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Mid-Ohio Valley photographers form collaboration

WILLIAMSTOWN — West Virginia natives and professional photographers Jim Osborn and Lora Yeater recently announced their decision to collaborate on a series of studio projects.

The photographers plan to work together at Osborn’s studio in Boaz a few times a year, offering senior and family portraits, business head shots and other seasonal sessions.

“I’ve followed Lora’s work for a number of years and have loved seeing the progression of her studio work,” Osborn said. “I thought there was a great opportunity to collaborate with her in this area by offering studio space.”

“I’m excited to work with Jim and create beautiful artistic images for families in the greater Parkersburg/Marietta area,” Yeater said.

Osborn received his initial training in aerial reconnaissance during his tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps. He worked as a photo assistant and film technician at a local commercial photo studio for six years after his military service. In 1976 he launched his own studio called Osborn Photographic Illustration Inc. in West Virginia, specializing in advertising and commercial assignments. Over the course of the last 40 years he has captured award-winning images for national brands, publications and travel destinations.

Yeater began as a preschool teacher who loved making scrapbooks for her students. Her passion for capturing images and memories of kids blossomed into a portrait photography business in 2008, called Memories by Lora Yeater Photography in her hometown of Alma, W.Va.

“As a mother of two, I truly understand how quickly moments pass,” Yeater said. “In today’s world of temporary photos, I strive to create photos which will be priceless features in someone’s home for generations to come.”

Yeater’s attention to detail and commitment to quality has earned her spots in nationally circulated books and magazines, as well as making her a highly sought after national platform speaker for photography. She also garnered the highest national award for photography, out of 30,000 other professionals, in 2014.

“The collaboration of two minds always brings to the table new perspectives, ideas, and opportunities,” Osborn said. “I’m really thrilled to work with Lora.”

To learn more about Jim Osborn and his work, call 304-375-2005. To learn more about Lora Yeater, call 304-771-1773 or email memoriesbylorayeater@hotmail.com.

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