meet our staff

At Milford Photo, our focus is you!

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is a lifelong resident of Milford. He graduated from Milford High School and then attended Southern Connecticut State University. While in high school, he got a summer job working at Milford Camera -- this part-time job turned into a lifelong career in the photo industry. He worked for 24 years at Milford Camera eventually becoming general manger. In 1995, he started Milford Photo in downtown Milford and moved the store to the present location in 2000.

Milford Photo is now recognized as the leading photo specialty retailer in the state of Connecticut. Milford Photo is repeatedly voted as #1 Camera Store by the New Haven Advocate. Jim was honored as Business Person of the Year in 2001 by the Milford Chamber of Commerce and Milford Photo was chosen as Small Business of the Year in 2010.

Volunteerism has always been a personal trademark. Jim served as the president of Photo Marketing International for Connecticut and New York, the president of Downtown Milford Business Association, is on the Board of Directors for Milford Progress, Inc. and is a proud member of Milford Rotary. He is constantly helping out local non-profits and has a reputation as a strong community supporter.

He is married to Linda Wilson of Coldwell Banker Realty and has a son Mike who is a filmmaker, living in California.

What's in Jim's bag? Normally a set of golf clubs! Right now, his camera of choice is the Canon G12 for most picture taking and the Canon S95 (it fits great inside a golf bag).

Jess Thompson

It started as a way to get in out of the cold. As a teenager, Owner / Manager Jess Thompson was looking for a cushy inside job that got him off his bike delivering papers. He applied at a downtown camera store and has been in Milford Center selling cameras since 1979.

On the side he photographed weddings and events, shot for the local newspaper, and did his share of yearbook and corporate photography to put himself thru college and buy more cameras along the way.

His extracurricular activity is now centered on teaching practical photography to Milford Photo's clients and has instructed thousands over a decade. His classes and workshops over the years have included SLR/DSLR, point and shoot, hot shoe and studio strobe, portrait and scenic photography.

Recently he started the Milford Photography group, an online photo club that meets at area locations for informal shoot-abouts. The group counts over 2,700 members and its active schedule has made it one of the most popular photo meetup.com sites in New England. He shoots whatever gear he can borrow off the shelf but is partial to whatever is available.

Jess is past president of his local Rotary club and is the townie's townie. Naturally, he lives in Milford with his wife Amy and son Andrew.

You can find Jess on Instagram and Pinterest.

Peter Bogucki

Peter Bogucki (BO-GOOT-SKI) has been with us for almost all of our 20 years in business. Over the years he"s been our vaunted 6th man: coming off the bench, or couch, for the holiday and vacation seasons. Lately though he's been working steadily in our shipping department when he's not out front on any service counter. An avid sailboarder and man of all around waterborne action, Pete's GoPro vids are cool and his Canon 7D stills are on display in area businesses.

Chris Brown

Chris is the cheerful voice you will hear most of the time when calling the store.

She has over the years become an indispensible part of the store. As office manager she is in charge of many different things that are required in a small business, she wears many hats. These include accounts payable, accounts receivable, employee benefits co-coordinator, vendor receivables, ordering store supplies, co-op advertising redemption, creating financials, working with accountants, payroll and taxes to name a few of her duties.

The store could not run without Chris's hard work and dedication!

Chris is a life long resident of Milford, and with her husband Gary have raised three great sons.

Give the store a call and that nice voice on the other end will be Chris, just tell her which hat to put on! 

Donna Clement

Donna is "Miss Do Everything" at Milford Photo. She works primarily on the customer service counter helping people picking up their finished orders, camera repairs and other imaging jobs. She can also be found picking out the perfect frame and mats in our custom frame department or working with first time visitors to the digital print center room showing them all the exciting things that can be done with digital photos today.

Donna, a long time New Haven resident, previously worked as lab manager at James Camera for many years and helps out in the photo processing lab when needed. She earned an associates degree at Paier School of Art and is trained to be able to help with a wide variety of imaging questions.

Donna's camera of choice today is the Nikon D90 DSLR camera which she uses with a wide variety of interchangeable lenses. She also has the compact P300 Nikon camera for when she is doing two of the things she loves, being out in nature and taking pictures.

Stop in and let "Miss Do Everything" help you with all your imaging needs

Chrys Coby

Being a full service photo specialty store requires not only selling products but also being there after the sale. In the event your equipment needs servicing, Chrys will take care of it for you. Chrys has worked in photo retail for many years helping customers with their servicing needs.

This long time Milford resident also manages to have a second career in restaurant management that keeps her very busy. She also handles Internet sales which include consignment sales of customers photographic equipment.

She has worked as a professional photographer shooting weddings and portraits. Her award winning photographic skills are a key to the proper displaying of items being offered for sale online. Chrys is a valuable member of the customer service team at Milford Photo. She lives in Milford with her daughter Asia.

