"I grew up in the Midwest where I was raised on White Castles and ATARI. In think in a lot of ways all the little details growing up sculpted how I see things and how my work unfolds. Photography gives me an outlet to take my visual influences and ball them all up and produce something that I hope is unique. My work tends to bridge the extremes between mysterious and introverted to uninhibited and genuine and I think this echoes my personality."
I grew up in Westerville Ohio and after graduating from Westerville North High School traveled the country photographing work for clients like Rolling Stone, AVEDA and The Home Depot. From New Orleans to Miami Beach to Las Angeles to Atlanta and beyond I worked hard to develop a style to my work and a passion for photography that won many awards for my clients and myself.
“Wes is well known for his inventive editorial and beauty portraiture—cleanly lit images with a vitality and vibrancy that impacts viewers immediately. “
His photographic collaboration with the Aveda student design team resulted in two Aveda’s Edwin Neill Full Potential awards. He also earned a Best of Show Award for a Children’s Miracle Network calendar, an organization to which he donates his photographic work. A photo essay completed in 2003 earned Kroninger First Place in the Southwest Journalism Conference. In 2004, he received the prestigious Hy Sheanin Memorial Scholarship from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). He also received an honorable mention in the prestigious Lucie Awards, which honor master photographers and their contributions to the field. He recently took home a gold ADDY award in New Orleans and a silver ADDY in Panama City, Florida.
Wes has an affinity for working with children and families and, even as he won awards for his advertising and corporate work across the country, it was through his work with the children and families that he excelled and found a different set of accolades. Working with children day in and day out in his studio in Baton Rouge brought Wes into working with The Children’s Miracle Network, CASA, Cancer Services, Coach Art, Taproot and numerous other nonprofit organizations with goals of easing the suffering of children with different needs.
Additionally, Wes’s work has gained national exposure, in publications including American Salon, Rolling Stone, Modern Salon, Rangefinder, Studio Photography, Banking Investor Magazine, Long Beach Magazine and a wide range of trade publications.