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The Studio

You’ll find Busath Studio & Gardens at the corner of South Temple and 700 East, in the historic Evans mansion.  We love this old English Tudor house and the modest gardens that surround it.  It provides beautiful settings that others can’t match.  100-year-old ivy covered brick, and mature gardens lend a classical English flair to the portraits created here.

Inside you’ll find two ultra-modern studio spaces with glowing natural light. The building also houses an extensive printing lab.  All Busath portraits are retouched, printed, glazed and framed right here by our team of master artists.

Busath modern portrait studio

Busath Private Portrait Gardens

In the Busath Gardens, we’ve created charming vignettes for portraits, from individuals to muti-generation families.  Each setting is oriented for the most for flattering natural light. Our clients love the privacy and uniqueness and not competing for space at over-run public spaces.

Each year we add a new “room” to our gardens, which now include a rose garden with arching wisteria, two shady grottos with cobblestone walls and bridge, a deep covered porch, a classic stone balustrade porch and a sunny english garden.

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

Our History

Our Founders

Our Founders

Don and Donna Busath opened the doors to Busath Photography in 1973, on State Street and South Temple under the Eagle Gate.  Together they built a reputation nationwide for fine portraiture and honorable business dealings. Both were awarded the National Award from PPA for lifetime service to the industry.

Don Busath began his career in 1955, photographing assignments from portrait to fashion to aerial work for two Salt Lake City studios.  A retrospective show called 60 Years of Photography exhibited his work at Springville Art Museum a few years ago.  Don received Masters and Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America and was named Fellow of both American Society of Photographers and British Institute of Photography, one of a very few to garner both honors.  Don passed away in February 2017.

Drake Busath, M.Photog,Cr

Drake Busath, M.Photog,Cr

Drake Busath purchased  the business in 1999, after working 18 years alongside his parents.  Along the way he was featured four times on the cover of Professional Photography magazine, and earned Masters and Craftsman degrees from PPA.

Drake is a popular speaker at professional photographers conferences and has lectured and judged in Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, England and in most U.S. states.  He teaches workshops semi-annually in Italy.

Busath Studio & Gardens by any measure is considered one of the America’s leading portrait studios.

Our Future

Our Future

Richard and Bromley Busath take over as the third generation of Busath photographers committed to honest and beautiful portraits.

We have created over 77,000 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 include Governors, Mayors, religious and civic leaders.  Busath portraits line the halls of Abravanel Symphony Hall, universities, hospitals, state and federal courts in Utah.

Our greatest claim however is that carefully crafted children’s and family portraits grace homes all over America.  We take great pride in being a part of your family history.

Historic Evans Mansion

Historic Evans Mansion

The Morris Evans mansion at 701 East South Temple was originally built in 1888.  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.

Mrs Evans was an avid photographer and had a darkroom installed, foreshadowing our studio here.  The Evans family were also early adopters of the automobile.  Our “carriage house” was the garage they built for their fancy new cars.  Today it serves as an ultra-modern portrait studio.

Busath Photography acquired the building in 1980.



"We are thrilled beyond words with our family photos! But equally as impressive is the fact that you got our order prepared so quickly! You have a class act team! A million thanks! We hope to return in the future as the family grows."


Kevin & Nancy D.

"Our families experience with Buseth Photography was exceptional.  The entire staff was attentive, professional and very kind to our family. Photographing eight different families is a herculean feat, especially with so many little ones. The attentive care we received from beginning to end was amazing.  Starting with the actual photo shoot to picking out our framed composite at the end, we had the best experience possible.  As people come into our home and see the beautiful portrait, we cannot say enough good about the beautiful work from Busath."

Vickie V.

"We cannot thank Richard enough for photographing our wedding! We were very pleased with the pictures, but we really loved working with Richard and Laura for our engagements and the whole wedding day.  They were both so pleasant and skilled with all of our guests and at the temple and Le Jardin.  And they were incredibly helpful with keeping us on schedule! We couldn't have asked for a better team to capture everything."

Savannah & David Yauney
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