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Meet Our Team

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Mike

Retail Stores Manager

Park Ave Store Supervisor

Joining Bay Photo in 1998, Mike has grown the retail stores into Santa Cruz' preeminent photography resource. With his dedication to building lasting relationships with customers, Mike brings a sense of community to the stores. Having many years of professional photography experience under his belt, Mike can help you realize any photo project you bring into the shop. His film camera knowledge is second only to his record collection so come to Park Ave and chat about photography or the great music you hear playing in the store.  

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Nick

Park Ave Store Lead

Product Development

Working as a fine art portrait photographer before joining the Park Ave team, Nick brings his deep knowledge of photo retouching and film/digital shooting to the job. Nick brainstorms new technologies and workflows for the retail stores. When he isn’t in the lab you can find him on graveyard photo walks, listening to symphonic metal, and shooting weddings on film. 

 

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Bradon

Lab Tech

Bradon shoots film.

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Andrea

Lab Tech

Andrea's favorite TV show is Spongebob.

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Patricia

Lab Tech

Patricia is a student at UCSC who has a passion for art and digital media. She enjoys documenting nature, specifically wildlife in Santa Cruz County. In her spare time Patricia eats the film strips abandoned at Bay Photo. If you have questions about digital art or the occult she may have answers on both.

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Julie

Lab Tech

Julie first fell in love with photography in a black & white darkroom; when an image first began to appear in the developer bath. She began her photographic education at age 16, in the Aptos High darkroom. Julie went on to earn an Associates Degree in Art Photography, with an emphasis on traditional & alternative processes. Her favorite photographic outlet is the 19th century process of cyanotype. Blending her love of nature & portraiture, Julie eventually began photographing weddings. She's been doing photography for 13 years now. When Julie isn't at the retail stores, she's working toward a degree in Nursing. 

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Zed

Lab Tech

Zed was born and bred in the Santa Cruz mountains. Raised by skaters and surf photography, they enjoy extra long beach days, old folk songs, and collaging vintage Playboys on their days off. They don't bite so come say hi!

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Oliver

Branciforte Store Supervisor

Graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Visual Art, Oliver is a photographer who applies his skills and knowledge to create beautiful images for Bay Photo customers. His expertise is focused on film photography of all formats, but his know-how applies to all aspects of art and printing. His hobbies include repairing old film cameras and drinking too much coffee for his own good. If you have a question about the film camera you just bought at the thrift store, or you just want to learn more about film photography in general, come visit him at the Branciforte store!

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Lauren

Lab Tech

Social Media

Captivated by film photography and the sea, Lauren spends most of her present days figuring out the underwater photography scene. Her artistic style is heavily influenced by dream-like blurs, grain, grit, and the way that good music makes her feel. 

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Kelly

Retail Stores Inventory Lead

Kelly started her photographic journey by taking photo classes at Cabrillo College and working at Bay Photo in the early 2000s. She loved to take experimental photos of models covered in various food stuffs, or take long night exposures, as well as the occasional landscape. After a long hiatus to raise her daughter, she returned to Bay Photo to work in inventory and as a film technician.

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Carter

Park Ave Lead

Carter takes pix

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Christian

Lab Tech

Clean, good teeth, up to date with his shots. 

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Anthony

Lab Tech

Anthony is a student at UCSC with a huge passion for photography of all kinds. He shoots both digital and film photography, and develops his own black and white film. He started his photography journey by just going on night walks with his phone, and it has evolved into taking any one of his many film cameras with him whenever he goes out because there is always a great photo hiding around the corner. If you ever see him out in Santa Cruz taking photos, be sure to stop and say hi; you might even get a free portrait!