Stanley Harper is an award-winning (county fairs count, right?) photographer based in the Central California city of Visalia.

Stanley’s story began in the small Oklahoma town of Boise City. The town’s claim to fame is being bombed by our own forces during World War II. There is another little known fact about Boise City. Fewer than 1% of the people in downstate Oklahoma can find it on a map.

Once Stanley had his diploma in hand, he left Oklahoma for a life of adventure across the world. Victim of a cruel practical joke, Stanley made it as far as Hawaii before he returned to the Mainland. He spent a little time on the East Coast, then returned back to the west. Going from the Bay Area to California’s Central Valley, he met the woman who could put up with him. After a few years, they left the Valley and hung up their shingle in the quaint village of Hooker. Hooker is located in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The town is located just under an hour from another infamous Panhandle town, Beaver.

Stanley and his family returned to Visalia in 2018, after being gone just over a decade. With this return, Stanley brings back a photography business that is getting ready to have a break out year.stanley harper

Over the past several years, Stanley has become enamored with the art of photography. From his beginnings with motorsports to a portrait business that includes seniors, weddings, and families; Stanley prefers to look at the world with a wide field of view. Stanley spent a lot of time showing the world the night sky beauty of Cimarron County. Now he has returned to Visalia and looks to bring his own brand of photography to the area, to include Fresno, Bakersfield, and all points in between.

Well, that is my story, I am sticking to it. Photography to me is about chasing the light. Capturing it, bending it, breaking it and creating it. Whether I am working with a graduating senior to showcase who they are and what their story is, or forming a perfect composition of a landscape in the waning hours of sunlight; the light is the secret sauce to the imagery. My goal is simple with my photography and that is to create an image that will be considered a “wall hanger.”

If you would like to learn more about working with me to create that senior session that stands apart from the others, or to capture your day of commitment to love of your life, or you want a piece of landscape wall art to brighten up a room, please use the contact form below.

I also have been writing for the last several years.  You can check out a selection of articles that I have written here.

Thank you for reading my story and I look forward to hearing from you!

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