Tyler Chartier

Why? Because I love the challenge of taking a moment, squeezing it into a rectangle, squishing it flat and then watching that little flat rectangle evoke the feeling of that moment for others. It’s magic.

When I hear “What a great photo!” in a way I have failed. My perceived role as a photographer should be very subtle, if not invisible. When I hear “What an amazing space!” or “I would love to talk to her!” then I’ve told the story.

I live in Petaluma, just up the road from San Francisco, with my wife, 2 sons, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 8 chickens. When I’m not squeezing bits of this world into little rectangles, you can find me working in my garden, running on the beach, backpacking the Sierra, helping my community, camping on the coast, and blowing things up with my sons for Science Saturday.

I share some of my experiences that are indirectly related to my work through my blog, mostly communicated through, well…rectangles.

Jen Dunham – Studio Manager

Jen is the glue that holds this business together! She juggles marketing, running the studio, terabytes of data and always has a smile for our clients. A lifelong photographer with a great eye for composition and a keen understanding of light, Jen is a strong creative second to Tyler. Her collaboration during shoots ensures that we deliver the quality and efficiency that you expect from your creative team.

In addition to working with Tyler, she also runs her own boutique photography business specializing in newborn photography. As a mother of four, she loves working with babies, kids, and families! Aside from the photography world, Jen takes great pleasure in exploring all that our beautiful area has to offer – especially trips to the beach and hiking through the redwoods.

Peggy Kinstler – Image Retoucher

Peggy has also struggled with an addiction to photography throughout her life. Retouching for professional photographers has been a natural outcome of her love of the photographic process, her deep understanding of the intricacies and problems photographers face, and how Photoshop can help bring the photographer’s vision to the final photograph.
Peggy has also published an art magazine for 20 years, interviewing countless artists about their painting, sculpture, drawing, etc. This experience has honed her ability to listen to an artist and understand his vision. As a retoucher, she understands the artist-photographer and how to use Photoshop to move his raw photo closer to what is in his mind’s eye.