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A photographic dichotomy Two natives capture what they love about life

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hat do babies and backcountry skiing have in common? Plenty if you’re photographers Staci Bailey and Patrick Orton. They share a love for living in Sandpoint, an appreciation for Canon’s 5D Mark III camera and a desire to share their passion with the world. Bailey, 36, a married mother of two, revels in photographing newborn babies bathed in natural light and the gentle stillness of her studio, while Orton, 24, lives for the thrill of the hill, camera in one hand and skis in another – when he’s not snowmobiling, wakeboarding, or rappelling off a cliff. Here are their stories.

Accidentally in love

PHOTO BY MARIE-DOMINIQUE VERDIER

By Carrie Scozzaro

Bailey fell into photography more than eight years ago after the birth of son Owen, followed two years later by daughter Bella. Armed with a mother’s love for her children, a point-and-shoot camera and the support of husband Ryan – he owns Bailey’s Plumbing – Staci Bailey set out to capture the fleeting moments of her children’s early years. “It wasn’t about just taking a photo,” said Bailey. “It was about freezing time and documenting all of their tiny details. Their chubby fingers, their long eyelashes, the fun they have while doing art projects, the messes they made and the joy they got out of those messes, watching them learn, all of it!” But Bailey also saw business potential in being able to share her baby-love with other parents. “I started with (child) photography,” she said, “but gradually migrated to newborns and babies as my own got older.” Eager to learn, Bailey honed her skills through practice, workshops and [turn to Bailey]

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Arts, entertainment, lifestyle and recreation for residents and visitors of Sandpoint, Idaho. Feature the cover story on wolf revival; inter...

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Arts, entertainment, lifestyle and recreation for residents and visitors of Sandpoint, Idaho. Feature the cover story on wolf revival; inter...

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