Coaching



I love photography, and I love working with photographers. I am, above all else, a photographer. For the past 30+ years, it has been my only job.

If you are looking for help with:

  • Learning How to See
  • Black and White
  • Color
  • Composition
  • Field Work
  • Image Processing
  • Software
  • Technical issues
  • Workflow
  • An honest and supportive critique of your work

I invite you to work with me. I am dedicated, passionate, and compassionate. For me, photography is about more than pretty pictures, it is about our unique personal visions and expressions.

After a stint in the Army, I began my photography career as a newspaper photojournalist, then as the lead photographer and art director at a major university, and now as a fine art landscape photographer. Along the way I have coached and taught hundreds of photographers via on-location workshops, one-on-one online sessions, and as a college instructor teaching traditional and digital, color and black and white, photography.

My philosophy is simple: I want to help you realize your goals as a creative photographer.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a few student testimonials.





Student Testimonials


"My photography has gone beyond making a decent photo to that of being able to create those more rare special and meaningful photos. This has been my experience after taking classes with Chuck Kimmerle. His method of teaching is deeply focused on the capacity of the student to grow as a photographer. He is patient and thoughtful and contributes a fount of understanding of fine art photography, particularly black and white photography. His ability to communicate composition and tonality in black and white photography has been essential to my own growth as a photographer. When I first explored his work, I knew I wanted to study black and white photography with him. My own work was in a rut.

I felt I could do better but did not know how. Each class session I took with Chuck, brought me new insights. My work is remarkably improved, and I continue to get closer to what it means to be creative and communicate feeling, energy, and movement in my work. I am eternally grateful to a workshop student who recommended that I take classes with Chuck.

It has been a transformative experience."

— Rachel Jones, photographer


"I have only done a few sessions with Chuck, but I have learned so much about shooting black and white photos and how to edit them in Lightroom. He was supportive and patient with my many questions and mistakes. I could not be happier. Thank you"

— Dorothy


"Working with Chuck has made me a better and more confident landscape photographer. He has been supportive of my photographs, but not afraid to offer well-reasoned criticism when necessary. He even helped me improve my color photography, although he has made me really appreciate good black and white.

Photoshop has always been difficult for me, but Chuck's patient instruction helped it all makes sense. I can now even make layer masks five different ways!

I have enjoyed our ongoing sessions.

Thank you, Chuck."

— Richard L


"Thank you, Chuck, for giving me the confidence to create my own photographs, without worrying about the opinions of others."

— Jess


"When teaching or mentoring students, Chuck focuses on teaching ahead of his own photographic endeavors. He spends time with students to point out another way to capture images besides the “cliche” images most photographers seek. He has guided me to broaden my vision and appreciate subjects or scenes I would have missed capturing. These oftentimes had more visual impact than what I initially sought to photograph.

I have learned new skills to enhance my black and white photography though Chuck’s very clear instruction in using Lightroom and Photoshop tools."

— Carla Francis