Meet the Blue Moon Crew

Whether you come in often or have never met us face to face, we thought it’d be a good idea to introduce ourselves.

Meet the crew, learn what we do, and say hi when you get the chance!

 

Check out the Blue Moon Camera Dancing in the Darkroom playlist – a collection of what each of us listens to while working on our personal photographic creations.

Blue Moon Camera Crew contact sheet by Jim Hair, 2017

Blue Moon Camera Crew contact sheet by Jim Hair, 2017

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David Malmborg

Where you'll see him: David is the newest addition to our sales team; you'll find him at the counter helping photographers find their other half.

What's in his camera bag: Pentax KX, Bronica SQ and now a Zenit-B. There is a good chance he has a roll or two of Cinestill in there somewhere.

David’s Instagram

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Larry Graham

Where you'll see him: Larry is working up front on our black and white printer 'Ray' alongside Renee

What's in his camera bag: Zeiss Ikon Ikonta

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Shawn Kim

Where you'll see him: Shawn is our main film scanner. He also works on the E6 line developing slide film, and is one of our main inventory guys, making all the lovely little photos you see on our website. He aspires to launch a Blue Moon Camera YouTube channel as well.

What he does in his off time: In addition to documenting his surroundings with the pictured Leica, he also does freelance videography.

What's in his camera bag: Leica M6

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Pete Gomena

Where you’ll see him: Pete is the force behind our eBay market, turning all the odds and ends we pile up into eBay treasures. You may have seen him in the past around Newspace, where he was the facilities manager.

What he does in his off time: Usually going to the beach, forest, or any other type of nature to, of course, make photos.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Grateful Dead

What’s in his camera bag: Rolleiflex, stereo pinhole Holga, 4×5 pinhole

Ian Beckett

Where you’ll see him: You probably won’t! Ian comes in after-hours to develop our black and white film in the darkroom. He is the chemical wizard behind our recovery C-41 and B&W lines, as well as our C-22 and ECN-2 processing.

What he does in his off time: Ian spends time with his wife and daughter and, of course, makes photos. Ian also runs Beckett Lead, where he preserves the historical craft of lead typesetting for letterpress printing and ceramic impressions.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Blazer games, Meat Puppets

What’s in his camera bag: Olympus XA2, Mamiya C330, Speed Graphic

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Renee Heister

Where you’ll find her: Renee will either be printing black and white and specialty photos on Ray (one of our RA-4 machines), developing slide film in the darkroom, helping customers out with a smiling face, or competing with Faulkner to cook the most delicious lunch for all of our hard workers. She is our assistant lab manager and as such, is often doing three impossible tasks at once to help keep our lab running at peak efficiency.

What she does in her free time: Renee also goes by the DJ name RK Heist, playing tunes every Monday from 10 to noon on Freeform Portland Radio

What she listens to in the darkroom: Buck Owens, Digable Planets, This American Life, Wire, Freeform Portland Radio

What’s in her camera bag: A Yashica Mat 124-G

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Arthur Ruckle

Where you’ll find him: Arthur is usually up front helping customers with a friendly face and knowledgeable word. Otherwise, he’s working with Mike on our repair line and executing his spreadsheet accounting mastery to help insure that all the numbers under the surface of the business make sense.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Steely Dan, Charles Mingus, The Meters

What's in his camera bag: Nikon F, Hasselblad, Rollei 2.8, Zero Image Pinhole

Arthur’s Instagram

Misty Kerr

Where you’ll find her: Misty is one of our extraordinary printers. Most afternoons, you’ll see Misty printing on our machine, Nora, behind the counter. If you’ve gotten the classic Blue Moon Print, a 5×6 “sloppy border,” along with most color prints, Misty probably did the work to make sure your photos look as fantastic as possible.

What she does in her time off: Misty likes to go backpacking and hiking, or hang out with her ducks at home.

