Aaron Draper has worked as a commercial photographer for more than 15 years and brings a level of professionalism, a spirit of collaboration and an unparalleled work ethic to each assignment. Draper’s keen eye for troubleshooting supports his progressive and creative approach to photographic storytelling. Spending several years as a features writer for a newspaper helped polish this strong sense of storytelling, which he uses to translate the client’s story into photographic stills. Few photographers have this ability to translate a client’s verbal message into visual language. In addition to his professional experience, Draper holds a B.A. Degree in English Literature from California State University, Chico with a minor in Linguistics and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. This passion for communication is reflected by his interest in languages; Draper speaks Italian and Spanish and enjoys interacting with people from many different cultures. His professional and academic life merge to form a professional photographer ready and capable of meeting the demands of the discerning client who wants a narrative portrayed. His excellent communication skills and knowledge of the field are evidenced by his recent appointment as a professor of photography at California State University, Chico. Inspired by his students, and their appreciation of photography critiques, he launched a photography critique site titled, ProfessionalPhotoCritique.org. Draper grew up in Northern California in a small town and enjoys traveling abroad. He can make authentic Genovese pesto with a mortar and pestle and listens to Italian pop while doing so. While he loves social interaction, he also enjoys the quiet, surrounded by language dictionaries writing notes about dialects with a sharpened number two pencil. He considers fishing and gardening as the cheapest form of therapy. He can also be found on the golf course, but you won’t likely find him on the fairways – there’s often surprises on the road less traveled.
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