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Christopher Balmer has been a photographer for over 30 years. He has taught photography and guest lectured at Brigham Young University - Idaho, Boise State Idaho, Idaho State University and Eastern Idaho technical college. He has also been the keynote speaker for many bird festivals, Audubon events throughout the Northwest, wildlife seminars and portrait/wedding conferences.
Christopher opened Perfect Light Camera and Supply in November 2008. Perfect Light, LLC is a full line Factory direct dealer for Nikon, Canon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and many other photographic equipment manufacturers. His main goal was to build a professional level camera store and more importantly a world class photography education center in the Northwest. Since he opened he has taught over 9,000 students from around the country and many more from overseas and has become a well recognized and respected photography instructor in the photography community.
In the past, he has been very successful in the portrait, fashion, wedding and stock photography industry and currently co-owns a profitable portrait studio in Idaho Falls and continues to sell his stock images through Getty Images, Istock and many other agencies.
After spending over 46 years exploring every inch of Yellowstone, the Sawtooth Mountains and many of the state and federal wildlife refuges throughout the western U.S. and being a fishing and hunting guide for many years, his true passion lies in nature and wildlife photography. His limited edition fine art nature prints have been sold in over 19 countries and throughout the United States.
He has been featured in numerous national and international publications over the years and his work has also been featured in many prestigious art galleries throughout the U.S.
Christopher’s knowledge of photography, both in technique and equipment, is unmatched in the photography education and equipment industry. He is always ready and willing to share that knowledge with anyone who has a passion to learn. When it comes to teaching, his passion and excitement is contagious and will inspire you to take both your love and art of photography to a whole new level you did not imagine you could before.
Unlike many instructors and teachers he believes in sharing and teaching every single aspect of his photography knowledge to you and holds nothing back. During his classes and international workshops you will often hear Christopher state that he does not want his students to be as good as him, he wants them to be far better than him.
I grew up just south of Chicago, Illinois in the heart of the Midwest and my continuing love for the city and the people there, on occasion, draw me back. However, my love for wild places, such as Idaho’s rugged beauty, bountiful wildlife, and small communities has drawn me to reside in the Northwest where I now call home. Idaho’s natural beauty and close proximity to many panoramic and well known locations including Yellowstone and Teton National Park are the perfect backdrop for my art.
Having loved capturing images and moments since I was in grade school, photography has long been a life passion of mine. Most recently, though, over the past five years I have begun selling my landscape artwork and attending juried art shows and festivals throughout the Northwest. I enjoy sharing with others the passion for getting outside, finding beautiful moments and capturing them, as well as the “how to’s” involved in doing so. Photography, like all art, tells a story and captures the journey and evolution of that story; where people meet, how someone became drawn to another, the rediscovery of our own lives and the beauty of this life shared together. An image can be powerful in and of itself. However, it is the story that is shared that brings color to our lives and refreshes us with hope to rediscover the beauty in our own lives. To express these stories for the ages requires long days, especially early mornings to capture the grace of this world’s first light, and chasing the setting sun. The hours are killer, but I love the journey!