Meet the Amazing Image 1 Studios Photographers
As the founder of Image 1 Studios I have had an unusual and nontraditional path into the field of photography. From an early age I have been interested in activities that allowed me to express my creativity. I remember saving up my lawn mowing money as a young teenager in order to buy tools and materials to make handcrafted leather items. I spent hours carving ornate designs into the leather goods I custom cut and created from entire cowhides. Later I worked professionally handcrafting furniture and cabinets mostly in the cold months and then designing and installing landscaping and irrigation systems. I was always an entrepreneur. I worked in the portrait industry in marketing and management at various levels and for numerous national companies for years before I was pushed into photographing when one of my photographers didn’t show. I loved it and was genuinely surprised that my customers were pleased with my work. After several years working in the industry I bought a farm in the hills of Tennessee and got away from the hustle and bustle of promotional photography and settled into a life of developing my land, working a small sawmill I bought, and doing various things to bring in enough income to allow a self sufficient lifestyle. When digital equipment become affordable for me I got back into the field and developed the marketing plan we utilize today based on solid principles of win win relationships and charitable giving built into our everyday operations. I have been blessed with the fortune of finding highly skilled photographers and support staff. As you can see by the following bios, we have much to be both proud of and thankful for our associations with them.
Jordan Fraker has been with Image 1 Studios for over 5 years and has photographed for them in literally every corner of the country. Jordan, born in Dallas, TX, has been photographing for over 11 years. Starting early in his life as a painter, he eventually gravitated towards photography as his creative outlet because of the medium’s harmony of art and science. Jordan received his BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, one of the oldest and most prestigious art schools in the country. After a painstaking process of going digital in 2005, the year he graduated, he stepped away from the conventional darkroom and taught himself the ways of the digital darkroom and all it has to offer. Though the benefits of digital are too long to list, he truly embraces the post-production aspect of modern photography and, of course, he loves to retouch a portrait.
Christos Van Nathan
Christos Van Nathan is a photographer that lives and shoots in central Tennessee. He is a third generation photographer. His grand father and father were both portrait and product photographers in New York City. Being exposed to their unique and individual talents has allowed him to appreciate the finer aspects of photography. Christos has developed an eye for photography utilizing yesterday’s artistries and today’s technologies. In each image created he devotes his true passion for perfection. Christos never refers to his work as a job. But he sees each image as an opportunity to capture that split second in time that is the moment.
Aaron began his love of photography at a young age and was encouraged by his grandfather who bought him his first camera. He took 35mm film classes in high school and continued as a Photography major at Orange Coast College in 35mm, medium format, digital media, and editing. Aaron went on to become a photographer for Kodak at Disneyland and in just 1½ years, was made a site manager setting many per cap percentage records. Even though it was a great opportunity being a manager, it wasn’t his true passion. Because of his love for people and the art of photography, Aaron was drawn to wedding photography and has been doing weddings for 9 years now. While still photographing weddings, Aaron has found his place working for Image 1 Studios for over 4 years now. “Image 1 Studios has great opportunities and a great team. What more could you ask for?”
Regis Lawson has photographed international fashion, products, fine art and cityscapes, eternalizing moments in time for over ten years. Through his camera lens, Regis is able to liberate his mind’s eye, unfolding the ever-changing face of beauty, fashion and artistic direction. A French native, Regis has worked on assignments and commissions for clients in publishing, advertising, fashion and corporate art. He has been expanding his scope to other cities such as New York City and Los Angeles. He currently lives between New Orleans and Atlanta with his fiancée Saran and his dog Pharaoh. Regis is very proud to be a part of the Image 1 Studios family.
Tina Peppard is a published photographer with 10 years’ experience with portrait, landscape, animals and event photography and has worked at Image 1 Studios since August of 2010 as an Executive Professional Portrait Photographer. She was born and raised in Minnesota–you betcha!–and is super personable. When photographing, she loves working with people, especially children, and has a knack for capturing that special moment.
As a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Armando has been around the world of photography and video production since 2008. Having grown up in Houston and lived in Austin, finding a way to capture the culture and lifestyles of both of those cities was what influenced him to delve into the world of arts and journalism. He began working with Image 1 Studios in July of 2013. When not shooting portraits, he enjoys freelancing as a concert, sports, and event photographer.
Armando’s top tips for having a great photo session:
- Bring your smile. A headshot is all about the expression and what you convey with it. I find that most of my clients end up selecting photos where they feel like their smile is the most genuine and inviting, and I’ll be there to help you express that in your portraits.
- Bring an extra article of clothing. Whether it’s an alternate color of blouse or necktie, or a nice jacket or sweater to throw on top of your first outfit, bringing a couple of options can sometimes help to get a couple of different looks for the portraits that we’ll be doing in the session.
An award winning photographer with over 25 years experience with corporate and editorial clients, Michael is the photographer and co-author of four coffee table books. His best seller, CROWNS, a book of portraits of women wearing church hats, has been adapted into a major stage play musical. After leaving Boston University, Center for Digital Imaging Arts as Director of Photography, Michael joined Image 1 Studios because of their professionalism, dedication to the industry and respect among peers and clients. He fell in love with photography at the age of twelve and is an avid golfer and scuba diver.
Known for his use of color and unique perspective, the essence of Scott’s style can be categorized as a blend of intimacy meets minimalism. His work is deeply rooted in the value of engaging his audience with creating exciting & compelling images. After receiving his BFA in photography from Penn State University, Scott’s work has been featured in Photographic Magazine, Full Cover MDS Group Magazine, and PhillyCurrent Magazine. Although Scott has worked with several recognizable companies, his true passion is working one-on-one with people and photographing their headhshots. He’s excited to be part of the Image1Studios team, and looks forward to interacting with various clients.
Tony Guillaro is a talented and self-taught photographer. His passion for photography developed at a young age and grew to fruition as a young adult and business owner. His motto is to “embrace the beauty of every shot” and to show people the best version of themselves. He enjoys taking his work to the next level, perfecting and learning everything he can about his craft. For Tony, his photography is an avenue for his diverse creativity, and both a personal and professional passport to the world.
Orlando began to discover his passion for art, travel and photography when he was around 8. He used to play with a Kodak 76x Camara Instamatic, which he still holds dear. At age of 25 Orlando moved to the States from his home country Colombia to pursue his dreams and travel the world. After self taught the English language and working in several fields, Orlando attended college where he earned his BS in Business Management. At the same time he was taking photography and art classes, keeping himself active and engaged. In 2003 Orlando started his travels in which he has enriched his life and shared experiences by capturing the essence of several cultures around the globe throughout his lens. Orlando now continues with his education and travels every time he has a chance. Happy and excited for being part of the Image 1 Studies family, Orlando now has the opportunity to channelize his passions and keep rising.
Born and raised in the East Bay, Emil practiced photography while working on his degree at University of California, Berkeley. After working in tech, he realized that his true calling was photography and started working as a photographer full time. While Emil does love to shoot weddings and graduations, he primarily uses photography to empower and represent oppressed minority groups, such as the LGBT and POC communities.