Walter Eagleton, now former owner of Eagleton Photography, has always been a man drawn toward creative outlets. After obtaining a master’s degree in Music from the University of North Texas, he started his first career as a professional musician and played woodwinds, mostly alto saxophone, for 15 years. He even worked at Pender’s Music Company here in Denton at a time. As a professional musician, he found himself traveling to numerous places with his wife, Kim, who was a photographer. While taking photos on his travels, he realized his desire to be a professional photographer.
“I wanted to switch it up so I could have my own business,” said Eagleton. “It had to be something that was creative and I enjoyed, and photography fits both.”
Eagleton has over 20 years of experience in photography, which began back in 1994 out of his home. Then in 1999, he built a studio at 1710 N. Elm Street, which served as his studio for 12 years. It was during this time he had up to six employees. Since 2011, it has been him and his assistant Brittanie Marion at 416 S. Elm Street, Suite 101.
Throughout his journey in photography, he has received many awards and commendations. In 2004 Eagleton was awarded the degree of “Photographic Craftsman” by the Professional Photographers of America, and in 2011 he was decreed the degree of “Master Photographer.” He has also had many of his works featured in PPA National Conventions.
After such a prestigious career, Eagleton has added a new feather to his creative hat, gourmet cuisine. His new business is Artistic Gourmet Adventures. The business features week long vacations in France, where guests will be able to experience the art of world travel, fine wines and exceptional cuisine. The cuisine will be prepared by Eagleton himself. He will be attending Le Cordon Bleu in the fall for a 6-month intensive course.
“I’m more of a 15 to 20-year career person,” chuckled Eagleton.
Marion, the new owner took the studio just a little over a month ago. Her love for photography began by looking at portraits when she was young. This passion developed further when she took a photojournalism class her freshmen year of high school. In high school, she set her long-term goal to own her own photography studio. Shortly after graduating high school she studied photography at UNT but then transferred to the University of Texas-Arlington where she graduated with a degree in both Business and Art.
Brittanie stated there will be no name change, but the business will be moving next month to 721 S. Elm Street. Also, she wants to assure that Eagleton Photography will bring back its children, high school senior, business, and family portrait specials, all while keeping the high quality they are known for.
“Although I have my own vision, I want to stay true to the legacy of Walter,” Marion stated. “Eagleton Photography will still be Eagleton Photography.”
Congratulations to both Walter and Brittanie as they begin their new professional endeavors. Also, thanks to both of you for being long-standing members of the business community and Denton Chamber of Commerce. We cannot wait to see the portraits done by Brittanie. As for Walter, could you send some of your food back to Denton for us, please?
By: Donald Smith