Hold the Eye Images Launch

Hold the Eye Images Founders/Instructors - ©Rick E. Martin

As some of you may know, I recently joined Hold the Eye Images as one of the five founders. (I’m the one in the middle, in the picture, above.) That’s why I haven’t been posting as much, lately; I’ve been investing my efforts into starting this new business venture.

Why have I gotten involved with Hold the Eye Images, when I already have my own business, Naturography? Because I feel that this is an exciting opportunity, not to be missed, both for you and for me. Let me tell you a bit about Hold the Eye Images, our staff, what we’re doing, and why I’m excited.

Hold the Eye Images is the brainchild of Bill Henderson. Bill wanted to bring together a group of experienced photographers with a myriad of different specialties and perspectives, who share a great love of photography, who are passionate about sharing our knowledge and experience.

And so he has. That’s just what we are.

At Hold the Eye Images, we offer a variety of small, hands-on workshops, for every level of photographer, to enable you with the knowledge and skills to make the best photos you can. We offer workshops in a broad range of areas, such as wildlife photography, kids’ sports photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, food photography, studio lighting, and more.

Our staff – the five founders and instructors, are experienced, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic.

Bill, who started our group, has a track record of success. He was the Postmaster General of the United States, who helped modernize the postal service for the digital age. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of Netflix, who lead them from a small start-up to the company they are, today, while outcompeting the 800 pound gorilla in the industry, the now-bankrupted Blockbuster Videos. More relevantly, he’s a lifelong photographer, and a master of his craft. Here’s an example of his work:

Boxer - ©Bill Henderson

You might not know John Omvik by name, but if you do digital photography, you’ve experienced his work. You know how your camera automatically rotates the image file, when you orient the camera vertically? John invented that when he was working at Agfa, to name just one example. As both a professional photographer, and a product developer in the imaging industry, John has been deeply involved with photography for 30 years. John is also an experienced instructor, having taught Digital Workflow techniques for 2 years at the Popular Photography Digital Days seminars. He’s a great photographer, as you can see, here:

Grasshoppers versus Raptors - ©John Omvik

Nancy Coleman was the CEO of The Ideas Group for 18 years. She’s also the Vice Chair of the Palo Alto Public Arts Commission. She’s a partner in the fine art photography Kelly Street Gallery, in Half Moon Bay, and her work is regularly shown in galleries throughout the U.S.. She’s been involved in the arts for her whole life, and she brings her lovely artistic sensibility to her photographic work – as you can see, here:

Great Expectations - ©Nancy Coleman

Rick E. Martin is a photojournalist with 25 years of experience. He shared the Pulitzer Prize, for his photo coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. As a food photographer, he’s received awards from the James Beard food awards and the Association of Food Journalists. As an outdoor photographer, he’s won numerous awards from Outdoor Writers of America. Here’s an example of his work:

Hostage - ©Rick E. Martin

And, of course, since you’re reading this, you already know who I am.

So, we have a great staff of instructors, and a wide variety of workshops to fit a broad range of interests and skill levels. Our workshops are small with personal attention (maximum of 12 people), include hands-on instruction, shooting together, and image critique. We have a newly built studio with great natural light, filled state-of-the-art equipment, with lots of Profoto and Elinchrom lights, a whole wall of light modifiers, a wonderful projector and 10 foot screen, an audiovisual recording studio, and large print making capability. Right now, we’re offering smokin’ introductory pricing.

Listen to this, to learn more about our first set of workshop offerings:


We’re conveniently located in Campbell, in Silicon Valley, near Highway 17 and Highway 85.

We’re building a photography community, and we want you to be a part of it. Come and join us, and let us share our knowledge and inspiration.

We just launched our new website for Hold The Eye Images Workshops. Please check it out, and learn more:


We hope to meet you, soon.