We are a group of passionate Photographers and Instructors


  • Stephen W. Oachs

    Founder and Owner

    Stephen W. Oachs is an Aperture Academy instructor specializing in Landscape and Wildlife Photography. Stephen is an award-winning nature photographer, and the featured artist at the Aperture Academy gallery.

    Website:

    www.stephenoachs.com

  • Brian Rueb

    Lead Instructor

    Brian Rueb is an Aperture Academy instructor specializing in landscape, nature and travel photography. He is an award-winning photographer with years of experience teaching to students of all ages.

    Website:

    www.brianrueb.smugmug.com

  • Scott Donschikowski

    Lead Instructor

    Scott Donschikowski is an Aperture Academy instructor, Adobe Certified Lightroom master, and specializes in landscape, nature and travel photography. He is also our resident videographer and marketing manager.

    Website:

    www.scottdonschikowski.com


  • Monique DeMoulin

    Logistics Manager

    Monique is the one who keeps all the wheels turning here at Aperture Academy.  She is also the first and last point of contact for every client that comes through the proverbial doors.  She is also an accomplished singer and songwriter.

    Website:

    www.moniquedemoulin.com

  • Mike Wardynski 

    Lead Instructor

    “Nature Mike” as he has come to be known, specializes in landscape photography and cherishes the outdoors.  A wanderlust at heart, Mike shares our keen passion of travelling and documenting the world.

    Website:

    www.naturemike.com

  • Mary Cheung

    Lead Instructor

    Mary Cheung is our resident portrait professional. She is a working wedding and portrait photographer, and shes also a full time high school photography teacher by day. She teaches our suite of portrait classes.

    Website:

    www.marycheungphotography.com


  • Aron Cooperman

    Lead Instructor

    Aron started his journey in photography through landscape and nature, but as his passion for photography grew, it started to encompass other areas he loves, like music and events.  He is also a house photographer for the San Jose Civic.

    Website:

    www.openlightphoto.com

  • Deanna Roberts

    Lead Instructor

    Largely self-taught in the photography arts, DeAnna honed her skills over the 25+ years she has been capturing the world around her, and her talents were spotted and further nurtured while assisting at the Aperture Academy.


 

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