Our Instructors

Carolyn DeMeritt

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.


Dick Handshaw

Dick Handshaw is currently a member of the Light Factory Board of Directors. He also serves as the head of the Education Committee. He spent 31 years of his career as a learning and performance consultant as President of his own company, Handshaw, Inc. Before that he earned his living as a professional photographer for ten years. Now he is combining those two experiences to help the Light Factory improve the consistency and quality of its educational offerings.

Dick has a BFA in photography from Alfred University and a MS in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. He also serves on the board at the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, NC, where he designs and teaches a course in Wildlife and Bird Photography. He has been passionate about photography since he was 14.

You can see samples of his work at www.handshawphotography.com

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.


Caroline Waterman

Caroline Waterman grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She moved to the United States in 1986 and lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and three children. She took film photography classes in Dublin in the 1980’s and again in Boston; she completed her BFA in Photography from UNCC in May 2016. During her time at UNCC Caroline has explored various historic processes and concentrates on large format analog photography. Caroline specializes in Silver Gelatin Lith and Platinum Palladium printing. Her work deals with the themes of memory and loss and she has drawn on her connections to family, heritage and place as inspiration. She has conducted workshops on Lith printing at UNCC, at Appalachian State University and at the Light Factory. Her Silver Gelatin Lith prints are currently being exhibited at the University Hilton Hotel in Concord, NC and Caroline has also exhibited her work at UNCC and The Photo Place Gallery in Vermont. Her first solo show opened in September 2017 at Through This Lens Gallery in Durham, NC.