Dusty Demerson here from Crested Butte, Colorado USA.
I have been a full-time photographer since 1979. My career began as a photojournalist in southern Oklahoma. I worked for several daily and weekly newspapers and even won a few regional and national awards.
In 1984 I left the newspaper business and opened a portrait and wedding photography studio called Dusty Demerson's Portraits Plus Studio, also in Duncan, Oklahoma. It was great working for myself but i quickly discovered that there were some business skills I was missing. While running the studio I went back to school and earned an MBA. The new degree really got my juices flowing for a change in scenery so as I was wrapping up the degree I purchased Color West Photography in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Color West was a perfect fit with my portrait work since it was a commercial photo lab. So, I was able to save a little money on my own printing and lab work while providing those services to a growing population of photographers in western Colorado. This was a great operation until the digital photography revolution sucked the life out of photo labs. It was OK. I was ready for another change.
In 2004 I closed Color West and began working as a freelance photographer, still doing lots of portraits and weddings, but now pursuing landscape and nature photography as well. Since 2004 I have participated in numerous shows, several art festivals and a handful of Art galleries. I will continue down this path for the foreseeable future.