Soon after graduating at Santa Clara University with a B.S.C. degree in Economics, Dennis began to take photography courses and discovered a profound enjoyment photographing landscapes and a special appreciation for the inspiring countryside throughout the Southwest. During his early studies he won first place that included a Toyota truck in a 1980 Pentax sponsored photo contest called "Capture The West" that included over 15,000 entries nationwide.
Dennis began photographing landscapes mostly shooting 35mm Kodachrome; then spending a number of years shooting with other transparency films with medium and large format cameras. Currently he shoots digitally with the Canon 5D Mark II and occasionally he will shoot large format film with a Toyo A. Both give him the ability to bring out fine detail and produce exceptional large prints.
Dennis DiLaura has now been a professional photographer based in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, alternating between landscape photography and commercial photography. During his career he also taught photography at Santa Monica College for 10 years and Otis College of Art and Design.