations resulting in intriguing and sometimes humorous images. Aside from her passion for artistic staged photography, she also completes freelance projects and collaborates with fellow artists in an artist collective that she founded in 2011, called Thing. Chloe completed her BFA from York University and has since been showing her photography in Toronto galleries and has been granted awards for her work, including the Jonh B. Aird Award and the Nalini & Tim Stewart Photography Award. As with most creative thinkers, Chloe is a hands-on learner and teacher and she appreciates visual and physical examples when learning new things.
Darryl has a penchant for the quirky, human element in fashion and portraiture. Utilizing the art education from a Bachelor of the Arts from Brock University and a the technical skills provided by an Applied Photography diploma from Sheridan College Darryl has quickly established himself as a freelance photographer and retoucher. A pixel pusher and a portrait shooter, Darryl’s passion for photography and retouching has lead to his retouching work appearing in national magazines (Lush Luxury and GQ) and his portrait work being featured in various art galleries in Toronto (Pentimento's, Summer Salon, Exposed). Darryl utilizes a combination of industry experience and a background in photography instruction to create a learning environment where the technical elements of photography become accessible so that the artistic elements can be explored.
Emilie’s artistic style is often a revelation of the human condition, in its multiplicity of states. With a focus on portraiture, as a literal depiction of reality and a theoretical condition, she has created a dynamic portfolio spanning a variety of Toronto based musicians in action, to the various cultures in her travels. Emilie is a graduate from both the University of British Columbia (BFA, Bachelor of Fine Arts), and York University (BEd, Bachelor of Education). Over the past four years, she has been teaching photography and visual art for the Toronto District School Board. Emilie is passionate, energetic, and creative in her artwork as well as her teaching practice. She enjoys the youthful energy and enthusiasm young learners bring to the field of art.
Emilia’s passion for photography ignited when she was a teenager. She enjoys sharing and teaching others the skills she has encompassed throughout the years. Emilia enjoys photographing advanced lighting scenarios as well as doing conceptual work with food. She also enjoys doing portraiture of today’s youth. Emilia has experience in journalism, film, analogue photography, and web design. Emilia graduated from Ryerson University Image Arts Program with a BFA in photography. She has shown her work in various galleries, such as Gallery 44 and the Gladstone. Emilia has also published and donated her work to the Ryerson Archives.
Jordan FisherCamp Counsellor
Jordan has always loved shooting and has a great deal of experience working with children. From touring international campers around the busy streets of Toronto for Canadian International Student Services, to running workshops and training junior volunteers at a living museum, Jordan has worked with youth in a variety of settings.
Jess BoltonAdministration / Marketing
Jessica's love for photography started in high school when she got her first SLR off of ebay and learned how to develop her own prints in the darkroom. Jessica enjoys using her admin background to make the office run smoothly so that everyone can learn and love photography too! She also likes exploring Toronto, reading, painting and going to concerts.