WE HAVE A PASSION FOR TRAVEL
Photography is the conduit through which we document our experiences. For more than 20 years we have traveled around the world looking to encounter new cultures, people, and vistas. The photograph allows us to share that experience with others. Collectively we have journeyed to more than 15 countries documenting our experiences through the viewfinder. Our careers as photographic educators and professional photographers have given us a perspective on the medium of photography that is uniquely geared towards mentorship and in helping others find and refine their creative vision. Let us help you realize your personal and creative goals by traveling with us!
Marc and Sharon Ullom developed a love of photography at very different points in their lives. Marc’s obsession began at age three, when he snapped his first image with his mom’s 110 Kodak Instamatic camera. Sharon’s love came later in life when, as a college sophomore, her parents gave her a camera... that she had no idea how to use. But, for both of them, looking through that lens changed how they saw others, how they saw the world, and how they saw themselves. Combining their love of photography with a near-obsession for travel, Marc and Sharon now take others on a journey of photographic achievement and self-discovery with one-of-a-kind expeditions from Ullom Photo. These expeditions provide clients a unique opportunity for personal and creative growth.
Between them, Marc and Sharon have nearly 40 years of teaching experience, covering the subjects of photography, digital imaging, and video editing. They have developed curriculum for both Andrews University and the Academy of Art University, and Sharon developed an online “virtual expedition” experience for K-12 students. After earning his MFA in photography, graduating summa cum laude as valedictorian, Marc mentored MFA thesis students, and both he and Sharon have taken photography students all over the world on photography expeditions. Professionally, Marc has enjoyed participating and winning awards in photography exhibitions across the country, while Sharon has savored her four trips to Jordan as a photographer on archaeological digs.
The Ulloms combine their different teaching strengths to offer students and clients an unparalleled experience in photography instruction. Sharon excels at problem-solving—exploring “what ifs,” options, and alternative ways of viewing concepts and technical challenges. Her ability to listen intently helps her to see problems through her client’s perspective and suggest creative and innovative solutions. Marc’s great strength is in uncovering and analyzing the hidden strengths and weaknesses of his clients, enabling them to identify their goals and push through technical and conceptual obstacles. He is dedicated to helping others use the camera to both enhance their photographic abilities as well as deepen their awareness of how they fit into the world.
As much as they love photography, though, Marc and Sharon believe that the key to making truly great pictures is the ability to experience and enjoy life without the lens. In those moments, Sharon often watches DIY shows while dreaming of one day “flipping” a house. The Ullom oven is often busy, with Marc crafting artisan pizzas and breads and Sharon baking her killer pies. When not eating delicious food, they work off the calories by running marathons and riding mountain bikes with their two kids.
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