Instructors & Advisors
Proven and passionate professionals.
All Eclipse programs are built on the philosophy that the business of professional photography is best taught by real professionals. That's why we have assembled a team of proven, professionally successful photographers who are passionate, creative, and able to focus on your success.

Each Eclipse instructor is a leading professional whose work represents best-in-class talent and teaching ability. Having proven their skills through years of professional success in a variety of fields, our instructors and are able to interact with our students directly, showing them exactly how to maximize their creative potential.

Ralph Clevenger

Ralph Clevenger

Known worldwide for his travel, natural history and undersea photography, Ralph is also an expert in the areas of video production and stock photography. more

Ralph Clevenger

Janie Hewson

An inspiring teacher and innovative marketer, Janie consults with creative individuals to educate and motivate them to greater recognition, profit and success. more

Ralph Clevenger

Kelly Kirlin

Kelly is a master at the art of light and its integration with photographic processes. Her unique experience helps Eclipse students see and understand light, in order to create both marketable and imaginative images. more

Ralph Clevenger

Tom Maddrey

A photographer, educator and entrepreneur; Tom has taught on subjects ranging from digital imaging to business development to integrating photography into schools and businesses. more

Ralph Clevenger

Mark McWilliams

Mark, a well-known commercial photographer and underwater specialist, has produced print and video work for high-profile clients, and now brings his expertise to the Eclipse classroom. more

Ralph Clevenger

Neill Whitlock

An award-winning commercial and fine art photographer, Neill's work has been reproduced in hundreds of publications, and has been displayed around the world. more

Ralph Clevenger

Brent Winebrenner

A California-based editorial travel, corporate location and stock photographer, Brent is also an accomplished location lighting, and visual journalism instructor. more

Ralph Clevenger

Sarah Yates

A recent International Photography Award (IPA) winner, Sarah makes brides want to get married over and over again. With a forthright approach and generous spirit she shares everything she knows. more

Ralph Clevenger

Ralph Clevenger grew up on the coast of North Africa and began diving in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea at age seven. He studied zoology at San Diego State University and worked as a diver/biologist for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography.

After working as an audio-visual producer and photographer in Oregon in the early 1980s, he began marketing his own photography with the assistance of his wife and business manager. He later teamed up with renowned nature photographer George Lepp on several assignments and workshop presentations. In 1983 he began teaching at the world-famous Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where he currently teaches video production, stock photography, travel photography, natural history photography and undersea photography.

Ralph has traveled on assignment to Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Central and South America, Antarctica, and Africa. His publication credits include National Geographic Books, Popular Photography, Nature's best, Smithsonian Books, Sierra Club Books and many others. Among his many clients are The Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks, Fox Sports Network and the National Park Service. View his work at www.ralphclevenger.com.

Janie Hewson

Janie Hewson loves the "creative mind" and loves business. She has been in the business of marketing creatives and creative business entrepreneurs for 15 years. An inspiring teacher, innovative marketer and consummate business person, Janie Hewson consults, coaches and collaborates with creative individuals to educate and motivate them to greater recognition, profit and career success.

Hewson has met and guided the careers of hundreds of creatives beginning with her work as an Artist Representative, her years with the Creative Black Book and several stints as a Studio Manager for creative businesses, including photography and film. For seven years Hewson was the marketing instructor for Brooks Institute of Photography and Film, where she taught classes to photography, film, graphic design and photojournalism students, helping them to create powerful marketing for their careers. She was named 2004 Teacher of the Year.

Hewson holds a Masters' degree in Organizational Psychology, and a Bachelors' degree in Communications. View her work at www.marketingcreatives.net.

Kelly Kirlin

Since childhood, Kelly has created art through the manipulation of light. At age eight, a gift from her mother allowed her to craft shadow-grams through light-sensitive paper, which left photographic object outlines on its surface. This quickly turned into a love affair with the world of photography. Kelly attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her studies in biology led to an opportunity to explore conservation ecology on the coral reefs of Mexico. Her newfound passion for ecology soon melded with her love of photography, allowing her to create spectacular underwater imagery.

After earning degrees in Studio Art and Biology, Kelly moved to Southern California and attended the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, further developing her talents as a portrait photographer above and below water. In Los Angeles, she shot model portfolios with several agencies and worked at Shape magazine as a producer. She later moved to Manhattan where she produced and published several editorial assignments, one of which earned a Charlie Design Award for best black-and-white story.

Kelly's next destination was Austin, Texas, where she worked with Austin Monthly Magazine to co-create the six-page style section feature for more than three years. She now lives in California and is passionate about bringing her unique style and expertise to students of the Eclipse Photography Institute. View her work, vist www.kellykirlin.com.

