Get to Know The Flow

Photography studio and printing services

The Image Flow provides inspiration for photographers from the digital novice to the professional, offering all the tools you need to explore and realize your true potential as a photographic artist. In addition to our year-round calendar of workshops and lectures with renowned photographers in all areas of the medium, we specialize in exhibition quality printing, retouching, and art reproduction. Our expansive Mill Valley, CA, location (just a stone’s throw from San Francisco!) features an 800-square-foot rental studio and darkrooms for traditional and alternative processes.

Create—and celebrate—your best work at The Image Flow!

Who’s who?

Stuart Schwartz

Stuart Schwartz

Owner & Instructor

Stuart Schwartz graduated from the Art Center in 1979 and then spent 35 years as an advertising photographer in the U.S. and Europe. Stuart is comfortable working in the studio, on location, and with all sizes of productions. He continues to shoot for a limited number of clients. Stuart’s personal work spans a variety of styles, from street photography to abstract and mixed media. Stuart founded The Image Flow in 2008 with the vision to empower the avid photographer looking for personal growth in photography.

See his work: stuartschwartz.com

Chrysta Giffen Digital Imaging Expert & Instructor

Chrysta Giffen

Digital Imaging Expert & Instructor

Chrysta Giffen earned her BFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and her MFA at San Jose State University, and has more than 12 years experience in the photography industry primarily as a digital retoucher. Her client list includes Nike, Disney, Sephora, Discovery Channel, Showtime, New York Magazine, Wired, and the California Academy of Sciences. She is also an experienced educator, curator, and fine art photographer. Chrysta teaches workshops at The Image Flow, works one-on-one with clients on digital retouching and printing projects, and curates exhibitions.

See her work: giffendigital.com

Nathan Lomas Digital Imaging Expert & Instructor

Nathan Lomas

Digital Imaging Expert & Instructor

Nathan Lomas hails from Buffalo, NY. He developed his passion photography at the tender age of five when his father gave him a Ricoh camera. He has a BFA from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and an MFA in Imaging Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He is an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, owns his own photo studio in Alameda where he specializes in 19th century tintype photography, and at The Image Flow, works with digital restoration, film scanning, and printing, as well as teaching workshops and working one-on-one with clients.

See his work: heritagetintype.com

Barbara Bowman

Barbara Bowman

Outreach

After studying photography in high school and college, Barbara Bowman turned to the marketing aspect of the medium. She has held a wide variety of roles working with commercial advertising photographers, from studio manager to photographer representative. You can find Barbara at The Flow a few days a week, working on photography and program outreach.

Constance Chu

Constance Chu

Administrative Assistant

Constance Chu has a background in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience, but despite her scientific upbringing, she comes to The Flow with a rather impressive photographic pedigree. Her first digital photography course was in the fall of 2011 at the Ottawa School of Art in Canada. Not long after returning to California, she began working with Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg in San Francisco, first as an intern and then as his interim studio manager. Constance also has a small photography business of her own doing family portraiture and documentary projects.

See her work: constancechu.com