Who I Am
My name is Trip Ulvila, and I love looking at the world through a lens.
I can’t say that photography was my first love, originally I was much more interested in drawing, sketching, and painting anything that I could see. This trained me to look at everyday things as an artist, and search for what makes our world interesting.
I shoot weddings, skateboarding, events, and document my daily life, just so one day when I look back at all of the photos, I’ll remember things just as they were.My background is in illustration and design, but photography has been a hobby since college. Once I got more serious with design, this forced me to get more serious about photography since I was increasingly needing specialized photos and I wanted to be behind the camera to carry out my vision.
Actually, I didn’t even own a camera until my freshman year of college, but I had been training myself how to see, which is the most fundamental part of photography. A few college classes later and countless hours in the darkroom, I was hooked. After college I took a position with the Walt Disney Company as a photographer and was given an excellent chance to advance my skills at an extremely fast rate. Here I took thousands of photos daily, learned studio photography, and started to refine my skills. With brushed up skills, I moved back to Annapolis, Maryland and started photographing weddings and working as the marketing director, and product photographer for a high end food importer in Washington, DC. This was great, but I always felt like I needed to be out of the studio, and out photographing what I was passionate about.
In 2011, I resigned my position as marketing director, and started my own web design and print design firm. Doing this allowed me to pick up more wedding clients, so I can focus more on what I love to do. Now I constantly have a camera with me, and I’m always documenting the world the way I see it.