WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

We love photography & teaching
We create immersive, efficient programs
Our goal = YOUR confidence & skill.

How are we different from other photo schools?

  1. Our school was started by two awesome people with a passion for educating photographers better. Neil & Jeanne Chaput de Saintonge worked hard to exceed the expectations of every person who chose RMSP. Now, over 30 years and thousands of students later, their son, Forest, and his wife, Sarah, continue the same goal.
  2. We're student-driven (quite literally, since most of our staff are graduates of our programs). We are dedicated to creating incredible educational experiences for the people who put their trust in us, and to incorporating the feedback they give us so we can keep making our programs better.
  3. We're independent, which means we can easily improve our programs every year without having to jump through silly hoops. We respond to industry changes and student feedback, not educational bureaucracies.
  4. Our priority is excellent instruction -- brought to you by experienced and current photographers -- that will inspire you to keep learning and growing.

Our Team

We have the best team in the world.

These great people are our full-time staff. They make sure that all your questions are answered, all your classes run smoothly, and that all of our systems properly function. We're all photographers, and many of us are instructors, too!

Here’s a bit about each person:

Neil Chaput de Saintonge
Founder
Jeanne Chaput de Saintonge
Business Manager
Forest Chaput de Saintonge
School Director
Sarah Chaput de Saintonge
Assistant Director
Bob McGowan
Admissions Counselor
Tony Rix
IT Specialist
Jeff McLain
Staff Instructor
Jessica Carter
Program Director
Zoé Ammondson
Admissions Counselor

Who are our instructors?

At RMSP, we value great, easy-to-understand instruction over pretty much everything else, so our instructors are chosen based on how well they teach up-to-date information rather than how many people know their names. This is important, because in our programs, you’ll spend a lot of time learning from these excellent photographers!

So, who are these awesome people? Some are professional photographers from across the country who take a break from their active photo careers to share their wisdom with Professional Intensive students. Others are amazing artists and entrepreneurs from our local community who love sharing their craft and experience.

Most of our full-time staff – who live and breathe photography education every day – are instructors, too. But no matter what each of these instructors does outside of class, they all have one thing in common: a desire to help you improve your photography and find your unique version of success.

Our Philosophy

We're not just a school. We're a family. Our passion for photography brings us together, and our commitment to helping you discover and achieve your vision is our reason for being.

Our Hometown

There's a reason people visit Missoula, MT and never want to leave. Nestled in the heart of the northern Rocky Mountains, the town offers a lively art scene and easy access to awe-inspiring wilderness. In addition to photo studios and historic classrooms, RMSP's campus includes Yellowstone and Glacier national parks as well as the rivers, lakes, mountains, endless trails, and alluring natural light that make it one of the best places in the world to learn photography.

Our Culture

Everyone is welcome at RMSP. Whether you're picking up a camera for the first time or eager to launch your photography business, our experienced instructors provide a hands-on, collaborative learning environment where you are encouraged to explore and create. At our school, you are your only competition.

Don't just take it from us!

Here are some words from our students!

  • What you all do collectively as a team is incredible. You guys have really created something special.

    Bailey B.

  • My time at Rocky Mountain School of Photography was nothing short of transformational!

    Laura W.

  • Gosh, I love all of you. I am forever thankful for the program, information and the network I have made through the school.

    Mady B.

  • I will be forever grateful to the team at RMSP for an amazing life experience and my new career!

    Michael K.

  • This was the most organized educational experience I've ever had, and the front office staff clearly deserves a lot of credit for that!

    Janet S.

Go see some of our graduates' work for yourself!

You can even reach out to them directly. Click here for a list.

Check out our Educational Partners, too!

These companies give products, discounts, or support to our students. A special thanks to Canon and B&H Photo/Video for their longtime support.

Click here for a full list