I am very fortunate to enjoy my life as a professional outdoor photographer
I first began photographing the outdoors while living in the mounains of Park City, Utah. I was always carrying an old Nikon camera with me while out hiking, biking, skiing, flyfishing, or just traveling from place to place. I didn’t know it then, but I had begun my life’s work behind the camera.
In the late 80's, I moved to Bend, Oregon where I soon began working as a photographer for the Sunriver Resort. I enjoyed my job, and for the first time realized I could make money with my camera doing what I enjoyed.
In the spring of 1990, I left Bend and moved to Seattle, Washington to attend the Art institute of Seattle to further my education and pursue my passion for the art of photography.
Upon completion of my third quarter of school, I was driving along a rural highway outside Belfair, Washington where I noticed a fire burning along the roadside. I pulled my truck over to see what was burning, and inadvertenly stepped on a high voltage powerline and was electricuted.
Four days later, on Christmas Eve and my 27th birthday, I woke in the hospital with no idea of what happened to me. I had suffered 3rd degree burns over 30% of my body, along with the amputation of my right leg below the knee. I spent three months in the burn unit in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and another 6 months with rehabilitation, strength training and learning how to walk again.
During my recovery, I returned to Bend where I was cared for by my loving mother and many friends and family. My rehabilitation went well and nine months later, in July 1991, I returned to the Art Institute to continue my photography education.
With a lot of blood, sweat & tears and through lots of hard work, in September of 1992, I completed school and received a degree in commercial photography, graduating with honors in the top 1% of my class. It was a privilege when I was asked to be the honorary speaker at the graduation ceremonies.
Shortly after graduation, I returned to Central Oregon where I presently live.
I do what I love, and I love what I do. My camera has taken me to many beautiful locations, from the deep canopy forests of New Zealand, to the white sand beaches of Belize, always in search of the next photo opportunity to catch that once in a lifetime image, or the ever elusive wild rainbow trout.
When I am not behind the camera, you will probably find me holding a fly rod. I also enjoy working as a fly-fishing guide and instructor and spend more than a hundred days a year on the water. Camera in one hand and fly rod in the other, combining the art of photography and fly fishing.
I hope you enjoy the view as seen through my camera lens, and the window of how I see the world.
- Pat Windsor