A Little Something
About Todd L Church
I have gravitated toward photography my entire life. My Grandfather was a hobbyist photographer and my older brother build a darkroom in Grandpa's basement. I loved learning from them.
My early goal was to become an artist. I took several drawing, painting, cartooning, and graphic design courses through Lansing Community College and local arts programs but photography always worked its way into my life.
My first job after high school was at the Pennsylvania Meijer in Lansing where I worked in the photo department. I met local photo enthusiasts and l loved chatting with them about photography.
I bought my first camera in the early 1990's and traveled by train to the polar bear capital of the world (Churchill, Manitoba). There I photographed polar bears in their natural habitat and came dangerously close to one who was watching my friends and I as we dug our car out of a snowdrift.
I have an Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor's of Arts degree in the college of Social Sciences from Michigan State University. The main focus of that degree was public policy. I loved studying sociology and learning what inspired various cultures. This study gave me a deeper appreciation for humanity and the ability to see beyond the constructs of society.
I went back to MSU in 2006 and enrolled in the Journalism school. I spent a year in the school and was inspired by the photojournalism course to become a full-time photographer. Since then I have photographed weddings, models, real-estate, senior photos, families, presidential campaign events and volunteered for several years at the Traverse City Film Festival.
I am also an active member of the Traverse Area Camera Club and have held photography workshops and have been a judge on their portrait competition.
Photography has consumed my life for several years. Capturing precious moments of life that will live forever is a goal that drives me.