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About Us

Vaughn Bowers has been a full time photographer for over 20 years. The original photography studio, Vaughn Bowers Photography & Custom Frame Gallery, was opened in 1993. In 1995, the studio was relocated to its current location of
209 East Covington Avenue in Opp, Alabama.

Garden Gate Portraits offers a wide range of portrait services including portrait sessions of families, babies, children, high school seniors, and executives. Other photography services provided include photogenic sessions, engagement sessions, formal bridal portrait sessions, and commercial photography.

The following excerpt by Phillip Stewart Charis from the book, A Lasting Tradition defines Vaughn’s approach to creating classic, traditional portraits:

“People still want to see and to remember. They want time to stand still in some instances, or to be recalled in every detail. They want to remember the good and the beautiful, the charming and the delightful, the lovable, and the kindly. Loved ones grow up and leave. Parents grow old and forget. At times all that is left is a picture and a memory.

A portrait delineates its subject with beauty and grace. It presents an individual as he or she sees themselves or how families see their children. It suggests that beyond all the daily cares and worldly anxieties there is a person who remains tranquil and serenely disposed and memorializes the memory of how that subject looked at a single, elegant, moment of their lives and that, after all, is the real point of portraiture.”

We enjoy a 100-year-old house as our indoor studio and the surrounding ½ acre gardens for environmental portraits at this location. We are able to offer a second outdoor portrait venue at our home, which is located between Andalusia and Opp in Covington County. This location offers several environmental background settings including a landscaped arbor, country road, old rustic barn, pond, and an arched bridge. Established environmental settings at both locations allow us to accommodate requests for both formal and casual portraits.

In addition to our two venues, we are also available for sessions at other locations. We have photographed numerous individuals and families at their homes or other locations of their choice.

Custom and readymade framing is another major facet of our business. Available framing options range from very simple, basic frames to extremely ornate moldings. Vaughn has more than 20 years of framing experience that our customers find very helpful with their decorating ideas. Of course, Vaughn frames portraits, but through the years, he has framed a wide variety of items including diplomas, needlework, collectible prints and original artwork.