Getting to Know Us

Dennis Swanson

As a portrait photographer it's my personal goal to create photographs that show the world a little bit about who you are. . . that certain smile or look that your friends and family recognize as the real you. After 28 years of creating thousands upon thousands of family, business, and high school senior portraits, I have developed a combination of technical abilities and a relaxed, intuitive style that help my photo-sessions be fun and exciting. Still, I strive to push myself by learning and trying new techniques which help me further refine my skills as an artist.

When it comes to portraits I have done it all, (well, I don't do nudes so I guess I've almost done it all) from beautiful artistic portraits which hang on your wall, to business portraits for companies like Intel, Sports Illustrated, and Westways Magazine. I have a BA degree in photography from Brooks Institute, but my love of photography started when I was 12 and my mother gave me my first camera just before a family trip to Hawaii. Ever since then I've had a intense interest in creating photographs that people enjoy. I feel truly blessed to be a full-time professional photographer for almost 25 years now.

I look forward to the future of photography and I'm always looking for new ways to keep my creative abilities fresh and alive. I haven't been to Hawaii lately but frequent vacations and awesome central coast locations are still a great source of my inspiration.

Dennis Swanson Atascadero Photographer



My Favorite Quote - "What ever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." - Colossians 3:25
San Luis Obispo Graphic Designer - Graphic Design Studio - Deborah Swanson Graphic Designer - Studio 101 West Photography

Deborah Swanson
Graphic Design & Marketing

Deborah has her degree in Communication Design & Illustration from Otis Art Institute in Los Angles. She handles the custom design of all cards, announcements and books for our clients. She is also in charge of all of the studio's marketing materials and the commercial design work for our Graphic Design department. In her spare time she loves to paint, teach art to children and adults, and sail her Hobie Cat.