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John VanPelt, Photographer

In 1993, my adventure in photography began, quite unexpectedly to me. I was hired as the city editor of the Russell Daily News in Russell, Kan. I thought I would be reporting and writing news articles. I was quite surprised to discover that I was also the main photographer and, to top it off, I was also the darkroom manager. Ah, the joys of small-town newspaper life. I quickly found out that I loved it behind the camera and in the darkroom.


My photographic adventures continued at the Miami County Republic in Paola, Kan., where I also ran the darkroom, and worked as a reporter and photographer. For the past 13 years, I have taught photography and journalism at the secondary- and middle-school levels.


After nearly two decades of experience, I decided it was time to start using what I had learned to run my own photography business. I enjoy working with people of all ages, believing that I have a natural ability to put people at ease and make them smile.


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Phone:  816-824-4514 

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My Philosophy

I was driving home recently from a photo session, looking at the gorgeous sun as it set, thinking about why I love photography. I love photography because it forces me to notice the beauty around me. The beauty in people. The beauty in nature. The beauty even to be found in old, rundown, forgotten things. There is beauty in all of that. There is beauty in everyone. There is beauty in everything. I could move through the day and not notice. I could just make it through my life and not be in awe of the beauty around me. But, my job makes me notice. I have no choice. I have to look. For that, I am thankful. My job makes me look.

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