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Roy Dressel Photography About Us 

      Thanks for visiting our web site and our about us page. While Roy Dressel Photograph has gone through a lot of changes throughout its history, one thing has remained constant. Our commitment to a quality product and to our service to our customers. Photography is a people business, it requires not just a good eye but more than a small amount of physiology and even a little sociality. To help people feel comfortable in front of the camera and make the experience of having their photo taken a fun and enjoyable one. 

     We take great pride in the fact that we have been in business since 1984. Through the good times, and the lean years, through thousands of rolls of fil, to the digital era, it’s been a fun, and certainly a challenging. I still enjoy meeting new customers and old friends helping them with their photography needs, whether it be a business headshot, a photo restoration, a wedding or your child’s sports photo. 

Here is a short history of where Roy Dressel Photograph has come from. 

I found my passion for photography when on my thirteenth birthday I received a kit to develop and print B&W film. The FR Developing and Printing kit. I was hooked and became fascinated with the darkroom. Developing the rolls of film I took with my old Kodak Box cameras and then making little prints with the small enlarger that came with the kit. It was like doing magic tricks. Only later did I get a good 35mm camera.

 

I photographed my life as I grew up in North Hollywood California and when I moved to Fontana I ended up a photographer for my high school yearbook. My photography teacher in high school, Rober Myers was a big influence on my life. He was not just a great teacher, but also had an interesting sence of humor that I loved. If a student would say “Hi Mr. Myers, his 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 photography 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.

The little darkroom kit I got for my 13th birthday. It was the start of a lifelong love affair with photography.