Gavin working with a 4x5 view camera in New Orleans. 2012.

Gavin working with a 4×5 view camera in New Orleans. 2012.

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Gavin Seim is Portraitist, Pictorialist, Filmmaker and Speaker  based in Central Washington -  A craftsman with a reputation for quality, Gavin started when he was just twelve years old and now owns a studio gallery that focuses on wall sized decor and educational workshops. Gavin travels the Unites States making images, teaching and studying photographics.

Gavin is a six time alumnus, as well as an educator at the International Wall Portrait Conference, an Associate Fellow of Photography from PPW and an internationally recognized photographer of Professional Photographers of America four years running. His work has been featured worldwide in magazines, books and online. Gavin holds a passion for raising the bar and is best known for his large wall images, projects like the Pro Photo Show, Seim Effects and his teachings on light in the EXposed and PHOTOGRAPHICS workshop films.

Along with being an experiences public speaker and award winning toastmaster, Gavin is a filmmaker who produces promotional and educational works with Opera Chicken Films. Gavin authors blogs and educational reading and also co-authors fiction with his brother Nathan. Together they claimed first place in fiction at the 2011 WOTR Competition.

Gavin’s loves to learn and to share knowledge. His workshops cover every level from basics to ultra advanced and are known for frankness and polish and his energetic persona inspires others and drives him to push the limits of modern technique, while slowing down to study what has worked for centuries, mastering film and digital together. Inspired by renaissance painters and master photographers alike, Gavin seeks to help others enjoy at the majesty of creation and the subtle beauty of light.

From Gavin:

I love open roads, nature, liberty and Jesus. I’m passionate about making art, writing stories and sharing what I learn. If I can make images that even in part, convey the true beauty and wounder of God’s creation. I have succeeded.

My work has come to be influenced by classical painted works from the Renaissance to early America, the Hudson River School and into modern times and master photographers like Ansel Adams, Ken Whitmire and others. I enjoy studying what’s worked for centuries, observing the works of master painters and legendary photographers.

Gavin with his wife Sondra and their kids Cy, Ana and Asher in a portrait by Ken Whitmire – Spring 2012

I’m fanatical about quality. Perhaps too fanatical for some. But in a world where art has become commodity, I feel the need to make something more and Raise the Bar. I use digital and film and enjoy both, though have a love for film. I like the gear and gadgets too, but I’ve learned they don’t make a good image. They’re just tools. Like a chisel, or a paintbrush. I focus on crafting images and to that end nearly all my work is processed and printed in house.

I’m blessed to have studied under some of the best photographers in the world and in recent years and have had the honor of speaking about photography and teaching what I know to others both in person and with on videos workshops like EXposed and PHOTOGRAPHICS.

I like to make people laugh, I’m outgoing, a perfectionist and a bit of a showman. Some of my known projects include Pro Photo Show, a podcast and learning community for photographers. F164, my pictorials folio and journal. And Seim Effects, my line of creative editing tools and tips for photographers.

I also love word craft and beyond my educational writing and I’m working on a collection of fiction novels and stories with my brother Nathan. More about that on our writing site. Also you can learn more about all my latest projects on my homepage.

The Super Camper. It’s roomy in here. And we’ve made it into our mobile command center. Computers, projector, ham radio, internet, solar, winter ready, remote water systems.

A Bit More About Me. I was born January 1985 in Seattle to Grant & Sue Seim, my amazing parents. I bought my first camera from a yard sale when I was seven. It promptly broke, temporarily ending my photographic career till about age twelve. I was married to my beautiful wife Sondra in 2007.

My Goal. To make my viewers marvel at the beauty of people and creation. To give service, share ideas, and make a living for my family. But while doing it, to grow in things that really matter.

Among Other Interests. I love reading (well mostly listening to audiobooks) as well as writing. I’m a ventriloquist and a square dance caller (yes, different, but fun). I also enjoy vocals and even do a little yodeling (didn’t that go out of style a long time ago?).

Bottom Line. I love Jesus, my family, wife, my kids and my job. I’m not perfect, but I’m moving forward. What good is having everything, if in reality I have nothing. God has blessed me and I hope to use the talent he’s loaned to me the best I can.

Our Travels. We hit the road for 3-4 months out of the year in our camper. With me, the wife and three kids, it can get a little crazy, but there’s nothing like it. We have a neat setup that I keep upgrading to better fit our needs. While traveling I make pictorials all over the US, then teach workshops and private sessions to help offset travel costs. To learn more and see where we’re headed visit the tours page.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2013, PPA HOT ONE One Award, EXposed Light Workshop.
  • 2013 PPA International Print Competition award of Merit
  • 2013, Toastmasters area A1 Fall Speaking Competition, 2nd Place.
  • 2013 PPA International Print Competition Loan Collection
  • 2012, PPA International Print Competition award of Merit
  • 2011, Write On The River – First Place in Fiction for Sixth Floor 2AM with Nathan Seim.
  • 2010, PPA Magazine Feature, Midnight Seattle
  • 2010, PPA International Print Competition Loan Collection, Midnight Seattle.
  • 2008, Icicle Prize – Grand and Peoples Choice, Bridge of Memories
  • Pixoto, Top 10% People and 12 other awards.

Other Merits and Experience:

  • Host, Pro Photo Show podcast, since 2006.
  • Guest contributor, Pictureline Education
  • Guest Contributor, Nation Photo Lab Education
  • Developer and teacher, Seim Effects.
  • Past class presenter, Professional Photographers of America.
  • 4 Years, teacher, International Wall Portrait Conference.




<< Sondra Seim: Wife, Mom, Assistant: (Facebook).
I’m not the only one around here. My beautiful wife Sondra puts up with me and helps out too. She joins the travels and also does the extra work for Seim Studios. She’s the best looking member of the Seim team. We were married in Spring of 2007 and while Sondra is not a photographer, she helps a lot in keeping the business and the home flowing smoothly.

My brother Nathan also works here and in off hours we write fiction together. Visit our writing site.

Cyrus – The PR Guy >>
Cyrus is our son. He was born Feb 2008. He loves gadgets, electronics and computers and is shaping up to be a smart one. He also knows how to make the ladies swoon. And yes, he already has his own camera. He becoming quite a little helper.

<< Ariana – The Sneaky Sweetheart:
Ana was born in Nov 2009. She’s a feisty one, but with those eyes I think she can melt the heart of kings. Her mom says she manipulates me. But I admit to nothing.

Asher – The Newest Member >>
Asher came along in Sept 2011. He’s a pudgy little dude who knows how to stay cool and likes to eat. A lot. He’s quite a character and you may find him tugging on your leg looking for snacks or tinkering with any object he can get his hands on trying to determine how it works.