Our Instructors

Carolyn DeMerritt

A Charlotte, NC, native and active Light Factory member since 1976, Carolyn DeMeritt is a self-taught photographer who has worked at her craft for over thirty years. Through personal interaction with her subjects, she concentrates on creating portraits of people or places underrepresented or undergoing dramatic changes. DeMeritt’s work has been widely exhibited and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; High Museum of Art; North Carolina Museum of Art; Asheville Art Museum; Cameron Art Museum; and Mint Museum of Art.


Herman Nicholson

Herman Nicholson was born in Charlotte, NC, in 1980. He received his BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art & Design and his MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and he currently teaches at Queens University in Charlotte. His work has been exhibited internationally, which includes the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work primarily focuses on portraiture, human relationships, and narrative.


Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill is an educator and fine art photographer in Charlotte, NC, and earned his MFA from New Mexico State University in 2007. His work has been exhibited at Notre Dame University, The Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, NM, and in solo, juried, and group shows around the country. He specializes in infrared, large format, and pinhole photography.


Scott Stallings

Scott Stallings is a fine art and commercial portrait photographer living and working in Charlotte, NC. He specializes in creating one-of-a-kind, heirloom-quality portraits primarily using (but not limited to) antique photographic processes such as traditional film and wet plate collodion photography.