Mike Pach, owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design, is an internationally known, award-winning photographer and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in photography. He is the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group and has been teaching photography and Photoshop classes since 2007. Mike is the host of The Photo Show podcast, and he conducts night-sky photography workshops. He is an avid outdoorsman who is knowledgeable of many of the best locations for photography in Colorado and is available for private photo tours and coaching. Mike is a member of Canon Professional Services, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, the Pikes Peak Arts Council and Dark Skies, Inc. He has lived in Colorado since 1996 and enjoys showing people the best of what Colorado has to offer.
Kelly Hill is a 15-year veteran with a thirst for photography. Kelly was born in Indiana, grew up in a military family where her father recorded family events, particularly holidays and birthdays, either through the lens of a 35mm or 16mm film camera. At the young age of 7, she owned a 1960 Kodak Brownie Star-flash camera, keeping the camp counselors searching for her when sneaking away from camp to photograph trees, flowers and wild animals.
In high school, she was a yearbook/newspaper photographer. Begged the photography teacher to allow her to take classes as a sophomore, even though juniors and seniors were the only ones who could take any kind of photography classes. Mr. Lambert, took her under his wing, and taught her everything about photography. When her school counselor asked her what she wanted to be after graduation, she replied a “National Geographic’s photographer”. Kelly was quickly crushed after learning that all photographers who take pictures for National Geographic are freelance independent business owners, not employees of National Geographic.
She found out that she could enlist and become a photographer in the army. October 1982, Kelly enlisted in the army as an 83E. However, the job was not quite what she thought she had signed up for! Instead, she learned photolithographic using copy camera, stripping, plate making, film processing skills to make maps for off-set printing, as opposed to using a 35mm camera and an enlarger in a darkroom setting.
Kelly used her photography knowledge along with her layout skills to become a graphic designer. She has worked in both the commercial printing and publishing platforms. In these career positions, she learned to use Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to expand her skills. She graduated from the Art Institute of Colorado in 2017, earning a degree in digital photography.
Today Kelly just learns new ways to enjoy photography. She loves sharing the knowledge she has gain through the years and can teach from concept, to finished project. Her styles are endless, as she learns that art is about self expression and joy. She presents this through the lens of her camera by creating images with photography. Her camera is merely an extension of her mind.
Military Veteran and Engineer turned artist; Robert Gray brings a fresh eye to photography with a raw intimacy that captures the human spirit. Robert’s love of the arts, creativity and adventure led him to photography back in 2008 while he was in Egypt. This was the beginning of his journey to master the art of storytelling. Robert’s dynamic style of storytelling guides the viewers’ imagination to run rampant with their own creativity, while simultaneously reaching them on an emotional level.
Robert will go anywhere to capture that “perfect shot” and loves to experiment with his art. His portfolio has a vast range that includes tableaux / narratives, street, vernacular landscapes, portraits, events, concerts, abstract and weddings by request. Street photography is a huge influence in all his artistic storytelling.
Robert has received several awards including Top 100 Best New Photographers of 2015, 27 features in Fine Art America as well as numerous guest appearances in art galleries, magazines and international art catalogues.