Hello, my name is Chris Pugh, and I'm an editorial and commercial photographer from Northern California who has been working at the Ukiah Daily Journal as the Chief Photographer for the past two years. In that time I have learned a lot about what it means to be working photographer and have fallen in love with documentary style photography. I can sometimes be found doing freelance photography projects or doing web design consulting work for people in the Lake and Mendocino County areas, however, right now I am trying to keep that to a minimum so that I can focus on my work as a photographer.
I am the founder of the Ukiah Photography Club and served for seven years as club president. In my time behind the lens of a camera I have photographed everything from weddings and baby showers to car shows, and just about everything in between. Photography has been a part of my life for the better part of the past decade, and because my work is so diverse in that on any given day, I could be photographing a young lady getting her nose pierced or a gathering of LGBT friends at the local watering hole.
When it comes to photography, I like to think of myself as a generalist or as someone who photographs almost anything. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the styles of photography that inspires me most, and I am planning to start focusing on documentary style photography and environmental portraits. I enjoy telling stories through the photographs that I make. In the near future, I will be creating a series of books and zines as well as offering prints for people to purchase.
Outside of photography, I am known for my love of loose leaf tea, locally brewed craft beer, 80’s heavy metal music, and useless trivia knowledge.