dave mayes

David Mayes, Creative Professional


Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, I was surrounded by what society has deemed “blue-collar workers” – folks who wake up every morning prepared to not only work hard, but also work smart. I’ve since been inspired by the work ethic I witnessed in farmers, ranchers, builders, contractors and the like, and in my 30-year career as a photographer, I’ve sought to follow in their footsteps.

After a string of newspapers spanning from California to Kansas, I worked as the primary photographer for my alma mater, Kansas State University, before setting sail on my own. I’ve been fortunate to photograph U.S. presidents, prairie chickens, college football championship games, farmers feeding the world and everything in between. Today, my work generally falls into three categories – agriculture, building and industry – and I’ve been fortunate to find success in a career that allows me to highlight the importance of these sectors of the world.

In my personal life, I’m beyond lucky to be married to my beautiful wife, Katie, with whom I share two amazing kids. Life is good – and there is so much more to explore and discover.

“David Mayes has an incredible eye for the beauty of nature and how it interacts with modern day production agriculture. He has helped professionalize our marketing materials, which in turn, has connected us with many new clients that were previously out of reach.”
Brian Vulgamore
Owner, Vulgamore Family Farms
“I’ve worked with Dave for almost a decade and in that time, he’s always delivered great images. His ability to listen and ask questions about assignments has always helped make our projects that much better. No matter what the assignment is, a marketing shoot, a portrait for the magazine, the many, many events we’ve asked him to photograph, he always comes back with exactly what we need.”
Tim Schrag
Editor, K-Stater Magazine
“Dave always goes above and beyond to get the shot I asked for — and then usually finds something else that’s even better! We’ve especially enjoyed traveling with him to create custom photo libraries for websites and campaigns.”
Kristin BrightoN
New Boston Creative Group, LLC
“Dave Mayes is a true artist who has the unique ability to apply his talents to business solutions. He’s client centered and will deliver the goods time and time again. I’ve worked with some of the top photographers in the nation, Dave Mayes can hold his own with any of them.”
Jeffery B. Morris
Vice President Emeritus Communications and Marketing
Kansas State University
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Over the last 25 years, I’ve photographed a wide variety of subjects from U.S. Presidents to prairie chickens; small town football to K-State championship games; and rural farmers doing their part to feed the world.

Vulgamore Farms


Images are more than momentary snapshots — they’re opportunities to focus on details, create emotions and guide a narrative. Here’s a sampling of what I offer:

  • Portraits
  • Lifestyles
  • Landscapes
  • Aerials
  • Commercials
    Wine Dive


    Sometimes the best way to tell a story is by seeing the characters in motion. I can craft a customized digital product that you will proudly show off.

    • Commercials
    • Story telling
    • Montage/Highlights
    • Aerial footage
    • Events