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My Story


1987, Dana Point, Southern California: For a week I had been visiting a friend and taking photographs with a borrowed camera. On the last night there, we were sitting on a lifeguard tower watching the surfers as the sun set over the ocean... After returning home and developed the film, I was so wowed by one sunset image, that I immediately blew it up to 20" x 30" and hung it on my wall... I was never the same after that. A few weeks later, I purchased my first SLR... Every chance I had, I was out taking photos. The more I took, the more I knew this was what I was meant to do. I enrolled at the Colorado Institute of Art and dedicated myself to becoming a professional photographer... Before I even finished my degree, I quit my day job and established Creative Focus Photography... I completed that degree, as well as a Master of Photography Degree...

These days I'm shooting lot's of weddings! 19 years worth, with over 1300... Re-reading some of the feedback I've received from my clients (see 'Rave Reviews'), they rave about the quality of my work... About me; they most often say things like "fun, professional, organized and easy to be around." My goal is not only to be a lot of fun to work with, but to capture all the emotion, romance and personality of each wedding, in a variety of styles. Not just traditional or photo-journalistic, but everything in between - even a little goofy at times! I believe variety is critical to capturing the true story and personality of your wedding day... and both of you!

In addition to my Associates and Master of Photography degrees, I have a wheelbarrow full of awards. However, not one of them means as much to me as your satisfaction. Unlike years past, I'm no longer competing for awards. Instead, I'm attending any and every professional development opportunity that time allows. I love going to workshops locally and nationally... Not only do I continue to learn a great deal, but I'm inspired to new heights every time... I'm committed to bringing you the best photographs, the most beautiful wedding album and the highest quality service from start to finish...

Photography has been very good to me! I even met my wife at a wedding. We now have three fabulous children - all of whom I can't get enough of... As an individual, my favorite thing is traveling on my motorcycle. I also love music, rowing, weight lifting, foosball and working around the house... Today I'm more in love with photography than I was on the day I printed that first Dana Point Sunset. Whether it's capturing, or creating photos; when I get a really great image, it's one of the best feelings I know... The ability to take a moment in time and preserve it - forever - is extremely rewarding... For more, visit me on Facebook. I'd love to have you become a fan of Creative Focus Photography...

And so, I now look forward to hearing your story... Until then, I wish you the very best with the planning of your incredible day! I hope to be a part of it...

Everett Stout
Owner, Creative Focus Photography
Master Photographer
PPA Certified
"The Knot Best of Weddings 2008/2009 Pick"