John Stanford

I started Vertex Photographic 2002. Like most photographers, I have been doing photography almost all my life. After returning from Viet Nam and finishing college I started a commercial skydiving center in Virginia. Skydiving has been my other passion throughout my life; my wife Sara and I just retired from the sport.

After selling the skydiving center I started the Adventure Loft, a parachute manufacturing business. In 1985 my friend Pete McKeeman and I founded the Vested Interest with the goal of designing and manufacturing photographer's vests. In 2000 I sold the Adventure Loft and Vested Interest to my friend John Storrie. These businesses are still up and running with products available.

Also in 1985 along with my good friend Phil Huff, we started a company called UpSki. Phil and I designed parachute/sailing type devices to pull skiers uphill and cross country. For a look at some great images check out the website.

I enjoy all types of photography.  Many years ago I used 35mm, medium format and large format film cameras.  Now with digital photography it is even more exciting and almost limitless to what you can create.

The products I design and manufacture are ones I have found a need for in my own photography.  I have relied on my thirty years of manufacturing parachute and photography products for the selection of materials and constructions methods.  I hope they serve you well.