The Grad Team story is a unique one.

Our company was founded in 2021 but our history dates back decades. Our management team has been photographing commencements together for over 20 years. We are bound by our passion for photography and our commitment to service. In 2021, we saw changes occurring in our industry and decided to form The Grad Team.

Our business philosophy is simple: ‘Do the right thing.’ We will never put profits ahead of doing what is best for our clients and their graduates. When you sign on with The Grad Team, we are not merely your photography vendor, we are your teammates. We will share our vast experience, gained through working closely with colleges and universities across the country. We do not just show up on graduation day. We partner with you throughout the years as you plan your commencements, grad fairs and other student recognition events.

We are not the oldest in the business and we are not the biggest, but you will not find a team anywhere else that is more committed to our partners and the students they serve.

Vicki Gray

Vicki helped form The Grad Team in September of 2021, she has been photographing commencements, grad fairs, and ring ceremonies since 2001. She owned her own photography company that specialized in event photography, taking photos for corporate events, universities, sports teams, and even Santa. She has an extensive Customer Service background and takes pride in working with clients to ensure their event is a success, going above and beyond the typical photographer role. In her current role as General Manager, she is responsible for her own clients, which include University of the Incarnate Word and Western Governors University, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Vicki was a founding member and is on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Professional Event Photographers.

Vicki Gray
General Manager/Commencement Specialist

Tom Dausner

Based out of Atlanta, GA, Tom is a founding member of The Grad Team. He brings a wealth of experience to the commencements he covers, having photographed more than 350 ceremonies in the past 15 years. His involvement with photography dates back more than 45 years, when he began working in his hometown portrait studio while still in high school. His passion for capturing memories continues through today in the work he does with The Grad Team and in his own portrait studio. With additional experience in software development and project management, Tom is detail oriented and brings a unique set of planning and logistical skills to each event he covers.

Tom Dausner
Commencement Specialist

Jamie Fidler

Jamie has been with The Grad Team since its inception and is a Regional Manager. He has been photgraphing commencements for nearly 20 years. Within our team, he is dedicated to building leaders who will provide the best experience for both our school partners and their graduates. Jamie manages accounts from Washington State to Massachusetts. He has a passion for bringing the highest level of excellence and service to every type and size college and university he has the privilege to work with.

Jamie Fidler
Commencement Specialist

Dave Proctor

Dave has been working in the photography industry since 1979, photographing commencements for more than 25 of those years. His experience in commercial work for magazines, newspapers, and celebrity special events provides an innovative style while leading a team that provides our clients with superb results. His commercial work has been published in numerous magazines worldwide, such as People, Cosmopolitan, Femina Magazine and others. Dave has been the Lead Photographer at such schools as Louisiana State University, Montana State University and Oregon State University. He currently manages accounts in Louisiana. He helps develop the photographer training curriculum and facilitates photographer training at numerous locations across the country.

Dave Proctor
Commencement Specialist

Braydn Weber

Braydn joined The Grad Team in October 2021, having worked with the founders of The Grad Team since 2015. He developed his management and business experience owning his own photography company which specialized in weddings, high school seniors, and families. Outside of making sure his photography work is the highest quality and captures true emotions in everything he photographs, Braydn is focused on excellent customer service making certain his clients are fully satisfied. He strives to be a fun, energetic, engaging, and strong leader, to not only provide service to his schools and their graduates, but also the photographers with whom he works. These qualities are what make him a genuine team player.

Braydn Weber
Commencement Specialist

Marc Kornfield

Marc joined The Grad Team in October 2021 an has been working together with other members of the team since 2010, photographing commencements, grad fairs and campus events. He began his own photography company in 1995 where he photographed portraits, ROTC programs, marching bands, and sports teams. Marc focuses on making sure his clients are always 100% satisfied. His early experience marching in Drum and Bugle Corps and his later military service taught him the values of hard work, dedication, and teamwork. These qualities are what make him a great team player and an asset to the schools he serves.

Marc Kornfield
Commencement Specialist

Amy Yik

Amy joined The Grad Team in January 2023. She has been photographing commencements since 2019. She strives to be a hard-working and team-oriented leader that photographers and clients can lean on.

Amy Yik
Commencement Specialist

Contact

  • Customer Service 800-482-0321
  • Sales 888-555-1212
  • The Grad Team
    300 West Forest Ave
    Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
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