Jed and Vicki Taufer started V Gallery in the cramped basement of their house in Morton, Il at the age of 23. With a focus on artistic portraiture, the business evolved into a 4,000 square foot storefront studio with 8 employees in just 3 years. Jed and Vicki work as a team. Vicki focuses on photography and marketing, while Jed is in charge of all the technological needs of the studio as well as educating and assisting other photographers around the world. In 2006, Vicki received her Certification, Master and Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. They are both official speakers for Kodak. For several years, Vicki and Jed have been involved in educating photographers both nationally and internationally, including multiple events in South Korea, Italy and the Philippines as well as all over the United States. Currently, V Gallery employs 5 and includes space dedicated to HAVEN, “an educational retreat” for the Taufers’ photography workshops and events. Jed also works for WHCC full time. Be sure to check out their website at www.vgallery.net and don’t miss Vicki’s platform presentations at Imaging USA 2012 and WPPI 2012.
“Never stop trying to learn and grow. ““If you’re thinking about coming to another After Dark Event remember, each one has so much to offer. Going to one would be like just going to church once. If you’ve never been to After Dark before remember, never stop trying to learn and grow.
How did you get started in the business? Who helped/guided/mentored you?
My wife made me. Vicki Taufer, Dave Junion, Sam Puc, Les Brandt, Mary Ann Kressig, George Wakefield, and Mike Hanline. Too many to list. I would thank the people listed here as well as some others outside of the industry that I know personally. Too many to list. I’m a fan of Joey Lawrence, Julianne Kost, Tyler Stout and Vicki Taufer. Movie posters.
How many After Dark Events have you attended and what’s your favorite moment?
I’ve participated in 3 or 4 AD Events. I’ve had some really great conversations with people about some really personal, important stuff.
Why is education important to you? How long have you been teaching? What made you get into teaching? What do you get out of being a mentor?
It’s important to me because I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without it. I’ve been teaching for about 9 years. My wife made me. I get a big rush every time I see that lightbulb come on when someone finally “gets it”.
What are the top 5 skills you’ll be teaching at After Dark?
- Photoshop, Workflow, Photoshop, Workflow aaaaaand…Photoshop