by Kerry Drager
Hi Everyone! Some of you may know me as a BetterPhoto online photography instructor. Ah, but that's just my other job. My "day job" is being a proud staff member of BP's small but mighty team. I first came to BetterPhoto in late 2001, and kudos to the search engine of Google (or was it Yahoo?) for pointing out the right site. I was looking for a place to post my very first online gallery. I'm not positive that I Googled/Yahoo'd the term "super cool photography site", but I sure did find it!
In early 2002, I set up a Member Gallery. Shortly after, BP president and founder Jim Miotke invited me to teach for BP's then-new and soon-to-be-fast-growing digital online photography school. Now THAT was extremely super cool!
Two years later - early 2004 - Jim and Denise invited me to come aboard as a staff member. Wow, this definitely qualified as Now THAT was extremely super cool, v. 2.0!
For Team BP, I have a variety of roles. For instance, I'm the course advisor and ClassTracks consultant, I help out Jim with Masterpiece Membership, and I'm editor of the free photography newsletters. More recently, I've become involved in the development of many exciting projects - new course products, e-books, etc.
In addition, I maintain the BetterPhoto Instructor Insights blog. However, most of my own blogs (such as this photo tip) can be found right here at Team BetterPhoto ... alongside all the many inspiring, interesting, and just plain fun posts of my Team BP friends/colleagues.
Yes, in the beginning, all I really wanted was a Member Gallery :-) but that small goal sure has led to a big adventure!
P.S.: Incidentally, I live in the country just outside Sacramento, CA, where I live with my wife Mary, and seven dogs, seven cats, and two horses. My office partner, in case you're wondering, is Butters, a Newfoundland who - at 170 pounds - can make my home office seem pretty small at times.