Southwest Portraits

Southwest Portraits

5.0 (2)
3 hires on
2 employees
16 years in business

About this pro

We are service oriented and very knowledgable on photography. I have a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts from Brooks Institute of Photography both in Commercial Photography.  My career started as a staff photographer for NASA 30 years ago. The majority of my business is high school related.  Basically photos that go into their yearbook.  I have been working with schools for over 25 years.

Photography is my passion and I would like to share what i know.  I have a studio which I can teach studio lighting, portraiture and posing. If still life is something you would like to learn, I can teach that as well.  My website is and I look forward to hearing from you. Herb

 I love being able to create memories for my clients and I enjoy creating moments in time for me. Road trips is one of my favorite things to do so my camera always comes with me.

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Tempe, AZ 85282
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2 Reviews


  • Bill Beverage

    Herb has years of practical experience doing many different types of photography. We have had two lessons and the best thing I have experienced thus far is how Herb actually listens to what I am saying about my understanding of our lessons. He then adjusts how he communicates with me so that I can absorb the concept he is teaching. To have an instructor who listens and who has the ability to adjust what he is saying to help me better comprehend is golden.

  • Teri Stone

    Herb is very knowledgeable and most importantly, is very patient with beginners like myself. I've only taken 2 classes from him but after the 2nd class I felt more comfortable with the camera and it's functions - which are many!!! I have a long ways to go but intend to stick with Herb until I'm confident with my understanding of things 100%. would highly recommend him for those wanting a 1 on 1 learning experience.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I prefer to talk on the phone first to see what level you are and what goals you want to achieve.  Then we set up a time to do a class lesson. Afterwards, I will assign homework and then we will schedule a time to work together with your camera in hand.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelors of Science from the University of North Alabama and a Bachelors of Art from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Both are commercial photography degrees.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My rate is $50/hour for basic classes.  More advance lessons such as studio lighting or portrait photography will be $75/hour 

How did you get started teaching?

I have given lessons to local high schools and helped with teaching a class while in school   Also, I have mentored for photo workshops. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work mostly with beginners and some more advanced students who wanted to learn more about lighting. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your goal with photography?  What is your budget as photography can be expensive?  What does photography do for you?

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