What she listens to in the darkroom: The Specials, Reel Big Fish, Bad Religion

What’s in her camera bag: A Pentax MX, Yashica Mat 124-G

Misty’s Instagram

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Sophia Diaz

Where you’ll find her: Sophia is usually behind the curtain, taking in mail orders from all over the country and beyond. She is also a writer and poet; you’ll find some lovely couplets she’s written alongside the staff-curated customer-made photographs on our Blue Moon Camera lab Instagram.

What she does in her off time: Sophia enjoys amateur boxing, brushing her teeth, and writing poetry.

What she listens to in the darkroom: Björk

What’s in her camera bag: Canon F1, Holga, Stereo Realist, Instax Mini Neo Classic

Sophia’s Instagram

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Mike Knight

Where you’ll find him: Mike is a long time expert in film cameras and photography. You’ll see him out on the shop floor, talking up cameras and checking out the attic relics that find their way into the shop. He’s our resident repairman as well, so if you’ve got a bum camera, he’s your guy.

What he does in his off time: Mike is often spending time with his awesome daughters, Kassie and Lexi.

What’s in his camera bag: Mike’s camera bag is like a magician’s hat: it has no limit in what it can hold, and there might be a few stray rabbits in there. Pretty much if it exists, it’s in Mike’s camera bag.

Mike’s Instagram

Sarah Graves

Where you’ll find her: Behind the curtain in the back office handling the national sales desk. If you send in a package or an email, you’ll most likely be corresponding with Sarah or Sophia. Sarah also takes care of the Customer Show and does some design work.

What she does in her time off: Sarah is probably making photos, printing in her darkroom at home, drinking wine, eating amazing food with her husband, or traveling.

What she listens to in the darkroom: Tammy Wynette, The Cramps, Bob Dylan, Neko Case, St. Vincent, PJ Harvey.

What’s in her camera bag: A Crown Graphic 4x5 and Rolleiflex

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David Paulin

Where you’ll see him: David is either up front managing the lab to make sure everything runs smoothly, sitting behind our optical printing machine Nora, or organizing our 8×11 sized Spy Film for MINOX cameras. He is very much a David of all trades.

What he does in his off time: We don’t give David off time.

What he listens to in the darkroom: George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire or the podcast The Daily.

What’s in his camera bag: A Mamiya C330, MINOX B, Nikomat, Holga, Zero Image 2000, and Stereo Realist

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Peter Carlson

Where you’ll see him: Peter is a master darkroom printer, and to that effect we often lock him away in the darkroom to produce our true black and white prints. We let him out occasionally, though, and you’ve likely seen him at the counter or talked to him on the phone at least once.

What he does in his off time: Peter has been working with his friends in the burlesque scene lately to create dramatic (sometimes satanic) photographs.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Terry Allen, Leon Russel, Willie Nelson, Erkin Koray, Amon Düül II

What’s in his camera bag: Currently, Rolleiflex Automat EVS, Hasselblad 500 c/m, Wista VX 4×5, Pentax 67, Nikon F100, and a couple of Holgas

Peter’s website portfolio Peter’s Instagram

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Claudia Howell

Where you’ll see her: You probably won’t! Claudia works part time in the back darkroom creating custom black and white enlargements and contact sheets.

What she does in her off time: Claudia is a polo instructor, which often influences her photographic work (lots of horses!)

What she listens to in the darkroom: NPR

What’s in her camera bag: A Holga, Diana, Nikon FM.

Claudia’s website

Faulkner Short

Where you’ll see him: Faulkner is one of our star printers, and is often seen working on our black and white and obscure film format printer, affectionately dubbed “Ray”. If he’s not there, he’s probably processing black and white film in the back, or making the staff a delicious five-star lunch in the kitchen.

