Phyllis and Bill on Genovesa Island in the Galapagos in 2007.
We are Phyllis and Bill Crowley, amateur photographers who live near Salt Lake City, Utah. Bill is on the faculty of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, and began photographing as a serious hobby in the mid-1990s. Bill is very appreciative of his initial photography teachers, Bill Fortney and Cliff Zenor, of the Great American Photography Workshops. Phyllis is a Registered Dietitian and the Utah State Nutrition Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children Program. While living in Memphis, Tennessee, where Phyllis was born and lived most of her life, we took many of our summer vacations in the West, which is when we began to explore Utah and its magnificent landscapes. Phyllis would always join Bill on his photography treks because she enjoyed hiking. On a vacation to Mt. Denali, they both met the guest photographer, George Lepp, who provided Bill with an overall approach to nature photography. It was on this vacation, that Phyllis began to develop an interest in photography, especially after an all day trek up and down the main road in Denali National Park, photographing grizzly bears, caribou, moose and Mt. Denali reflections. George Lepp, who is very personable and an outstanding instructor, began to first inspire Phyllis about the basics and joy of photography, though she had not picked up a camera at this time. After moving to Utah in 1999 and some years later, while hiking in the beautiful parks and canyons of Utah, Phyllis began to ask Bill, and quite often, "may I use your camera for a minute and compose this beautiful scene?". Well, after just a few hikes of this, Bill said, "we're getting you a camera of your own!" So, in about 2004, Phyllis had her own camera equipment and they both embarked on a journey that became a passion for hiking and photographing in the beautiful Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges outside of Salt Lake City. These mountain ranges provided snowscapes in the winter, roaring streams in the spring, profuse wildflower explosions in the summer and aspen extravaganzas in the fall. They have become totally captured by the unique red rock landscapes of the Colorado Plateau in southern Utah, and adjacent areas of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. They particularly enjoy searching for and photographing the ancient Native American ruins and rock art that are concentrated in this region. Phyllis and Bill have made wonderful friends and benefited greatly from outings with photographers such as Jackson Bridges, Gary Ladd, Steve Burger, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Jon Fuller, Tom Till, Greg Basco and Jose Vargas. These outstanding professional photographers have mastered approaches to capturing the beauty of landscapes and wildlife while being so gracious to us in sharing their knowledge, photography expertise and joy of capturing images in the field. For many years, Phyllis was attached to her Fuji camera, but has now upgraded, with Bill, to a Nikon digital SLR and they both enjoy extending the creative process from image capture in the field to image optimization with Photoshop at home. Recently, they have been using High Dynamic Range (HDR) to better capture as much detail as possible in every image. They hope this web site will provide the means for sharing images and the joy they experience when they encounter the beautiful creations of God.
We partner with Framer's Nook (www.framersnook.com) as a local retail site for expert matting and framing of our prints.
All images in our galleries on the SmugMug site are owned and copyright (c) by Phyllis and William Crowley.