Stan Kaady

For over 20 years Stan has created elegant, sophisticated and dynamic environmental portraits for a diverse and growing list of national clients. He has turned his love of photography, his passion for connecting to others and a strong commitment to personal service into a very successful creative business. Stan’s consummate understanding of light, judicious use of color and his respected ability to connect to anyone, anytime are the tools that his design, corporate and editorial clients count on receiving.

Stan’s photographic odyssey, much to the dismay of his younger brother, began in 1967 in a closet in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. After returning from a science class at James John Elementary school one afternoon, Stan promptly cleared out his (and his brother’s) toy closet, layed down some photo trays, grabbed some of his grandfathers old negatives, and had at it.

Fourty-five years after that momentous science class, Stan is still having at it. Specializing in environmental portraiture for his advertising, corporate and editorial clients. His work is marked by a search for innovative range of techniques and styles in the area of portrait and people photography. Stan’s approach to portraiture is to capture the subtle details of the people he photographs. His goal is to go beyond the obvious and create portraits that are not simply a record of what a person looks like, but to capture a glimpse of who that person is.

Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, he has created images for such corporate clients as UPS, Booz, Allen and Hamilton, RBC Centura, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Mirant, Tufts University, BBDO/South, SCANA Energy Corporation, Holiday Inn, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Emory Healthcare, UBS Paine Weber, and Intercontinental Hotels Group

His magazine clients include Forbes, Time, American Lawyer, Information Week, CMP Media, Hanley-Wood, Edgell Communciations, CFO, CIO, Computerworld, CXO Media and Ziff-Davis.

Call Digital Photo Academy at 1 877 372 2231. Lots of people seem to hang up if our welcome recording comes on instead of a live voice, but we promise to return your message within a day or two if you leave one with your name and number.  It would be even better if you included your e mail address as well as the date and city of the class you are considering.  If leaving a voice mail message is not your thing, please email us at or

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  1. “I loved the class , looking forward to taking more of your classes, ( maybe on a cooler day). Thank you, the class was very informative”

    – Deborah Grayflowers

  2. “I really enjoyed the class and plan to take more classes in the future.”

    – Renee

  3. Mitch Grimes
    July 27, 2015

    “Just a quick note to let you and others know what a great experience I had today during Stan’s photographic tutorial. I received 3 hours of 1:1 instruction from the functions of my camera and how to apply them in various compositions, settings and environments to tips and best practices of photography.

    Stan took the time and attention to instruct based on my level of experience with the art as well as my familiarity of the equipment. I learned more in 3 hours than I have since purchasing my camera.

    Thanks to Stan and Digital Photo Academy—I would recommend to anyone.”

    -Mitch Grimes

  4. Michael Dolinger
    February 15, 2017

    “I did attend the class with Stan Kaady and truly enjoyed it. I look forward to attending other classes as they become available. So please keep me in the loop. ”


  5. Harmony Sockman
    August 3, 2017

    “Stan, we had a great time and the location was awesome, inspiring and perfect for learning.

    Thanks again for your time! ”

    -Harmony (and the girls)

  6. Shawn A.
    August 3, 2017

    “Pleasure meeting you all today. Well, most of you 🙂
    Here are some of my shots from today. Your feedback is most welcome and thank you Stan, for your excellent instruction. Please share any you guys got!”


  7. Brittany Wyatt
    June 9, 2019

    Hi Stan,

    Thank you so much for braving the weather and having a great class yesterday! My dad said it was the BEST fathers Day gift – he learned so much! I’ve attached a few of my favorite photos from the class. I can’t wait to use my newly learned techniques in Greece! I’ll be sure to share some of those photos with you as well. Looking forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks!

    • Brittany Wyatt
      June 10, 2019

      This class was very informative! The instructor, Stan, was very professional and knowledgeable. It was raining, but we made the best of it and still got some great photos. Would highly recommend!

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