A husband, father and marketer, Darron Franta is a fine art nature and landscape photographer who lives in Richmond, Virginia. Born in Baytown, Texas, his love for photography began at age 10 when he proudly announced he was going to become a photographer for National Geographic. His first camera soon followed—a Kodak Colorburst 50. After blowing through countless packs of instamatic film, it was easy to sell his mother on an upgrade and he soon graduated to the classic Pentax K1000—just in time to join the middle school's yearbook staff.
When he was not in the darkroom, Darron spent much of his time in high school with the Pentax draped over his shoulder, shooting school events and furthering his knowledge of photography. A new Nikon provided the even more opportunities... shooting for the college newspaper, his hometown’s daily, school dances, corporate picnics and weddings.
After shooting highend weddings in Washington, DC—and learning as much as possible from masters Monte Zucker and Clay Blackmore—Darron placed the camera on the shelf, only bringing it out for the random work-related event or for his children’s sporting events and annual birthday parties.
Major life changes often lead to rebirth and Darron returned to the familiarity of looking through a lens in 2012. This time, the subject was the natural world. Having been encouraged by his wife, Audra, and moved by the natural landscapes in Utah’s Zion National Park and other places in the Southwest, he has committed himself to actively explore the natural world and to share Earth's beauty with others. Darron’s goal is to continue to improve in his craft and to create images that ellicit smiles, wonder and awe. He will continue to seek those big, wide, empty walls in order to transform them into windows for inspiration and a sanctuary for our natural beauty.