About - Grant Whitty

Yo, my name is Grant Whitty. I am a wedding, commercial, travel, and ski photographer residing in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

I was born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa. My work with photography began when my father gave me his old film camcorder as he upgraded to a digital version. I didn't really know how to use it and probably recorded overtop of some family videos, but I loved it. This then evolved to a handful of cheap flip-type digital camcorders and an action-sports wearable camera. I often made a lot of small movies with my friends at the local ski hill back in Iowa, but after a while I wasn't really liking the videos I made. After the 8th grade, I wanted to step up my quality of work, so I made my first big purchase, a Canon Rebel T2i with a kit lens. This was when DSLR's first came out with 1080p HD video-recording capabilities. I began to learn the manual controls of the camera for video purposes: ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Since it was a DSLR, I began dabbling in photography a bit as well. 

By the end of the year I completely dropped cinematography and was hooked on photography. Though I was just beginning, taking photos brought me so much more joy compared to making videos. It was like a drug, I couldn't get enough time behind the lens. I began taking photos of everything--as many do when starting photography: close-ups of flowers, what I thought were good portraits of my family, and so on. Soon I began to dive deeper into the craft with long exposures and light painting. Then I became more focused on certain realms of my photography. Towards the end of high school I upgraded my gear and often took photos of my classmates for senior portraits and my friends skiing at the local ski hill.  

After high school graduation I packed up and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University. I am currently a junior at Colorado State pursing Journalism and Media Communications. Since my move to Colorado I have expanded my ski photography, working for  brands, athletes, video production houses, and news publishing sites within the ski industry. I have also been shooting more and more weddings as time goes on. I have really fallen in love with wedding photography, as there is so much joy and emotion on wedding day, and it feels incredible to be the one to capture all of that love and joy with my photography. Aside from my photography I have began writing for an outdoor website, The Outbound, as well as managing social  media accounts for Happy Joe's Pizza. 

Please take a look around my site; if you would like to hire me for photographic or social media marketing purposes, please feel free to shoot me an email to inquire, or to just say hi.


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