Bill Keane started photographing weddings from his dorm room at the Claremont colleges back when Nixon was president and film was the only way to record images. A great deal has changed since 1968, but his fascination with photography, and ultimately the stories of the people we photograph, has made every day of our over 50 years as portrait photographers as interesting as the first. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be involved in what we love doing every day.
As Bill grew up, his parents always made portrait photography part of family life, as it had been when they were growing up. As his own children grew, he developed a deeper appreciation of how important those photographs had become in his life. There was the picture of his uncle and the horse drawn delivery wagon he drove for his father's meat business on the unpaved streets of Berkeley; the portrait of his other grandfather smoking a pipe as he fished on the bank near the family home in Morris, Illinois; there was his mom as a six year old child model in Chiacgo; and then there were his own family portraits, and memories of family vacations. Because his parents passed away when he was in his 20's, these memories of his family have become his link to the past, and a way his toddler grand daughter can now connect with her history.