FOCUS Series- Meet Kris Thornton!

Richmond Camera's 'FOCUS' Series highlights some of our team members. Learn a bit about them, and come by our stores to meet them! Kris is also teaching our Basic DSLR Class at Fredericksburg Richmond Camera March 29th! Sign up for his class today!

Kris Thornton

Fredericksburg Richmond Camera Store Manager



Kris is our Store Manager at our Fredericksburg Richmond Camera. He is a fantastic member of our team and he is excited to meet you to help with any of your photographic goals! 


I have a pretty diverse background. I am originally from southern California but spent a large part of my childhood in Oregon.  After high school, I spent some time in the US Army. After that, I went to school and received a degree in clinical sports therapy massage, as well as a minor concentration in Bio chem.  I received a BA degree from Shepherd University in 2010 in Liberal Arts, concentrating in visual arts and music. I focused on this area, because I had a love for photography and the arts as a whole.

My photographic journey started in high school, where I fell in love with it, and I’ve always come back to it in some form or another ever since. Not having a specific degree in photography, I made it a point over the years to learn and grow by pushing myself, experimenting, reading, asking questions and more, not necessarily in that order.  More than 25 years later, I am still loving the process and the journey as much as the day I picked up my first camera, and I am still learning new things.  I currently live in Fredericksburg with my wife and 20-year-old son, and we have a nine year old chocolate lab, Sophie, and three cats.  When not taking photos, my wife and I like to hike and explore the area, as we have only lived here about three years.  We both love to try new foods and explore all the culinary treats of the area. 


What are your photographic interests?

I have dabbled with almost everything in photography, and even though my first love is scenic and landscape photography, I would say that I really enjoy creative portraiture and commercial photography. Everything from food and drink, product, advertising, and bodies of work that tell stories.  Even if the subject of the story is the product or clothing line itself.

What body of work has influenced you the most?

I have had different photographers over the years that I have loved, but I am most influenced by photographers such as Joel Grimes, Dean Bradshaw, Chris Knight, Erik Almas and Sef McCullough.

What about your work is most exciting to you?

The process, from start to finish of a project. I really enjoy working with a team and working towards a vision that organically becomes the finished product or art. 

What are some of your other interests or passions?

Hockey and 17+ years of Martial arts, but now I just like photography as I get older and I watch old Kung fu movies.  Lol

What keeps you motivated and inspired to maintain your photography?

To never stop learning and growing within this field. I am inspired every day to learn something new or improve my method of photography or editing.  There is always something new to learn or try.

If you had to choose one lens, what would it be and why?

My 50mm 1.8; Almost 80% of my photos I shoot with my 50mm and it just never seems to fail me.

How important is post-editing to your final images?

When it comes to lighting, I work very hard to get everything right in the camera, but post is an important part of my process. Just like a canvas and brushes are for an artist, it allows me to be flexible in my creative process.

What is something you are still learning?

I am currently taking a series of online courses to help further my knowledge in composite advertising, creative portraiture, and working with fluids.

Are there any projects you are working on right now?

Right now, I am working on a body of work concentrated on WWI, replicating soldiers and uniforms from that era.

What’s your favorite part about working with Richmond Camera?

People and teaching. I love both and putting them together is fantastic.  However, my favorite thing I think is when someone comes in with a question about something or a problem with their camera and after spending time with them they always ask, "what do I owe you?”  My response is always "Nothing, except a smile on your face."   That seems to always brighten their day.  I love the way this company takes the extra step to build the relationship and truly take care of the customer the best that we can. I am proud to be a part of that.