Kodiak Daily Mirror - Local photographer leaving Kodiak
Local photographer leaving Kodiak
by Julie Herrmann
Jun 19, 2014 | 206 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local photographer Sylwia Ok poses with some of her artwork for sale at The Frame Shop. (Julie Herrmann photo)
Local photographer Sylwia Ok poses with some of her artwork for sale at The Frame Shop. (Julie Herrmann photo)
With a move approaching, local photographer Sylwia Ok looks forward to continuing her business in Maryland.

Her husband is in the Coast Guard, and they’ll be moving to Baltimore, taking the ferry to Bellingham, Washington, and driving from there.

“We’re spending six days on the ferry and then doing a cross-country with plenty of stops to photograph,” Ok told the Mirror on Wednesday.

Since marrying her husband 11 years ago, Ok said they’ve moved every three or four years, and she loves it.

“Every move is exciting,” Ok said. “The transfer season was always one of my favorites. I’m not afraid of changing completely what I was doing and looking for other jobs, another opportunity.”

Ok will be continuing her photography business in Baltimore.

“Kodiak was an amazing place to start the business itself,” Ok said. “With moving to Baltimore, I’ll be doing more newborn photography, and that’s what my concentration and focus will be on.”

She and her husband will be closing on a new home in a few weeks, and Ok made sure there was enough space for a studio in it.

“We got really fortunate to find a house which has about 750 square feet of finished basement. I’m really looking forward to transforming it into a studio when we arrive,” Ok said.

As for her clients here, Ok said she’s been swamped with work for the last two months, and some of them want Ok to come back in the future.

“The funny thing is that I think at least five of these families already requested that I come back one summer just to take their family portraits,” Ok said.

It’s just a possibility for now.

“I might think about coming back, just to spend a week or two taking pictures of families,” Ok said.

Some of the things Ok will miss are the scenery — there are no mountains close to Baltimore — and the people of Kodiak.

“We lived in Key West before, and we loved it,” Ok said. “But, I think here, it’s actually more tied together and everybody pretty much knows you. I’ll be missing Kodiak for sure.”

In the last few days before she leaves, Ok has been going on all the hikes she hadn’t done before. She said, “With every hike, I’m falling in love with Kodiak even more.”

Contact Julie Herrmann at jherrmann@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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