“Stanley Leary has been a key consultant on our team as we built a strategic corporate communications function at Chick-fil-A, Inc. He is uniquely talented and versatile, with a deep understanding of how to use communications to connect with an audience. He is an excellent photographer, of course, but he is much more than that. He understands how to identify and create a story and then relate it to a target audience. He is a gifted teacher, who both inspires and humbles me with his unselfish, hard-working servant spirit. I first decided to work with Stanley when I realized he is the person everyone else calls when they need help. I’ve been doing this for more than 40 years and he is one of the best.”
“Stanley Leary's been a guest teacher for me every year since 2006 in the School of Photography 1 which I lead at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. Stanley's able to combine decades' worth of experience in photojournalism and commercial photography with a acute sensitivity to the needs of my photo students. He teaches here in a very practical hand-on way on lighting as well as business practices. Those are just a small fraction of his expertise. It's a joy each time we invite him back to teach.”
"Stanley has been a regular guest in my photojournalism classes here at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Officially, I bring him in to talk about business practices. Unofficially, I bring him in because the way he talks about business practices demonstrates so many of the skills I want my journalism students to have. His level of preparation is staggering – his presentation is detailed and well researched, his examples meticulously culled from his experiences. He talks about the why that supports the what – why developing relationships with clients leads to what they will hire you for. His presentation style is to engage the audience, to ask them to participate at a high level and then to adjust his presentation to the level the students are at. (I am forced to admit that my students are nowhere near as prepared for his visits as he is, something I now know how to fix based on his last presentation.) Outside of his formal presentations, Stanley has become an excellent resource for me. Our conversations run the gamut from the technical minutia of photography to the overarching reasons of why visuals communicate so well in some situations and not so well in others. His real-world experiences help me shape what I teach every semester, his blog entries help me fine tune individual lessons and his friendship helps keep me sane and grounded, both at work and at home. So, why does Stanley come out to talk to my classes? There's an easy, and correct (if limited), answer that if everyone's business practices get better, then everyone in the industry will do better. But I think he does this because Stanley, at his core, is a sharer – he is programmed to share, to help others, to guide, to teach."
“Dedicated storyteller and visual communicator, Stanley Leary exhibits his enthusiasm and passion for photography with the large diversity of images that he produces. His depth of skill, technique and photographic knowledge is the foundation of his strategy to engage people at all levels and to create dramatic images that demand dialogue. His methods and personal drive keep him on the cutting edge of the constant equipment, software and computer upgrades, which increases his performance and productions for his diverse clientele. Learning with Stanley provides the opportunity to increase your craftsmanship, your expertise and artistry as you developed an intense knowledge of your equipment. When you engage that dramatic moment of light and artistry, your personal methods and strategy will deliver the performance that you gained from spending time with Stanley.”