horn photo team
How does a cow expert and an Ag financial consultant end up creating the most successful camera store in the entire Central Valley? That's an excellent question. It has a good answer, but it would take way too long to explain.
Let's just say, that the cow expert, Stan, mixed his cow knowledge with his passion for photography, and became the nation's top cow photographer during the 70's and 80's (yes there is such a thing). Meanwhile, the financial consultant, Shelly, knew all about dollars and cents, making her a natural for the world of business. Together, they took a chance and bought Horn Photo, a camera store out on Belmont Avenue, that had been around since 1937.
They grew Horn Photo into what it is today. A 6000 square foot modern camera store with 23 employees. Not only are Stan and Shelly business partners, they are also partners in life. Married in 1982, they have two very successful grown children, Samantha and Sullivan. They also have a prize winning Great Dane, Charlie. You may not have recognized Samantha or Sullivan in the store, but surely you've recognized Charlie. He's the one with the four legs.
"Our most experienced photographer and camera expert".
Ryan Watamura has seen plenty of changes in the photo industry, having been with Horn Photo for over twenty years. He finds the transition from film to digital photography has been amazing.
Also amazing, are Ryan's photographs. He specializes in…well in any type of photography. Landscapes, portraits, sports cars, extreme weather, the list goes on. Ryan knows how to capture breathtaking scenes. Check out some of his large images on the walls at Horn Photo.
Self-taught street photographer.
Daniel is our Lumix Ace. He's always eager to help you with all of your camera and accessory needs. He loves using his wide angle lens plus a slow shutter speed to capture his unique style of street photography.
Daniel loves to barbecue on weekends for his family.
David Vargas studied Media Communications and Journalism at Fresno State. He has a passion to photograph live events. Vargas currently shoots on the Sony a6300 with his currentgo-to lens being the Sony 18-105 f/4. The versatility of the lens being 1. lightweight, 2. a fixed f/4 lens, makes it the most flexible video and photo lens for his needs. Vargas loves to leave the Central Valley and travel across California.
Some fun facts about David: 1. He is a big pizza enthusiast. 2. He loves studying patterns and analytics (4 time fantasy football champion)3. David is pro-pineapple on pizza.
It is questionable about whether pineapple is a good addition on pizza. There is NO question, however, that David is an outstanding addition to HornPhoto. We are very lucky to have him on our team.
“Happy 8th Birthday, Brandon. Here’s your first camera!”
Those words shaped Brandon Burt’s life. He has been passionate about photography and videography ever since Brandon got that first camera as a young child. So much so that he went on to graduate from Fresno State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia and Communications.
Brandon’s primary interest is in videography and film making, however he also loves still photography. His favorite subject is wildlife photography. He loves the randomness that comes with capturing wild animals with his camera.
You’ll find Brandon behind our camera counter. He’s full of knowledge and experience. But wait…There’s More!!! He also has charisma, pizzazz, oomph and charm! You will want to take him home with you, but you can’t because we need him at Horn Photo.
Loves Videography and Nerding Out
Candice is a member of our camera department. She will go to great lengths in order to understand your needs and help you select the camera and accessories that are perfect for you. Come see Candice and pick her brain about cameras, lenses, and videography.
Candice is an experienced videographer. She is also an experienced photographer specializing in family portraits, models, weddings, and events.
Here are some things about photography that never cease to amaze Candice. She loves watching the magic that happens when people see their portraits for the first time and realize how beautiful they truly are. She finds that capturing a sweet moment in time between a bride and groom or a family can turn into an amazing treasure that lasts forever.
When Candice isn't helping customers at Horn Photo, she's enjoying videography, or nerding out watching Star Wars or Marvel movies and eating pizza. What could be better than that?!
Suzanne Khamvilaythong joined us in May of 2019. You will most likely see her at the front counter.
Suzanne has an extensive education and background in business practices, and is excited to now learn about photography.
She grew up in Fresno, is a first generation American, and speaks fluent Laotian.
