My goal is to make make others marvel at creation as wholly as myself. I once saw a image the Hubble image of the Ultra Deep Field. Like countless colorful stars in a blackened sky. But I learned that each speck was in truth an entire galaxy. The marvel I felt has never left and the awe I see in our small place in this galaxy is unending. My desire is to make you marvel as you enjoy the boundless beauty that is the American landscape.

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Gavin Seim is Portraitist, Pictorialist & Writer 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 signature wall art and portraiture. Gavin also takes his family on the road four to five months each year, making images, exploring, speaking and studying photographics.

Gavin is a four time alumnus as well as a teacher at the International Wall Portrait Conference. His work has been featured around the world in magazines, books and online. He holds a passion for raising the bar and is best known for refined images, projects like the Pro Photo Show, Seim Effects Photo Tools and his teachings on light in the EXposed film. Gavin’s loves to learn and share, his energetic persona driving him to challenge us push the limits of modern technique, while slowing down to study what has worked for centuries. Inspired by Renaissance painter and master photographer, Gavin seeks to make his viewers marvel at the wounder of creation.

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

From Gavin: I’m an American. I love open roads, nature, the right bear arms, real freedom and Jesus. I’m passionate about making art, writing stories and sharing what I learn. If I can make images that only in part, portray the beauty and wounder of God’s creation. I’ve succeeded.

My work has come to be influenced by classical painted works from the Renaissance, thru to early America, the Hudson River School and into modern times and master photographers like Ansel Adams, Michale Fatali, Ken Whitmire and others.

I enjoy studying what’s worked for centuries, observing the works of master painters and legendary photographers.

I’m fanatical about quality. Maybe too fanatical for some. But in a world where art has become commodity, I feel the need to make something more. To Raise the Bar. I use digital and film and enjoy both but have a real 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.

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

Gavin working with a 4×5 view camera. New Orleans, 2012 by Jason Eldridge.

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.

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 and we bought our first home in 2010.

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.

A look inside. 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.

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.



The Super Camper. Our 2011 Shamrock 21ss hybrid travel trailer during our Spring 2011 tour in Utah. Read how we do it here.


<< 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.