Carolyn DeMeritt

Charlotte 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, North Carolina in 1980. He received his BFA in photography from Savannah College of Art & Design and his MFA from Columbia College Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally including the National Portrait Gallery in London. His work primarily focuses on portraiture, human relationships and narrative.

Colin Hocking

An award winning and published photographer from Plymouth, England, I received my Bachelor of Science with Honors in Photo Science from the University of Westminster in London and went to work with Polaroid UK.

In 2014 I started the Ballantyne Photography Club and regularly lead groups on photo tours and run workshops where I can incorporate my background in adult education of teaching computer software and as a Train the Trainer Facilitator. I’m also the lead co-ordinator of the North American Nature Photography Association’s Charlotte Meetup group.

Today, I specialize in Environmental Portraiture and Executive Portraits, but I’ve worked in many photography genres including family portraits, newborns, pets, schools, and action/adventure, with my favorite being wildlife and nature photography, so you may find me setting up at local art shows. My wife, Christi, and I also run Feline Furtography, our newest venture in to pet portraits!


While some of my work has appeared in local and national publications, I am especially proud of the growing following I have of my nature and wildlife photography, and for building a growing commercial business that includes Lowe’s Corporate, Ingersoll Rand, US National Whitewater Center, MediaTech Publishing, and many more.

Emilie Knight

From the time I could remember, I have always loved art.  Photography has allowed me to continue my passion and share it with others.  Whether the occasion is an engagement, a wedding, a special celebration, a pregnancy, or a family portrait, I will do all I can to capture the  emotions shared by you.  It is my honor to be invited to record your special times.  I have over 20 years of experience in the photography field.  I have traveled throughout the States to photograph families.  I worked for three years with Olan Mills Studios where I was the recipient of the  “Photographer of the Year” Award.  I was also the Regional Supervisor for eight Portrait Studios in the Charleston, SC area.  I taught Photography at Central Piedmont Community College for ten years.  I currently teach at The Light Factory in uptown Charlotte and have been operating “Photography by Emilie” for the last eight years.  My primary goal is to capture memories, your memories that will last forever.

Jane Wiley

Jane Wiley was born in Kittery, Maine and raised in North Carolina by a long line of avid amateur photographers, adventurous women, and stable men. “I’ll shoot with anything that can make an image — film or digital, it all makes me happy…  I’ve always been drawn to black and white photography because of the dream-like, ethereal quality… poetry without words. It’s really an offshoot of my lifelong love affair with the language of film. But instead of moving, my images are frozen moments… like a single frame from a late-night classic movie on cable television. My images are memories that take me to the moment when I snapped the shutter… whether it was carefully planned or a swift, lucky convergence of the elements… the decisive moment.”

Jane has been teaching Intro to DSLR and Flower Photography workshops at the Light Factory since 2009.

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 Governor’s in Santa Fe, NM, and in solo, juried, and group shows around the country. He specializes in Infrared, Large Format and Pinhole photography.

Katherine McKeon

I am a photographic artist in Charlotte, North Carolina.

My website features a variety of work in several mediums, most of which is based on my attempt to understand people through the exploration of their environments and their behavior. I visually express my love for people, as well as my frustration with them. I generate work hoping it will inspire us to make the changes necessary for the world to become a better place.

In addition to creating work, I am a teaching artist at The Light Factory – Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film. I teach on-location fashion photography classes as well as creative DSLR, portraiture, and alternative process workshops. I am so lucky to be a part their education program so I can do my part in supporting our community of artists AND future artists.

Laurie Schorr

Laurie Schorr grew up in New York surrounded by car parts and cuckoo clocks. From a very early age, she kept diaries and collected images with her camera and sketchbook. In 2010, Laurie moved to Charlotte to teach a B&W Darkroom camp at The Light Factory, and she never left. She has received numerous grants and awards for her photographic work including PhotoLucida Critical Mass 200 finalist, the 2014 North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, a 2013 Arts and Science Council Award, and Best Emerging Artist in Photography at the GLAAD OutAuction in NYC in 2009. Laurie’s work has been exhibited most recently at McMaster Gallery, Castell Photography Gallery, Art Intersection, Lightbox Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery and the AIR Gallery (NYC).

Peter Zay

Peter Zay is a highly committed and professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience in his field. His talent as a photojournalist has taken him around the world. Peter photographed in over 20 countries around the World in three continents. He specializes in environmental portraits, children, headshots, family and corporate events. He has a unique way of winning the trust of his subjects and blending in with the environment in a way that puts the clients at ease and enables the most natural pictures.

Eric Pickersgill

Eric Pickersgill is an artist living and working in Charlotte, NC who recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Eric received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 and was also a preperator at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 2011 he returned to Charlotte, NC as a Teach for America Corp Member and taught at Garinger High School.

Eric has a passion for teaching and image making and sees the connections that the two share. The artwork Eric makes is often about photography as he explores the psychological and social effects that cameras and their artifacts have on individuals and societies as a whole. Eric has exhibited his work nationally at institutions and galleries such as The Center for Fine Art Photography, Duke University, The North Carolina Museum of Art, University of Northern Florida, and The Ackland Art Museum.

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Diana Bloomfield

Diana Bloomfield has been an exhibiting photographer for over thirty years.  She has received numerous awards for her images, including a 1985 New Jersey State Visual Arts Fellowship, and five Regional Artist Grants from the United Arts Council of Raleigh, NC, most recently for 2015-16.  She was a Critical Mass Finalist in 2014.

Specializing in 19th century printing techniques, Diana’s images have been included in a number of books, including Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering a Historic Technique (3rd Edition), by Eric Renner; Robert Hirsch’s Exploring Color  Photography Fifth Edition: From Film to Pixels (2011); Christina Z. Anderson’s Gum Printing and Other Amazing Contact Printing  Processes (2013); Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques (2013); and, most recently, in Christopher James’ The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (3rd Edition, March 2015).

Her work has also been included in the Pinhole Journal; The World Journal of Post-Factory PhotographyChinese PhotographyThe SunDiffusion; The HAND MagazineNorth Carolina Literary Review; Shadow & Light; and SxSE (South x Southeast).  Diana is also a contributing writer for Don’t Take Pictures.

Diana also works as an independent curator and has organized and curated several pinhole and alternative process exhibitions, including“Pure Light: Southern Pinhole Photography,” shown at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), in Winston-Salem, NC in 2004.  And the exhibit,“Old is New Again: Alternative Processes,” which was originally shown at the Green Hill Center for NC Art, in Greensboro, NC, was invited for exhibition at the 2004 Pingyao International Photography Festival, in Pingyao, China.  She was also an invited artist to the first Qinghai International Photography Festival, in Xining, China, where she exhibited in the summer of 2006.

Her work is in a number of public and private collections, including the New Mexico History Museum, in Santa Fe, NM, and the Gregg Museum of North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, NC.

A native North Carolinian, Diana currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she received her MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.  Her work is represented by Tilt Gallery, located in Scottsdale, Arizona.