Gary Felton is not only a photographer, but also a creative expert. Earning a degree in photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California in 1973. Gary has accumulated over 30 years of experience as an advertising/commercial specialist. Opening an advertising photography studio In Los Angeles In 1974, Gary went on to be a well-regarded photographer for his advertising and architectural photography work. During the same period of time he also won 14 major awards for his underwater photography, a favorite pass time of his. His love of the sea finally brought him to the Caribbean In 1986, where he operated charter sailing yachts and continued his photography of the sea. Needing to be even more involved in photography Gary opened another studio here on St. Thomas in 1999. During his tenure here on the island Gary has gone on to win numerous gold medals from the Virgin Islands Ad Club for not only his photography but also his design work. He now brings all this knowledge and skill together in a client oriented wedding photography service here in the Virgin Islands.
Awards and recognition
Selected to represent Brooks Institute of Photography for Traveling National exhibition. 2 Golden Orange awards for advertising photography. Orange County, CA. 5 photographs selected for for the permanent loan collection by the Professional Photographers of America. Addy Awards 2000-2009 – 1 “Best of Show”, 8 gold medals, 6 silver medals for photography and design. Voted US Virgin Islands “Best Photographer” by readers of The Virgin Island Daily News 2005 to 2008. Publications: Destination Weddings, US News and World Report, Destinations Magazine, Sailing, Cruising World, Power and Motor yacht, Yachting, Sport Diver, Art Navale (Italy), and Men’s Health. Plus many calendars and books. 14 awards for underwater photography: Los Angeles International Underwater photography Competition. Winner “Best of Show” twice and 4 gold medals. Plus two silver and a bronze. Dive Magazine International Underwater Photography Competition. Twice winner of “Best of Show”. Innerspace International Underwater Photography Competition, Hawaii. Twice won “best of Show”, plus gold and silver medals. Gary sails his own boat, a Bristol Channel Cutter. He regularly writes a blog about Angelsea here.