ABOUT DEBORAH BILLINGSLEY
I have had a camera in my hands since I was 10 years old. I pour my heart and soul into what I do. I take my photography very seriously, but love every minute I am behind the camera. My gift is connecting with my subject in a very special way that allows me to bring out the best in each of them, young and old, or furry friend. I have studied with some of the best photographers in the world to better my skills in order to deliver an exceptional product to my clients.
On a personal note...I am married to a great man that lets me follow my passions and accepts my quirks. We have one daughter who is married and they live just three doors down. And we are now grandparents to a precious little boy that I can't get enough of. I am a huge animal lover. I love to dig in the dirt; I even enjoy pulling weeds (but I'm not for hire). I am a retired Registered Nurse. I love herbal teas. And I'm addicted to vanilla ice cream (so my husband says).
My Professional Bio
Deborah Billingsley is the sole owner and operator of a photography studio by the same name located just off the square in downtown Bentonville. Billingsley has been capturing images at home and abroad for over 25 years, accumulating notoriety and praise from peers and clients alike. She is a Certified Professional Photographer and holds a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
VOLUNTEER WORK/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Deborah’s passion for photography extends beyond her paying clients and she undertakes volunteer work with several organizations.
Billingsley serves as the Northwest Arkansas Area Coordinator for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a non-profit organization that provides bereavement photography to grieving parents who have lost a child at birth.
Deborah also serves the community as a member of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Bentonville, Inc. She is also involved with Vital Link, a job shadowing program for junior high students and often serves as a guest speaker at various club meetings. Deborah has also donated sessions and portraits to deserving high school seniors who cannot afford to have portraits made.
Giving back has always been an important part of her life personally and professionally. Each year she donates to many organizations’ fund raisers including Spay Arkansas, Humane Society of Ozarks, Bella Vista Animal Shelter, Pug Rescue of NWA, Lone Pine Ranch Animal Shelter, Havenwood, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, American Diabetes Association, and more.
Honors & Recognition
Master of Photography degree....Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Certified Professional Photographer…..Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Member of the prestigious American Society of Photography (ASP) Fellowship Degree
Member of Arkansas Professional Photographers Association
Prints accepted into Loan Collection: highest honors in the International Print Competition of PPA
Recipient of numerous Kodak Gallery Awards
Recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award
Selected for the permanent gallery at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
Images have been exhibited at Disney’s Epcot Center…. Orlando, Florida & Imaging Asia 2005 in Korea
PPA Photographer of the year - Silver Award