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Gallery Portraits

As a photographic designer, J. Wade Tipton is committed to serving you with the highest degree of professional quality, service, and courtesy. Wade and his wife, Joy, own and operate Gallery Portraits, a full service portrait studio in West Knoxville.


J. Wade Tipton holds a BS degree in business management from Mississippi State University as well as being a Certified Professional Photographer from Professional Photographers of America, Inc. (PPA) Wade also holds the Master of Photography Degree and the Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA along with Fellowship Degrees from both the Professional Photographers Association of Missouri (PPMO) and Professional Photographers of the Ozarks (PPO). In 2003 Wade received the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association’s (TPPA) Certified Degree and its Service Degree in 2010. He served as a board member of TPPA in 1999-2000 and in 1998, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 & 2018 was named a Tennessee Professional Photographers Association Top Ten Photographer. In 2015 Wade was inducted into the exclusive TPPA Hall OF FAME and in 2016 he was selected by his peers recive the PPA National Award while in 2019 attatained the level of PPA LIFE MEMBER! Wade is a past president of PPO and Smoky Mountain Professional Photographers (SMPP) who has since been renamed Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN). 2007, 2008 & 2013 saw Wade receive the Photographer of the Year award for PPETN! In addition, Wade is a member of International Christian Photographers and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.


Wade and Joy both attend numerous local, state and national conventions, seminars, and workshops to continually sharpen their skills and keep abreast of current and forthcoming trends in the industry.


Wade attributes the success of Gallery Portraits to the support of his wife, Joy, his son, Philip and his wife, Megan plus their daughter Addison Jane along with the trust of his clients and most importantly the blessings of God!!! Wade, Joy, Philip & Megan give all the glory to God!!!