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Adrian Henson owns and operates Adrian Henson Photography in Eastern North Carolina with his wife Heather. Their studio specializes in high school seniors, Commercial Photography, and Dance School Photography. When not producing great photographs, he enjoys traveling and sharing his knowledge of image making.
Adrian has a degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design and first used those skills as a project manager for the first 8 years of his professional life. In 2001, after many years of not having any creative outlet, Adrian discovered his love for photography. While the change from project manager to photographer was huge, the skills and talents learned in his design training proved to be useful in both careers.
He is a self-described "hobbyist" and is always on the lookout for new and exciting hobbies to explore. He has been involved with many hobbies from aquariums to metal detecting and from cave exploring to sailing. While photography also started out as a hobby, it was the one hobby that stuck with him and rocked him to the core. Many hobbies have come and gone but photography quickly evolved into much more, it became a core passion that will define him forever. Every hobby now seems to revolve around and come back to photography and Adrian always finds a way to combine new hobbies with his love of photography.
Today, Adrian is involved with his state organization (Professional Photographers of North Carolina) as well as PPA as a council member.
Adrian regularly travels throughout the country, and even overseas, teaching and speaking. Adrian has been accepted as an International Print Committee Juror by PPA. He is also very committed to print competition and has been honored with the Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Bronze awards as well as NC's and SEPPA's Photographer of the year awards multiple times, just to name a few. Adrian won the Overall 2016 print award in 2014 and was the Natural World category winner in 2015 at The Societies convention in the UK and in 2016 had a fellowship panel accepted their as well.
Adrian considers print competition the greatest informal education and owes the bulk of his photography success to it. Adrian is devoted to making photography better. He encourages sharing and openness among professionals and believes that "the rising tide lifts all ships". He believes that through education, we can return confidence back to the photography profession.
Adrian has earned his Master of Photography Degree, Master of Electronic Imaging Degree, Photographic Craftsman Degree, Image Excellence medallion and is a Certified Professional Photographer through PPA. He has also earned his Fellowship The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers – SINWP and a Masters with SWPP, UK.