Eric has spent endless hours at conventions, seminars and classes to absorb everything photography. He retains Oregon’s highest degree, the Fellow of Photography (FP), past president of Professional Photographers of Oregon (PPO), certified Oregon print competition judge, certified Professional Photographers of America (PPA) instructor, has earned his Photographic Craftsman Degree (Cr. Photog.), earned 20 recognized awards, including 5 Kodak Gallery Awards. He is currently working on his PPA Master’s Degree. He has taught photography privately, through Chemeketa Community College, through PPA webinars, and has been honored to speak at PPA’s IUSA Conventions in San Antonio. His work has been featured in “Professional Photographer Magazine” and other publications. In 2011, Eric received his first Loan Collection selection in print competition. Loan Collection images are “the best of the best” in the world of photography.
“I am a born and raised Oregonian, Stayton High, 1989, Oregon State, 1994. My career started at Oregon State where I was head photographer for The Daily Barometer. My dream was to work for National Geographic but found I had more passion for portraiture than photojournalism. I married my high school sweetheart, Shawna, exactly 6 years after our first date. She is the glue to every aspect of my life. We have 2 amazing boys, Kyle and Kaleb. I love being outside- hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, golfing or boating. My favorite place in Oregon is the Eagle Cap Wilderness. I enjoy making an espresso each morning, going to our kids’ sports events, watching movies and stupid TV shows. My favorite food is sushi. But, I’ll pretty much eat anything. My favorite vacation spot is Maui. I hope to retire there. My heart is in Haiti. After 2 mission trips, I try not to complain about being uncomfortable. I love Jesus. He is my foundation. All in all, I love being self-employed, doing what I have a passion for, and spending time with my family.”
Shawna is the official business manager. She sits at her iMac, diligently keeping track of bookwork, emails, and client info. Her role is critical to the studio’s success. She works closely with Studio Management Services and Successware – two of Professional Photographers of America’s business management affiliates. Shawna answers the phone, answers questions, books sessions and helps clients with their needs. Shawna has also taken the task of client viewing and ordering appointments.
“I have been married to Eric for 24 years and we’ve been working in photography together for 20 years. When not working, I enjoy spending time with our two sons, who are 20 and 17. Being a mom is the best job in the world! I have an obsession with Dr. Pepper, Padington’s Pizza, facebook, my iphone, the color purple and being organized. In my free time I like to go to basketball games, go shopping, spend time with family and friends, sit in warm, tropical places, read, and find the next deal with my coupons! I am passionate about helping others and breaking the stigma on mental health. I feel blessed to have God, my family, and an amazing business!”
Mandy joined us in 2012 as our hair/makeup artist. She has been in the industry for 16 years. She does an amazing job and we are so thankful for her! If you want to be “camera ready” go with the session that includes Mandy. Availability is limited to two days a week June – August.
Mandy has been married for 14 years and lives in West Salem. She is mommy to Carson and Hadley. She is so in love with them! She enjoys scrap booking, walking her dog, listening to live bands and dancing, and hanging out with family and friends. She really loves going to the movies, but her husband loves ESPN too much to join her!
Rachel is our Photoshop Master, graphic designer and editor. Rachel has two boys and a little girl. She has been married for 13 years. She enjoys working in her yard, baking, Padington’s pizza, redecorating her house, numbers & patters, reality TV, and is OCD about organizing things. She’d love to go to Hawaii, but hates flying.