Since retirement, life has been a snap for Warren Moyer. The 81-year-old Scottsdale man took up photography as a hobby when he left John Hancock Insurance, where he worked in various capacities, from an agent to running the firm’s pension plan.
Moyer can be seen running around the city, mostly in Old Town and downtown, clicking away for various organizations.
There’s no money involved, but Moyer takes his “jobs” quite seriously.
Moyer’s business card hails him as the “Resident Paparazzi,” though he has never photographed a celebrity.
“That’s just something I made up because I like the word,” Moyer said. “I didn’t even know how to spell paparazzi.”
Moyer knows how to take pictures.
He was on hand last week for Flagg’s of Scottsdale owner Bill Moore’s retirement bash.
For an octogenarian, Moyer was moving quickly and getting some good shots of the celebration.
He also takes pictures for a number of monthly newsletters he publishes, including those for American Legion Post 44, the Elks Scottsdale Lodge No. 2148 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars club in Scottsdale.
The Legion newsletter, which he started in 1999, has evolved from one with mostly stories and information to a product with photos of individuals and places.
Moyer also takes photos on request, and has worked weddings and wakes.
“I love taking pictures, especially of people,” said Moyer, a Scottsdale resident for 24 years. “I really got going when we got to the age of digital cameras so I could see if I’ve done a good job or not.”
Gino Bellafronte of Scottsdale, who is on Moyer’s mailing list, enjoys his fellow retiree’s work.
“He’s a fixture here,” Bellafronte said one afternoon last week at the Legion hall. “His pictures are excellent. He’s always on the move. You want a character reference for him? He’s a real character,” Bellafronte said. Moyer has four cameras, three computers, three printers and a scanner. He leaves the printing to his wife, June. She helps him with greeting cards, another of his specialties.
“I can give Hallmark a run for their money,” Moyer said with a chuckle.
Moyer doesn’t shoot city events except for the Memorial Day celebration at Civic Center Plaza.
“I like to take pictures of a little bit of everything and everyone,” Moyer said.
Every morning, Moyer emails what he calls The Arizona Note to his eight children who are in Nevada, Michigan, Wisconsin and around the Valley.
He includes pictures of what’s going on in Scottsdale.
“This keeps me out of bars,” Moyer said. “I don’t know if I’m any good at it or not. The camera is good.”