You _&_ Us

You & Us


Antonio Leanza

Antonio LeanzaLSP Founder & CEO

Antonio has been an active photographer for more than three decades. An artist, coach and teacher, he has developed a unique educational philosophy centred on the Creative Process and the Transformational Learning Experience. He taught Photography and Digital Imaging at The School of Media of LCC (The University of The Arts London) for more than ten years and for Ilford Film throughout England. Antonio has trained and coached people from all over the world to the high professional standards of National Geographic and he is currently developing new educational projects on Photography and Creative Development.

  • Luciana Franzolin

    Luciana FranzolinLSP Director of Training

    Luciana has been part of the LSP team since 2007. Born in Brazil, she started her career in photography as a darkroom technician in 1996. Finishing a Journalism BA in 2000 and Photography Post Graduation in 2001, she has worked for newspapers and as a freelance photographer moving to London in 2003. Very passionate about life, people and communication, she has worked in a wide range of environments and assignments and completed her MA in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster, London, in 2009. Luciana’s interests include street, documentary photography and portraiture.

  • Giovanni Barsanti

    Giovanni BarsantiLSP Senior Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Giovanni has a genuine passion for photography, styling and creativity as well as concept creation for fashion and still life photography. Since he moved to London, he started to work as the backstage photographer for the AOFM, (Academy of Freelance Makeup Artists) and for other major agencies as First Photographer. Gio (That's how we like to call him) has been part of the LSP Team for more than eight years, covering positions like Studio Manager and Trainer for all our courses & workshops. From 2016 to 2018 he has covered the position of Director of Training. He is also fully trained in Adobe Photoshop and other advanced graphics softwares by the BigRock™ Academy (, one of the most sought after computer graphics school in Europe. - Instagram Profile

  • Stefan Lacandler

    Stefan LacandlerLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Stefan became a professional photographer after years of assisting on everything from fashion shoots for British Vogue to movie franchises like Harry Potter. In recent years he has shot commercially for global brands including L’Oréal, King of Shaves and Chivas working with A’list actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Oscar Isaac. He is also the founder and principal photographer of RawSilk Photography, specialising in vibrant wedding reportage storytelling. With over 200 weddings under his belt his wedding work has taken him all over the place, Scotland, Italy, France, Denmark & Sweden with work published in GQ, Men’s Health, Condé Nast Brides to mention but a few. Stefan Lacandler grew up in rural Sweden but now live in East London with his wife Camilla and his two girls, Betty and Agnes.

  • Diogo Duarte

    Diogo DuarteLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Diogo Duarte is a Portuguese photographer with a keen interest in psychological portraiture and self-portraiture, with which he explores identities. Born in Lisbon, he moved to the UK in 2007 to study Psychology and Criminology and then went on to pursue a career in the Psychology field. In 2012, he studied Professional Photography at the London School of Photography and then went on to work for known brands such as Arena, Stella Artois and NFL. Diogo regularly exhibits his Fine Art work in Fine Art Galleries. In 2017, he won the East-West Art Award with his psychological portrait of a Woman.

  • Derek Lomas

    Derek LomasLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Derek Lomas is a Still life and Portrait Photographer.After graduating from kent University he became a freelance Assistant to Photographers in London and then went on to set up his own studio .Derek brings a wealth of studio based knowledge to the LSP and continues to work for Clients such as L'oreal, Lancome, Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan. Derek's favourite things to photograph are cosmetics and Women's shoes.

  • Marian Alonso

    Marian AlonsoLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Marian Alonso is a Spanish-Catalan photographer and lens-based visual artist who has spent many years living in the creative hub of East London and has over fifteen years of experience in the photography field. Her commercial work is mostly specialized in the areas of portraiture, reportage, fashion and beauty with some of her regular clients being well-known UK brands such as Charles Worthington Salons, Nubian Skin and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As part of her freelance practice, she heads the photography department of busy photography and video studio in the heart of West London. Human visage is central in her personal work, conveying meaning and emotion through slights of body language and expression. She holds a master’s degree in Photography from the University of the Arts, London, and is a recipient of the ARCO (Ifema) Photography Award.

  • Mark York

    Mark YorkLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Mark has been shooting professionally since the mid 1990s. Born in London, his portfolio includes fashion/beauty, interiors, portrait, and travel work. He began his career by assisting several leading advertising photographers in the UK, which served to be his apprenticeship. He then graduated to photographing actors and models portfolio pictures, which eventually led to regular editorial and corporate assignments in Europe and the US. The diversity in his subject matter has led to him being commissioned by a wide range of clients including Conde Nast's 'AD', The London Evening Standard, L'Oreal, Nike, and The Sunday Times' Style Magazine. Mark is also the recipient of an Association of Photographers 'Merit' award for his fine art print of 'The Card Players', which was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, and at the prestigious Noorderlicht Photography Festival in The Netherlands. His prints are held in private collections Worldwide. He lives in London with his partner, and their Cocker Spaniel dog, 'Flick'.

  • Umit Zeytincioglu

    Umit ZeytinciogluLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Umit Zeytincioglu is a Cypriot photographer who specializes in fashion and portrait photography. Her journey with photography started over ten years ago when she was studying journalism. Her early work was mainly focused on portraiture with a keen interest in fashion. It was then she studied Fashion Photography at London School of Media, Film and TV. In 2012, she moved to London to attend post-graduate studies. Here, she found her interest in conceptual photography and produced work focusing on memory. Her photographs depicting an imagined reality and lost memories are shown in exhibitions with her fellow classmates during her studies. After graduating from her MA in Photographic Studies at Westminster University in 2014, she has worked as a baby, children and family portrait photographer with a private company for 2.5 years. In 2017, her creative path steered into teaching and gave her many opportunities to reinvest in her photography. She has been teaching at different places since then and recently joined LSP family. Umit continues to photograph every day with passion and her fashion portraits have been published in multiple magazines.

  • Julia Schönstädt

    Julia SchönstädtLSP Trainer - Professional Photographer

    Julia Schönstädt is an award-winning, portrait photographer and video director from Berlin. She studied Photography Design at Berlin's iconic Lette Verein and earned a Master’s in Photography at the renowned Goldsmiths, University of London. With several scholarships under her belt, she is now based in London, working between Germany and the UK. She works across advertising, music and reportage, always focusing on the human element. Her ‘16 Bars Project', a critical examination of the penal system in Germany, was recognised and awarded by The Guardian in 2014. Subsequently, in 2015, a book was published on the same topic by German-publisher, Asso Verlag. Through a combination of her creative expression and commercial prowess, she helps brands and people to connect with their audiences using her signature cinematic and conceptual style. As an extension of her personal philosophy, Julia strives to collaborate and partner with people who are committed to elevating the status of gender equality, social justice and female empowerment within the creative industry and beyond. Clients have included Puma, Superdry, Channel4, The British Library and others.