Esteemed photographer Camela Langendorf visits the Visual Communications class.
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In an inspiring session on April 2, Carthage’s Visual Communication course, led by Professor Kelly Kruse, was honored to host special guest Camela Langendorf — a distinguished photographer and owner of Varitay Studios, based in Downtown Racine.

Demolition of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Demolition of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Credit: Camela Langendorf
With a rich background in photographing corporate professionals and owners of small- and medium-sized businesses, Ms. Langendorf brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. A proud alumna of UW–Madison, she has successfully led Varitay Studios for 17 years, specializing in capturing the essence and best versions of her subjects.

During her visit, Ms. Langendorf shared invaluable insights with the students on identifying their own unique “super power,” mastering the art of lighting, and techniques to elicit natural expressions from subjects, ensuring each photograph reflects the best shot of themselves. Highlighting her diverse portfolio, she presented captivating images, including the demolition of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, showcasing her ability to capture profound moments in history.

Photographer Camela Langendorf presenting images to students in the Visual Communications class. Photographer Camela Langendorf presenting images to students in the Visual Communications class. Ms. Langendorf’s engaging teaching style, combined with her vibrant personality and impressive portfolio, captivated the students, sparking their creativity and ambition. Prof. Kruse, known for her commitment to connecting classroom learning with real-world experiences, believes in the power of guest lecturers to inspire students. “This was an exceptional opportunity for our students to see the convergence of passion, skill, and professional growth. Her expertise not only provided practical insights into photography, but also encouraged our students to pursue their passions with dedication,” said Prof. Kruse.

This special guest lecture underscores Carthage’s dedication to enriching student education through exposure to seasoned professionals, highlighting the importance of real-world experiences in discovering and nurturing true passion.

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