RMSP Staff

Neil Chaput de Saintonge

Founder / Instructor
Neil, a former junior high science teacher, has been teaching photography for more than 40 years. In that time, he has taught thousands of students in classes and workshops in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He is well known for his enthusiasm, technical knowledge and love of teaching. In 1973, Neil studied under Ansel Adams. Neil’s photography interests include ballet, documentary, people, landscape and fine art. In 1979, Neil founded the Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, a two-year school that trained students for careers in graphic arts and photography. After vacationing in Montana in 1988, Neil and his wife Jeanne moved to Missoula and started Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Jeanne Chaput de Saintonge

Founder / Business Manager
Jeanne is the co-founder of RMSP with her husband, Neil. She has been in and out of many roles at the school, from Director to Instructor to bathroom-floor scrubber. She now handles the business aspects of the school and manages the budget. Jeanne enjoys being outside in the sunshine; she loves gardening in her backyard and hiking Montana’s trails.

Forest Chaput de Saintonge

School Director
Forest Chaput de Saintonge has been immersed in photography since he was born. He grew up in Missoula and began taking photos with an SLR when he was seven years old. He started working for Rocky Mountain School of Photography at age 13. During his free time, he likes to become a master at new things, build stuff, run, hike, bike, photograph, and be an amateur astronomer. Forest has a BA in Astrophysics, just because. He really enjoys teaching and loves to help students understand concepts thoroughly. Forest has vast experience working with and teaching Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and has worked many hours in the black and white darkroom.

Sarah Chaput de Saintonge

School Director
Sarah Chaput de Saintonge has seriously loved photography for about six years and has experimented with many genres in her own work. She attended Career Training in 2011 and has worked as an assistant and instructor since. Sarah graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Montana. She enjoys portraiture, self-portraiture and anything else that involves gorgeous natural light. She loves all Adobe software and loves helping students learn it too. She also loves film photography. She grew up in a small town in Alaska, but now lives in Missoula with Forest and their crazy cats, Apollo and Pepe.

Joyce Fielding

Education Logistics Coordinator
Joyce Fielding joined the RMSP team in the summer of 2014 as the Education Logistics Coordinator. She manages the “behind the scenes” arrangements of venues and travel for all programs. Joyce’s busy home life revolves around her husband, four children and their black lab. She enjoys gardening, hiking, antiquing and reading.

Marcy James

Curriculum Specialist / Instructor
Marcy James is a fine art documentary photographer who began teaching for RMSP during the old wet processing days when her passion was building pinhole cameras and working with antiquarian photo processes. Today, she has merged antiquarian methods with digital technology and has a special love for exploring the importance and potential with how our images live in the world regardless of whether we are presenting our work through the web or with exhibitions. Today, if she’s not out walking the hills of Missoula with her family, you will find her photographing in her favorite fictional landscape, No Mans Land

Alyssa Johnson

Information Specialist
Alyssa is a CT 2005 graduate and has been a part of the RMSP team since 2006. She enjoys gardening, camping and sewing in her free time.

Andy Kemmis

Marketing Coordinator
Andy is a Missoula native and graduate of the photojournalism program at the University of Montana. A perfect day for Andy includes creating impactful and energetic images, drinking coffee, eating burritos, skateboarding and/or snowboarding, watching Hot Dog: The Movie and laughing with his wife and daughter.

Bob McGowan

Student Services
SoCal native and graduate of RMSP Career Training Class of 2004. Fell in love with Missoula, Montana and has yet to leave. Enjoys photography, outdoor activities, nature, people and life in general. The glass is usually half full, in his opinion.

Tony Rix

Information Technology Specialist
Tony is a Wisconsin native who graduated from RMSP in 2008 and joined the RMSP team in late 2010. He is responsible for maintaining all the digital systems at the school and, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Information Technology, he is usually the biggest geek in the room. In his free time, he can usually be found hiking, kayaking, camping, working out at the gym, or sitting in front of a computer.

Melanie Wright

Customer Service Specialist
Melanie began her association with Rocky Mountain School of Photography attending numerous workshops and the 2006 Digital Intensive program. In 2007, she joined the RMSP team as their Customer Service Coordinator and first point of contact for the school. Photography, baking, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband Dennis and their dog Lucy fills her free time.