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I was born and raised on a cattle ranch in South Africa. Went to college in Pretoria and studied Chemistry, Physical Metallurgy and Plastics Technology.

Photography has been an incredible journey for me, I got my first camera on my 21st birthday. Shortly after that I spent a year working for a Professional Photographer in Pietermaritzburg.

Francie and I got married the same year and in 1985 we took off on an extended honeymoon spending 6 months hitch hiking through Europe before flying to the States where we bought a 73 VW Beetle and traveled for another six months through 41 States covering 36000 miles.

I carried 32 pounds of camera gear and took thousands of photos in both 35mm and 4×5 inch which I developed in converted bathrooms along the way.

We returned to the family ranch where we bred Bonsmara cattle and expanded the family business.

In 1999 our ranch was expropriated by the Government and we moved to the UK were we started a chain of fast food stores selling traditional savory pies.

Since then we have traveled and photographed at every opportunity.

We are now based in Gunnison Colorado where we have established an RV Resort, Photographic Gallery and a venue to conduct Photographic Workshops.

We are planning a busy workshop schedule for the summer and hope to extend it through the fall and winter.

All printing, matting and framing is carried out in house by Francie and I giving us complete control over the final photograph and ensuring that each photo is unique.

4BY5-46This photo was taken in Labro Italy on our honeymoon around the world in 1985.

36 000 Miles, 41 States, 6 Months.

Our new Photography Rig

  • April 23, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Deb Hagedorn - Love your photos and look forward to many workshops this summer. Your intro photos are awesome. Both of you look so young and happy. Great start to a long life together.

    Deb

  • December 4, 2013 - 5:35 am

    Country Lamb Pate | grassfood. - [...] PAPA’S COUNTRY PATE    by Francie Ivy “I think I finally understand what it is with you and hunting. It’s really satisfying to stock [...]

  • November 19, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Grassfood - Cutest couple ever! I didn’t know about the savoy pie bit, and look forward to hearing more. xoxo Jamie

  • August 19, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Andrew Browell - Hi Allan.
    My son David Browell is currently in Sydney and is a pal of Andy. We live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and were also married in 1985. June1st. Wife is Maureen.
    David from other side of the world put me in touch with your website today after I emailed him a photo and some encouragement to get involved in photography for fun. I’ve been taking pictures as an amateur since the 70s and now have a canon dslr and associated lenses.
    Love the web site. You obviously enjoy the subject like a passion and love what you do. I wish I could be as proficient but occasionally have my moments.
    Just thought I’d pass on my comment.
    Cheers
    Andrew

  • June 13, 2013 - 6:59 am

    allan - Glad you enjoy my work Scott.
    Give me a call when you get into town and we can set up a workshop. 970 275 6111

    Cheers
    Allan

  • June 3, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Scott Sandoval - I love you work, I went to school in Gunnison and return every year in August. I am a stockbroker looking to retire by year end, after that I want to become a nature and wildlife photographer. My wife and I want to participate in one of your workshops this summer. Keep up the great work.

    Scott

  • December 26, 2010 - 6:58 pm

    Francie - Hi Carol..I’ve only just seen your comment..and to answer your question..we would re-do the whole trip …..

  • December 15, 2010 - 12:54 am

    Carol - Those were precious times for you two. Is there anything you would redo?

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