Paula Thomas

I entered the world of photography when I was in high school. I photographed landscapes while hiking mountains in Montana, where I grew up. I moved to the Seattle area in 2000 and discovered many more hikes to photograph. I also did some traveling and photographed destinations from Mexico and the Caribbean to Peru.

It wasn't until I joined the Seattle Flickr Meetup group that my hobby became more of a passion and some might say an obsession. I started shooting more of a variety of subjects from street, architecture, people and food. Now, most of my photography is centered around my homestead. I'm frequently taking photos of my honeybees, garden and chickens. I had became a group organizer after a year of being an active member of the Seattle Flickr group. I learned so much from being around other photographers of various levels and began collecting more cameras and lenses.

I have a blog called Gapey's Grub where I mostly blog about cookbooks, restaurants, recipes and homesteading. I am currently a stock photographer for Getty Images, where people are able to buy licenses to use my photos for use in print or on the web.

I've enjoyed shooting with Olympus gear since I made the switch to digital. Several years ago I made a complete switch from DSLR to mirrorless and primarily use the OM-D E-M5 MkII and carry the Olympus 12mm and 45mm lenses with me wherever I go. My camera bag is also my purse and is always with me.

My posts on Instagram have garnered me several articles featuring me and my homestead including, and and was also featured in a 6 page article in the summer 2015 issue of the New American Homesteader. I was recommended in Kellogg Gardens list of Gardening Influencers to Follow on Instagram in 2020.