Pat Bafile started back in the 70's in Computer Science. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was trained as a photographer and lab tech. A 1 year tour of duty in Vietnam was followed by three years of highly classified top secret photographic work on a base in Mass. After leaving the U. S. Air Force, Pat continued his education at The Center for Creative Studies in Detroit where he completed a 4 year degree with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1976.
He began his active photo career at Visual Arts, working with editors, writers and artists for the parent company, the Valenite Corporation. Assignments included location and studio photography along with both film and video to enhance the capabilites of the company. Extensive traveling to various manufacturing plants that used the corporations metal cutting tool products helped Pat gain valuable experience. The photos were used for ads, catalogs and PR in tooling industry magazines.
Visual Arts also was a full service outside pre-press and print house and used both the art and photo departments for outside clients as well as corporate work. This widened his experience further by shooting a variety of retail and commerical products such as promotional clothing items, retail items, and various model and products.
In 1983, Pat took his experience and opened his own photographic and video business. After a few moves (for larger accommodations), he settled nicely into his own 6200 sq. ft studio in Ferndale, MI. This space is made specifically for photo and video work. It includes cyc walls (on three sides with returns), which are 50 x 100 ft and includes flying and rolling flats as well as enough power to really do the job. All types of cars, boats, trailers, toys, tabletops big and small have come through this space.
He has added editorial photography to his services and has shot many car and boat races as well as various autoshows. Pat has earned many awards including a Semifinalist in the Hasselblad Masters 2009 as well as awards for photography, art and design (by Karen Sievertson) for Manitou Boats with the Astrid Awards in 2006 and 2008.
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