A Little About Me


Since taking my first photography class at the age of 17, I was hooked on the medium. At that time, there was little to no digital photography. Learning on film was a great benefit to me because I had to take more time to consider composition and camera settings to get the shot right the first time. Those lessons have carried through to this day.

While working on my Bachelor's degree, I was employed at the Pratt Tribune in the advertising department. A large part of my job there was visiting various businesses in town to photography products and staff for use in advertisements. This experience gave me a great deal of real world knowledge about digital photography as well as Photoshop manipulation.

In 2005, I opened my graphic design business, Patton Design. My work here has concentrated on web site design, brochure design, logo design, etc. I have also taken many staff photos, individual and group, with this work. This led to some of the individuals asking me to make their family portraits. Eventually, demand became great enough that I decided to set up a photography business apart from my graphic design business.

Somewhat unusual for a photographer, I am multi-disciplined. I enjoy shooting across a range of genres. This has included artistic, product, photojournalism, and landscape as well as portrait photography. I enjoy the variety and believe that the concepts that make for effective images are universal. Additionally, I appreciate the opportunity to share my knowledge. I was able to fill in for the regular photography instructor at Pratt Community College for a couple of semesters and have begun offering private lessons. My blog has also been a great venue to offer tips and advice to those who would like to learn more about how I make my images.

All images copyright John Patton Photography