Travis Hougland Travis Hougland Sutter Creek, United States I have been providing professional photography services to the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area since 2006, and now the Northern California Region since April 2014. I have loved, and cherished every minute of it! While spending the last decade behind my camera, I've found that I seem to have chosen a more inquisitive path in life. One that allows, maybe even demands that I stop and smell the roses frequently. It truly brings me a peaceful satisfaction to behold, examine, and experience the beauty in natures landscapes, wildlife, and the people around me. And I thank my camera for giving me the perfect excuse to thoughtfully take each moment in, while capturing a frame in time that may otherwise be lost and forgotten. I'm originally from the Monterey Bay Area. (Currently the Sacramento Area since April 2014) I was born, and partially raised in Hollister and Felton (A suburb of Santa Cruz). Our family had moved to Utah when I was pretty young, so I spent many of my early years in Salt Lake City. But we ended up returning to Hollister and Prunedale for my junior high and high school years. I kicked around alot in Big Sur, Carmel and Monterey, and back up to Santa Cruz too. I grew quite fond of the easy-going pace of California's central coast life. But I did start to miss the Wasatch Mountains. When my father was transferred back to Salt Lake City Utah, I was able to travel and explore more of the amazing Utah wilderness while I finished my final year of high school at Brighton High. Shortly after graduation was when I watched TOP GUN for the hundredth time, and I decided it was time to join the Navy and work on those jets on the aircraft carriers. After serving 5 years in Japan and abroad for the Navy, I came back and decided to use that GI Bill for a degree in Visual Art & Design with an emphasis in photography! After my training I've come to see that the world we live in is overflowing with incredibly rich and visually interesting scenes and vistas. Being a photographer affords me the luxury of being a more thoughtful observer. To take the time to examine the things that I would otherwise miss. I used to shoot landscapes and wildlife exclusively. But during my first semester I discovered, not only a love for the studio and artificial light, but the subsequent building of unique, and genuine relationships with each of the wonderful people I've photographed. This connection gives the photographer a special perspective on those timeless moments we try to hang on to. The actual feelings. With that said, the technicalities can only get you so far when it comes to creating an amazing image. The rest must be born from a collaboratively comfortable work environment. The relationship with the subject (the respect and trust you built for each other) is what allows for our collaboration to move forward easily. To blossom, rather than struggle... It's my goal to become adept at encouraging this experience in front of my lens.