About BRAD DAWBER
Brad began his photo career while still in high school in Orange County, Calif. His love of surfing inspired him to capture images along the Southern California coastline. In 1972 he dropped out of Golden West College in Huntington Beach to take on a full time job as “ad guy” and photographer for Surfing Magazine. This was a dream job for a young surfer and a great stepping stone. During this same era of the early 70’s Brad spent a lot of time shooting rock & punk music in SoCal.
In 1974 a change was in the midst and Brad moved to Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He wanted to be a ski bum for “one season”. Surrounded by all this beauty and recreation made it difficult to leave. He quickly took to ski photography and became a photographer for Powder Magazine. At the same time he was working the ultimate dream job as a heli-ski guide. This gave him the best conditions possible to photograph. This led to 35 trips to British Columbia to photograph helicopter & snowcat skiing for marketing purposes and also to decorate the lodges.
In 1985 Brad opened Mammoth Gallery and created an ideal format for selling his landscape & aerial images. The galleries were sold in 2003 and is still the premier gallery of Eastern Sierra photography.
In 2002 Brad & Pamela moved to the north shore of Kauai & opened Nani Kauai Gallery in Princeville. Brad became the “go to” guy for commercial aerial images, chartering helicopters on the prime days. Licensing of these Kauai aerial images for realtors, developers & vacation homeowners is still a big part of Brad’s photography business. In the quest for new adventures & opportunities they relocated to Ivins, Utah on the first day of 2014. Their proximity to all the southwest beauty makes it an ideal home base to explore via continuous photographic road trips. The best is yet to come! Bryce, Zion, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Tetons & Colorado are all within striking distance!
Brad uses top of the line Nikon cameras & lenses, prior to that he used a Pentax medium format camera & film. The ultimate goal is to remain a purist and bring out the real colors that are seen with the naked eye, not by artificial enhancements. He prints everything himself on an Epson wide format printer utilizing 100 year archival Ultrachrome inks.
Brad is truly blessed to have made his career in a profession that brings so much joy to his clients and to himself.
Let the Journey Be Your Joy!!