|Ross Young is the youngest of five children, born 1926 in Indiana. His father and Uncle, around 1911, undertook photographing groups of laborers in lumber camps, selling these images to the hardworking lumberjacks. Around 1931 Ross's father began taking more seriously his ambitious hobby with Ross's cousin Howard, deciding to make a career in photography.
From Madison, Indiana, his father and mother moved the family to Plant City, Florida, in 1935 when Ross was just nine years old. Young's Studio Of Photography was born.
A second Young's Studio was opened about 10 miles east in Lakeland, Florida, run by Ross's father and brother Homer. Between the two studios, Ross's parents and all five siblings operated (and even lived in) the respective studios.
Around 1946 Ross and older brother Warren were photographing weddings in their area before Ross joined the Merchant Marines and was later stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Soon after this he met his beautiful bride-to-be. What followed was a marriage of the most unusual kind; one of teamwork, commitment to quality, passion and (always) laughter.
Lois Stetler was a native of the Roxborough, Pennsylvania area. Around 1950, even before meeting Ross, she had worked in commercial photography, making images of products for a container company in the city. It was not uncommon for Lois, then only barely in her twenties, to be sent into New York City once a week, as well as Wilmington, Boston and Philadelphia, to photograph retail display setups, products and machinery. She would then develop, print and present these images to prospective companies. She even had a working hand in the presentation and decoration of these products. Most of her work was on 4 X 5 transparencies and film, some of which Lois often developed at home with her father.
Soon after Ross and Lois married, in 1953, they settled on a quaint photography studio in Dover, Delaware, immediately changing the name of the well-established business to Young's Studio Of Photography. This was on Loockerman Street, as it is to this day, over 50 years later.
Ross and Lois enjoyed raising three children, often balancing their business and home duties with printing and retouching photographs late into the night at their house, where they had constructed a large darkroom in their basement. They would even sometimes communicate via intercom, upstairs to downstairs, maintaining both their family and their passion - quality photography.
Lois has even stated that Ross would always find time to read bedtime stories to their young children, either from the Bible or from an encyclopedia.
The two proud parents raised three happy children and, to this very day, over 50 Years later, operate and maintain a friendly, fun, family business in the very heart of Dover's Historic Downtown district. The Youngs are still found operating each and every day, as the team they are. Lois handles the accounts, retouches negatives, hand oil-paints portraits and Ross developing color and black-and-white film and printing the quality results in their darkrooms.
Ross Eric Young was the last born of the Young's three children. Beginning an active interest in photography around 1977, Eric quickly became passionate about applying his talents to his local High School Yearbook and town newspapers. Darkroom-proficient by the age of fifteen, Eric soon became the head photographer at his school and was privileged to be chosen to attend the Governor's School For Excellence in 1980; one of only seven young photographers in the State of Delaware.
Eric began assisting his father on location jobs, and even photographing weddings himself on the weekends around 1983. After several career options proved unpromising, the young Eric decided the time was right to make good of his natural instincts and he joined his parents at Young's Studio full-time in October 1988. Since then things have continued to blossom, and some 16 years later he has photographed well over 200 weddings. Eric insistently dedicates his passion, pride and talents to those same attributes still found in his incredible parents, and enjoys being part of what is now a third-generation legacy in photography.
Among other achievements, some recent acknowledgements that Eric has brought to the business:
-P.P.A. Nationally CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
- Delaware's 1994 Photographer Of The Year, Illustrative Category
- Delaware's 1995 Photographer Of The Year, Illustrative Category
- Delaware's 1997 Photographer Of The Year, Illustrative Category
- Several "Best In Show" awards for Delaware Print Competitions
- Over ten years on Board Of Directors for the Delaware Professional Photographers, as well as their Kent County Representative
- 1995 "Best Portrait Of A Man"
- 1997 "Best Photograph; Scenic"
- 1998 Honored as D.P.P. "Associate Fellow Of Photography"
- Recipient of THREE "Kodak Gallery Awards" and TWO "Fuji Masterpiece Awards",
- 2001 "Best Portrait Of A Couple"
- Delaware's 1998 Runner-Up Photographer Of The Year, Illustrative Category
- Delaware's 2001 Runner-Up Photographer Of The Year, Wedding Category, and the recipient of Delaware's Award for Wedding Album Of The Year, 2003.