About Dave Carl

On Location Photographer

The first time I had a camera in my hand was as a very young boy with my older brother, Jim, the “family photographer,” watching over me. The camera was nothing more than a Kodak Brownie he had that was more of an antique point and shoot, but to me, it was fascinating and began a lifelong photographic adventure. He had better cameras but I think this is the only one he trusted me with. I wished I had those pictures today.

My first camera that was more than a point and shoot was a Pentax I bought while serving in the United States Navy. It was during this time I began to get serious about the many possibilities of photography. Since then, the possibilities in photography have risen dramatically with the digital cameras and Photoshop along with many of the other applications available.

Shortly after leaving the Navy, I attended Glendale Community College where I studied under Willis Peterson, a highly noted wildlife and landscape photographer.

After receiving an Associate degree I took a bit of a different track and entered Northern Arizona University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in journalism and mass media. The next six years were devoted to journalism, working first as a reporter and then an associate producer for a local television station in the news department. But even as a journalist I was never far from a camera. Even the newspaper would make sure I took a camera with me when going out on a story.

With some trepidation, I decided to leave the field of journalism and begin my own business, Dave’s On Location Photography. Specializing in commercial and architectural photography, as well as events, business portraits, home or location portraitures, I never lost interest in my first love which is landscape photography.

Here you see a few of the many people, places and even a few of the landscapes I had the opportunity to photograph since picking up a camera. The happy faces in a family portrait or getting just the right look for a business to help them move forward in their endeavors have been a joy for me. The bottom line is each photograph is a moment of time captured for all to see. In terms of the landscape, I sometimes delight in the more inclement weather situations, which can produce the very dramatic and sometimes the most peaceful scenes. If you are out there with a camera on a foggy day, look around and you just might see a picture you can frame and put on your wall.

Since I have been in business I have traveled to many places with a camera in hand. I have had the opportunity to photograph such people as a movie star, Buzz Aldrin, the second man who walked on the moon, political giants, many family portraitures, large business and international events, along with numerous “Mom & Pop” businesses. However, with photography changing so much I feel as though I am just getting started. I look forward to many more opportunities and perhaps one day I will be photographing you, your family, or business.

Thanks for taking the time to look over my photos.


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