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Our team consists of 12 highly accomplished employees and 14 contract freelance talents who have been carefully chosen to work with us. It is important for a creative team to be diverse in talent, but mesh well and to embrace the same vision, passion, and devotion to a common goal.
Consistency is key for outstanding imagery, and without a consistent team, that can become illusive for our clients and thus, our business success. Diana uses her 34 years of experience in design, set styling, art direction, marketing /advertising management to provide a watchful eye over all we produce at DPDP to help us accomplish the goals outlined by our clients.
Diana graduated from the New York School of Interior Design in 1979. She has spent her entire career in the design field and visual communications. She started out as Design Director with Charles Hix Studios in Hickory, NC. She worked as a set designer and Design Manager for other studios until hired to become Advertising Director for Broyhill Furniture. Later in her career, Thomasville Furniture hired her to spearhead their national Marketing and Photography efforts. After leaving Thomasville in 2006, always wanting her own studio, she initiated the opening of Diana Parrish Design & Photography in January 2007. “I am a people person and enjoy being with family and my furry son, Bo.”
VP OperationsDustin is an Appalachian State University alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He began his journey with Diana Parrish Design and Photography in 2007 after spending the first two years of his professional career as a Senior Sales Representative for Broyhill Furniture. He thrives on the creative and energetic environment at DP and brings a relentless work ethic to our team. When he is not knocking down work at the studio, you can usually find Dustin at the gym, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or trail running.
Combining her past of agency work, furniture wholesale and retail along with professional photography account management, Meredith brings over 25 years of experience in production and account services. Her passions include graphic design, fashion and interior decorating. Meredith enjoys buying and selling on Poshmark as well related e-commerce scavenger hunts for quirky merchandise.
WENDY SECHREST WEEKS
Digital Assets Manager
Wendy graduated from Randolph Community College with a focus in Photojournalism. Since then, she has become an expert in all things Photoshop with 17 years of experience as a professional retoucher. She loves making images look their absolute best, no matter what it takes. When not behind a computer, Wendy spends her time dancing, playing with her dog and enjoys hiking and fishing with her husband and dad.
Lauren graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in Marketing. She started her career as a Visual Merchandising manager at a national retailer. While she loves fashion, interiors have always been her true passion. She enjoys having a different challenge every day of the week and the problem solving that this line of work requires. When she is out of the studio she enjoys working on design projects at home and traveling to visit family and friends.
Charles received his BFA in Photography from East Tennessee State University in 1997 and came to North Carolina that same year. Charles has a great eye and extreme attention to detail. He works hard at not being too much of a perfectionist, but it comes in handy in this business. Charles has been with Diana for the last 12 years. He is avid runner and a bit of a health nut.
Alex graduated from Randolph Community College in 2003 with an Associate Degree in Photography, and has been shooting professionally ever since. He first fell in love with photography shooting black and white film, when he did all his own developing and printing back in the mid-’90s. “I have been working with Diana and the DP team for over 10 years now, where I really feel like I’m part of the family.”
Graham has been “behind the lens” since high school and pursued his passion for photography by earning a degree from Randolph Community College. Graham has been working as a freelance commercial photographer and video editor for many years. He and his wife live on a farm with their 3 children.
Miles graduated from Appalachian State University and has been in the Commercial Photography business for over 15 years. He’s great at putting our clients at ease while making their beautiful visions come to life. When not behind the camera, he devotes free time to his wife and two daughters; hiking, playing, and enjoying time together.
Evan earned his Associate’s Degree in Interior Design with Honors from Randolph Community College in 1998. He has over 20 years experience in the field of interior design to include studio, showroom and location projects. He always strives to challenge himself creatively and to provide his clients with an unparalleled final product. Evan is honored to be working with such a talented and dynamic team.
Rachel attended Appalachian State University and obtained a BS degree in Interior Design. She works freelance with most of her time here at DP. Her favorite thing to do is just being with her husband, and her two sweet daughters Darby & Libby, in the sun and, on the water.
Jayme completed a certification in Interior Design and began his career in the furniture industry with Thomasville Furniture. He served as the company’s Showroom Designer, as well as their Retail Store Designer. Jayme left to go out on his own and was quickly contracted by Calvin Klein Furniture as their Gallery Designer and Showroom Director until the company’s end in 2016. Jayme is now a full-time free-lance stylist and designer and loves his time with DPDP.
Sharon has been working in the design field for over 30 years and has worked with DP for over 11 years. She worked with several studios before joining Viewpoint as their first Design Director where she remained until moving to Nashville, TN, and turned freelance. Sharon’s interests outside of design are cooking and taking cross-country motorcycle trips with her husband.
Adam found a passion for the furniture industry while working for Lexington Furniture and Thomasville Furniture. While at Thomasville, he worked with Diana on many projects and proved his loyalty by joining DP in 2016. In his spare time, Adam is very active with his children and the children in his community.
Tim worked in the furniture industry for 25 years as an expert upholsterer and well-rounded “jack of all trades,” beginning his career in a large commercial photography studio. Coming on board in 2007, Tim always arrives 30 minutes early to get things started each day. His outside life? “I love to fish and spend time with my grandkids.”
ROBERT “ROBBIE” PEACE
Robbie began his career in the commercial photography studio business with Norling Studio in 1984. Robbie is a true artist when it comes to carpentry and is a master wood-worker with a designer’s eye. He has over 30 years of carpentry experience and was hired when Diana formed DP in January 2007. He loves spending time with family and doing volunteer work.
RICHARD “RICHIE” PEACE
Ritchie began his career at Norling Studio in 1984, just like his twin brother, Robbie. He has 30 years of studio carpentry experience and learned from the best in the business. He was hired when Diana formed the company in January 2007. Ritchie is innovative and has a problem-solving mind and always keeps a positive, upbeat attitude. “When I am not working on carpentry projects in my hundred year old home, I enjoy doing volunteer work in my community and at my church.”
Warren was a barber before being introduced to the studio business about 6 years ago. He loves working with people and learning new and different things, which his job is perfect. He likes to watch movies and be with his family in his spare time and spends time detailing cars on the weekends.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Jim moved to NC in 1998 and considers himself and North Carolinian. He graduated from Guilford College in 2011 majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. Jim feels lucky every day to be a part of the DPDP team, striving to make sure the client is happy no matter what. Outside of work, Jim enjoys hiking, running, and yoga.
Debora has been styling and assisting for 15 years. She has a background in furniture manufacturing and fabrication before obtaining her Associates in Psychology. Deb is very active in her community, and you can often find her helping out the football and cheer teams around town. She is a Jane of all trades and loves the challenges that the studio life can bring.
MascotBo has been with the company for a few years now. He specializes in chewing his toys, chasing leaves, and bringing joy to everyone. When he’s not napping, he’s waiting for the UPS man to bring him a treat. He loves all the attention he gets here at DPDP and enjoys modeling in some photo shoots, too.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.”
– Maya Angelou
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
– African Proverb