My name is Tony Pacelli and I have been an amateur photographer since I was about 10 years old, my first camera was a pocket 110mm and my first 35mm was a Yashica Electro GSN Rangefinder with a fixed lens. I took my first photography course in high school in Manhattan KS.
Having been mostly a hobby shooter I did not enter any photographs in contests or county fairs until recently. Just from county fairs in three years I have won a Grand Champion ribbon (Purple), thirteen Blue (1st place), and thirteen Red (2nd place).
While taking the Computer Graphics classes at Northwest Kansas Technical College, one of my Instructors, Audrey Comerilh, there noticed my skills and encouraged me to enter a contest. Through Serbin Communications and sponsored by Nikon my photograph, "First Snow," became a finalist and is featured in the book The Best of College Photography 2011 (pg. 119) and received Third Place at the Kansas Press Association (2014). During this time I also took a selection of classes at the New York Institute of Photography where I got a certification in Professional Photography.
Currently I am employed at the Walmart Photo Department in Colby, KS (5 years currently). My time here has given me experience in both wet lab and digital printing. I get to help people get the best out of their photographs by answering questions and sharing tidbits I have learned over the years.
I have also been fortunate to have some of my photography in local newspapers I had one May 22, 2011 on the front page of the Goodland Star-News (Goodland KS) and another set of a house fire on June 3, 2012 & July 18, 2013 in the Colby Free Press (Colby KS).
Being a photographer to me is about capturing a moment and forever preserving it for people to enjoy. They say to have a vocation you must truly enjoy it, and I do. Many of my photographs can be found on my Facebook and at viewbug.com.
To have my skills improve to where I can either open my own studio or work for a publication as a photographer is my goal. Like any goal I know this will take time to be successful, in the meanwhile I will work on honing my photography skills.
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