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Dinah Satterwhite

About Dinah

ONE THING As a fine art photographer and event planner, I see thousands of images each year. For me, a great piece of art has to start with just one thing: the ability to stop me in my tracks. To catch my breath, and hold me timeless in it’s grasp. To be interesting, even from a distance. To tell a story. I strive to create great photos that express my passion for life. I like them to stand out in a crowd, and share a special light, emotion, color, detail, or composition. And yes, each one tells a story. MY WORK Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I love to capture vivid color photos and print them on canvas and metal so they pick up the crisp details and abundant colors found in nature. With a background in marketing management, advertising and graphic design, I am lucky to have a keen “eye” for layout and balance - even if I choose to overlook them in favor of a special composition. Working with black and white film photos, I’ve worked for many years hand coloring or “tinting” darkroom photos with photo oils. I didn’t jump on the digital camera bandwagon at first, as I loved the hands-on technique of painting these photos by applying layers of the oil paints using cotton balls and Q-tips. The result is a luminous and often dream-like image, as the transparent quality of the oils highlight features without obscuring the details of the original photo. Sometimes I will tint a single portion of the photo, leaving the remainder black and white for a stunning surrealistic effect. I’ve chosen not to feature these images on this website, due to the sheer scope of the work, and the fact that I am not creating as many these days. But I still offer these images to my customers who request them, and have a boxed card line with over 12 nice varieties. (see photos at right) Other techniques that I’ve enjoyed in past years include Polaroid Image and Emulsion Transfers, and SX-70 Time Zero Manipulations. I’ve also done a great deal of work with black & white infrared film photography. Abstract photography has taken hold of my heart, as I paint with my camera to capture light in a somewhat surreal and very imaginative way. People often say the photos look like acrylic paintings. These practically raw digital images showcase my familiarity with a camera, as I combine manual camera settings, motion, and light to depict a sense of graceful motion. Although it can take thousands of photos to get that special “one” that is extraordinary, it is worth it. The elegance of light and movement, captured on a single frame, can be quite beautiful. For me it conveys a passion, energy, and inner beauty that I hope takes your breath away. MY HOPE I hope you find my thirst for beauty — enchanting … my love for color and drama — inspiring … my painterly light photos — illuminating … my work ethic and search for excellence — enriching … and my passion for timeless beauty — breathtaking.


Ms. Satterwhite has been a resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, since 1997. She is a competitive tennis player, talented pianist, and speaks German. Her background includes marketing, hi-tech, insurance, operations, and advertising. She offers coaching and commercial photography for artists and corporate clients, as well as marketing and photography workshops. Her work can be found in regional galleries, on stage and film sets, and in homes and office settings worldwide.
fine art photography
Inspirational quote c/o Photography Monthly, June 2011 From Stephen McCurry’s bio pages “There is only one key ingredient to getting a successful image — the photographer armed with a good amount of vision, passion and knowledge. Vision is about being able to see an unusual quality, angle or focal point in a scene which captures something unique. Passion is the bit that drives you on, even though it is cold in the morning and the weather is bad when you get up and get out in search of the wonderful light. Knowledge is the years of studying technique until you forget even to think about it, where your camera has become an extension of your mind’s eye. This also means building a great visual vocabulary by studying and dissecting images you like in order to see what makes them great.”
“Tuscan 25,” hand tinted b&w photo
“Bainbridge Ferry,” hand tinted b&w photo
Boxed hand tinted noted cards