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John & Bill

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John Doskoch
John has resided in Charlevoix for over 20 years, relocating back to Michigan with wife Geralyn from Sitka, Alaska. They have 2 children, Jacob (born in Sitka) & Julia.  John is a Certified Financial Planner, investment adviser and retirement planning specialist.  He also serves as a board member at 3 nonprofits, including the Charlevoix Library.  In his spare time, John carries a Nikon D850, enjoys nature photography, especially birds, and also flies his DJI drone camera.  John is a commercially certified drone pilot and has a vast collection of aerial images of Charlevoix and the surrounding areas.  He enjoys helping others learn photography, and can be reached at

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Bill Higgins
“Hi everyone, my name is Bill Higgins. I live in Petoskey with my beautiful wife Marilyn and Emmet, our golden retriever. I grew up downstate but moved Boyne City in 1986 and then Petoskey in 2006. My interest in photography started when I was a Biology student at CMU in the early 1970’s. In 1973 I used my tax return to buy my first SLR camera, a Canon FTb and spent most of my free time hiking the woods in Mid-Michigan and taking photos. After college I returned to my home town of Eaton Rapids where I learned a lot about Nature Photography from Larry West and John Shaw. They were a couple of professional photographers from Michigan and they were the first ones to share their techniques for making beautiful images of nature. Like a lot of folks I got busy with life and photography was put aside until 2000 when my interest in photography was rekindled with the introduction of the digital camera. Since then I have been a passionate Nature Photographer, studying the technical and artistic sides of photography through many workshops, online seminars and personal study. I love spend time outdoors observing nature and I make photographs so that I can share nature’s beauty with family and friends. I enjoy all types of Nature Photography but the one area I enjoy most is photographing the many Spring Wildflowers we are blessed to have here in Northern Michigan.”

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