Paula Siwek Photography

Paula Siwek Photography

5.0 (5)
7 hires on
1 employee
30 years in business

About this pro

The quality of my service is fom my experience as a teacher in a broad spectrum of venues; as Professor of Photography, College of Design Graduate program at North Carolina State University, a Digital Photography Instructor at Meredith College, and a Visiting Professor of Digital Photography at Elon University and Alamance Community College Design department. 

I have 18 years of experience teaching, leading and achieving success with students at Durham Public Schools, and presently in Wake County. I am a forward thinking leader for my students, with a high level of energy and innovation. I’ve gained recognition for out of the box thinking, an ability to adapt to new concepts and environments quickly, and have a passionate commitment to creative growth and excellence.

My years of experience is what make my teaching stand out.     I enjoy the process of explaining and showing my students something new, and even more when they have an ah ha! moment. My reward is in learning something new when explaining and discussing photography, the history, aesthetic considerations and contemporary technology and software. Within this context I focus on what my student's needs are, how to incorporate their artistic proficiencies with technique and follow through with editing solutions. 

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Carrboro, NC 27510
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5 Reviews


  • Jennifer Niemiroski

    She is very knowledgeable and tries to meet the student where they are at and tailors her teaching to the student’s needs. She is very personable.

  • Shannon Chase

    Paula has been teaching my 12 year old son about photography, and basic photo editing software. She has really captured his interest and tailors her approach to his creative talents . She is very patient, encouraging and listens well, and we've really enjoyed meeting with her. She is always on time and is a great communicator, sending us reminder emails during the week.

  • Tilman, Jennifer

    Goid instructor She listens She customizes her lessons to each individual”s needs

  • Sean MacRonald

    She taught me to develop film, learn photography and appreciate pictures in a way I never knew was possible.

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

I begin by asking a variety of questions; how familiar they are with photography technique and subject matter, camera operation and digital editing.  I would ask to see some examples of work.  I would also ssk if they have a specific goal, media preference,  if their lessons are artistically, project or deadline driven, or all of the above.

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

BFA inphotography Goddard College  

Art Institute of Boston

MFA in photography Pratt Institute

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

My hourly tutoring rate is $50.00 per hour for basic photography and $75.00 for digital editing in Photoshop.      The hour includes 55 minutes of tutoring and 5 minutes to check in on your progress and our scheduling. I am not able to stay longer than 60 minutes unless otherwide arranged.    During the quarantine, I will be inquiring potential students about learning groups, which would max-out at four students. The student(s) agrees to pay the tutoring fee with an advance deposit, or in full at the beginning of the tutoring session. If you would like to pay me fee in advance, you may write a check to:  Paula Siwek or via Paypal or Venmo.

How did you get started teaching?

I earned my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. My teaching career began two years later at North Carolina State University. I have been teaching photography ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students ranging from pre-teen and high school ages to college and post-college age adult learners.       I have experience teaching in the county school district, in private schools and universities, in an online format, and as a private tutor.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

One recent moment I am fond of would be when a student was  awarded 1st place in the esteemed Congressional Art award for central North Carolina.

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

I would advice a student looking for a tutor to make sure you are open to new adeas, suggestions and possibilities.

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

Have some examples of your favorite photos to share. Think about why they are your favorites and be open to talk about it. Photography offers a multitude of aesthetic and technical possibilites. The question could be as simple as "how do I do this", regarding a technique or subject matter, if you have some work to illustrate!

Lessons offered

Photography Classes Photoshop Classes Art History Tutors Art Theory Tutors