Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jory Vander Galien has always had an eye for photography. From a young age, Jory was fascinated by National Geographic and vigorously studied the collections of Ansel Adams. After years of working various labor-intensive jobs and studying general education topics at the University of Wisconsin at Fond du Lac from 2005-2007, Jory and his wife, Vanessa, moved to New Mexico. In 2008 he began his professional journey as a photographer after resigning from the New Mexico State Police department, going on to graduate from the University of New Mexico with a BFA in Art Studio-Photography in 2012. Jory has been featured in Photo District News and New Mexico Magazine, and he has placed in multiple photography competitions, from the Lucie Awards to the Outdoor Photographer Magazine Great Outdoors Photo Contest.