Yeater Repeats As Top Photographer In The State
Lora Yeater, owner of Memories by Lora Yeater Photography in Alma, has done it again. For the second time since she started her photography business, she has claimed the West Virginia Photographer of the Year award. She also won two Kodak Masterpiece awards, the Ron E. Justice Top Album Award, and Top Senior Folio Award.
“It’s an honor to be awarded two out of three times competing”, she said.
She started her business with a passion for taking portraits and it grew from there, and said she loves what she does.
Yeater started out doing photography in the basement of her house. With her growing business and the tight space she was working in, she decided to expand. Last year she had a studio built beside her home and equipped it with everything she needed. She also purchased a virtual background for her studio, saying she adds new things every year to keep it fresh.
The Scene Machine Virtual Background enables the photographer to have a whole world of backgrounds instantly available in their studio camera room where they have total control without going from place to place and trying to get the right shot.
Recently she was asked to be a featured photographer in the Virtual Backgrounds based out of Texas.
With advice and encouragement from many professional photographers, Yeater excelled rapidly in a mere three years.
With her experience in the profession, she was recently honored with an invitation to teach a photography workshop at Triangle Institute, a photography school in Pittsburgh.
But she is not done yet. In a few weeks, she will be submitting prints to a regional competition and hoping to bring home more awards to add to her collection. After that she will be going to the national level in June.
Some of her past awards include the 2008 WV Photographer of the Year, Top 10 Mid-east regional award, Professional Photographers of America, Photographer of the Year National Award, Kodak Gallery Award, Fuji Masterpiece Award, and the Top Ten Baby Album National Award.
She has also been nationally published six times since she started her business.
She thanks her husband Kevin and their children, Kylee and Brock, and their extended families for their encouragement.
“I really appreciates all of the support that I have received from the community over the past few years,” she said.