I was lucky to learn early in life that “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life”. I haven’t “worked” in over 34 years...of course I started as a photographer when I was 10 - LOL.
My interest in photography began when I was stationed in Great Britain with the U.S. Air Force. I turned professional as an apprentice with a photographer who was nationally known for his high school senior photography. That led to an internship with a celebrity photographer, who was also President Ronald Reagan’s inaugural photographer. Before starting my own studio, I spent 5 years as a photography instructor for a national portrait studio chain.
I grew up in Kansas & Iowa, but have also lived in the U.K., Texas, Wyoming & Colorado. I settled in Springfield in 1987 and my wife and I started About Faces 5 years later.
My style of photography uses posing & lighting to flatter my subjects, but what I love most is connecting with my clients so their personality shows in the images I create for them. I also run our digital press...we print brochures, postcards, flyers and booster club programs.
I have been married to my best friend, Wendy, for 28 years. We have 2 boys, Austin & Alex, who also work with us.
WENDY HUSCHER (THE BOSS)
Hi, I’m Wendy, frequently known as “the photographer’s wife”. I’m originally from a small town in Iowa and I came to Springfield to go to Evangel University. I graduated from there with a degree in accounting. I then went to work for Noble & Associates, a local advertising agency. Shortly after that, Bart and I met, got married and started the studio. We are blessed with two boys who always keep our life interesting.
I’m not exactly sure what my position is at the studio, I do whatever needs to be done, but my primary responsibilities are taking customer orders, editing photos, and of course, the dreaded book work.
My favorite thing to do is sitting down with clients and helping them choose which portraits to order. However, you may also see me answering the phone, showing proofs, assisting Bart in the camera room, framing pictures or building new sets. If you stop by in the spring, you will usually find me digging in the dirt and planting tons of flowers to use in pictures.
I feel very fortunate to be able to make a living working side by side with my husband and living on the same property as our business. Over the years, I have loved being just a few steps away from our home, so even though I’m at work, I have been able to see our boys when they got home from school or when they caught the biggest frog ever. Now I am even more lucky to be able to work side by side with not only my husband but also our "boys" who are almost 24 and 21.
Even though my education is in accounting, I have always treasured photographs. Even as a child I saw the value in documenting events and stages of life with pictures. Making memories is what life is about, and documenting and displaying them with photography is what keeps those memories alive.
ALEX HUSCHER (PHOTOGRAPHER)
I have been around the photography business for over 20 years...and I am only 21! I grew up assisting my dad on sessions, helping build sets and backgrounds, and even taking pictures. Since I grew up living next door to our studio, my brother and I would memorize our dad's schedule everyday so that we wouldn't be outside shooting BB guns or doing something stupid when my dad was photographing someone outside.
I recently completed my Associates Degree in Photography. I learned a lot from those classes, but nothing can beat the knowledge that I get from working side by side with my dad...his lighting and posing skills are amazing!
Portrait photography has become second nature to me from being around it so much. However, my dad and I are constantly pushing each other to try new techniques. My dad obviously started out shooting film 34 years ago with a more traditional approach. I have a different perspective on things because I have grown up in the digital era. I believe the combination of both of our shooting styles is what allows us to do what we do.
My favorite part of my job is being able to work with my family everyday as a team to accomplish a mutual goal....which is to provide our clients with a finished product that they will enjoy for a lifetime. Having said that, working with my family on a daily basis keeps things very interesting to say the least, but I wouldn't trade it for the world!
Check out some of my artwork by clicking the button below... I would love a new project!
I’ve been around this business for as long as I can remember and I have worked here on and off for over 8 years. I don’t really have a “position” so we decided studio manager is vague enough to define what I do (LOL).
I graduated from Missouri State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a Minor in Business in 2018, so I’m obviously not using that in the work I do here. Being around the business for so long has allowed me to learn how everything behind the scenes operates. I don’t take the pictures, but I pretty much do everything else. Most of the time you can find me on the computer editing pictures or making sure emails or messages don’t fall through the cracks. My other role at About Faces is doing the work that nobody wants to do, such as power washing the buildings or cleaning out the ponds and water falls and many other things.
My favorite part about working here is that I get to work with my family, yes, it is difficult sometimes, but I can tell “the boss” when I think she is wrong. ;)