Suzanne has two beautiful girls and loves participating in their sports programs. When she's not working, she likes to play sports and go camping.
Austin is a Fresno native who graduated from Central High School, and is interested in pursuing a career in psychology.
Austin loves helping people, seeing their photos and hearing the stories behind them. He’s a guy that has a ton of energy, likes to keep busy and active, yet at the same time is very easy-going and low key with customers.
He was always used to being in front of the lens, however once he started taking pictures, he fell in love with being behind the lens. Austin enjoys shooting with film. He loves the skill challenge, but mostly the surprise of not knowing what he is going to get until the film gets developed. He equates it to opening gifts on Christmas morning!
When Austin is not working at Horn Photo, he likes working out at the gym, taking pictures, and spending time with friends and family during game night. His favorite place to go is the beach. He enjoys being near the water and feeling the cool breeze that comes with it.
"The reward I get everyday, is that smile and expression of happiness from our customers when they see their printed photos. Nothing is better!"
Linda Biggers has been in the photo industry for over 30 years, which included running a photo lab. She has been with Horn Photo for many years.
Linda, with her Nikon, has photographed weddings, race cars, San Francisco architecture, and her happy dogs.
“Hopefully, one day my children will look back at all my pictures of them and know they are loved”
Ashley has over ten years experience working with photography. She has been helping people with printing their photos, making greeting cards, and creating photo gifts.
Ashley has two little boys, and understands the value of photographing every milestone of their lives, and sharing them with friends and family. She says, “Hopefully one day they will look back at all my pictures of them and know they are loved.”
When Ashley is not at Horn Photo or taking pictures of her family, she likes to do some sweet research and bake different desserts.
Possibly the Next Stanley Kubrick
Matthew was born in Fresno during the last century, but just barely. For some reason, referring to the last century makes Matthew seem aged and full of wisdom, and make no mistake, Matthew is full of wisdom.
Growing up in Fresno, Matthew loved watching movies. He showed a great interest in how the movies were made. His mother wanted to encourage his creativity, but didn’t want to move the family to Hollywood, so instead, she bought him a Canon 35mm SLR camera. That camera changed his life. Matthew instantly developed a passion for photography. Absorbing and learning everything he could about the technical aspects of photography, his knowledge grew, as did his skills.
Matthew loves shooting 35mm and 120mm film, especially portraiture. He delights in the challenge of putting together a composition of multiple subjects. Matthew’s long term goal is to work towards a career as a director. He would love to follow in the footsteps of Stanley Kubrick, who as a young man, started as a still photographer before becoming a director. Kubrick’s experience as a fine art photographer gave him his signature style with lighting and scene composition. Matthew is working on his own signature style. Come into Horn Photo and see Matthew! He would love to hear your photography stories, answer your questions, and share his knowledge and experience with you.
Do you recognize Sharon? You may have seen her on TV!
Sharon has had a camera in her hand since she was eight years old. She's replaced her Brownie Instamatic with more modern cameras. She currently uses a Sony, which she always has with her. For Sharon, Life IS a photo op! She won’t hesitate to pull off the side of the road, make a U-turn, or take the road less traveled to get a photo. Trees, sunsets, flowers, insects, the moon, thunderstorms, gargoyles, old cemeteries, dogs, kids, and everything in between. Whenever she’s taken off the beaten path to take photos, she calls this her ‘time with God’ and feels that He leads her towards His creations, simple details and welcome surprises, that others probably walk past.
Sharon has as fascinating work history, dating from the early 1980s. She got her first job at 17 operating a camera for the local CBS-TV affiliate. By the time she graduated from high school, she was creating and producing a late night TV show, “Scream Theatre”, as well as shooting other TV shows, commercials, and promotional spots. She hosted her own movie review show on cable TV for 17 years! She also shot and edited a bunch of Horn Photo’s television ads. Through the years, Sharon has worked for CBS, NBC, ABC, Cable TV, where she helped launch MTV, Univision and My Network to local viewers.
