John Russell

john-russellJohn Russell, a native of Traverse City, first picked up a fly rod at the age of 12 with his Uncle Russ, who passed on the basics and the beauty of the sport. The hook was set.

A graduate of TC Central, Northwestern Michigan College, and MSU, Russell retired in 2004 after a 30-year career with the Traverse City Record-Eagle, as Chief Photographer. He has taught photography as an editor in residence at Northern Arizona University, MSU, and NMC.

Russell and his wife Meg own Great Lakes Images, a freelance editorial photography company., now in its 25th year.  Clients range from local and regional customers to national and international clients, newspapers, magazines, and wire services. Monthly vendors include the Detroit and Chicago newspaper markets, the Associated Press, and many regional and national publications.

Russell also is the official photographer for the Traverse City Beach Bums, the Traverse City North Stars hockey team, NM3 Magazine, and serves as photo coordinator for the Traverse City Film Festival and the Comedy Arts Festival. He also is the longest serving officer and secretary of the Michigan Press Photographer’s Association, serves on the board of the local YMCA and the Heritage Center in Traverse City, and is past commodore of the Grand Traverse Ice Yacht Club, past president of the Twin Bay British Car Club, and serves on the board of the Traverse Area Camera Club.

Hobbies include antique automobiles, fly fishing, ice boating, flying, and grandkids. He is excited to be part of the ongoing work to enhance and preserve the cold water resources of Northerm Michigan.