Seattle area native Bruce Hudson has led a colorful life. As a professional musician and educator he had the opportunity to play with such greats as Bob Hope and Seattle’s own Kenny G! In 1982 he left teaching and opened his first studio with his late wife Sue.
Today as a nationally recognized professional photographer, he’s photographed presidents, governors, many celebrities and sports stars such as future Baseball Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Omar Vasquez, the late music legend Marvin Hamlish, Financial Guru Dave Ramsey, and nighttime radio personality Delilah and her family.
With over 1200 weddings under his belt and tens of thousands of family and high school senior portraits adorning the walls of clients all over the country, Bruce has been and continues to be the favorite photographer for many northwest families around the region. He is also routinely called upon to photograph clients all over the world with sessions taking him to Tokyo, Japan, Hawaii, and the Caribbean just to name a few.
In 1990 Bruce received the degree of Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and is one of only 40 active members in the prestigious Camera Craftsmen of America organization. He also earned the degree of Craftsman photographer from PPA, which makes him one of only a handful of Master Craftsman photographers in the state of Washington. As a much sought after speaker and educator to the professional photography world, Bruce has spoken on behalf of Fuji Film USA, H&H Color lab, Marathon Press, as well as other industry leading vendors in 49 states, Canada, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. Bruce also received the lifetime achievement award in 1996 from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International organization and the PPA National Award in 2000. His more recent accolade was received in 2012 as we won the prestigious Helen Yancy Award at the PPA convention in New Orleans! This award is only given out every few years to individuals that have dedicated their life to the education of photography! Bruce has also been featured in industry magazines such as Rangefinder and Professional Photographer Magazine.
More recently in 2006, Bruce’s son Josh joined the family business full-time after opting out of attending law school. Ironically, Josh is doing exactly what his mom Sue did, managing the day to day operations at the studio and all of the marketing. Josh tries to keep his old man in line!
Bruce continues to own and run his studio Hudson’s Portrait Design, now celebrating it’s 35th year in business! He considers himself a photographer and business owner first and an educator second. This unique “in the trenches” perspective allows him to stay current in the day to day realities of owning and operating a photography business and allows him to share timely relevant knowledge to the masses during this popular Photo Entrepreneur TV show (coming back soon)! Bruce is not only a Master Photographer, but Master Marketer as well. “It’s all about finding a balance between artistic fulfillment and financial reward” says Bruce.