Chad Stevens enrolled in a photography class when he was in high school. As he discovered the magic of developing his first black and white photograph in a small red lighted darkroom he was forever captivated! His instructor took note of his artistic skills and enthusiasm and offered him a position as his classroom aide.

 

One of Chad's high school projects involved photographing a man who helped migrant farm-worker's children. His pictures of these children earned first place in the photojournalism division of the city's photo competition.

 

A local elementary school principal invited him to create photography classes for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. He hired Chad to set up a darkroom in the school library supply room and teach students basic techniques in photographic art.

 

Friends from his church wanted their children's portraits made. At first, Chad did this as a hobby, but soon he could no longer afford the cost of photographic paper and chemistry, so in 1975, at the age of 19, he opened up his first studio.

 

A world renown children's photographer noticed his work and invited him to be an apprentice, and it was this training that launched his portrait photography career. Chad spent every spare moment thereafter experimenting with the lighting and the production of the highest quality of portrait photography. A classic retouching artist took a shining to him and she began teaching him the finer elements of classic retouching from the 1940's so he could add the finishing touches to his art.

 

Chad is a follower of Jesus Christ, and he credits Him with directing his life and passion for people and photography. In college he earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology while minoring in photography.

 

In 1984, he began studying the world famous character photographer Yusuf Karsh who passionately portrayed the personality and emotions of the most famous people of the 20th century. This now became the guiding light of Chad's portraiture. He began creating portraits that would reveal the passion and true personality of each client.  

 

From 1992 through 1995, he lived on San Juan Island in Washington State. He opened a new studio in Friday Harbor and became an instructor at Skagit Valley Jr. College.

 

In the summer of 1995 he moved his family and studio to Northern Idaho and ran his business in Hauser Lake and Wallace. Today he has joined his photography studio with his wife's Music Academy at the Northwest Music Center where he creates Timeless Character Portraits of his clients as well as Impressionistic Fine Art Decor for homes and businesses.

 

Chad loves teaching. He offers private instruction to both adults and children. He continues to be sought after to judge photo contestants at the Koothenai County Fair and other local contests.