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Welcome! You've made it to this page because you were personally invited to participate in the Disney Master Photographer's group or you saw our site

My name is Norm Lanier and I'm a passionate Disney Photographer like yourself. The goal of the group is to recognize and share the best of Disney park photography with Disney fans around the world.

The Disney Master Photographers Group

Lets talk about the type of photographs that get accepted. If your photograph looks like it belongs on an Disney travel brochure then that's a good start. If you get dozens of like, faves or any other positive feedback on your photo from photographers you respect on sites like Flickr, 500px, etc. then the photograph might qualify. Likes from your mom and any other blood relatives do not count. If you regularly take a tripod into the park you are a serious Disney Park Photographic Geek and we love that. If on the other hand your Disney Park photograph could ever be categorized as a snapshot or a vacation picture it probably doesn't qualify.

A few other things to know. If your photograph is accepted you allow us to publish it on our site and use the image to promote on sites like Pinterest, facebook, etc. You will continue to retain all rights to the photograph.

NO WATERMARKS on any photos accepted. I know that many of you just freaked out when you read that. I would ask that you read this article by Trey Ratcliff "Why I don't Use Watermarks" and if you'd like to hear a debate about it you can watch this video "Reasons FOR and AGAINST Watermarks". Your name will be prominently displayed in the title right below the photograph so we are not trying to hide who is behind this amazing photo. We just don't want it being a distracting part of your amazing photograph.

All photos submitted must be between 1024 and 2048 pixels on the long axis. All photos must be uploaded in JPG format.

If your photo is accepted you are responsible for uploading it to the site and writing a minimum of 100 word comment about the photograph. Don't worry the submission process is easy and we will even provide a step-by-step video of how to do it. Article subject matter could include techniques used, equipment, park tips, attraction history, etc.

And lastly once you obtain a minimum of 10 accepted photos that have an average rating of 3.5 stars to receive the designation of Disney Master Photographer (DMP) and the exclusive DMP camera strap pin.

flickrWho The Heck is Norm Lanier?
I got interested in photography back in High School. I started shooting, developing and printing photographs back in 1978. I went on to earn a BS in photography. After graduating I was employed as a photographer and along the way learned computer graphics. I took these skills to several oil companies and eventually worked for Hewlett Packard as a Senior Graphic Designer. I resigned from HP in 2011 and now work full time for myself tending to two very successful online retail sites.

The Disney Connection
I went to Disney World for the first time way back in 1976 when it was only the Magic Kingdom. Even before going to Disney World I was a huge fan of the Haunted Mansion. I had several of the Haunted Mansion Model kits and records which I still have.

Fast forward to 2004 I started a site that allowed me to combine my graphic art skills along with my love for changing portraits and I created the site Many of my pieces are directly inspired by images and scenes in the Haunted Mansion. On the site I have the largest online collection of Haunted Mansion Blueprints on the web which is referenced by Wikipedia on the listing "Haunted Mansion".

In 2005 I was approached by Disney Imagineering to collaborate on a proposed store for the Haunted Mansion at Disney World. You can see the proposal package here. Sadly the project never got the green light and I was unable to talk about it until recently due a non-disclosure agreement with Disney. I was recently on Mousetalgia in which we talk about the project. Also this year I was approached by Disneyland Resort to provide several of my changing portraits for use at the Golden Horse Shoe for Mickey’s Halloween Party which you can see in the background of this photo from Disney's site.
 Mickey’s Halloween Party

So that brings me to Disney park photography. In September 2013 I visited Disneyland for the sole purpose of park photography. I've been to the parks many times but this was the first time I had been just to take photographs. Unlike many of the best Disney photographers I live in Texas and getting to any Disney park is much harder than just jumping in the car and popping in for a few photos. Anyway during those three days I repeatedly filled my memory card with images and I'm happy to say I'm pretty pleased with what I was able to get. I'm already trying to figure out when I can get back! I'm also very happy that I have received very positive feedback to my photos on Flickr.

In Conclusion
If you'd like to submit a photograph/s for review please email them to Please keep photos submitted under 500k each in size. You may also just send me a link if the photo is currently on display publicly on sites like flickr, facebook, etc. I look forward to seeing your amazing work.

Norm Lanier