ALMO – Some people joined the Magic Valley Camera Club in search of tips for how to shoot better photographs. Others were looking for camaraderie. Some were just looking to pick up a hobby.
But an expected result of the club? Love.
Vickie Dillard has been a Magic Valley Camera Club member for five years. She met her boyfriend, Todd Craig, when he joined two years ago.
The two bonded over their love of history and photography.
Club president Colin Randolph also found love in the club. Randolph married retired school teacher Karen Goodrich earlier this year. In the group, several other married couples pack more than one camera.
Randolph volunteers at the Twin Falls Visitor Center during the rest of the year, but takes the winter off to photograph the frozen outdoors.
“When we get some snow on the ground, I am going to be inviting folks to go on a snowshoeing adventure in the Galena Summit area,” he said. “It will be designed for rank amateurs and will be very low exertion and lots of time to point their cameras at pillowy snow with a creek flowing through it.”
Shared outdoor experience
Early in their relationship, Craig took Dillard to photograph petroglyphs — images pecked into stone by Native Americans — but he swore her to secrecy about the location of the site.
“I am part Indian and I love the history they left behind,” Dillard said. “That’s how our friendship really took off.”
Craig owns L&T Construction and has a daughter and a granddaughter; Dillard works in Twin Falls as a certified nursing assistant, and has two grown children and 3 grandsons. Their joint photographic trek leads from Caldron Linn and the South Hills to the Bruneau Sand Dunes and the Little City of Rocks near Gooding.
“I grew up in the outdoors so this comes natural to me,” said Craig, who hails from the Hazelton area.
Dillard likes to shoot landscapes, wildlife, storms and composites with people; Craig prefers mountain scenery. Getting the next shot while the light is right has become their lives.
It’s exciting how two photographers will see the same scene differently, Craig said.
“Fifty people could shoot the same subject,” Craig said, “and we’d end up with 50 different views.”