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Why is Seim So Qualified?

  • With fifteen years of experience behind the lens, Seim is energetic and passionate and known for his refined images, attention to detail and dynamic speaking.
  • Seim’s work has been featured in venues such as Professional Photographer Magazine, Digital Wedding Secrets, leading imaging podcasts, Venue, The Good Life, PPA Loan Collection and more. Seim has taught for PPA, the International Wall Portrait Conference and many more.
  • A Portraitist, Pictorialist and Speaker from Washington, Seim he owns a studio that focuses on signature wall art. His studies with photographic legends like Ken Whitmire and has a passion for the masters make his understanding totally unique.
  • Seim has made an art and science of light and it’s subtleties with his award winning images. He focuses on heirloom wall portraits and fine art pictorials of America.
  • He’s the man behind Seim Effects Pro Photo Show and PHOTOGRAPHIC School. A dynamo with a rare vision for Raising The Bar.

More about Seim…

Gavin Seim is Portraitist, Pictorialist and Independent Filmmaker based in Central Washington – A craftsman who demands quality, Seim started when he was just twelve years old and owns a studio gallery that focuses on signature wall art. Seim also takes his family on the road four to five months each year, making images, exploring, speaking and studying and producing educational films.

Seim is a five time alumnus, as well as an educator at the International Wall Portrait Conference. His work has been featured around the world in magazines, books and online. He holds a passion for raising the bar and is best known for his refined wall images, projects like the Pro Photo Show, Seim Effects and his teachings on light in the EXposed series.

Seim also started word crafting at around age ten. He writes journals and educational material as well as fiction. He studies writing and co-authors fiction with his brother Nathan. Together they claimed first place in fiction at the 2011 WOTR Competition. He is also a Toastmaster and enjoys putting on a good presentation.

Seim with his wife Sondra and their kids Cy, Ana and Asher in a portrait by Ken Whitmire – Spring 2012

From Seim: I’m an American. I love open roads, nature, the right bear arms, real freedom and Jesus. I’m passionate about making art, writing stories and sharing what I learn. If I can make images that only in part, portray the beauty and wounder of God’s creation. I’ve succeeded.

My work has come to be influenced by classical painted works from the Renaissance, thru to early America, the Hudson River School and into modern times and master photographers like Ansel Adams, Michael Fatali, Ken Whitmire and others.

I enjoy studying what’s worked for centuries, observing the works of master painters and legendary photographers.

I’m fanatical about quality. Maybe too fanatical for some. But in a world where art has become commodity, I feel the need to make something more. To Raise the Bar. I use digital and film and enjoy both but have a real love for film. I like the gear and gadgets too, but I’ve learned they don’t make a good image. They’re just tools. Like a chisel, or a paintbrush. I focus on crafting images and to that end nearly all my work is processed and printed in house.

Gavin working with a 4x5 view camera in New Orleans. 2012.
Seim working with a 4×5 view camera. New Orleans, 2012 by Jason Eldridge.

I’m blessed to have studied under some of the best photographers in the world and in recent years and have had the honor of speaking about photography and teaching what I know to others both in person and with on videos workshops like EXposed and PHOTOGRAPHICS.

I like to make people laugh, I’m outgoing, a perfectionist and a bit of a showman. Some of my known projects include Pro Photo Show, a podcast and learning community for photographers. F164, my pictorials folio and journal. And Seim Effects, my line of creative editing tools and tips for photographers.

I also love word craft and beyond my educational writing and I’m working on a collection of fiction novels and stories with my brother Nathan. More about that on our writing site. Also you can learn more about all my latest projects on my homepage.

A Bit More About Me. I was born January 1985 in Seattle to Grant & Sue Seim (my amazing parents). I bought my first camera from a yard sale when I was seven. It promptly broke, temporarily ending my photographic career till about age twelve. I was married to my beautiful wife Sondra in 2007 and we bought our first home in 2010.

My Goal. To make my viewers marvel at the beauty of people and creation. To give service, share ideas, and make a living for my family. But while doing it, to grow in things that really matter.

A look inside. It’s roomy in here. And we’ve made it into our mobile command center. Computers, projector, ham radio, internet, solar, winter ready, remote water systems.

Among Other Interests. I love reading (well mostly listening to audiobooks) as well as writing. I’m a ventriloquist and a square dance caller (yes, different, but fun). I also enjoy vocals and even do a little yodeling (didn’t that go out of style a long time ago?).

Bottom Line. I love Jesus, my family, wife, my kids and my job. I’m not perfect, but I’m moving forward. What good is having everything, if in reality I have nothing. God has blessed me and I hope to use the talent he’s loaned to me the best I can.

Our Travels. We hit the road for 3-4 months out of the year in our camper. With me, the wife and three kids, it can get a little crazy, but there’s nothing like it. We have a neat setup that I keep upgrading to better fit our needs. While traveling I make pictorials all over the US, then teach workshops and private sessions to help offset travel costs. To learn more and see where we’re headed visit the tours page.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2013, PPA Hot One Award, EXposed Light Workshop.
  • 2012, PPA Competition Award of Merit.
  • 2011, Write On The River – First Place in Fiction for Sixth Floor 2AM with Nathan Seim.
  • 2010, PPA Magazine Feature, Midnight Seattle
  • 2010, PPA Loan Collection, Midnight Seattle.
  • 2008, Icicle Prize – Grand and Peoples Choice, Bridge of Memories


The Super Camper. Our 2011 Shamrock 21ss hybrid travel trailer during our Spring 2011 tour in Utah. Read how we do it here.


<< Sondra Seim: Wife, Mom, Assistant: (Facebook).
I’m not the only one around here. My beautiful wife Sondra puts up with me and helps out too. She joins the travels and also does the extra work for Seim Studios. She’s the best looking member of the Seim team. We were married in Spring of 2007 and while Sondra is not a photographer, she helps a lot in keeping the business and the home flowing smoothly.

My brother Nathan also works here and in off hours we write fiction together. Visit our writing site.

Cyrus – The PR Guy >>
Cyrus is our son. He was born Feb 2008. He loves gadgets, electronics and computers and is shaping up to be a smart one. He also knows how to make the ladies swoon. And yes, he already has his own camera. He becoming quite a little helper.

<< Ariana – The Sneaky Sweetheart:
Ana was born in Nov 2009. She’s a feisty one, but with those eyes I think she can melt the heart of kings. Her mom says she manipulates me. But I admit to nothing.

Asher – The Newest Member >>
Asher came along in Sept 2011. He’s a pudgy little dude who knows how to stay cool and likes to eat. A lot. He’s quite a character and you may find him tugging on your leg looking for snacks or tinkering with any object he can get his hands on trying to determine how it works.

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What makes Seim products different?

I'm Gavin Seim and I started studying photography in 1997.

As digital arrived, I went all in. I got to study with masters like Ken Whitmire. In 2009 I founded the Pro Photo Show podcast. I started promoting tone-focused editing, then I started developing presets, Styles, Photoshop Actions and photo courses to make our photography better.

20+ years in the trenches earned me a Masters (M.Photog) from PPA. I've been featured, won a few awards and now I live in Mexico exploring the magical light of the South while creating new tools and searching for shadows.

Everything here is lovingly crafted by a photographer, not a marketing agency! You're rightly skeptical on online photography things. That's why all sales are NOT FINAL here. I guarantee every one of my tools and workshops 100% with my 31 day IRON Guarantee!

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