JC • Jonathan Charpentier Photography

JC • Jonathan Charpentier Photography

5.0 (3)
1 employee
16 years in business

About this pro

I had a photography and Photoshop mentor in Paris when I was 18 years old. I made it in the photography world thanks to his guidance. He passed away recently, and all I want now is to give others the same chance I had.

I learned photography in France at EFET PARIS. I have been in the photography business for +16 years.

The reason why I started teaching photography is because I genuinely love to share what I know with people and I am very patient. I support you from beginning to end. I never give up on the road to success.

My passion is to help students and families with reaching their learning goals by delivering highly personalized training. Either for photography or image editing I provide award winning tools and my +16 years of expertise for our lessons.

I enjoy working with people. I love events, portraits, family, and nature photography. I do commercial and business photography too. Some of my clients include Porsche Minneapolis, Medal of Honor Convention Twin Cities, Women's Health Leadership Trust Forum, Uptown VFW, Nology Networks, Cascade Stone, Connect to Buy, Ambassadors for Business Northland, Renault, Rothschild, Cosmétique Magazine, le Cirque Pinder, Paris City Town Hall, Gold River Studios of Minneapolis, Salon SIEL de Paris, and L’Américain (as well as many other French short films).

I am a passionate teacher. I am good at understanding your goals while setting a plan in order to achieve them.

My classes include:

• in person class, but online class is possible too

• individual or group classes and workshops

• portfolio review, or how to build one

• practice: hands on camera

• personalized training

• Adobe Photoshop and editing techniques

• step by step strategy for your success

• answering all of your questions

• photography business and marketing

• how to deal with your first clients

• tailored challenges for you and weekly/ monthly homework

• access to my private student group on facebook

• text/call in case of photo emergency questions!

Since 2003, Jonathan’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Paris, Amsterdam, and now the Twin Cities. Most recently, he participated in the prestigious Edina Art Fair in 2017, and his work will be featured in various local shops and restaurants in 2018. Jonathan was featured as one of the Top 5 Minnesota Photographers to follow on Instagram by CBS News Minnesota, after a short 5 months in the U.S. JC speaks FrenchEnglish, and a little bit of German and Russian, with his international clients.

CBS News:”Jonathan Charpentier is a very compelling artist and a proven international photographer.”

Jonathan is honored to be the lead photographer for the Medal of Honor Convention Twin Cities, where he worked with Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, United Healthcare, American Airlines, Delta, APi Group, Mortenson Construction, Medtronic, EcoLab, and 3M. He is also the main event photographer for Alliance Française Mpls/St. Paul and click2genius, a joint venture with his wife.

Sophie Blachet, lawyer, coach, author, director of the Gallery Art Vitam in Miami and Paris says, “Jonathan Charpentier is a professional photographer who has full proficiency in his work. His natural kindness with people makes him be an indispensable event photographer!

Jonathan focuses on 5 main areas of expertise:

  • Creative Business/Commercial Photography
  • Portraits/Family Photography/Weddings
  • Performance Photography (Artists/Music/ Fashion/Sports/ Cinema)
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Photography Workshops

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Credentials

Minneapolis, MN 55423
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3 Reviews

5.0

  • Mickey Zager

    Jonathan has helped me alot through out my years of photography. The distance between doesn't stop him from helping with tips, portfolio reviews, etc, Via phone call or text. He has always responded when I ask for help and always in some sort of way has a response to answer my question thoroughly

  • Chris Apgar

    Joined a workshop @ Lake Harriet bandshell. Jonathan was supportive, engaging and provided a relaxing learning experience. Great tips of composition, seeking interesting subjects, focal length, ISO and exposure.

  • Mickey Zager

    We haven't done much work together but Jonathan has always been there to offer assistance whether it was with camera settings or just general information, we live in different states but he has always found a way to offer help and support




FAQs


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

Draw me a picture of your situation. First we talk about your experience. What do you like? What do you want to achieve? Our lessons will be tailored for you and no one else. We set up a strategy, a plan, a goal. We do hands on practice and theory all together depending on your needs. I have a proven method to help you succeed. It is simple and it works. I am looking forward to learning about you and hearing from you so we can start our lessons now!


