~ Seattle-based Pet and People Portrait Photographer ~

about me

Greetings! My name is Kimi Maruyama, and I am a pet and people portrait photographer living in Seattle, Washington. I've lived what some of my friends call a "nomadic life," residing in many cities across the US and in Japan, but I am ready to retire my cardboard boxes and hand dolly to call the beautiful Pacific Northwest my new home.

My ultimate goal in a photography session it to capture an authentic portrayal of each subject or occasion. To accomplish this, I will ask you many questions prior to the photo shoot, so I understand what you envision in the final product. Knowing about you and your occasion as much as possible ahead of time helps me take better pictures.

I am a big animal lover! My male-muse Mustang, a Maine Coon mix kitty, often models for me for free, but I also  spend many hours a week volunteering at my local shelters taking photos of temporary residents, so they have a better chance in getting adopted. Not only does working with shelter animals save lives, but it's also an invaluable learning experience. Because shelter animals come with a wide range of personalities and temperaments, it has given me a keen eye for animal body language, and my ability to read non-verbal cues helps me put my non-human models at ease during my pet photography sessions.

Why Round Mountain Photography? Hint: the clue resides in my last name, but in a different language!

Answer: My last name, Maruyama, means "round mountain" in Japanese!


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KIMI maruyama



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