Roy became interested in photography when on his thirteenth birthday he received a kit to develop and print B&W film. He became fascinated with the darkroom and only later got a good 35mm camera. He photographed for his high school and college yearbooks and the COS newspaper and won awards at the state level in college for his photography. Roy Dressel Photography began in January 1984 when Roy started the business out of his home in Farmersville, just a few miles east of Visalia. He had been selling cameras for JCPenney for six years and was ready to move on to a more professional camera store inside Main Drug in downtown Visalia.
Realizing that he needed some extra income after his second son, Daniel was born Roy found that being a wedding and event photographer was something he liked and he could do in his spare time. He loved being in business for himself and set a goal of taking the business full time. After several years, and another child Roy was able to go full time with the business in 1993, and move into his present studio in 1996. In 2011 He married Javonna Butler, a nurse at Valley Children’s Hospital and moved to Fresno, but kept his studio in downtown Visalia Offering just about any kind of professional photograph service, from scanning and photo restoration to weddings, Roy has recently become an affiliate of the PortraitEFX franchise, giving him the ability to do jobs like sports and team photos, church directories, martial arts and dance schools with the same backing as the big national companies but with a local presence that the big operations can’t match.