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… that Guy in Milton

Several years ago, I got a phone call at the Studio and the lady asked me, “Are you that guy in Milton that does photography”? I liked the phrase so much I have used it ever since. In Jan of 2010 another customer told me we should add “Recession Buster” to our logo, because “our prices still allowed her family to order Professional Photographs even in this recession”. She also told us it was wonderful ordering her pictures from real proofs on her time timetable instead of being held hostage for an order while viewing projected proofs at her former Studio, I couldn’t have said it better! So many people have searched “that guy in Milton” on Google, that my website appears at the top of the Google list with that phrase.

Sterling Images of NC
Owned and operated by Pat Bullock, we specialize in Professional Color and Black & White Portraiture. Since 1997, Sterling Images continues to grow each year by providing Professional Courteous Photography at affordable prices, we don’t project your images, we print real proofs on Kodak Pro Paper and give them to you with any order over $150, that’s right, the proofs you received and ordered from are Free if you just spend $150.

Pat Bullock,
My life’s journey to this point has taken me though different professional channels but I think photography was so deeply rooted in my system I was destined to return.

In 1975 I shot my first wedding with a Yashica Mat 124 Camera and developed the B/W prints in our Darkroom. I followed my brother’s footsteps in High School on the Yearbook staff and as the local Photographer in our town. In my senior year, I decided to go to College for Electronics. During College I met my wife of 30 years, then after graduating in Electronics I went to work for CP&L as an Electronics Tech. I continued with CP&L for almost 20 years spending the last 10 years in Management at Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant in Raleigh NC. In 1997 I left CP&L and returned to Professional Photography as General Manager of a Professional Photography Colour Lab in Charlotte NC and started Sterling Images of NC.
In 2007 after almost 10 years in the Colour Lab business, the decision was again obvious; I returned to photography fulltime and devoted myself to Sterling Images. We are truly a family business, my wife and daughters all work in the business along with my Parents and my Wife’s Parents. My son-in law, my niece, Brother and Sister in law and numerous friends also help us in the business. My wife and family have always supported the business, without them I know it would fail. I never wanted my business named after me, since it is truly a Family business I got the name from my Father in law, Sterling Hudson, (our Custom Framer).

I don’t believe there is a better job on the planet that allows you to touch more lives than Photography. There is also no better feeling than a mother crying when she looks at a Portrait of her child that we created at Sterling Images. Thanks to all of our many loyal customers, it is truly a pleasure working with each of you.

Continued Training;
I strongly believe that to be a Professional Photographer you must make the time plus financial investment to be members of a Professional Photography Organization, and continue your Professional Photography training each year. Since returning to Photography fulltime, we are proud members of “PPNC”, Professional Photographers of NC and “SPI”, Senior Photographers International and the Senior Youth Conference and attend those conventions annually. We also attend the “East Coast” Photography School and have trained under World Famous Photographers Doug Box, Tony Corbell, and Bry Cox.

In 2012, our Senior Portraits won National Awards and six prints were Displayed at the NC Photographers Convention. In 2011 our prints won International Awards and were also Displayed at the NC Photographers Convention. In Jan 2010, our High School Senior Boy and Girls Books both won Honor Awards at the Senior Photographer International Convention in Fla. We also were recognized as one of the top 400 High School Senior Photographers in the United States. In 2009, 2010, 2011 we were voted “ Caswell Messengers Readers Best Photographer.” In 2008 our Print won First Place Portrait, and also 2008 Best of Show at the East Coast Photography School.

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