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.
Welcome our newest member of the Horn Photo family, Suzanne Khamvilaythong. She 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.
Meet Austin Placencia, one of Horn Photo’s newest employees. Austin is a Fresno native,and 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.
"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.
"Photography is a Super Power, helping people be able to stop time and preserve the moments of their lives."
Aaron Rogers has been a fixture at Horn Photo since 2010. His great joy, besides his wife and four young children, is sharing his passion for photography with others. You may have been helped by Aaron, or taken one of his classes at Horn Photo. He is an specialist on photography and will help you no matter the brand of camera.
His enthusiasm for photography is contagious. He believes that everyone should have the opportunity to capture their life and loved ones through photography. His joy has been helping many individuals go from slightly interested in photography to creating truly professional work.
Aaron is here to help you achieve your goals in photography.
"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 eight years.
Linda, with her Nikon, has photographed weddings, race cars, San Francisco architecture, and her happy dogs.
Self-taught street photographer.
Happy Anniversary Daniel! He’s been at Horn Photo for one year, now. 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.
“Hopefully, one day my children will look back at all my pictures of them and know they are loved”
Ashley has eight 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.
David Vargas is a a 4th year student at Fresno State,studying Media Communications and Journalism. He has a passion to photograph live events and has been photographing live events for the past three years. 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.
"A photographer with a beat"
Ryan McGrail has been at Horn Photo for just over a year now. He's been shooting videos for over five years, and photos for about three years. He uses his Sony a7riii to shoot his favorite subjects, portraits and city skylines. Ryan is not only a photographer and videographer, he is also drummer in his church's band.
“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.
Charlie is 160 lbs. and he is 1.5 years old now. Just a youngster!
Charlie Boy is by far Horn Photo's youngest employee. He's only one year old, however he 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 to see Charlie. He's most likely in his office working (or sleeping). He'd love to meet you.
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.
"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.
"Sometimes the best shot is provided by a spontaneous moment; take your camera everywhere."
Jonathan has been with Horn Photo for nine years. He has a formal photography education, taking photography classes throughout both high school and college.
Jonathan loves film photography, and has over ten years of experience 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.
Photography hobbyist, part time doodler, full time beer enthusiast!
Jon Rockwell attended Brooks Institute of Photography where he received his degree in Photography and Digital Imaging. He is an expert in photography and digital multimedia applications. His expertise is what makes him so valuable in Horn Photo's lab.
Jon also has a degree in Graphic Design, and has a passion for illustrative art.
He is a talented, humble, funny, and a blast to be around. But, he takes his work at Horn Photo very seriously, so that our customers can receive the highest quality of prints.
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.
Possibly the Next Stanley Kubrick
Matthew was born in Fresno during the last century. For some reason, referring to the last century makes Matthew seem aged and full of wisdom, when the truth is, he only recently reached legal drinking age. But 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.
A guitar-playing car guy that’s obsessed with photography and hanging out in the darkroom.
Zakk developed a passion for photography during high school. He blames it on an elective class that he didn't like, so he transferred to a photography class simply because his friends were in it. Little did he know how much he would fall in love with photography.
He started the first semester in the darkroom, and then never left it. He would go there during lunch, and after school. After two years of photography in high school, he set up a darkroom in his house. He loves the process of developing film and the art of printing. If you’re looking for Zakk, and you can’t find him, then look in his darkroom - BUT KNOCK FIRST!!! Don’t let any light in!
When Zakk is not engaged with photography, he is enjoying one of his other two hobbies: Music and cars. He’s been playing guitar and writing music since he was 8 years old. He also loves working on cars. He’s rebuilt the engine on his 1970 GMC truck two times, since “one can never have enough horsepower.”
Zakk’s favorite subject for his photography is none other than cars! With his diverse interests and talents, Zakk is one really interesting guy, and Horn Photo is lucky to have him on our team!
Questions? We would love to hear from you.