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November 19, 2014

Faces of Fauquier: Orlean native returns to camera

Photo/Cassandra Brown
Edward Payne with Jeffrey in the Warrenton apartment that also serves as the office of Comvergence, his IT business.
I see too many wonderful things in this area that need to be captured. When I get free time, that’s what I want to do. I want to outdo myself and take a shot no one else has taken and one I haven’t taken before. It’s an outlet for me, and I feel lucky I get to do it because it’s competitive.
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Staff Journalist
His photography focuses on the beauty and essence of Fauquier County.

Capturing stunning landscapes and wildlife scenes, along with portraits and special events, fascinates Edward Payne.

At 14 years old, Mr. Payne learned from his father how to use a film camera.

The passion for photography reignited seven years ago during a visit to his native Orlean.

Mr. Payne sought “to capture beauty as I saw it. It became an obsession and a passion where I didn’t want to take a snapshot; I wanted to create. Where I go, my camera goes. I don’t want to leave any stone unturned.”

He also has a passion for computers. Mr. Payne has worked 13 years as an information technology specialist at his company, Comvergence in Warrenton.

He wishes county government would more aggressively pursue making high-speed Internet access available and affordable for all residents.

“I believe that many in the county are at a disadvantage without broadband Internet. I would like to see that change,” he said.

• Age
44

• Home
Main Street, Warrenton. I grew up in Orlean.

• Work
Has run a full-time information technology company, Comvergence, from his home office for 13 years. He provides on-call support for local businesses that don’t have a full time IT staffers.

My overtime hobby is my photography business, Edward Payne Photography.

Photography . . . I feel as if I can’t not do it. I see too many wonderful things in this area that need to be captured. When I get free time, that’s what I want to do. I want to outdo myself and take a shot no one else has taken and one I haven’t taken before. It’s an outlet for me, and I feel lucky I get to do it because it’s competitive.

• Why do you do the job?
Photography: It’s cathartic!

My dad gave me my first camera, a Pentax K1000, when I was 14 years old and he taught me how to use it. I took photos for my yearbook in junior high. In high school, I transferred to music, and about seven yeas ago I came back to photography.

What resparked my passion for photography was coming back to Orlean as an adult and wanting to capture beauty as I saw it. It became an obsession and a passion where I didn’t want to take a snapshot; I wanted to create. I take photos in the moment where I can show all my studying and skill in that photo.

Where I go, my camera goes. I don’t want to leave any stone unturned. I feel like I have just scratched the surface with photography.

Comvergence: I enjoy it! I’m confident in my abilities. Giving honest, simple, vendor-neutral tech answers to my customers and standing behind my suggestions is enjoyable and it’s hard to find.

• Family
Father, Dudley; mother, Mary; stepmother, Anne; brothers and sisters-in-law, Strick and Kelli, Dudley and Paige, and David; beagle mix, Jeffrey.

• Education
Highland School for two years during junior high school. Blue Ridge School near Charlottesville, 1988. Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hampden-Sydney College, 1995.

• Civic involvement
I donate my work to local non-profits for fundraisers. I’m a former board member of the former Fauquier Technology Alliance.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
24 years off and on.

• Why do you live here?
I can’t see myself anywhere else. The people and the landscape here are part of me.

• How do you describe this county?
Beautiful! Home!

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Very little on a professional level. I believe that many in the county are at a disadvantage without broadband Internet. I would like to see that change. On a personal level, I hope there will always be a thriving arts community.

• What do you do for fun?
I’m always photographing, and it’s the first thing I do when I get free time.
Travel — it’s an extension of my photography. Once or twice a year I travel to the Midwest to storm chase and do astro-photography. This summer I went to Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming. I purposefully avoided interstates and went through small towns. I explore as a photographer, and I love travel photography.
I play the drums.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?
Orlean, without question.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

I don’t know. I hope it’s not too different.

• Favorite TV show?
I don’t watch television.

• Favorite Movie?
“Contact” with Jodie Foster

• Favorite book?
“Illusions” by Richard Bach. I read it every year.

• Favorite vacation spot?
Wherever my camera takes me.

• Favorite food?
Pizza

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?
To be patient. I received that advice from whoever has told it to me over the years in their own way.

• Who’s your hero and why?
My dad, for his ability to give anyone the chance to be his friend and, in many cases, two or three chances.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?

I would give half of it to charities, the Fauquier County SPCA. The other half of it I would buy a place between Warrenton and the Blue Ridge Mountains with a view, fast Internet and room for my dog to run around.

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