After studying Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis and working in the Napa and Sonoma wine industry for over a decade as a wine chemist and junior winemaker I found myself spending my free time photographing and learning as much as I could about photography. Seeking a change in career and lifestyle, my fiancé asked me what I would do each day if I could do anything. Without hesitation I responded that I would be a professional photographer. True to her style, she lovingly told me, “then go be a damn photographer!”. I have been photographing the world around me since I first borrowed my Dad’s F-Series Canon camera while on an African Safari as a child. After photographing everything from misbehaving baboons to my daughter’s athletic achievements, I followed my goal of becoming a professional photographer at the end of 2018 and established SeaTimber Photo (SeaTimber is the anglicized eponym of my German family name, Meerholz); I haven’t looked back from the viewfinder of my Z-Series Nikon camera since!
My approach to photography stems from a quote by the well-known photographer Ansel Adams, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Capturing with a camera what we see with our eyes and placing it in print whether by film or digital photography is both art and science. I strive to blend my technical knowledge of photography with the vision and objectives of my client to make a photograph that is both an accurate representation of the subject at hand, and an accurate expression of my clients style.