In 1978, when I entered UW-La Crosse, I signed up for 35mm photography courses under the direction of Mr. Ed Bardill and Mr. Roger Grant. One of my instructors received his formal training under the direction of Ansel Adams. For most people, that doesn’t mean anything, but for those who are fellow photographers, Mr. Adams was THE Pioneer of landscape photography during his time.
Back then, we had to look down through the top of the camera, see the subject (who was upside down!), line him or her up and then take the shot, recording it onto a 4X6” negative. Some of my best college memories are doing work study in the college’s photo lab, where we used a professional grade dark room to develop, process and turn those photos right side up. I graduated with minors in Speech, Mass Communications and Photography and worked a lengthy career in education and public safety. I also hold a Masters Degree in Adult Education and was previously a Master Instructor for the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The first camera I owned was a lightly used Chinon, and I put over 10,000 photos through it before it finally died. Since that time, I have owned almost a dozen cameras and our team currently shoots Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 7D and Sony A7II along with numerous high quality lenses.
In 2013, I took early retirement due to Multiple Sclerosis and in 2017, our family opened our own studio specializing in photography and visual arts. We love shooting outdoors and with associate and family photographers across the globe, our motto is: “Making the World Our Studio”. We are based out of Eau Claire and Independence, Wisconsin, where our indoor studio is located. Along with another member of our team, I’ve also completed extensive refresher training in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and Canada.
Our prices are competitive and our quality is well above most of the “I’ve always really liked photography, so now I’m a photographer” set. (Unlike many of them, we are also licensed and insured.) This job is difficult and challenging at times, but the clients we have developed continue to praise our work. We hope you will choose Dragonfly Art and Photography Studios and look forward to helping you capture your special moments. Thank you for stopping by and as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.