The Studio

Busath Studio & Gardens now spans 3 generations of Busaths. You’ll see Richard’s great smile behind the camera and Bromley running the business. The rest of our studio “family” consists of 12 people to whom I owe a great thanks, some with me for over 20 years. Recently I was sidelined for a year or so, and these great folks didn’t seem to miss a beat. I’m delighted to be back behind the camera now with family and friends.

Our philosophy is simple. We believe in portraits that last.

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Busath Private Portrait Gardens

In the Busath Gardens, we’ve created charming vignettes for small families and grand settings for large groups. Each is oriented for the most for flattering “sweet light”.

Stone steps, climbing ivy and flowering arches provide the backdrops here at our circa 1880 (Salt Lake studio)and 1875 (Provo studio) homes.

And when it’s cold outside, the fireplaces, a stained glass entry and fully equipped studios indoors provide a safe, warm comfortable environment.

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Our History


50 Years, Loving What We Do

For over 50 years and 3 generations, Busath photographers have worked to make beautiful, honest portraits.

We recently passed 70,000 unique client sessions. (If we photographed you or your family since 1973, it’s likely that we still have your negatives on file.) Among our clients have been Governors, Mayors, Religious leaders, even the U.S. President. Our portraits line the halls of Abravanel Symphony Hall, University of Utah campus, hospitals, and courts around the state.


Historic Evans Mansion, circa 1911

The Morris Evans mansion at 701 E. South Temple was originally built in 1888. After 30 years of residence, the Evans family did an extensive remodel in 1911, resulting in the Tudor style house of today. In it’s day the house was a modern marvel with a central vacuum system and central flushing toilets. A modern “carriage house” was built for the automobile-loving family, which now serves as a large studio.

Busath Photography acquired the building in 1980.

The Tudor home with it’s ivy covered walls and gardens provide settings for portraits with great character today.


Don Busath

Don began his career in 1955, photographing assignments from portrait to fashion to aerial work for two Salt Lake City studios. Don and and his wife Donna opened their own portrait studio on State Street and South Temple in 1973.


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Drake & Liz Busath

Drake joined the business in 1981 and together they moved the main studio to it’s present location on historic South Temple Street. Drake purchased the business in 1999, expanding it’s scope the the current staff of 20.

Along with Drake, 6 talented photographers and some of the nation’s best retouch artists, print-makers and consultants continue the tradition of fine portraiture.


“Richard photographed my wedding in September 2014, with a wonderful assistant.  I was thrilled with my photos and with Richard.  The entire experience was perfect and worth every cent I paid.  I had a limited budget and debated whether or not to spend the extra money on the photography.  Money well spent let me tell you.  The entire experience with the office staff, Drake personally calling me about a few changes and Richard’s team made me the happiest bride.  It’s been a year and half now and I still the world of the entire team at Busath.  I’ll go to them for any of my personal and professional needs for photography.”


Mary Dresser

“Thank you to everyone at Busath Studio and Gardens for the precious photos and an enjoyable experience. The bridal pictures of my daughter and her horse and dog are priceless. When my daughter and I saw the wedding pictures, we cried-please note that we are normally not that emotional.
Thank you.”

Judy B.

“The experience we had working with Busath was amazing. The photographers were innovative and knew what shots were needed and how to get everyone situated. The quality of the photos were amazing and we loved the experience we had and would recommend anyone who wants a great experience to use Busath.”

Tiffany Pannier