About the Leesburg School of Photography

The Leesburg School of Photography at Photoworks brings the high quality and comprehensive photographic arts education to Northern Virginia.


Lessons are offered for students from all backgrounds and levels of ability, from people who are just beginning to use a digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera, to advanced photographers interested in learning how to manage and enhance their digital images with a software program such as Adobe Lightroom, and the artistic potential inherent in traditional darkroom and film processing.

The School’s sessions take place in the studio facilities at Photoworks. But, private and semi-private lessons can be arranged to take place in a different location.

We are also committed to furthering the development of a thriving Arts and Cultural District in Historic Downtown Leesburg.


Photoworks ranks among the foremost photography businesses in the region. The National Park Service entrusts its historic art and photo collection to Photoworks for copy and restoration services, both for its archives and for distribution. Families trust Photoworks to create their most prized portraits, record their family history and events, and restore their treasured photographic memories. Businesses use their services for everything from corporate portraits to product shots, from aerial photos to event coverage.

The owner-operators of Photoworks, KD Kidder and Neil Steinberg, have long been instrumental in developing the local arts, business, and education communities. KD is a co-founder of Leesburg’s popular First Friday Gallery Walk. Now managed by the Leesburg Downtown Business Association, “First Friday” brings monthly crowds of shoppers and diners to businesses throughout the downtown area. KD also serves on Leesburg’s Public Arts Commission. She was instrumental in producing its first public art event and continues to successfully promote new art venues in town.


Throughout Photoworks’ 35-year-history, Neil and KD have encouraged and supported young people interested in photography, by sponsoring internships; routinely hosting shows of work by local students in their third-floor gallery; serving as judges for student photo competitions at area schools and at the annual Loudoun County 4H Fair; and by offering summer camps for teens in film, darkroom, and digital photography.

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