David Budd ’86

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.  ~Lewis Hine

After reviewing photographer David Budd’s ‘86 work, you’ll understand why this quote is part of his email signature. His photographs, regardless of their subject matter, bring you into another world and you find yourself wanting to know more, more about the person or object or setting you are viewing.  David approaches his work as he does his life, with a quiet questioning, a gentle touch, and an insightful eye – he finds the story within his subjects and, luckily for us, his medium of choice is photography.

David’s passion for photography was born with a gift from his father: a 1965 Nikon F camera that had belonged to David’s grandfather, an amateur photographer.  Upon graduation from WMS in 1986, David attended Johnson State College in Johnson, VT.  He then followed another passion, skiing, taking him on a brief foray into the world of the ski industry which he studied at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO. Following Colorado Mountain College, David shifted gears slightly and studied commercial photography and advertising at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After working as the studio manager for Michael Lichter Photography in Boulder, CO for a few years, David struck out on his own, creating David M. Budd Photography where he has happily made a life and a living ever since. Samples of his most recent work can be seen here.

David specializes in product, architectural, people, and landscape photography for clients in Colorado and around the United States.  Recent clients include The DZAP Group, Macerich, The Territory Ahead, Barofold and Spiritual Directors International.  For his work with Spiritual Directors International, he has traveled to Canada, Ireland, Israel/Palestine, Italy, and Germany as well as numerous locations around the United States, capturing images of the organization’s educational conferences and pilgrimages. David also does freelance production, assistant and lighting work for photographers nationwide working with clients including Fairmont Hotels, Bestop, Microsoft, Volkswagen, Chimera Lighting, Nautilus, Nike, CBS, GQ Magazine, GQ Russia, Time Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Crocs, The Broadmoor Hotel, The American Indian College Fund, and MTV.  David’s photographs also appear in more than 75 children’s books, most of which were written by his wife, Elizabeth Sirimarco Budd, for the juvenile nonfiction market for the publisher The Child’s World.  You may have also seen some of David’s photographs in White Mountain School materials as David frequently added an extra day or two to his trips to the School for quick photo shoots when he served on our Board of Trustees (2008-2012)!

Outside of his work, David spends his time cycling and skiing in the mountains of Colorado and with his wife, their two dogs and their cat.  David and his brother, Bill and nephew Billy, rode Pan-Mass Challenge 2008 in honor of David and Bill’s mother (Nancy) and father (William).  Nancy and Bill Budd served as trustees at The White Mountain School in the 1990s. David also volunteers his photographic skills with Bicycle Colorado, a bicycling advocacy group based in Denver.

David traces his current life and career to his time at WMS in the following way, “While at The White Mountain School, I gained a great deal of respect for the outdoors and environment, from skiing at Cannon and hiking the Presidential Range, to riding a bicycle next to logging trucks on the narrow roads of northern New Hampshire.  The art and mathematics (photography is all about numbers) classes helped me to develop critical skills that I use on a regular basis today.  Most importantly, The White Mountain School taught me that learning could be fun, something I couldn’t relate to at my previous public high school.”

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