Chris Cooradino started shooting pictures when he was 8, encouraged by his mom, an accomplished landscape painter. Around 1998 he got serious and joined several camera clubs. In 2000 he took an NYIP course, which he says "opened my eyes, honed my skills, and broadened my perspective." He later became a part-time pro shooting for Newsday, Long Island's leading newspaper. In 2003 that evolved into a fulltime job, vastly expanding his opportunities, resulting in a variety of fascinating international assignments.
"Perhaps my greatest joy comes from giving back, teaching others how to control their cameras and fulfill their creative vision," says Corradino. "That's why I've been an NYIP Mentor for the last 6 years, providing personalized instruction to people at all levels, and honored as a Study Leader by Smithsonian Journeys."