Peak Five Photography

Peak Five Photography

5.0 (2)
32 years in business

About this pro

I have been in the professional photography business for over 27 years. I am able to teach students photography from a beginner level to someone who wants to take their photography to the next level. I have had a passion for photography since I was a child and I love instilling that passion in my students. I practice fine art photography, as well as commercial photography (portraits and events, and some product). 

I earned my BFA in Art Education, K-12 LIcensure, with an emphasis in Photography and Ceramics from MSU Denver. I studied and was certified in professional photography from Pickens Technical College's Professional Photography Program. I am a published photographer and have won many awards. 

I love it when the spark of the imagination ignites the technical ability. When the two meet there is no limit to the creative process and what can be accomplished.

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Aurora, CO 80015
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2 Reviews


  • Sarah Anderson

    Mary is always very kind and understanding towards me and those she teaches and serves in photography, and she is also to the point and gets things done! Her sensitivity combined with her expertise gives her an exceptional teaching and business personality. I love learning from her!

  • Katie Rankin

    The personal attention I received


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

Have a consultation with them to see what they know and what they want to learn. Develop a lesson plan based on their goals.

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

I am certified in Professional Photography from Pickens Technical College

I hold an Associates Degree in Art from Community College of Aurora

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in K-12 Art Education, with an emphasis in Photography and Ceramics

I have been in the photography business for over 27 years

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

$20/ hour with a 2 hour minimum. I can be flexible with the time frame if needed.

How did you get started teaching?

I taught photography to home school middle school students in the early 90s. I went back to earn my degree in Art Education. I student taught 6th grade through Adults. I also taught in a photography department in Jefferson County and I did substitute teaching K-12.

What types of students have you worked with?

Kindergarten through Adults. I only taught photography from 6th grade and up.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I had one student who exceeded the level of the class, so I was able to take that student and encourage him to progress even further in his own photographic pursuits. It was exciting to see his work every day. He thanked me for showing him new techniques to make his photography even better.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure the teacher has the expertise to teach you what you want to learn.

Does their lesson plans meet your goals?

Does the instructor give advice on equipment to use to be successful in your goals

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

What do I want to learn?

Have I talked to the teacher about appropriate equipment to be successful in my goals?

What type of experience does the teacher have?

Who supplies the equipment/materials?

Will the teacher and student go on location to shoot?

Am I responsible for homework?

Lessons offered