Lou Nettelhorst is first and foremost a photography teacher. He is also an award-winning photographer and stunning image-maker. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make photographing fun, creative and rewarding for others through his unique teaching style.
The hallmark of Lou’s style is his eagerness to share his professional experience and techniques, while always providing encouragement, constructive feedback, and (often groan-inducing) humor. Lou has taught thousands of aspiring photographers. He literally gets goose-bumps when he sees the amazing images made by his students and counts their successes as his most treasured reward. One of his students recently commented, “You can be a great photographer, but not know how to teach. Lou is a phenomenal teacher and an amazing photographer!”
A student of noted photographers Freeman Patterson, Sam Abel and Bob Sisson, Lou’s images have been published in Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) Member Showcase and Chicago Wilderness Magazine, as well as many newsletters. In 2010, he received the Kohout Outstanding Nature Photographer’s Award from the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association (CACCA). In 2019, Lou received the prestigious NANPA Fellow award for his significant contributions over twenty plus years to the nature photography profession.
Todd Nettelhorst has had a passion for photography and videography much of his life. He started photographing at a very young age when his father gave him his first SLR camera. His appreciation of photography grew while photographing throughout the country during the family’s summer road trips. After starting a family with his beautiful wife Tambi, his photography gained notoriety as he began shooting for families and for a variety of commercial clients. From there, his creativity for capturing life evolved and still does today.
As he continues to engage in commercial work with new and established clients, Todd enjoys bringing his charismatic energy, unique photographic perspective and deep passion for the visual arts to others by helping them explore and develop the best of their creative abilities through education.