Crestview photographer turns hobby into a career

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Photographer Dale Riley composes a shot before a job at Crestview High School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Dale Riley's grandfather gave him a simple point-and-shoot camera when he was 15 years old, and the gift ignited a passion that became a full-time profession.

'Photography was calling my name'

Early on, Riley shot photos for Laurel Hill School's yearbook and, along the way, worked gigs for family and friends. 

After high school graduation, he wanted to learn more, but he said a six-month stint at the Art Institute of Jacksonville taught him he could learn more from the school of life. 

"With every single (photo) shoot I do, I learn something new...," the 20-year-old said.

He considered an alternative career, attending college to pursue a medical degree, but still, "photography was calling my name," he said.

Now, five days a week, Riley works at his Crestview studio located within the Tight Shoe Lady Hair Salon on Main Street.

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