Randy Parker was born in Washington, DC on September 14, 1957. He was adopted at 4 months old by Helen and Snooky Parker and raised in Petersburg, VA about 25 miles south of Richmond. Randy graduated from Bollingbrook School in 1975 and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Journalism.
Randy is the proud father of two children, Ali and Jay. Ali is currently attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa participating in their pre-law program. Jay lives in Birmingham and is successful in the restaurant industry. Both Jay and Ali are pretty proud of their dad, too, in that they display their dad's work in their homes.
Randy has had a wide variety of professions over the years, but his passion was always photography. He photographed his first wedding at age 12. While he has done freelance photography at every opportunity, it wasn't until last year that he became able to earn his living by doing what he has been passionate about all these years. He is currently the photographer for the Cartersville Daily Tribune, working all day and into the evening taking pictures of local community events, sports, and anything else of interest to the people of Cartersville.
Randy's influence has been Ansel Adams. He believes that a "good" picture is one that appears as the photographer envisioned it when the picture was taken. Randy whole-heartedly believes in the "...it ain't the bow, it's the Indian" approach to photography, certain that the new-and-improved equipment can be more detrimental than helpful in creating quality images. Adams proved this nearly a century ago with cameras the size of microwave ovens. Photography is about composition.