Began in Jan 2018 Term ends: June 2021
When Linda was a child growing up in Hillsboro, Oregon, her parents used to rent one of The Arch Cape Cottages from the Leeches for their summer vacations. Now she is living here full time in the old Leech home and enjoying retirement in Arch Cape.
Linda started her portrait studio in Sherwood, Oregon in 1975. She was a pioneer of location portraits using only natural light and letting children run and play, while all the other studios were doing traditional stuffy studio portraits.
Her portraits were unusual and meant for display, so she was hired to lecture for Kodak and then Fuji Film at professional photography conventions around the world. Linda taught pros from everywhere how to use natural light and natural poses for their portrait work.
In 1985 while she was lecturing in New Zealand, she fell in love with a local photographer who was in her class. It took 5 years, but in 1990 Ian Murray moved his business of portrait photography half way around the world to join Linda in Portland. In 1996 they purchased the Leech property in Arch Cape and began a major remodel from the ground up. The two restored the property using as much of the old material and driftwood from the beach as they could, creating a true “handmade house” full of artistic touches.
Ian was killed in an auto accident in 2001. Linda still does photography, but now for the pleasure of it. Having served for many years on the design and review board for Arch Cape until it was disbanded, she now serves on the water board. It is one of the ways she stays active in the community.