We built the school on 2 principles:

A passion for photography &

a solid understanding of how to teach so students really get it!

Founded in 2009, GTA Photography Classes has quickly grown to become one of the largest Photography Schools in Canada. In 2016, due to popular demand, GTA Photography expanded the summer camp programs to Chicago & Ottawa. The school was built with a strong passion for photography. Every day the instructors work hard to spark the creativity in each and every student.  GTA Photography has taught over 12,000 students from the ages of 8 to 65!

GTA Photography is accredited by the Ontario Camps Association, named one of the Top 10 Photography Classes in Toronto from blogTO ,and their instructors were featured in the International Emmy Award Winning TV show “Snapshots” that can be seen on CBC Kids.  

Our Team

Lauren Cheong

Instructor | Adults

Lauren is a talented food and product photographer. Most recently she was the in-house photographer for the global housewares design company Umbra Ltd., where she was responsible for shooting their innovative products for all packaging, advertising, web and catalogue use. Prior to Umbra, Lauren worked for a leading food photography studio in Toronto. Lauren joined GTA Photography Classes in 2010 and has taught thousands of students over that time. She regularly receives the highest reviews from students and even went a full year without scoring anything less than a 5 out of 5!

Lauren has a BFA from York University and a Diploma in Applied Photography from Humber.

Alexandra Votsis - GTA Photography Classes Instructor

Alexandra Votsis

Instructor | Adults

Alexandra Votsis is an internationally exhibited and published fashion, editorial and portrait photographer. In 2015, she graduated from OCAD University’s Photography Program and is currently based in Toronto. Alexandra has an insatiable passion for travel and her work has taken her to numerous cities across Europe. She has been published in FASHION Magazine, HELLO! Magazine Greece, PhotoVogue Italia and more.

Shayne Gray

Shayne Gray

Instructor | Adults

Shayne Gray is a creative commercial photographer/videographer who has been widely published among top media including British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Vogue China, GQ Brazil and has been featured as an established resource on CreativeLive, SLR Lounge and Retouching Academy. His work has featured Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and he has done campaigns for Police ex-drummer, Stewart Copeland, Cavalia, IKEA, YTV and many others. Among other awards, Shayne Gray was a winner at the 2015 SNAP! Awards and currently sits on the board of directors to Gallery 44.

Ana Belic

President & Founder

Ana fell in love with photography as a young teen at 14. She is a Chartered Accountant by trade and started her career at one of the top accounting firms in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers. At 26 years old, she became a Controller of a medium sized flooring company, where she learned how to run a business. Soon after, she left her finance career to pursue her true passion. She successfully founded three businesses; a portrait and wedding photography business, Ana Belic Photography, GTA Photography Classes & Summer Camps. The school quickly grew to become one of the largest hobbyist photography schools in the country. 3 kids & a dog keep her busy in her spare time (if you can call it that)!

Jay Cai

Office Cordinator

A world traveller, a professional photographer and a dog lover. Jay started off his life in Canada when he moved to Vancouver, B.C to attend a high school in the area. Soon after relocating to the University of Windsor campus to take a double major in Visual arts and Communication Studies. This cross Canada traveller moved to Toronto and found his love for the city. Jay comes to us with more than 10 years of experience in office management with extensive knowledge in coordinating office tasks and project management to ensure the highest standard of productivity. He brings his camera everywhere he goes, and always on the move to capture something beautiful.

David Coulson

Instructor | Adults

A Toronto based visual storyteller, David Coulson uses images, video and words to share stories that connect people to nature and that help translate complex science and conservation issues in an emotional and relatable way. He has covered endangered turtles in Ontario, followed the migration of porcupine caribou in Alaska, and journeyed to the jungles of Indonesia to photograph Sumatran orangutans dramatically in decline. Along with a BA in Philosophy and Environmental Studies, David holds a post graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication. His work has appeared in outlets such a Canadian Geographic, Canadian Wildlife, the National Post, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum as well as been a judge for the ROM’s Wildlife Photographer of the year.

Donovan

Donovan Myburgh

Instructor | Adults

Donovan is a successful and published wedding photographer from South Africa. He is the founder and head photographer of Burghouse Photography, a widely successful wedding & lifestyle studio that was based in Johannesburg and now relocated to Toronto. His weddings have been published in ‘Essentials’ Magazine and ‘The Wedding Album’ magazine, South Africa. Shutterstock Toronto rated him in the top 5 South African photographers to follow of 2018. He graduated from the photography program at Tshwane University of Technology. He really enjoys traveling and sketching and enjoys all things creative.

Shaney Herrmann Teen Camp Instructor

Shaney Herrmann

Instructor | Adults

Shaney is a photographer and visual artist from Montreal. Currently completing a Master of Design at Concordia University, Shaney also received a BFA in Photography from Concordia and a commercial photography degree from Dawson College. Food and travel take up most of Shaney’s interests and you might catch her biking around the city between photoshoots. Most recently, was one of the selected artists to participate in “How to Flatten a Mountain,” an artist residency at Cow House Studios in Ireland which culminated in an exhibition in Dublin as part of the annual PhotoIreland festival.

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