My background in photography..well it comes from Meridian High School.
Kidding, kidding, however I did take photography there and feel lucky to have swung in on the final days of dark room development and chemical soaked hands. I’m happy I had an easy chance to take in those smells before the days of digital were so primary. Darkrooms now seem to be oh so obscure, and I have a great respect for people working in this craft.
I’m very lucky to come from an artistic family. The term “artist” seems oh so formal for the Towner bunch and yet they all are authentic in this respect.
My dad is a woodworker and creates stunning log homes, furniture, masks, bowls, and more.
My mom paints large screens (frequently bird themed), creates gorgeous landscaping, builds shelves with natural formed, sanded, smoothed branches and old piano parts, and tackles about anything else you could possibly challenge her with.
My older sister Rio, paints stunning large colorful masterpieces, prints fabric with heart wrenching and ironic messages, sculpts ceramics into tactically surprising place-settings, pounds and molds metal to the senses delight.
My younger sister, (Cobra Kaija) Kaija, dances with ferocious entertaining value at different artistic venues in Seattle (primarily thecancan.com). She also does makeup professionally, both beauty and special FX. Kaija studied in beautiful British Columbia at the first-class Vancouver Film School. (Oh, does Kai do a frighteningly convincing black eye.)
Blonde below is make up by KaijaT.
I have fairly well documented my life. I have found intense pleasure in snagging moments of beauty or magic to reflect on and share with the community. From the day I recieved my first digital camera as a gift before taking off to Europe (2003) to now has been a natuarl evolution. This interest came with a giddy splash and is now my growing garden.
I have since landed in Seattle where I have been lucky enough to meet a wonderful photo mentor, Rob Gruhl. Rob has encouraged and facilitated my passion, questions, and education in photography. He opened the photography world in a more technical way that I now embrace daily.
I continued with some supplemental formal photography education at a wonderful school in Seattle, Photography Center Northwest. http://pcnw.org/
I have so many books to read, ideas to try, I feel like I might explode. The good news is it thrills me to the core. I’m a believer in the idea that a main component of successful photography is doing it. Often. All the time. Lug the camera around and see what I can find!