Matt is the Lead Instructor and General Director at Viewfinder Mastery. He teaches our popular Accelerator program and helps develop dynamic new lessons for our monthly member’s lessons. Additionally, he serves as the Chief Editor for Viewfinder’s quarterly e-magazine: Through the Viewfinder. Matt has been a full-time photography educator since 2009 and considers himself the luckiest guy on Earth for having the pleasure of combining his passions for teaching and photography into a unique and creative career.
Matt’s photography journey started while studying photojournalism which led him to work as a photographer at several daily newspapers in the United States and for the Associated Press in Seattle — where he grew up. He’s very grateful for these early experiences as a press photographer which gave him a broad base of training across many interesting genres. Matt feels equally at home shooting wildlife in the African bush, landscapes in the Arctic Circle, or working with fashion models and portrait subjects in the studio. He loves it all!
When he’s not busy producing lessons for Viewfinder Mastery’s community, Matt can be found traveling and exploring with his camera across Switzerland and internationally. Working as a photography teacher gives him the wonderful freedom to pursue wide ranging subject matter and he’s always on the lookout for the next Viewfinder Mastery trip location or lesson idea.
Juleah (Leah) is the Copy Editor of Viewfinder Mastery’s quarterly e-magazine: Through the Viewfinder. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a Master of Business in Project Management. She worked for 10 years in the corporate world before starting a family and always knew she wanted to pursue an artistic avenue.
Leah’s love of photography began in high school with a photography class in which she learned to develop her own film. Moving to Europe re-ignited her interest in the craft, and today she is exploring many kinds of photography to feed her creative curiosity. In 2019, she completed Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study.
Leah isn’t good at sitting still, and spends her weekends hiking, photographing cultural events, or taking the train into the city to continue her passion for street photography. Several Swiss tourism sites have featured her photographs on Instagram, and her work can also be found on numerous websites.
Michael (Mike) is the Managing Editor of Viewfinder Mastery’s quarterly e-magazine: Through the Viewfinder and is also a Photography Mentor in our Accelerator program. Mike also completed Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study in 2018.
In terms of subject matter, Mike is drawn to remote mountain landscapes and vast lonely beaches, two of his favourite photography muses which he regularly photographs in northern Scotland. A passion for travel is what ignited his landscape photography and when he's not exploring expansive new landscapes, Mike enjoys shooting with models and working on his portrait photography portfolio in the studio.
No matter whether he’s photographing fine art nudes or capturing majestic landscapes, it’s important for Mike to capture the beauty of the moment, from a special point-of-view and to create a unique look in his work. Mike’s goal is always to create natural and authentic photos, to trigger the viewer's emotions, and to let the magic of the image speak for itself.
Gregory (Greg) first came to Viewfinder Mastery as an intern in 2016 and helped Viewfinder make its first steps into video format photography instruction. Greg’s early experiences have come full circle and led to his current role as our Director of Videography. When he isn’t working behind the camera, Greg can be found helping with pre-production and post-production tasks on a wide variety of interesting film projects at Viewfinder Mastery.
Greg’s passion for the visual arts led him to complete degrees in both Photography and in Graphic Design while studying in the USA. He has a deep appreciation for the creative process and an unwavering enthusiasm for learning. In recent years, Greg’s curiosity and passion for storytelling have led him to pursue an advanced education in film production.
Greg loves to collaborate with others and always brings a healthy dose of empathy and humour into every project that he takes part in.
Alexandra (Alex) is a Photography Mentor in Viewfinder Mastery’s Accelerator program, where she can be found encouraging and supporting other photographers who are developing their skills through the program. Alex has been a consistent and enthusiastic member of the Viewfinder community for over 9 years now, having participated in numerous photography courses and day-trips. She completed Viewfinder’s Advanced Photography Study in 2016 and continues to nourish her passion for photography regularly.
Alex knew she always wanted to work with animals, and even wanted to become a vet when she was a child. Her passion for animals has led to her unique expertise in photography. Her first pet shoot was for an end-of-life Bernese mountain dog. Making pictures that become a family’s lasting memory of their beloved pets is what led Alex to start her very own pet photography business.
One of Alex’s greatest passions is motivating others to get the best out of themselves. Her mantra is: photography is good for your health because it feeds the soul!
Dijana joined the Viewfinder Mastery community in 2019, as a student of the Advanced Photography Study. Dijana is a Group Moderator in Viewfinder Mastery’s member group where she helps new members seek feedback on their images. Her encouraging attitude and passion for photography can be felt in the various ongoing conversations found within our members group.
Dijana’s fascination with photography started when her father gave her a vintage camera at the age of 12. While working at Coca-Cola in corporate marketing, she discovered just how powerful an image can be in terms of communicating an emotional message.
In the last few years Dijana has been dedicated to improving her skills and developing herself as a photographer. She enjoys shooting a wide range of subject matter and is constantly dreaming up the next big project. Dijana loves a good challenge and photographing people, nature, food and cultural subjects are just a few of her favourite subjects.
Jerick joined the Viewfinder Mastery team in 2021 as a Video Editor, helping Matt and Greg produce high-quality video content for our members. Jerick’s technical expertise, combined with his creativity and attention to detail, make him a very effective contributor on a wide range of film projects.
Jerick is passionate about film and the arts. His professional editing experiences have been very diverse and he has worked on films for several talented (100K+) YouTubers, numerous professional wedding videographers, and has even been the lead cinematographer and director on some of his very own film projects.
Victor joined the Viewfinder Mastery team in 2020 as our Designer & Layout Editor for Through the Viewfinder, our quarterly photography e-magazine. Victor’s 20+ years of experience in creating book and magazine designs, for both print and digital publishing clients, makes him a valuable contributor on the editorial team. He constantly comes up with innovative solutions on a wide range of design projects at Viewfinder Mastery.
When Victor is not in front of the computer, he enjoys spending time with his family and their beloved dog. He’s also an avid musician who enjoys composing his own music, playing his guitar and jamming with his friends whenever he gets the chance.