My passion for photography started back in high school when I purchased my first Olympus 35mm SLR camera. It had an internal light meter, but was otherwise fully manual. Back in the 80's and 90's I built a substantial substantial photography business that included a photo processing lab, two studios along with a substantial school and event photography business. Yes we did school pictures, lots of school pictures, delivering up to 40,000 portrait packages a year. On peak days we would be in up to three school, with 9 crews, photographing up to 2500 subjects in a day. Using specially designed manual cameras that carried 100 foot rolls of film and could shot 600 students on a single roll of film. We did proms and sports teams. At our studios on Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo we shot with medium format Mamiya RB67s and Norman Strobes. At our studios we did a lot of family and senior portraits. Over the holidays we did Santa photos at the local malls. We also did all-school panoramic images using an 8x10 view camera. At our photo lab we offered 1 hour processing, Ectacrome slide processing and custom enlargements.
While the business was exciting and lucrative, over time it robbed me of my passion for photography. When the opportunity to sell my business came in the mid-nineties, I never looked back on offering my services professionally and I moved on to other endeavors. I have continued with my photography for my personal enjoyment and to support organizations that I was involved with.
After a twenty year break, I am ready to share my passion for photography again, but this time on a more personal scale. The modern digital equipment has inspired me, the capabilities the cameras and the quality of the lenses opens up new doors to leverage my legacy knowledge and experience from the days of fully manual professional photography.