Stephen Thetford, with his wife Janet, own and operates Stephen Thetford Photography in Fayetteville AR. Studio product lines include commercial images, high school seniors, families, children, and business portraits.
Stephen’s original photographic training came from a short stint as a police detective in Texas investigating crime scenes. Later taking the new found skills with a camera to a home-based portrait studio. Eventually he and Janet moved to NW Arkansas where he was quickly established as a premier photographer in the region.
Stephen gives credit for the majority of his photographic skills to PPA and it’s affiliate schools and programming and has chosen to give something back to the organizations. He has served on the boards and as president of the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico and the Southwest Professional Photographers Association. He served for 15 years on the Bylaws, Rules and Ethics committee of PPA and served as a trustee of the Delta School of Professional Photography since it was established in 2002. He is also currently serving on the PPA Board of Directors.
Continuing to work at maintaining an edge in his work Stephen has participated in PPA and affiliate print competitions as a tool to stay fresh in his work. He was named “High School Senior Photographer of the Year” for 5 consecutive years in the Arkansas Professional Photographers Print competition along with numerous category titles and awards.