About Photo by Rusty Rae| +1.206.669.2400


I was actually raised in a darkroom.

From the time I was born until I started grade school my family ran a photo studio, first in Sheridan, Wyoming and then later in Bozeman, Montana. 

Since the developing of film at the time required time in the darkroom and they could could not allow me just to roam wild I spend a goodly amount of time in a high chair while either my mother or photographer developed film or made prints. According to family lore, it was not long before I knew that when the buzzer went off, if was time for the film to go from the the developer to the fixer and in my baby talk of the day I would let my parents know it was time.

In my career I have been lucky enough to be around some really great photographers, starting with my mother and father. My mother was the creative member of the family -- she really had an eye for what makes a great photograph and my father was an unbelievable photographic printer. I truly think to this day that he could have made Ansell Adams' prints look better than than Adams.

I grew up as a sports fan in the Seattle and was soon won over by the unlimited hydros that were the rage of the day of the day and for many years the only show in town. When the Slo-Mo IV took home the Gold Cup it was the start of a love affair that the city has had with the sport for more than 50 years.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to cover a wide range of sporting events from baseball play-off fames to NBA basketball and NFT football. Currently with my son, I cover a number of endurance car racing events, including the 24 hours of Le Mans.

I am also a travel writer and photographer and always make time for a few images where ever I travel, often times with my bride, Sheila. I have recently become focused on astro-photography -- capturing images of the much sought-after Milky Way.