What he does in his off time: Faulkner is also known as DJ Folklore. He has his own show, Chauncy Pops, airing on xrayfm on Sunday mornings and House of Sound Monday nights.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Jimmy Reed, Dead Moon, Charlie Parker, Howlin Wolf, Bob Dylan

What’s in his camera bag: A Zero Image pinhole, Leica M3, Nikon F2, Instax Wide, Minox B, and others

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Zeb Andrews

Where you’ll see him: Zeb does it all… almost. When he’s not up front answering all imaginable obscure questions from photographers, he’s probably performing quality checks on our printing machines, overseeing inventory, creating content for social media, or putting out the random figurative fires that pop up in the course of a work day.

What he does in his off time: If he’s awake, he has a camera in his hands.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Podcasts – 99PI, Radiolab, Hardcore History, Lore

What’s in his camera bag: A little bit of everything, including a Hasselblad 500C, Zero Image 2000 pinhole, Holga, and Pentacon SixTL, just to name a few.

Zeb’s Website Portfolio

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Zeb’s Pinhole Instagram

Kelly Palin

Where you’ll find her: Kelly does all our books, so she’s often seen in the back working away on Excel or other complicated financial spreadsheets the rest of us can only begin to understand. She’s the one making sure we’ve crossed all our t’s and dotted all our i’s, and we would be an uncrossed, undotted mess without her.

What she does in her off time: Our resident expert in a variety of topics related to gardening and healthy eating, Kelly loves spending time in her garden. When not busy raising her garden, she is most often spending time with her daughters.

What’s in her camera bag: A calculator and portfolio of really good looking spreadsheets.

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Bret Van Horn

Where you’ll find him: Bret’s consciousness has been uploaded onto our website. Just kidding. In all seriousness though, Bret is our resident software engineer and our new Penny POS and inventory systems are his work, as well as our slick website.

What she does in his off time:
Bret loves music. He plays in a band, builds guitar effects pedals and likes to make the occasional photo at live concerts.

What’s in his camera bag:
Nikon D40 and a Pentax K1000 he has owned since he was 15.

Jake Shivery

Where you’ll see him: Jake walks the floor most days, handling all your sales, consignment, and general expertise needs. He’s just the person to provide the odd piece of expert information and invaluable advice on photography at large.

What he does in his off time: Many Sunday mornings, especially in the winter months, are dedicated to large format portraiture in his back yard. Jake released a book of his 8×10 film photography, titled Contact.

What he listens to in the darkroom: Kendrick Lamar, Dwight Yoakum, Solomon Burke

What’s in his camera bag: An 8×10 Deardorff and MINOX III camera, loaded with Spy Film.

Jake’s Flickr Portfolio

Jackson!

Jackson Keller

Where you’ll find him: Jackson has one of the more vital roles in our lab: running the machine that turns all your exposed color film into developed negatives.

What he does in his off time: He enjoys catching shows at The Know or biking around town with his cameras.

What’s in his camera bag: Jackson recently acquired a Pentax 67 and he loves it. He also carries a Canon AE-1 Program, a Minox B and will throw in some other camera for variety.

Jackson’s Instagram

Mr. Pitts

Tracy Pitts

Where you’ll find him: Tracy is the calm voice of our national desk. You usually won’t see him, but if you are lucky you’ll hear him when he is calling to answer e-mailed questions or nail down details on a film order you just sent in.

What he does in his off time: He is writing short fiction in the form of short stories and love letters.

What’s in his camera bag: Tracy usually is carrying his trust Pentax ME Super that he rescued from the side of the road… literally. He is usually shooting Kodak Tri-X, TMax 3200 or Cinestill BWXX.

Tracy’s Instagram

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Daisy

Where you’ll find her: Daisy is Jake’s dog, and she is very calm, friendly, photogenic, and well trained. To the last point, she will not venture out past the black curtain, but she may poke her head out to say hello every now and then. Feel free to go give her a pet if you’d like, and she’ll love you for it.

What she does in her off time: She is often seen being incidental in the background of Jake’s portraits. When not lying just within frame, she can be found running through the park or the river, or enjoying a lazy afternoon in the backyard.

What’s in her camera bag: She has no camera bag; she’s a dog, silly.

For more photos of Daisy, click here