Faces of ACC: Joe Lavine


Image via Meagan Harkin

Joe Lavine standing outside in the Art and Design center. February 18, 2021.

Antonio Cvjetkovic, Reporter

Joe Lavine is a photographer, educator, workshop instructor, and author focused on teaching and expression through imagery.  As a professional photographer, Joe has spent roughly thirty years capturing the essence of food. These years of focusing on the details, which involved frequent experimentation and problem-solving, have made him an expert in understanding his subjects, digital imaging, and creative lighting techniques. Joe‘s clients include Coors, Betty Crocker, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, Coleman Foods, Yoplait Yogurt, McDonald’s, and Celestial Seasonings. Joe has also taught lighting and digital imaging at multiple universities. During his time as the Manager of Educational Services at Profoto traveled across the US, giving lectures on lighting and the world of professional photography. He began teaching Photoshop version two in 1991 and Lightroom soon after its release in 2007. Joe is an Adobe Community Professional, Adobe Certified Expert, and Epson’s Print Academy member. He is the author of multiple books on photography, including the 2019 release of Lighting for Photographers, An Introductory Guide to Professional Photography. Whether through teaching or writing, Joe‘s goal is to provide people the tools to achieve their goals in photography.

Joe Lavine’s position is that of an adjunct teacher in both the Multimedia Graphic Design and Photography departments. Currently, he teaches a variety of Adobe Photoshop classes at different levels with unique focuses depending on whether the course is for MGD or PHO. Without a doubt, he said, “My favorite aspect of working at ACC is the diversity of the students, the students have a wide variety of backgrounds, which helps keep everyone engaged, and people can build a strong course community by sharing their diversity.”

He has also been a commercial photographer and higher-education educator for over thirty years. and has also taught workshops throughout the country. He has said that “when not working, my wife and I are avid mountain bikers, trail runners and enjoy Colorado outdoors with our dog.”

His 2021 workshop, teaching, and lecture schedule include, The Academy of Arts University, Colorado Mountain College, Arapahoe Community College, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Maine Media Workshops + College, Cal Poly State University, and the Atlanta Photography Group.

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