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 come by to say hi some day!
Where you’ll find him: Mike is new to Blue Moon Camera, but 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.
What he does in his off time: Mike is often seen 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.
Where you’ll find him: All over, really. Nick is often seen up front helping customers find their perfect camera or film, and even more often in the back, bundling and shipping out national orders.
What he does in his off time: Nick used to spend his off hours getting punched in the face while pursuing concert photography, but for some reason he’s decided to move on to something else. Now he spends his hours not going on Social Media, quoting Trailer Park Boys, dodging drones, or petting dogs. Updates on that front will be forthcoming.
What’s, currently, in his camera bag: A Horizont, Olympus Stylus, Holga, and a Zero Image 2000.
Where you’ll find him: Everyone knows Jim; he’s a staple of the Blue Moon Camera counter. While you’re here he will gladly let you in on all his insider’s knowledge about film, photography, and life. It’s well worth your while to give him a listen.
What he does in his off time: Jim takes no off time from photography. When not in the shop, he is out in the world turning light and happenstance into photographs and strangers into portraits.
What’s in his camera bag: Hasselblad 500 c/m, Speed Graphic
Where you’ll find her: Christal is our lead color film developer. If it’s color, she develops it, and even finds the time to help out customers over the counter with all their equipment and film needs. Chances are if you’ve stopped in the shop, you’ve had the pleasure of meeting her.
What she does in her off time: Much of Christal’s time is taken up making beautiful and thoughtful black and white portraits and landscapes with a variety of cameras. When not behind a camera, she can be found in the recording studio or rehearsing with her band, Sandy Loam.
What’s in her camera bag: Hasselblad 500c/m, Canon AE1
Christal’s website portfolio
Anne Lucas Di Elmo
Where you’ll find her: Everything going through the scanning desk has gone through Anne’s hands. She is our expert scanner, and spends her days toiling away at digitizing, editing, and perfecting the bits and bytes of our customers’ memories.
What she does in her off time: Anne is our resident French expat. When she isn’t making delicious and health conscious pastries and meals or photographing her perfectly arranged afternoon tea, she is out teaching others her native language. Tres bien.
What’s in her camera bag: Mamiya 645 Pro, Mamiya C220
Where you’ll see her: If you’re a national customer, you’ve talked to Sarah. We keep her hidden away in the back, running the national desk or producing beautiful prints in our black and white darkroom. While you might not see her often over the counter, she’s here, working away wherever she’s needed.
What she does in her off time: Sarah can often be seen carting a camera to various interesting events, such as chicken slaughters. She shoots the occasional portrait session and wedding, and otherwise enjoys perusing local art museums for more inspiration.
What’s in her camera bag: A grey Rolleiflex and 4×5 Crown Graphic
Katt Janson Merilo
Where you’ll see her: Katt spends most of her time in the back, interacting with the wired world through social media and marketing endeavors. When not wading through Twitter feeds, she can be seen at the counter helping customers or answering calls on the national desk.
What she does in her off time: Katt occasionally writes book reviews for One Twelve Publishing’s blog. She is also pursuing a Special Education license and master’s at Portland State University, and hopes to bring her love of photography to her future students.
What’s in her camera bag: A Canon AE1 and 50mm lens that her mother bought during her stay in Vietnam, Holga, Zero Image 2000, and, occasionally, a 4×5 Speed Graphic
Where you’ll see him: David is our color printer extraordinaire, and you will see him most days behind our beloved printing machine “Nora”. If he isn’t there, he’s likely in the darkroom or studio organizing our 8×11 sized Spy Film for MINOX cameras.
What he does in his off time: We don’t give David off time.
What’s in his camera bag: A Mamiya RB67, Mamiya C330, MINOX III, Nikomat, Holga, Zero Image 2000
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 recently completed a box set of darkroom prints from vintage negatives of nudes, titled Nudes I Never Knew. He is working on other printing projects, and is also setting up a portrait studio in his house for his photographic endeavors.
What’s in his camera bag: Currently, Rolleiflex Automat EVS, Hasselblad 500 c/m, and a couple of Holgas
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’s in his camera bag: A Zero Image pinhole, Leica M3, Nikon F2, Instax Wide, Minox B, and others
Where you’ll see him: Zeb is our resident Jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not up front answering all imaginable obscure questions from photographers, he’s probably performing quality checks on our printing machines or mixing chemistry in the dark room.
What he does in his off time: If he’s awake, he has a camera in his hands. Zeb spends much of his downtime teaching for Newspace Center for Photography, and all time not accounted for out in the world with a camera.
What’s in his camera bag: A little bit of everything, including a Hasselblad 500C, Innova pinhole, Holga, and Pentacon SixTL, just to name a few.
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.
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 recently released a book of his 8×10 film photography, titled Contact.
What’s in his camera bag: An 8×10 Deardorff and MINOX III camera, loaded with Spy Film.
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.