About US // Meet the CPA team
The Creative Photo Academy at PAUL’S PHOTO has been a center for photographic inspiration, learning, creativity, and fun since 1988. We offer classes, workshops, photo walks, day trips, photo adventures, and lectures that appeal to photographers of all skill and interest levels.
Our educators are award-winning, internationally recognized photographers, authors, teachers, lecturers, and more. Our studio is located at PAUL’S PHOTO in Torrance, California, although some of our day trips and Photo Adventures take us far beyond the South Bay.
Welcome to CPA; we look forward to seeing you!
Creative Photo Academy at PAUL’S PHOTO
23845 S. Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
PAUL’S PHOTO website: www.paulsphoto.com
Our blog: http://paulsphoto.com/blog/
Creative Photo Academy Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CreativePhotoAcademy
PAUL’S PHOTO Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/paulsphoto
President, PAUL’S PHOTO
Paul founded Paul’s Photo, the parent institution to Creative Photo Academy, in 1961. He is the author of nine books and hundreds of articles on the craft and enjoyment of photography.
Paul is still active at Paul’s Photo and is available to share with you his extensive knowledge. His greatest photographic joy still lies in the capturing of images.
“Images captivate, entice and often elude me. They present a never-ending challenge, keeping photography vibrant and alive for me after all these years.”
Academy Director: Creative Photo Academy
Ryan oversees the management of Creative Photo Academy; handling class scheduling, registration and marketing. Ryan has been working as a professional photographer since 2007 and has five years of experience educating on a university level before making his way to Creative Photo Academy in 2014.
Ryan is an adventurer. He’s hiked the Swiss Alps; rode motorcycles over the Peruvian Andes; toured on bicycle through Northern Ireland; spent time at a monastery is the south of France and was schooled at soccer by children in Egypt, Kenya and Panama.
He has a background in fine art with an emphasis in photography. Conceptually he’s interested in photographs functioning as rooms for the viewer to inhabit. And his subject matter tends to lean towards quiet, empty spaces that refer to a narrative rather than depicting one. His most recent project was a collaborative series of liminal spaces recorded as ambrotypes on glass.
“I am really interested in how photography can be an extension of language; how it can help me communicate with more clarity. I think people start off wanting to know how to use their camera but they end up learning how photography can help them become more aware and acquainted with the world around us and themselves.”
Creative Director: Creative Photo Academy, and Vice President: PAUL’S PHOTO
As a Certified Photographic Counselor, photo instructor and photographic artist, Mark Comon has the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to solve any of your photographic problems or questions. But what he loves best is to inspire you. Since 1988, Mark has worked side by side with thousands of students through his classes, adventures and workshops. A dynamic lecturer and instructor, Mark has entertained and educated audiences from first-time snap-shooters to hobbyists to professionals.
Mark has led groups on photographic adventures throughout California, Europe, Africa and the American Southwest. Beginning in 1988, with a class that has evolved into Photo Boot Camp, Mark has grown the Academy program to meet your interests and needs. He is also the originator of the much-loved Los Angeles Zoo Photo Day, which premiered in 1989, and he continues at the helm of this “pet” project each fall.
His images have been featured in many publications, including Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo and Photographic magazine.
“Photography is about storytelling-seeing what touches you, then using light and lens to communicate, connect and inspire.”
Academy Secretary: Creative Photo Academy, and CFO: PAUL’S PHOTO
Sheryl assists with the “nuts and bolts” of running Creative Photo Academy. She is available for help with registrations, logistics and any of your needs while at CPA.
Sheryl is also a student at the academy. Her first class was Photo Boot Camp in April, 2014.
“Creating through photography is like sharing a little piece of your inner most self. It can be scary, but I want to learn to capture my vision on paper as closely as I can to what I see in my mind’s eye.”