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

Official bio: French photographer Jonathan Charpentier (JC) fell in love with an American woman and decided to move to the USA to marry her. Yes the French accent helped a lot. JC is now based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Jonathan’s passion is to help business owners grow their business by delivering highly personalized images with recommendations + options on how to use them the best way. Either for print or online publications Jonathan provides award winning tools for your marketing + communication strategy.

Jonathan says, “I love working with people. This is why I became a photographer.”

Since 2003, Jonathan’s work has been featured in exhibitions in Paris, Amsterdam, and now the Twin Cities. Most recently, he participated in the prestigious Edina Art Fair in 2017, and his work will be featured in various local shops and restaurants in 2018. Jonathan was featured as one of the Top 5 Minnesota Photographers to follow on Instagram by CBS News Minnesota, after a short 5 months in the U.S. You may check out that article here: Best Minnesota Photographers to Follow on Instagram.  JC speaks FrenchEnglish, and a little bit of German and Russian, with his international clients.

CBS News:”Jonathan Charpentier is a very compelling artist and a proven international photographer.”

Jonathan’s current focus is commercial and event photography. Prior clients include Porsche Minneapolis, Medal of Honor Convention Twin Cities, Alliance Française Minneapolis, Uptown VFW, Nology Networks, Cascade Stone, Connect to Buy, Ambassadors for Business Northland, Renault, Rothschild, Cosmétique Magazine, le Cirque Pinder, Paris City Town Hall, Gold River Studios of Minneapolis, Salon SIEL de Paris, and L’Américain (as well as many other French short films). Of course he also does portrait photography for families and weddings.

Jonathan is honored to be the lead photographer for the Medal of Honor Convention Twin Cities, where he worked with Target Corporation, U.S. Bank, United Healthcare, American Airlines, Delta, APi Group, Mortenson Construction, Medtronic, EcoLab, and 3M. He is also the main event photographer for Alliance Française Mpls/St. Paul and click2genius, a joint venture with his wife.

Sophie Blachet, lawyer, coach, author, director of the Gallery Art Vitam in Miami and Paris says, “Jonathan Charpentier is a professional photographer who has full proficiency in his work. His natural kindness with people makes him be an indispensable event photographer!

Jonathan focuses on 5 main areas of expertise:

  • Creative Business/Commercial Photography
  • Portraits/Family Photography/Weddings
  • Performance Photography (Artists/Music/ Fashion/Sports/ Cinema)
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Photography Workshops

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

in person: $60/ hour 

online: $60/ hour

custom classes, for individuals, groups, or workshops: upon request


How did you get started teaching?

I had a photography mentor in Paris, France, when I was 18 years old. Without him I would not have been able to make it. He recently passed away, age 55. So now it is my turn to give back to the community and help you to achieve your goals.

My first time teaching was because I was participating in an exhibition in Paris region and the local school asked for me to give a photography initiation to the kids from 3 different grades. It was fun and since then people asked me more often.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have been working with students from France and the USA. Children, Teenagers, and Adults. Everyone is different. I am a good observer and I have genuine compassion and patience. Whatever your level I can help. I have also worked with groups and families as a workshop teacher.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Leila left me a hilarious review recently on takelessons.com: "Trying to learn Adobe Photoshop on my own almost pushed me to become alcoholic! Since I have started classes with Jonathan I finally understand the process. Jonathan is patient, very knowledgeable and happy person. He transform Adobe Photoshop in a fun activity and that is a miracle!Bravo"

Leila owns a dog resort business in the state of New York with her son Sylvain. She also leads a nonprofit organization for dogs in Ecuador.

She struggled with photoshop and was very upset before she met me and we started our classes!

Now Leila knows how to use many Photoshop tools. She knows how to edit, retouch, replace, move, select, transform, blur, sharpen, create, insert logos, and combine several pictures together!

With Leila we are now completing 10 lessons of Adobe photoshop online! Being online could be challenging, but we make it work with the help of technology: screen sharing software + video + voice through online classroom like EZtalks or Skype or Facebook call if necessary.


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

Follow your heart and passion. Be wise and patient to find the best fit for you.


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

What are your goals? Why do you want to study photography or image editing? Make a list of goals, and how you want to achieve them. Whatever your level, improvement is ALWAYS possible.