At an early age the owner Phillip Kitts had a passion for photography. This passion carried out into his military career as an Infantrymen where he shot a photograph of a Kiowa helicopter flying between buildings in Mosul, Iraq.
Without knowing it this photo would create a path for the rest of Phillips’ life and his recovery.
After being injured in Iraq Phillip went through the lengthy process of recovery. Photography aided in this recovery, Phillips Daughter purchased him a camera to give him an outlet. This started the road to what is now his career.
Phillip was medically retired form the Army in 2012, he and his wife dedicated his efforts to growing a photography business and connecting with a sport they are both passionate about, RODEO.
In 2015 Phillip and his wife made the decision to apply for his PRCA card. Upon receiving his permit in the spring of 2015, the stage was set. The first few years were trial and error, but the wheels were turning.
As of 2022 Avid Visual Imagery, which is co-owned by Phillip and Heidi, covered nearly 30 rodeos across the nation. Their career highlight came in 2021 when the team was selected as one of two arena photographers for the Wrangler National Finals.
What was a simple idea has turned into a full-fledged business of photography in Manhattan KS.