Contributing photographer close-up: Bill Ray

I have primarily been a nature photographer since high school in the ’50s. In recent years I have been fascinated by birds and astro-landscape photography. The Edmonds Marsh and fishing pier are favorite birding spots. The Neowise comet from 2020 was shot from Edmonds and the Milky Way was shot from Mt Erie looking south over Whidbey Island. I…

Contributing photographer close-up: Denise Meade

I’m a genuine Washingtonian from birth and have loved nature and photography since my early teens. Sadly, I didn’t learn to do photography when I was young. When I finally started in my late 50s it was (and still is) difficult to master the technology. I advanced from a cheap point-and-shoot to the Canon T6i…

Contributing photographer close-up: David Carlos

I’ve been interested in photography ever since I was a kid, when my mother would let me borrow her Fujica 35-millimeter film camera. In high school and in college, I took black-and-white photography classes, developing negatives and enlarging prints. But the time and cost of developing always kept me from doing much picture-taking. When digital…

Contributing photographer close-up: Michael P. Lowell

I started on my journey photographing years ago using my folks’ Fuji 35mm film camera — it had a dented 35mm lens but still worked. As life does, family and work requirements were the priority and photography took a back seat. In the late 1990s up until I retired, I was truly fortunate to begin…

Contributing photographer close-up: Vicki Hone Smith

A Northwest native, I’ve lived in Edmonds since 2009. I’ve been capturing moments and images on camera since the age of 9, when I got my first Argus box camera. But it wasn’t until after college and a career in advertising, when I retired and started traveling, that I was able to pursue it more…

Contributing photographer close-up: Lee Lageschulte

I have traveled and photographed the world  — the Arctic Circle, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Crete, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Sicily, Portugal, Lichtenstein, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Australia. Mexico, Canada, Hawaii and  South America.   I have shot with Nikon, Sony, Pentax,  Minolta, on film and carried those heavy cameras all over the…

Contributing photographer close-up: Sharon O’Brien

I have had a passion for art and photography most of my life. As a watercolor artist, I donate all proceeds from the sales of my work to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, in memory of my 5-year-old granddaughter Julia Stewart. With photography, I aim to capture the moment exactly as it occurs and love sharing…

Contributing photographer close-up: Kevin O’Keeffe

I’m an opportunistic picture taker, so I have to rely on the limitations of the camera I have at hand — now an iPhone 8, but I am eagerly awaiting an iPhone 13, with a much better camera, boosting my zoom 50% to an “awesome” 3x. But I’ll still have to pass on those moon…

Contributing photographer close-up: Ken Pickle

Ken Pickle is a retired professional meeting planner (34 years with Safeco Insurance) and also retired Navy (6.5 years as a NFO and 22 years Naval Reserve Intelligence). He is a volunteer AV tech at Edmonds United Methodist Church and also donates photography to the Edmonds Food Bank. For 12 of his years with Safeco,…

Contributing photographer close-up: Sam Spencer

I minored in photography at an Eastern university in the 1970s. After retiring from my brokerage career in 2003 I decided to go back to school to catch up on the developments in digital photography. My choice for schooling was Everett Community Community College, where I think I learned three times more than at the private university for…

Contributing photographer close-up: Julia Wiese

I have owned a camera since my early 20s. I even have the first photos I took and developed in a photography class. As always happens, life gets in the way and it wasn’t until I moved to Edmonds in 2010 that I started to get serious about taking classes and shooting more photos, especially…

Contributing photographer close-up: Chris Walton

Publisher’s note: Thanks to a reader suggestion, we are introducing a series of profiles on our contributing photographers. I am a retired biomedical engineer who has lived in Edmonds with my wife Florence for about 17 years. We both love the outdoors and gardening. For about 50 years I have had a 35 mm Canon…

Contributor close-up: Nathan Blackwell

Publisher’s note: We continue our profiles aimed at helping readers get to know the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here’s the background on reporter Nathan Blackwell. I grew up in Montana and one of my fondest memories was learning to read at an early age. My grandmother was a retired school…

Contributor close-up: Bob Throndsen, reporter

Publisher’s note: We continue our profiles aimed at helping readers get to know the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here’s the background on reporter Bob Throndsen. I called Teresa Wippel last February; introduced myself and asked if she might be willing to take on a part-time writer. We met for coffee….

Contributor close-up: Healthy Eating columnist Deborah Binder

Publisher’s note: After 11 years in business, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here, learn more about Healthy Eating columnist Deborah Binder. I have been cooking for as long as I remember. I grew up in a suburb called Clayton just outside St….

Contributor close-up: Jennifer Marx, Edmonds Kind of Play columnist

My first interaction with My Edmonds News was in December 2009, not too long after it was founded. I saw a request on social media for family Santa pictures and after the wild ride of the first six months after my youngest’s arrival, I jumped at the chance to share our first two-kid Santa picture…

Contributor close-up: Rachel Gardner, Art Beat columnist

Publisher’s note: After 11 years in business, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here. learn more about Art Beat columnist Rachel Gardner. It’s hard to pinpoint one interest that really drives me — I think I have always approached life as if it…

Contributor close-up: Restaurant writer Kathy Passage

Publisher’s note: After 11 years in business, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here. learn more about Restaurant New columnist Kathy Passage. My love affair with food and cooking began at an early age. I adored tapioca pudding, made from scratch; my mother…

Contributor close-up: ‘Looking Back’ columnist Betty Lou Gaeng

Publisher’s note: After 11 years in business, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here. learn more about columnist Betty Lou Gaeng. If you have ever read my Looking Back columns in My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today or MLTnews, you already know a lot…

Contributor close-up: Reporter/photographer Larry Vogel

Publisher’s note: After 11 years, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. We’ll start with reporter/photographer Larry Vogel. I never imagined myself ending up as a journalist. Ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated with science, particularly the science of living things. As…