Meet the fearless leaders of FreshLens Chicago.
SHIRLEY NANNINI - Executive Director and Instructor
After thirty-three years as a teacher, coach, and administrator at Evanston Township High School, Shirley retired from public education and became a student at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes, pursuing a life time passion. In 2012, Shirley began collaborating on a long-term project to photograph wind and is part of the duo that established Wind Flow Photography. Since 2012, Wind Flow has exhibited throughout the United States in group, solo, gallery and museum shows. Longing to work with high school students again, she created the FreshLens Chicago program and became its director and an instructor in FreshLens Chicago.
DENISE ORLIN - Assistant Director and Instructor
Denise is a photography instructor at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes where she teaches Photo 1 and 2. She has spent the last 15 years as a freelance photographer, covering everything from corporate events, interiors, weddings, to children and family portraiture. Denise is currently focusing her energies on fine art photography. She has been committed to Freshlens Chicago since its inception and loves working with the students involved.
DANNY HOWARD - Lead Lab Supervisor and Instructor
Danny lived in Norwich, in the United Kingdom, before moving to Chicago in 2008. Danny is a drummer and a photographer. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 with the New Budapest Orpheum Society, plays in his own band Contrabanda, is the musical director for the Hanneford Circus, and teaches percussion in the Chicago Area. Danny currently teaches photography at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes where he is also the Lab Coordinator. Danny’s love for exploration and photography has taken him all over the world and he can often be seen photographing abandon buildings.
JEFFREY GABRIEL SILVA - Instructor
A Chicago native, Jeff has made a career in the arts as a photographer and musician. His works have received awards at the 2018 International Photography Awards Competition (IPA) and the 2018 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) - International Photographic Competition. Jeff teaches Photo 3 and the Art of Composition at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes and is a music professor at Wilbur Wright College. Having previously taught at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts), Jeff has cultivated a passion for teaching and mentoring young artists. Please visit jeffreysilva.com for more info.
SHARLENE CHAPMAN - Instructor
Sharlene is a photography instructor at RSCPC where she teaches Photo 2. She has a love for people and capturing their beauty in this big world. She loves trying to capture that special moment so that the memory is never forgotten. Teaching is her passion. She loves inspiring others to learn and grow in their skill. “Teaching the youth is powerful, because we have the ability to not just educate their minds but also their hearts.” She is truly grateful to be apart of the Freshlens team.
Board of Directors
SHIRLEY NANNINI - Executive Director
DENISE ORLIN - Assistant Director
NICK SINNOT - Nick is a partner and director at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes. He has taught numerous levels of photography for the last 5 years and written the curriculum for several classes including the popular Drips, Drops and Illusions Workshop and the Lightroom In-Depth 7 Week Class. He enjoys photographing landscapes, sports, architecture, real estate, his family of 4 children and his amazing wife!
ERINN WEHRMAN - Erinn is an instructor at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes where she teaches Photo 1. When she is not working, you'll find her making mischief (and usually a mess) with her three goofball children. Inspired every day by those children, she loves capturing whimsy and joy through her photography. Whether she is photographing families, athletes, kids, couples, expectant moms, or Lego Stormtroopers, she loves to create images that capture the fun that is our lives.