Chris Fountas

Chris came to Milford Photo after many years in consumer electronic sales, primarily in photo retail but also in music, his other passion. He graduated from Fairfield Prep and also received his degree in Marketing from Fairfield University. Today he resides in Shelton with his wife Deborah.

Chris is “Mr Olympus” at Milford Photo, his favorite cameras are the revolutionary new Pen series cameras. Chris has received awards from Olympus for his outstanding sales and service and is the go-to guy at the store with camera questions involving the Olympus products. His domain at the store is the camera sales counter, helping people find the perfect camera for all their needs.

Look in Chris’s camera bag and you will find an Olympus E-PL1, an Olympus E-PL2, an Olympus XZ-1 and an Olympus SP-800Z. Stop in and see Chris, chances are he will have his

Margaret Gallagher

Margaret Gallagher is the latest in a long line of young adults that have served in the trenches at Milford Photo. She's smart as a whip and cool as a 'cuke. Margie will be leaving us in the fall for any number of big time schools to study graphic arts. But she'll be back over the holidays and work summer for the foreseeable future unless one of her younger sisters takes her job.

Merdardo "Goyo" Moranchel

Lo que es un buen tipo! Merdardo Moranchel, "Goyo" to his friends - which apparently includes everyone, started his US advernture as a professional soccer player. A jack of all important trades he works primarily in our processing kiosk area and minilab. He possesses the patience of a saint and works like a demon at his job. Hablamos Espanol con Goyo aqui.

Dory Neilson

Dory started making pictures when they were done in a darkroom with smelly chemicals! Today, digital requires a different set of skills to produce pictures. Dory has used her vast photographic knowledge and has learned the new skills required to operate the latest lab production equipment. Her expertise was gained upon her graduation from the Rhode Island School of Photography. She immediately started working for photo developing labs applying her newly learned trade. She is a big reason why Milford Photo is recognized as the area’s leading photo processing lab.

When not at the store, Dory can be found at the Milford Yacht Club, where she is a member, or out on Long Island Sound with her partner Nell Moll. When she is out on her boat she loves to take coastal pictures and be with friends. Let Dory help you make lasting memories! 

Anthony Onofrio

Preserving memories is what Anthony is all about. Anthony manages Milford Photo's video production department which specializes in the transferring of many different video formats to DVD. These include 8mm and 16mm movie film, 8mm video, VHS, VHS-C, Sony Beta, ¾" tape, mini DV and DVC video.

Movies have played a big role in his professional career. After graduating from Southern Connecticut University with a Business degree in Economics he joined his family's business James Camera in New Haven. As the supervising videographer he was responsible for filming of both the Yale and UCONN football games and other sporting events. In the film days it required not only shooting the games but then rushing to develop the game films for the coaches. When video replaced film Anthony spearheaded the transition and developed new procedures and services that made the store successful for many years.

With the closing of his business in 2010 he moved his equipment and many talents to Milford Photo. Today he not only does traditional video editing and duplication but also has taken over the bulk scanning print department. He has quickly become an important member of the production and services team. If it's a movie of any kind, Anthony can help you make sure that it is archived safely and your precious memories will be around for many years to come.

Anthony and his wife Elaine live in North Haven and are the proud parents of two girls.

Ray Yanagisawa

What is D3? In Hollywood, it is an entertaining movie about youth hockey. Here at Milford Photo, it is our code for Digital Services: any image that needs digital enhancement, restoration, or alteration; or services such as memory card recovery, high resolution film and print scanning, large format (poster) printing, and DVD slideshows.

Need a 16x20 print on canvas, wrapped around bars for a beautiful, lightweight gift that’s ready to hang? We can do that! He shoots, he scores! Need an ex removed from that otherwise great family group photo? We can do that also! Goal!! Need your images made into a slideshow with music, ready to play on your DVD player or computer? Of course we can do that! Score!!! It’s a hat trick for D3!!!

Ray is our D3 specialist. He started shooting with a Vivitar 110 film camera when he was 10 years old. His compulsion with photography continued through high school, shooting for and later editing the yearbook. College brought new interests and a brief flirtation with an English degree, but true love cannot be denied, and he wound up transferring to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.

After graduating from Brooks with a BA in Industrial Photography, he moved back to his native Connecticut and created the cover design and page layout for a series of medical textbooks. As a professional, he has worked as a photojournalist and shot weddings, portraits, events, and products, but nature is what he enjoys shooting the most. He has 20 years of Photoshop experience, and in addition to creating the magic which makes your ideas come to life here at Milford Photo, also teaches private lessons.

Erik Najera

With over 20 years of photo lab experience, Erik is an expert on all of our photo lab's complex machinery. Whether you need a poster made or a book printed, hundreds of photos scanned to a CD or a custom greeting card, he does it all with a keen eye and a pleasant smile. Erik is also a professional wedding and event photographer and is proud to be part of the Milford Photo team since September 2016.

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