Tom Maddrey

Tom Maddrey is a passionate and talented photographer, educator and entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years creating images and teaching photography professionally. In association with colleagues Mark and Thisbe McWilliams, Tom founded the Blue Square Art Gallery, a Dallas-based fine art studio specializing in exhibitions of creative professional and commercial work.

In 2000, Tom began a full-time pursuit of his love for nature and imagery. After receiving technical training at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, one of the world's premier photographic schools, he has since lectured and taught all around the country on subjects ranging from digital imaging to business development to integrating photography into schools and businesses.

Recently, Tom has hosted two month-long excursions to Alaska where he photographed bears, whales, eagles, glaciers, and true northern wilderness. His commercial clients include Schering-Plough, The University of Texas, Tactical Advantage Group, and many others. View his work at www.tommaddrey.com.

Mark McWilliams

Mark McWilliams is a commercial photographer and underwater specialist based in Dallas, Texas. Alongside his wife and business partner, Thisbe Grace, Mark expands his passion and uses his entrepreneurial spirit to partner with friend and colleague Tom Maddrey to manage Blue Square Art Gallery, a Dallas-based gallery showing amazing imagery through monthly exhibits.

Mark was technically trained at the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. Prior to his photographic career, Mark spent more than a decade as a medic first aid, scuba diving instructor and group travel specialist. These experiences led him to work assignments with such clients as IMAX Films, Howard Hall Productions, and the Ocean Channel. He has also guided several international photography tours.

Recently, Mark has worked on projects such as Great White Sharks, Spring 2008, Coral Reefs 2008 and "fashion: reintroduced", a commercially designed project for TG Mark, LLC. View his work at www.markmcwilliamsphotography.com.

Neill Whitlock

Award-winning photographer Neill Whitlock's clients include: 7 Eleven, American Airlines, Zales Corporation, Radio Shack, Weyerhaeuser, and Frito-Lay. Born in Charlotte North Carolina his travels have landed him in Colorado, Massachusetts, California and finally Dallas, where he settled close to two decades ago. In Los Angeles he studied at the prestigious Art Center College of Design. After studying and working with some of L.A.'s most successful photographers, Neill launched his first studio in North Hollywood.

The overwhelming success of his studio put Neill in the professional spotlight and shortly thereafter he was recruited by The Photographers Inc. He relocated to Dallas and began shooting fashion for high profile clients such as Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Harpers Bazaar and others. While his professional commercial career was in the fast lane, Neill continued to be inspired by his personal passion for photojournalistic work, and when not traveling the world for work, he traveled the world in pursuit of his own photographic adventures. With the advent of the Macintosh computer and Photoshop 5, Neill had discovered a powerful and versatile tool that could compliment his photographic expertise and craftsmanship. Since then, Neill has seamlessly incorporated his retouching skills into his commercial work, making him a master of fashion photography from lighting to post-production.

With over forty years of professional experience, Neill's expertise, love of people, and passion for the creative process keeps him in high demand for a wide range of interesting and challenging commercial projects. When not busy with commercial wok, Neill continues to travel and photograph the world, still inspired with the same excitement and joy he felt all those years ago. To see view his work, visit www.NeillWhitlock.com.

Brent Winebrenner

Brent Winebrenner is a California-based editorial travel, corporate location and stock photographer. In addition to a wide variety of publications for photo library and stock agency Lonely Planet, his work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Sunset, Island Magazine, California Home, Cowboys & Indians, Food & Home, Santa Barbara Magazine, Seasons, Upwardly Mobile, Modern Bride, Wine Spectator, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, Magellan's Travel and The Territory Ahead catalogs, as well as in many textbooks, annual reports and corporate collateral materials.

Brent served as a Semester at Sea photographer and taught location lighting in the Visual Journalism Department at the Brooks Institute of Photography. He has produced a variety of corporate branding videos for Kendall Jackson and is currently working on two coffee table books for Rizzoli Publications. To view his work, visit www.brentwinebrenner.com.

Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates makes brides want to get married over and over again. The 2009 International Photography Award (IPA) winner who trained at the world renowned Brooks' Institute, utilizes her technical knowledge to produce the playful, innovative and modern imagery she's loved for, all the while charming the socks off the bride, groom and guests.

She's a delightful personality allowing her clients to be calm and let their true selves show in all their wedding day splendor. Brides & Grooms love her for making them look more fabulous than they've ever looked while capturing the love they share on their wedding day. Coordinators love her for producing imagery that sells them like no other. She leaves every wedding with a new set of friends and a collection of stunning photographs.

Yates is a master and a true artist. She is the rare talent who knows her craft, can teach others her craft and can be filmed in ways that make the viewer learn from her—while loving her and her style. Her absolute love of the art and the business, forthright approach and generous spirit leave no question with her students—she shares everything she knows. To view her work, visit www.sarahyatesphotography.com.