The Pacific Northwest seems to be made for photography. Sunsets paint their warm colors over oceans and beaches. Snow-capped mountains loom for miles. Vibrant wildflowers dot field after field. This diverse and rugged terrain is what first inspired Adventures in Art's Michael and Christine Uyyek to pick up cameras, and much of their work still celebrates the Seattle area's natural beauty. But the Uyyeks have also lugged their cameras across the world, capturing diverse landscapes and even big cats doing things most people don't get to see, such as stalking prey in the bushes and making prank phone calls to local bars.
The wilderness isn't the only star of their photos. The Uyyek snap photos of people as well, capturing everything from senior portraits to family photos to wedding portraits.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
A woman suspended in mid-air above a sandy beach, her sailing necklace the only sign of movement. A bass player's long hair swirling upward, his surroundings an almost cartoonish blur as he concentrates. A groom and bride hold their toddler, kissing him on the cheek. These are just a few of the images captured by Ahamed Iqbal, the photographer behind Zinc Photography. For him, the medium is about telling stories and revealing his subjects' personalities. He also helps viewers become photographers themselves by leading classes that cover techniques such as composition, lighting, and how to make a sunset say "cheese!"
Imparting wisdom from more than 30 years of photography experience, Philip Meadows helps students learn the craft of capturing light and images to create authentic, original compositions. Capped at 15 people each and taught by one of three instructors, Roadmap to Your Camera classes spend 2.5 hours exploring the functions of a camera and their various roles in creating a compelling photograph. Though point-and-shoot digital cameras are welcome, the workshop's information best works for those with cameras with several functions, such as varying shutter speeds, ISO settings, and a chupacabra-proximity alarm. Pixels to Prints is a 2.5-hour presentation and tutorial dedicated to learning the best methods to organize photos stored on your hard drive. The workshop also explores basic editing techniques to create high-quality images to share online or print.