Deb Ingebretsen, Photographer

I am often asked, "How long have you been a photographer?"

Most of my life, I think - probably starting when my parents gave me a Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic camera back when I was 8 or 9 - although I didn't acknowledge this art form's importance in my life until fairly recently.

I took a B&W photography course in high school, where I was introduced to a SLR camera and the traditional darkroom.  It was through this experience that I began to discover how much joy photography gives me ...  From there, I photographed off-and-on, in-between going to college, launching a career, raising a family, and all the other activities that fill a person's life.  Somewhere around the end of 1999 I began to really rediscover my passion for photography, and often wished that in "my next life" maybe I could be a photographer ...

Then towards the end of 2004 I found myself completely burned out from the profession I'd worked in for more than 25 years, and I decided that what I really needed was to do something radically different and go "find" myself again. Having received catalogs from The Rocky Mountain School of Photography for a number of years, I had often dreamed of the day when I might be able to attend their Summer Intensive program ...  and in early 2005, I decided that the day had finally arrived.  So, I quit my job, moved to Missoula and spent five magical months immersing myself completely in photography and learning more about photography - and myself - then I ever imagined was possible ...

Since then, I've made photography, creativity, and artistic expression a priority in my life, and something that I want to celebrate and share with others.