Mt. Si Photography captures the moment

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SNOQUALMIE - Priding their business on landscapes, animals and timeless portraits, Mt. Si Photography has struck a great pose in the Snoqualmie Valley.

John and Alyssa Walker run their new studio with the hopes of capturing the glamour of the moment.

"A photographer enhances the moment by always being conscious of all surroundings and how that affects the mood," said John.

John is a self-taught photographer who grew to love the field because of his desire to always achieve the essence of the moment while still portraying beauty.

About 12 years ago Walker became determined to learn the finer points of photography when taking portraits of his new son. From those portraits, Walker realized he had the ability to discern whether the photograph truly captured the image.

"There was a lot of film involved in my learning how light affects color saturation with how that applies to the film," he said.

Through detailed notes, Walker began to have a concise idea of the beauty both in nature and of people that could be captured through the use of the camera. From this point Walker realized that his canvas simply needed subjects.

While the family was living in Ohio, Walker began to take numerous photographs of serene nature settings as well as animals.

"This is when I developed my interest in fine art, because of the fact that it is very challenging as a photographer to balance light, saturation and the beauty of the object itself," Walker explains.

Walker had his work available for display at Isadora's in Snoqualmie during the month of March, which was a great chance to show his diversity as a photographer.

"It was very exciting because the pictures are so beautiful and captivating. It was exciting to have others view his work as well," said Alyssa, who helps run the studio out of their Snoqualmie home.

The name Mt. Si Photography comes from the fact that when the Walkers arrived in the Valley, John heard rumors that Mount Si was regarded as a "not photogenic" mountain. He was perplexed and could not fathom the rumors, because every time he saw Mount Si he felt that its beauty could be easily captured and displayed in a photograph.

With breathtaking views, John has created a collection of pictures of local beauties around the Snoqualmie Valley, one of his favorites being Mount Si. Another location John loves is Snoqualmie Falls, which he believes is incredible because of its beauty and shear size. Additional work by John is also available at Nteriors in North Bend.

A unique part of Mt. Si Photography is the fact that all proofs are available for viewing online, and John enjoys making movies out of the photographs in a sort of slide show presentation.

"With the correct choice of music, the photographs come to life and completely tell the story of the event being photographed," Alyssa said.

Mt. Si Photography is available for every occasion, from a new baby, to senior pictures, to events such as first communion or graduation. Their drive to service the needs of the growing Valley gives them big smiles and "cheeses."

* For information, visit or call (425) 396-5838.

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