Deja Webster  Deja Webster Port Townsend PhotographerDeja Webster Port Townsend Photographer

I was teaching 5th Grade in rural Maine when I decided to take a year off to travel cross county with my dog Narda. I had never even camped before so as we headed West every day was a unique adventure. I made it to Alberta when I took a turn heading south to Washington and ended up in Port Townsend. I grew up in Wisconsin but since graduating from college I have lived in Cincinnati, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Maine. But 33 years ago I finally dropped anchor here. I fell in love with the town, a handsome sailor, and made this my home.

Port Townsend has offered me the unique ability to step away from being a teacher to do a variety of different jobs and gain experiences I never imagined. I worked as a short order cook, a housekeeper, Volunteer Coordinator, Customer Service Rep, and a vendor at the Farmers Market. I started my own basket-making business, teaching and selling my baskets. My partner owned a boat so I learned about sailing and navigation. He was also a pilot so I became interested in flying. I studied for and passed my FAA test and took several lessons with Charles Lindbergh’s grandson. After a couple of lessons, I decided I really wasn’t up to being alone in a plane but loved being a passenger in our bi-plane or Russian Yak. I have taken watercolor classes, paper making, bookbinding, and even got into computers. I earned my Microsoft 2000 Certificate and was working on my server certificate when my partner, Don, died suddenly of a heart attack.

Life changed in an instant 21 years ago. I quit my job, worked on our sailboat, and picked up a camera. In time I found color and passion in my life again. I began volunteering at my local animal shelter learning how to use my camera. I developed patience in waiting for the perfect look from a cat or the tilt of the head of a dog. During the 15 years, I volunteered, I believe my photos, helped in part, to get hundreds of animals adopted.

I was a vendor at the Port Townsend Farmers Market for six years selling cards and scenic prints. I left to set up my portrait studio. As a self-taught photographer, I took online classes, attended workshops, and practiced constantly. As my portrait business grew, it provided me with opportunities to give back to the community. My camera became a tool for capturing candid moments for Main Street, the American Legion, Port Townsend Film Festival, and Centrum events. Giving back through my photography has been immensely rewarding and I look forward to continuing to capture and share the beauty of our amazing community.

My philosophy goes beyond just business goals. It's about being a good person, loving yourself, giving back, and having fun with everything you do. I believe in the power of quality products and exceptional customer service. And most importantly, I know that life is precious, so let's capture those moments together.

Providing print products is the emphasis of my business. You just can’t hang a thumb drive on the wall. I encourage my clients to think about owning wall art to display in their homes or to purchase lovely custom-designed albums.

Creating timeless portraits that capture your unique personality, style, and essence is my passion. With my portrait studio designed to provide consistent lighting and my eye for detail, I am committed to providing you with images that will last generations. Whether you're looking for business headshots or a family session, I specialize in making my clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. So, if you're considering a photo session, let's chat! You can call me at (360) 385-2662 for a free consultation or drop an email. I'd love to hear from you!