John "Slick" Thow
Growing up in Southern California, SlickPixels.com creator and Flight Brief Magazine Editor, John began his journey in aviation photography at the age of 7 when he began going out with his grandfather to the Point Mugu Air Show. "My grandfather had the run of the place... and so did I in those days." says John. Grandfather Jim was one of the head electricians at the base and was in charge of setting up much of the air show. "He would set me up in the pilot's grandstand with them and their families. It was great to hear their stories after they returned from flying in the show. Sometimes I would even get meet the Blue Angels."
"I learned early on that planning on being out at the show both Saturday and Sunday was a good idea due to the difference in the weather. Often times, especially with the potential for fog at Mugu, the Blue Angels and other acts would only get to fly on one of the two show days. Besides, I got to run around all over the place taking pictures and eating all the show food I could stomach."
"In those days, the planes flew with, and actually launched missiles. Looking back through those old snap shots makes me wish we had today's cameras back then."
"I guess I have just never really grown out of loving to hang out at the air show."
Dan "Shooter" Thow
Much like myself, my son Daniel seems to find a sense of peace and purpose among the hum of propellers and the roar of jet engines. Dan has been coming with me to air shows or walking the flightlines of local airfields since before he could walk.
Desiring to be like dad, we started him off with a fairly basic automatic digital camera when he was about 4 years old, and noticed very quickly that he had a natural ability for capturing our favorite fast-moving subjects.
Since that time we have set him up with a professional grade camera and better lenses and his results have really been great and continue to improve. He really sparks a lot of enthusiasm and attention from the other photographers, show-goers, personnel and pilots. They all get a kick out of seeing this young guy working hard to get just the right shot.
Dan has appeared in several newspapers in their Air Show articles and reviews, and was even shown on the San Diego Fox 6 news working hard at MCAS Miramar. Many of Dan's photos have been published not only in our work, but in a variety of other places including the front page for the September, 2008 Air Show edition of the Flight Jacket newspaper at MCAS Miramar.
Dan was branded, “Shooter” by the Marines at Miramar, naming him after the Marines' term for a combat photographer.
Lyonel "L-Train" Robinson
Lyonel first got serious about his photography while working in the photo department at an electronics store. He started off shooting landscapes and soon took what he had learned an applied it to diagnostic imaging, better know as radiology or X-rays. Lyonel has been working as an X-ray technologist since 2003.
Lyonel began photographing airplanes with us in 2005. Unlike Dan and I, Ly really grew up with more of an interest in photography than in aviation. But after getting him out for a couple shows, he really caught the bug and has been shooting with us ever since.
Lyonel really enjoys the challenge that aviation photography presents with its fast moving and wide variety of subjects.
Now if he can just figure out how to fit an F-22 onto an X-ray table...
Kristin "Broadway" Thow
Kristin has really come into her own with her photography. She has a real knack for bringing her unique style to everything she does. She is also becoming quite a writer and we look forward to featuring some of her future stories.
You can find some of Kristin's best images right here on Slickpixels.com and in our upcoming book expected to be released mid 2017.
Luke "Mongoose" Thow
Following in the footsteps of Dad and older brother Dan in what has now become a family tradition, Luke truly loves all things aviation. He has become a wealth of aviation knowledge and his photography skills are constantly increasing.
Please be sure to have a look at some of Luke's images in our air show galleries right here on Slickpixels.com and in our upcoming book expected to be released mid 2017.