Bill and Tanya Vahrenkamp are an award-winning husband and wife team who met at a photography convention in Las Vegas. As the joke goes, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas… sometimes it follows you home! Bill is from Dallas and Tanya is from Canada so their journey took a little longer, but they finally made it.
Bill Vahrenkamp (Cr.Photog,) is one of those people who has always known he wanted to be a photographer. Growing up with a dad in the printing industry, Bill often had access to various cameras. He eventually acquired his own SLR camera at the age of 12 and photographed his first wedding while still in high school. Bill completed a BA in Photography from Sam Houston State University and went to work for a company operating portrait studios across the country. He continued to pursue independent work and as his clientele list grew, he decided to strike out on his own. Bill received his Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2016 and was granted admission to one of the most prestigious photographic associations, the American Society of Photographers (ASP).
Tanya has always known she would work in the arts, but she didn’t find photography until her 2nd year of university when she got a job at a local portrait studio. After completing a BA specializing in Roman Archaeology at the University of Alberta, she was offered the opportunity to stay on full time with the portrait studio. She soon discovered that photography was a perfect fit to her artistic nature, not to mention more practical – there aren’t many Roman archaeological sites in North America, after all :)! Her summer job quickly turned into a career and after operating a portrait studio in Canada for 8 years, Tanya moved to Texas in 2002 and Albertex Photography was formed.
Many people ask how Albertex Photography got its name. The name “Albertex” is a combination of two words – Alberta (the Canadian province where Tanya was born and raised) and Texas (Bill’s home state). Bill and Tanya understand the importance of your event and are honored to be part of your special day!