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What Makes Me Tick?


"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.' " - Erma Bombeck



I am blessed to have an opportunity to use the talents God has given me to bring a smile to the faces of others. From the moment my parents handed me my first instamatic film camera as a child, I knew photography was something that was a part of who I am. While professionally life lead me through other professions for a while, I am grateful for those experiences, and am grateful to be able to build a business from a lifelong passion.

Photography, as with any art, is never completely conquered by an artist. It is an endless journey. Every day I learn something new that leads me to be a better photographer, business owner and human being.

Numerous mentors have had a profound effect on me as a photographer through the years. The professional photographers who led the Hallmark Cards Photography Explorer Post I participated in as a teen. The late John Gutowski, my photography professor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. And my many talented peers in the photography industry. Each provided encouragement, and nurtured my talent to help me grow creatively and professionally.
Photography’s ability to capture life and freeze a moment in time forever is what intrigues me about the medium. I love looking at things from perspectives that other people often do not notice, while capturing and sharing the “story” of life’s special moments.

When not looking through a view-finder, editing photos, or knee deep in marketing and bookkeeping, I love to be outdoors connecting with nature, growing spiritually, and sharing in the joy and adventure of everyday life with family and friends.

I have met many amazing people through Creative Photographic. I look forward to meeting you, learning about your life and introducing you to the Creative Photographic experience. I also look forward to adding you to that special list of people I consider friends!

Nathan Choate
Lead Photographer/Owner