Student Success Stories

NYIP is nothing without it's student and graduates, and we love sharing photography student success stories. Below are stories about NYIP students and graduates who have achieved success in the field of photography. If you have a success story for us, we'd love to hear it. Click here and share it.

Student Success: Conny Holm
Student Success: Conny Holm
By Michelle Ecker on January 4th, 2017

After working with cameras as part of an art class he was taking, Conny Holm knew that photography was a hobby he was interested in pursuing even more. Thanks to the encouragement of a friend and an investment in a photography education, Conny soon enrolled as a student of NYIP, diligently working through the curriculum and graduating in only a…

Student Success: Cathy Henderson
Student Success: Cathy Henderson
By Michelle Ecker on November 14th, 2016

Since the age of 10, Cathy Henderson loved taking pictures. However, 2 years ago, she realized that photography was more than just a hobby in her life and she decided to enroll at NYIP to jumpstart the transition from pastime to lifelong career. Still a student of NYIP, she is already achieving great success with her work, recently winning two…

Student Success: Darin Hlavinka
Student Success: Darin Hlavinka
By Michelle Ecker on November 11th, 2016

After joining a local camera club in Boise, Darin Hlavinka realized that photography was more than just a hobby in his life. He decided to enroll at NYIP, completing his course in 1999. Becoming more gifted with his camerawork, one of his photos was just chosen as the winner of the Idaho Statesman’s yearly Playing Outdoors photo contest. We were…

Student Success: Jeffrey Dannay
Student Success: Jeffrey Dannay
By Michelle Ecker on October 20th, 2016

After watching the success his father-in-law had in the local photography industry, Jeffrey Dannay was intrigued. Taking up the art with his wife as a means to spend more time with his family, Dannay soon fell in love with photography as well. After enrolling in NYIP’s professional photography course, he now teaches workshops of his own, leading excursions with his…

Student Success: Vasily Kovalev
Student Success: Vasily Kovalev
By Michelle Ecker on October 15th, 2016

Since he was a child, Vasily Kovalev was a fan of photography. After receiving his first film camera in 2002, he started to build upon this interest, snapping photos of his family and friends as a hobby. But soon after, he realized he wanted to get more serious with his work. He started taking photography lessons through internet forums and…

Student Success: Brian Henriksen
Student Success: Brian Henriksen
By Michelle Ecker on July 28th, 2016

In 2011, Brian Henriksen enrolled in NYIP while deployed to Afghanistan. He had always been passionate about art and photography as a child, and realized then that it was what he wanted to pursue after his military retirement. Approaching the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Brian reached out to the French Press Bureau, providing a photo ID along with his NYIP…

Student Success: Jason Brewer
Student Success: Jason Brewer
By Michelle Ecker on July 7th, 2016

As a child, Jason Brewer was fascinated by his parents’ point and shoot film cameras. After years of using said tools to capture various snapshots of daily life, he finally decided to enroll at NYIP and develop his photographic passion in a more structured, cohesive way. Recently approached by Lumu Light Meter to be featured as a blog photographer, Jason…

Student Success: Jordan Belville
Student Success: Jordan Belville
By Michelle Ecker on July 6th, 2016

When Jordan Belville was 8 years old, he used to jokingly tell his cousin that he would be taking pictures for National Geographic someday. For a while, he thought this photographic dream might be out of his financial reach- but after graduating high school, working and saving for a few months, Jordan was finally able to purchase his first DSLR-…

Student Success: Hema Narayanan
Student Success: Hema Narayanan
By Michelle Ecker on March 17th, 2016

After earning a Master’s Degree in engineering, Hema Narayanan worked in IT and software development for several years within her flourishing local tech industry. Often traveling for work, she began to pack a camera on her professional journeys, keeping a personal photo documentation of the places she was going. Soon realizing her underlying passion for camerawork, she made a New…

Student Success: Tasha Hall
Student Success: Tasha Hall
By Michelle Ecker on February 18th, 2016

From developing photos in her high school’s dark room to enrolling at NYIP years later, Tasha Hall has loved taking pictures for as long as she can remember. Throughout her life, she’s taken advantage of any and all opportunities to further her skills and develop her knowledge of camerawork while continuously allowing herself to grow a following by submitting her…

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