Welcome. My name is Mario Vaden and my wife is Jan Vaden. We live near Medford, Oregon, adjacent to the historic town Jacksonville. We are parents with a few dogs for creature comfort, but our two sons and two daughters have their own homes now.
My love for photography started years ago in the coast redwood forest, and the passion for portraits originated there also. I enjoy portraits as much as landscapes, and maybe even more. My photo sessions are known for being comfortable and sometimes entertaining! Maybe it shows in a few photo samples.
Most of my life involved working outside and the years engrained an acute perception for weather and the environment. Outdoor photo sessions are among my favorite, but indoor space is available if needed. I have ample gear for portraits, weddings and a some commercial work.
It should be evident, but if I have a style it means realistic color, brightness and contrast. That approach seems to provide nicer prints than "blown-out" lighting. Especially for larger sizes like 16 x 20. I photograph with both natural light and supplemental light.
Price quotes will need a phone call because conversation is the best way to help you, and learn the variables. The email above is for sharing sample images, lists or directions. Facebook is not a good option for contact and I don't use that media very often. This site and phone are by far the best way to get in touch.
Every few weeks, I may be away from phone or internet signal for a couple of days during photography or exploring. But I check messages right away afterward. I don't cram my schedule too tight, and usually have better flexibility than some other photographers to help fit your event on my calendar.
Meanwhile, a few extra notes are provided for you under "More" in the menu.