Welcome. My name is Mario Vaden, and my wife's name is Jan Vaden. We are in Medford, Oregon, adjacent to the historic gold mining town Jacksonville. Together, we have two sons and two daughters, grown up and out on their own. Our Rogue Valley clan also includes a few dogs !!
My love for photography started years ago photographing coast redwoods. The passion for portraits originated from the same forest beginning with one photo of someone by the Smith River. Something about their reflection in the water lured my interest. Now I enjoy photographing people as much as nature. My photo sessions are known for being comfortable, polite, entertaining! Maybe you can tell from the photo samples.
Most of my life involved working outside and those years engrained an acute perception of change in light or weather during photo sessions. Outdoor photo sessions are among my favorites but indoors is enjoyable too if you need a more solid background. I have ample gear. Portraits, weddings and a some commercial work are no problem with a wide range of lenses. Wireless transmitters and lights offers many variations for lighting.
On another note, Our son Michael, rebuilt this website from scratch for us. Seeing he chose the horse mask photo, I will keep it posted since I do clown-around on a few occassions.
Price quotes require a phone call, because voice conversation is the best way to learn what each of us need. The email is mainly for sharing a few sample images, lists or directions, but feel free to send your name, phone and city, and I will reply soon. Trying to contact via Facebook is not a good option because I only login every few weeks. That's why 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 day or two while during photography or exploring. But I check messages right away afterward. Meanwhile, a few extra notes are provided under "More" in the menu. Cheers ! Mario