Spotlight on local photographers |

Spotlight on local photographers

Photo by Jason Woodcock

Both started down a path to become wildlife managers, but then switched directions and ended up as professional photographers. Two former photography interns at the Tahoe Daily Tribune have gone on to establish their own businesses in South Lake Tahoe.

Jason Woodcock, who interned for the Tribune in 2001, said he “was heading toward a career in the Forest Service” before establishing himself as a landscape photographer.

“I think most landscape and nature photographers are conservationists,” Woodcock said. “What we shoot is what we love. I just think it’s important to have wild places; vast, open spaces where you can go to find some serenity.”

The Village Art Gallery has some of Woodcock’s work on display, and the former Orange County resident is teaching photography workshops through the Tahoe Art League.

Woodcock hopes to develop his business to the point where he can open his own gallery in South Lake Tahoe or the Carson Valley.

“Nature photography is infinite to me,” Woodcock said. “Everywhere you go, there’s an infinite amount of photos to take.”

Doug Miranda, who was an intern at the Tribune in 2003, also saw himself working outdoors as a game warden or forest ranger until his friends’ snowboard sponsors began to express interest in his pictures.

“I was pretty much just a ski bum,” Miranda said. “(Photography) is far from what I envisioned myself doing in life.”

After receiving an associate degree in general studies from Lake Tahoe Community College in 2003, Miranda took his freelance experience to Santa Barbara’s Brooks Institute, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in professional photography in 2005.

In April, Miranda returned to South Lake Tahoe and started his own photography business, where he focuses on shooting portraits and weddings.

“It’s actually been going great,” Miranda said. “I didn’t realize that it was going to grow this quickly.”

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