Short Bio


Journey from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania to distant places or, ‘There and back again, a photographer’s tale’.  To get to know me a little, here is a brief bio of myself.  I grew-up in western Pennsylvania (Mars to be exact), attended Penn State for undergraduate studies for a BS in zoology, Temple U. for dental school, and completed  my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C.  I retired from the Army in 1998 and have been in private practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery near Allentown, PA since then.

I met my wife of 39 years, Mary Claire, while in dental school and now we have two grown children.  Our daughter is a kindergarten teacher and our son is returning to school after several years as a singer/actor to become a music teacher.

My interests are varied.  A few things are: made arrows, was a flight instructor, make jewelry, forge knife blades, do all forms of glass art – glass blowing, fusing, and cold glass, competitive pistol shooting, play the bag pipes, wood working, astronomy and astrophotography and of course photography.

I first became interested in photography in the mid 70’s.  First travel and people photos then medically oriented photos for patient records and lectures.  As my skills, equipment, and finances evolved my interests focused on landscape and wildlife photography.  I have had the opportunity to photograph not only local interests, but also U.S. National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Africa, and Brazil.  I have recently turned my attention back to “people”.  Now I have more of an artistic and aesthetic focus rather than the scientific focus of clinical photography.  Of particular interest are “head shots”.  Those small “portraits” used by actors for their auditions, business professional for business cards and on board room walls, or an avatar for your Facebook page.

My goal as a photographer is to capture the majesty of that vista at the Grand Canyon, the playfulness of the lion cubs, that sparkle in the eyes and heart felt smile of the actor, and the inner beauty that exists in all of us.  When you say, “You just can’t capture that in a photo.” my goal is to prove you wrong!


Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy my web site!


John McLaughlin