I started my career in photography with film and darkrooms. After beginning in the lab business I moved to commercial photography with my first studio, Gary Culley Studios. After working primarily in advertising photography, I combined forces with a pre-press house to introduce my clients to digital photography. I am very open and motivated by the latest in technology. My work has to do with selling photographically. Helping a restaurant promote the chef’s latest or a homebuilder show off their beautiful works are stories that I help to tell. For fun I am working my Nikon remotely to capture birds in my yard. I regularly hit the road seeking the character of small southern towns or the urban big city landscape in my photography.
I am blessed to have been married to my wife, Tina, for over 30 years; and to have two wonderful, talented children, Eric and Kasey. As part of the local photo community for more than two decades, I am a past president of the Memphis Professional Photographer’s Guild and a founding member of the creative Memphis talent source ‘901 Creatives’. I’m quick to answer questions or advise others with the technical aspects of photography, so it was a natural to move to teach this amazing art-form. At present, I’m a Master at the The Arcanum, a mentor/apprentice organization for furthering the creative vision of photographers, both amateur and professional.
For fun, there is nothing like eating at a favorite restaurant with the family, my foursome. Traveling, adventuring, photography, camping and fly-fishing round out the fun things that make leisure time memorable. From out west to Boston, from the mountains to the beach and from urban settings to sailing, we have a blast. Close to home, there’s nothing better than camping at JFK Park on the Little Red River, Arkansas. Of course, with the four-legged buds Dixon, Dawg and Crispin.