Who I Am - Vaquero-Photography
Verne Wonderlich (October 2013)

What’s In A Name...

Hi my name is Verne and I own Vaquero Photography. First let me clear the air about my Vaquero Photography business name and the three reasons why I chose it. The first reason is for that old cowboy's spirit that is constantly stirring inside of me, and for my cowboy ways of doing things! The second reason is for the Tex-Mex culture that my wife Beatriz brings from Texas! She can speak and translate Spanish fluently when needed. She told me "okay you are my Vaquero” and it stuck. Third reason is if you didn’t know already that the word Vaquero means cowboy in Spanish.

Pro Deo Et Patria...

I am a military veteran that served 29 Active Duty years and 14 Reserve years. I severed as a combat medic and I was awarded the Combat Medic Badge (CMB), the Combat Action Badge (CAB), the Bronze star, and plus numerous other awards and achievements.

Art 225 Self Portrait, DMACC, Ankeny IA (April 2011)


When I returned home from the war I knew what I wanted to do after I retired from the military. It was go to school and study photography! During those four semesters I made the Dean’s List three times and the President’s List one time, and at the end of the last semester my photographer teacher awarded my photography presentation as “Best In The Class”!

Photography is FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

In Afghanistan I wished that I could have served as a Combat Photojournalist being that I photographed over 3,500 photos. My old rustic cowboy in me wants to ride the range as he did years ago photographing his memories and those pieces of his life he loved the most! I have never limited myself just to one genre of photography, so I photograph from People, to Nature, some Sports and Wildlife. All of these things are a reflection of what I like most.

Contact Vaquero Photography for...

Those special moments in life should be captured forever through photographs that celebrate and tell unique stories. I can help you document those special events, from birthdays and graduations, to weddings and anniversaries, communion or just a family portrait.
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