Meet Our Team


Clint Thayer 

Lead Photographer

Clint Thayer is a professional photographer in Madison, Wisconsin. He was raised on the coast of Lake Erie in the small town of Lakeside, Ohio, surrounded by rocky shorelines and powerful storms. It was in this setting that he first honed his observation of motion, light, and human form.

Clint balances technical aspects of digital photography with a keen sense of composition. Majoring in computer science, Clint studied photography at The College of Wooster in Ohio. He also studied under Richard Clarkson in the Summit Series of Sports Photography at the U.S. Olympic National Training Center in Colorado Springs. Clint is a Pro-level member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and the Center for Photography at Madison.  In addition to his photography work, he is a staff photographer at the UW Department of Medicine.  A member of the Mad City Velo bike club, he enjoys biking and spending time with his family - writer and co-founder Robyn Perrin, and their two children. 


Robyn M. Perrin

Lead Writer

Born and raised in Ohio, Robyn fell in love with the clear skies and cold winters of Wisconsin the first time she visited Madison. Her professional experience is eclectic, ranging from life science research to technical writing and marketing. She believes in the power of storytelling about down-to-earth people, and feels that blurring the lines between art, business, and language is where the magic happens.

Robyn is a behind the scenes force for marketing and business development for Focal Flame Photography, focusing on "all-around idea generation." She also helped spark the creation of Focal Flame; noticing the passion that Clint had for action photography and the drama portrayed in his images, she said, "People come alive through your lens. The world needs to see more of that."  

Robyn met Clint Thayer, co-owner of Focal Flame Photography, on the first day of college. They’ve been together ever since. Racing together as a cycling tandem team required a lot of coordination, which is paying dividends as they raise their daughters.


Josh Zytkiewicz

Operations Manager

An Illinois native, Josh acquired his first camera as a senior in high school.  Josh's superpower is planning. How else do you process over 40,000 pictures in 12 hours?

Josh has a Business Management degree from Madison College. He is also an accomplished actor and has written several screenplays.


Nolan Ferlic

Assoc. Photographer

Nolan began working for Focal Flame in 2016. Outside of taking compelling images for Focal Flame, he’s lugged his camera across many continents and countries, honing his eye for storytelling in the process. When not caught with camera in hand, you might spot him rock-climbing or motorcycle riding.

Nolan has a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Josiah Rankin

Assoc. Photographer

Originally from St. Louis, Josiah began working at Focal Flame as a high school summer intern in 2016, returning again in summer 2017 as an employee.  In 2018 he decided to make Madison his home. When not working for Focal Flame, he pursues a career as a certified luthier, designing, constructing, and repairing both acoustic and electric guitars.

Brett Stepanik

Assoc. Photographer

Brett is a dedicated, passionate and loving father to his son Angus as well as being an accomplished world record holding bikepacking cyclist. From near death guacamole inhalation at 12,200 feet to sleeping 9 hours and 45 minutes in an entire week he has plenty of outlandish stories of his journeys and will kindly and excitedly ask you for yours as well.

Will Hughes

Assoc. Photographer

Tom Harcarik

Assistant Photographer

Marc DeCarli

Assistant Photographer

Marc has always been a naturally curious and visual person. He first picked up the camera when he was living in Washington in the early 2000’s. It wasn't until his son was born in 2011 that he started doing portrait photography. Where his son went, Marc went, camera in hand. He's made a career in learning and development and enabling sales organizations in education technology, but when asked what he’d do if money were no object, he says “shooting people, places and things, but mostly people.”

Jackson Vaughn

Photo Editor

Jack spent several years living and traveling internationally before moving to Madison. In his spare time, he is an avid rock climber and skateboarder.




Suellen Adams

Photo Editor

Suellen’s background is long and diverse. She has possessed business cards with such titles as Librarian, Business Coordinator, Renaissance Woman, Business Mom and Assistant Professor.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts, a master’s in Library and Information Studies and a doctorate in Information Studies. She still teaches occasionally. 

Hobbies include running and triathlon…and creating the crazy, but runnable, costumes that she and Glenda are often spotted racing in.  Her superpower is play…a topic that she has explored both personally and academically.

Glenda Adams

Photo Editor

Glenda is a lifelong nerd, and programmed video games for 15 years before moving into iPhone app development.  Her eye for user interface and attention to detail has helped her contribute to Focal Flame both in event photo editing and writing tools used to speed the editing process.  She’s an avid runner and triathlete, has run the Boston Marathon four times and loves running both competitively and in crazy costumes.

Allie Christensen

Photo Editor

Allie is an award-winning graphic designer who placed first in Advertising Design at the 2017 SkillsUSA State and National competitions. She has also won numerous awards for work at the Madison College student newspaper and has completed a 4-month graphic design internship with Edge Consulting Engineers. In her free time, Allie likes to read, crochet, and learn new things about her field.

Locations (By appointment only)

Mailing Address Focal Flame Photography 4210 Nakoma Road Madison, WI 53711

East Side Studio / Office


West Side Studio / Office