Ana Belic, Founder of GTA Photography Classes, leaves her number crunching career as a Chartered Accountant, to pursue her passion in photography. A couple co-workers ask her if she teaches photography classes and the rest is history. She runs her first class with 2 students out of her condo party room which follows with nine months of classes out of her living room. She develops a new passion for teaching and formally opens the doors to GTA Photography Classes in September of 2009.
One Year Later
A few new instructors and classes continue to build on the early success of GTA Photography Classes.
Spring 2010: We host our very first Photo 101 Grads Contest & Exhibit. We are blown away by what our students have achieved after just a short 8 hour introductory workshop.
Summer 2010: We host our very first Summer Camp for teens. It’s a huge hit and the campers love it!
The Year of Building
Our Summer Camps grow exponentially from just 15 campers in 2010, to over 150 campers in 2011!
The campers loved the program in 2010, but by 2011 we had developed the program and found the perfect mix of challenging material that teaches the fundamental skills of photography, and a fun and relaxed camp atmosphere.
A Dog and 3 Kids Later
Ana comes back from maternity leave a little tired, but excited about the opportunities ahead!
GTA Photography Classes is voted one of the Top 10 Photography Classes in Toronto by BlogTO, just in time for our 5 year anniversary. The perfect way to celebrate 5 years of unleashing creativity!
GTA Photography Classes moves into 2 new locations: our super awesome office at 51 Wolseley Street (did we mention our building has a beer tap in it?) and an amazingly beautiful summer camp spot close to U of T at Bloor & Spadina.
Summer camps EXPLODE with 3 successful new programs: Kids Camp, Portraiture & Editing!
We hit record registrations in our core classes, as students refer their friends and keep coming back for more. We have many new program offerings for both our adult and kids and teen classes.
We built the school on 2 principles:
A passion for photography &
a solid understanding of how to teach so students really get it!
Lauren has a BFA from York University and a Diploma in Applied Photography from Humber.
Reem has a diploma in Digital Photography from VanArts in Vancouver and a BA from the University of Maryland.
Maya is a graduate from the Independent Digital Photography Program at Seneca College.
She loves working with and instructing youth. She instructed in a national youth program for 5 years for Cadets Canada and is working to become a photographer in the Canadian Forces.
In 2014 and 2015 she was the recipient of 22 Scholastic Awards (6 Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys), and 24 Scholastic Honourable Mentions for her photography. She has also had the opportunity to be involved with The Sound Research Inc.’s Insight is Art photography exhibition in Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago, NYC, London and Mumbai.
She has worked and attended camps most of her life and is really excited to be teaching her passion at a summer camp.
Amanda loves working with children and has since her teen years through a summer camp and after school program. She has just completed a year of teaching English to elementary and middle school students in Korea followed by a month of backpacking.