All the while that Sharon was working in TV, she was still constantly shooting with her still camera. Many of her photos have been featured in news stories, commercials and as local TV station IDs.
Sharon’s home reflects her love and her passions. Every surface in her home, every space on her walls is filled with beautifully framed photos of her family. Her house is also loaded with posters and collectibles from her favorite TV shows: Bewitched, Leave It To Beaver, The Twilight Zone, and just about any show with a Halloween theme.
Come into Horn Photo and see Sharon. She is happy to share her expertise on anything related to photography, videography, photo restoration and frame selection. Or just come in and talk with her about her storied career in television!
"I love taking pictures. Some would say that my camera is glued to my wrist!"
When Casey Henderson was 7 years old, she received Disney Lion King camera, and she’s been taking pictures ever since, although her cameras and her photography have become more sophisticated.
Casey has been a loyal member of Horn Photo since 2006. She loves helping people preserve their precious memories, with archiving, printing, framing, or making photo gifts.
Besides photography, her love is swing dancing, and she knows American Sign Language.
“I brought an Arts/Sciences background rather than a photo education to the game”
Adam has been in the industry since 1986 when he worked for Technicolor, where he became a wizard at the art and science of photo lab processing. He joined Horn Photo in 1996 to fire up our onsite photo lab. We were ecstatic to have him become part of the team.
Adam has a passion for nature photography, often with an accent on macro and abstract images, and also loves shooting live band performances. Soothing nature and loud music seems like a contradiction, but then Adam is somewhat of an enigma.
Working behind the scenes in the lab at Horn Photo for 20 years.
He has been passionate about photography ever since taking a photo class in high school. Greg followed that up with four years of photography courses at Fresno City College. He's dabbled in everything from professional wedding and event photography to industrial photography, portraiture and digital restorations. His true love is nature photography.
When Greg is not working, he loves spending time with his children, playing drums and BASE jumping.
"Sometimes the best shot is provided by a spontaneous moment; take your camera everywhere."
Jonathan has been with Horn Photo for a whole bunch of years. He has a formal photography education, taking photography classes throughout both high school and college.
Jonathan loves film photography, and is a seasoned veteran of processing black and white film. He loves experimenting with film using toy cameras and old cameras as well as using in-camera film masks, double-exposing, and DIY redscale film. Jonathan's favorite films include Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford XP2 Super.
Board Certified Photo Nerd
We haven’t discovered any videos of Dennis Silva wearing a Jedi costume while swinging around a light saber in his garage, but make no mistake. Dennis Silva is a nerd. Nerds tend to specialize, and Dennis happens to be a Board Certified Photo Nerd.
Dennis’ background and education is in mechanical engineering, which goes with his love and knowledge of science and technology. He is the perfect guy to work in our Photo Lab! Dennis applies his knowledge towards making sure that your prints, scans and film developing are the best they can possibly be.
When Dennis is not in our Photo Lab, you may find him up in the Sierras, Coast Range or Great Basin hiking and testing out gear. He’s used film cameras from the 1980, all the way up to the latest cutting edge mirrorless cameras and finds things to love about each of them.
Spent 20 years at a State Prison
We should clarify, that Jan Flanigan served her 20 years at State Prison as an employee, first as a teacher, then managing inmate programs, and coordinating large events.
Her work experience plus her long-time passion for photography, makes her well-suited for her position as Education and Events Coordinator at Horn Photo.
Jan gets a thrill when she sees our customers advancing their knowledge in our classes, and having a blast at our Clicking Caravans.
Charlie - Fresno's most photogenic male model
Charlie Boy is by far Horn Photo's most photographed employee. Most use a wide angle lens, because Charlie weighs 200 POUNDS!!! Charlie Boy is our mascot. He's a prize winning Great Dane.
He's been known to impress the men, charm the ladies and entertain young children.
Next time you come in to Horn Photo, ask if Charlie is in the store. If he is, he's most likely in his office working (or sleeping). He'd love to meet you.
Questions? We would love to hear from you.