802-549-5016 les@lesjorgensen.com

Les Jorgensen’s classes and workshops are for photographers who want to “up their game.” If you are you ready to unlock the potential of your camera,  Les has instruction tailored to help you master the techniques and seize the language of photography.

Les  is dedicated to helping students make better,  more dynamic and meaningful pictures.  His teaching approach encourages students to look beyond the pretty pictures and dig deeper,  towards more meaningful photographs while,  at the same time,  understanding everything that is available on their digital camera.

Les covers f-stops,   shutter speeds,  lenses,  light and editing of pixels along the way,  but his approach emphasizes the language of the image,  the potential of composition,  the storytelling ability of light and the cultural metaphors that we all share.  He believes that every picture tells a story and that by understanding the language of camera and light,  the student can unlock potential and self-esteem through the viewfinder.
Come join in.

Grandmother Leola Bessie Martin Lawhead – she gave me her first camera from 1904

What makes the workshops different?:

It is in the approach – Les believes that photography is the perfect language for telling meaningful stories about the people, places and events of our lives. His goal is to help participants harness this power through thorough technical understanding of their cameras and a deeper awareness of our collective visual values and the symbols of our culture. He views photography as a circular process;  from visualization to final presentation, each step should be understood for its creative potential.


Les Jorgensen has been teaching photography for three decades. He is a 30-year veteran photographer in the Advertising and Editorial worlds. Having published covers and articles for countless magazines, as well as working for Fortune 500 companies and their ad agencies, Les has garnered many awards and accolades. In addition to work for agencies and magazines, he has produced work for MoMA NY, Asia Society, Japan Society, Chinese Government, Smith and Wollensky, and The Breakers Resort among many others. His work has included several 360° VR Tours of “Major” golf courses for the PGA and USGA, syndication of VR Tours to The Golf Channel, PGA.com, SI.com, Sky Broadcasting –over 15 of the major golf internet websites.

An early adopter of the digital work flow (1992), he has been a beta-testing site for Nikon and Phase One camera companies and led the pack towards 360° Virtual Reality photography in the 90′s. He calls himself a “vertical artist” in that the digital revolution has allowed him to segue from photos, to interactive, to video, to design, to the web and has also allowed him to decentralize out of his NYC studio to his Vermont barn where he still works for NYC and worldwide clients via the Web. A raging generalist, he finds the web has finally caught up to his needs for integration and instant gratification…

Long ago he was a Psychologist in private practice with a particular interest in symbols, art, and comparative religions before switching careers to become a NYC photographer. An unapologetic Jungian, he continues to try to make sense of the world and himself as defined by the language of images –and the way they can transform an individual, start wars and make love.