Shelly Engels / .Shelly.Etc. - Seattle, WA
Using a digital SLR or an old Diana F+ camera, Shelly captures things in life that others often pass unnoticed. Her love of travel, and design gives her opportunity and creative perspective. Her Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design continue to influence her images. Shelly's prints her images on aluminum which add another dimension to the scenes. Her images are also available on night lights, magnets, cards and postcards.
Christopher Boffoli / Big Appetites - Seattle, WA
Christopher Boffoli is a Seattle-based photographer, writer, artist and filmmaker. His Big Appetites series is shot with locally sourced food from Farmer's Markets, local bakeries or iconic American foods that evoke a sense of play. The figures in the scenes are all hand-painted and their meticulous detail is a big part of why the images work. On occasion he might re-paint or modify figures to suit his purposes. The images have a strength and a personality of their own. But they are most often exhibited with captions that lend an extra bit of energy to the concept, and of course, often reinforce the laugh.
Christopher’s work has been published – online and in print – in more than 95 countries. His fine art photographs can be found in galleries and private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Travis Tyler / Little Kicking Bird - Poulsbo, WA
Travis Tyler captures the majority of his photos in the urban landscape of the Northwest. They are pulled from clips of time lapse photography that he has filmed or everyday objects that often go unnoticed. His inspiration comes from commuting to and from work while riding the ferry every day. He reveals the essence of each image by capturing just the right amount of light, color, and depth of field - allowing the viewer to connect to the photo.
Stacey Vaeth/ Stacey Vaeth Photography - Seattle, WA
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Stacey started this little photography company in Washington, D.C. in 2008, specializing in commercial and family photography, and quickly became named as DC's Favorite Family Photographer. As a fourth-generation photographer from Rochester, NY, capturing the essence of a person, a moment, or a place through photography has been ingrained in Stacey since as long as she can remember. Her childhood summers were spent with her parents driving to and staying in Sequoia National Park (CA) and Rocky Mountain National Park (CO) for months at a time. Stacey's father was a Kodak photographer, and these national park trips were part of their educational series. She would rise early and walk with him as he taught park visitors about light, f-stops, composition and telling a story through their photographs. The seeds were well planted and watered in those summers for both photography and for travel.
In 2013, Stacey began a personal journey of travel and discovery. A 30-day solo cross-country camping trip in the summer of 2013 kicked off several more cross country trips and many more drives through our nations' incredible landscapes, as well as a month long sailing trip through the Inside Passage. Meeting the lady at the country store or the fellow wandering camper, and eventually moving to Seattle to build a bi-coastal photography business have filled Stacey's days, months and years.
Michael Torkildsen / Beauty That Surrounds You - Seattle, WA
I have been interested in photography since my teens. My mom owned an one-hour film processing lab where I would grab hand fulls of film, shoot amazingly crappy photos, and process the film myself.
I rarely shot during college, but photography stuck with me. Digital cameras were emerging but weren't quite ready or affordable. It wasn't until I moved to the Pacific Northwest when everything aligned and I picked up a camera again. This time I got serious about it.
When the weather is the most interesting, I'll be out shooting.