What people are saying about Vern.

You are welcome. For a while, and many years spent in and around Mammoth Lakes, I rather fancied myself as an amateur landscape “nature” photographer, and took literally thousands of images. Then I saw your work. Suffice it to say you have achieved what many/most of us amateurs can only aspire to, and I quit trying to think of myself as anything but a hack. While I still enjoy getting to spend quality time in the  High Sierra, and surrounding area, I long since gave up the idea of ever displaying my work publicly, let alone make it commercially viable.There is just no need with people like yourself, and a very small number of others at the helm. For that I am doubly grateful, and want you to know how much I and so many others truly appreciate, not just your eye and ability to capture an epic event that may only last seconds, but your die-hard dedication to going to any lengths (and heights), at any time of day or night, to achieve the absolute highest standards of your art, so that others may enjoy a moment they otherwise would never have the opportunity to do. 

Yes, I know I’m laying it on a little thick, but hey, you earned it! And not with a silly iPhone either. You are simultaneously an inspiration and an ambassador of good will, and I really can’t say enough about that. So I won’t try…..

Thank You


Vern Clevenger photographer and instructor



We received your beautiful photo yesterday and have it up on the wall. It looks fantastic!                                               Alice Gray - 2022


Our son got the print last night! Thanks for the gorgeous piece of art, can’t wait to see it hanging in his home.

Ron Gomez - January 2022


Your print us amazing!

Charlotte Hart

Hey Vern, Just wanted to say thanks again for the beautiful work...I'm just now catching me breath after the holidays and had time to take them to get framed. I absolutely love them!!

Andrea Task

The workshop with Vern was enlightening and thrilling, and very productive. I learned so much and came away with new tools to use right away in my photography. Vern's teachings and dedication to his vision and artistic aesthetic have truly inspired me.

Jim Papp

I chose to work with Vern in order to improve my photographic skills, from an intermediate to a more advanced level. I feel that our 2 &1/2 days together were imminently successful. He helped improve my knowledge in all aspects of the photographic experience, such as: site selection, technical pearls, Light Room sorting & editing, as well as printing. I left with six strong images, of which three I would consider being of publication quality. There's no way I could have achieved that without Vern's capable and patient instruction.

Dan Danahey

For me, this workshop will always stand out in my mind as one of the most amazing things that I did in my life! It is what life is all about and I thank Vern for making that possible for me! Now I just have one problem... I want to go back!!! I can’t wait to do another workshop!

Diane S 2013

To appreciate the Sierra Nevada range’s jaw-dropping beauty, drop by Vern Clevenger’s gallery in town. (Mammoth Lakes) His color photos (prints start at $149) of nearby canyons, lakes and mountain vistas are ubiquitous around town, as is the man himself. Vern’s scruffy yellow jacket and unruly hair have been a familiar presence at Mammoth since the early ’70s. He is a modern-day version of Ansel Adams, who more than anyone put this corner of California on the map.

From the New York Times, Travel Section