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Kelly Tate

I am a Minnesota based photographer specializing in travel and landscape photography. I officially got into photography when I purchased my first DSLR after being inspired at a local art fair. When it arrived, I had no idea what to do with it and it intimidated me, so it sat in its box in the corner for the next 4 months mocking me. One day the camera taunted me too many times, and I finally signed up for a couple of classes.


At that point I was able to start to gain control over my camera, and after practicing nearly every weekend, I hit my next big plateau. I was dissatisfied with almost all my shots but could not figure out why, I began to read books and magazines on photography and eventually I broke out. After this occurred, our vacations turned into photography trips where the position of the sun and tidal schedules determined when we woke up and when we went to bed and my portfolio grew.


I still learn every time I go out and shoot, and still find I hit plateaus that may last for weeks or months. I continually push myself out of my comfort zone to learn and make my photos better.


I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed creating it.

  

 

 

 Michael Tate

I am Kelly's "jack of all trades". I assist her with the day-to-day operations of the photography business, including coding and maintaining the website. Maintaining equipment and scheduling are just a couple of the tasks I perform as her field assistant.

While in the field, I am a (self-dubbed) "pack mule". I carry most of the camera gear as we hike out into the wilderness. In addition to carrying and maintaining the equipment, I help gather vital information that prepares us while in the field. Using information about where the sun is going to be setting or what the tidal schedules are, for example, help us make calculations that will help produce optimal shots.

Prior to a shoot there is the initial scouting phase that includes both online research followed by boots on the ground information collection upon arrival on location. It is a real pleasure to see and be part of all that goes into each one of these incredible photos. The real adventure on these journeys is getting there.

Even after the shutter clicks and the images have been imprinted, the process has only just begun, and months later we have something that we truly hope you will enjoy.