About Torenka - Torenka Photography

Toby Karlquist started shooting photos in grade school back when cameras actually had metal parts and photos were captured on film. (Google it.) He was a photographer on the newspaper and yearbook staffs through high school and college. He spent many hours in darkrooms developing film and printing photos and his fingers still smell like stop bath and fixer. (TMI?) Some would say that all those hours smelling those photographic chemicals help explain why he is the way he is today. He has continued to shoot photos over the many, many years that have passed since his college daze. Some of the more notable personalities that Toby has photographed include President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Waylon Jennings and Jimmy Buffett. Today you will find Toby enjoying photographing concerts, car shows and landscapes with his bride Renae.

Renae Karlquist has dabbled with photography for many years, but it was not until recently that she acquired her first professional camera. Since that time she has quickly developed (get it?) an eye for photographing concerts, car shows and landscapes. She has a knack for capturing her clients in very natural and flattering poses.

Together, Toby and Renae are Torenka Photography. Our clients get the added benefit of two photographers! We each have our own unique perspective so when we photograph your concert or event you will end up with a nice variety of images that capture you at your best.

We’re “personalitographers” – a word I just made up! We don’t just take photos; we do our best to capture your personality at a particular moment in time. Other pertinent info: We have over 40 years of photographic experience. Not to worry – on good days we’re still able to feed ourselves. We’re fun and relaxed. We thoroughly enjoy what we do! We’re not those crazed, in-your-face paparazzi idiots that give all photographers a bad name. We respect your “space” and stay out of your way. We are passionate about our craft and our goal is to make you look good! We look good in black. We blend in with the background and do our best to not even be noticed. It’s not uncommon for our clients to tell us they did not even realize we were shooting photos of them. This isn’t our first rodeo. Well, in all honesty, we have never actually shot a rodeo but the point is that we have been around the photographic block a time or two. We are professionals and are well past the “star struck” stage. We respect you and your artistry.

Where did the name “Torenka” come from? TOby and RENae KArlquist. That was easy! Now you know a bit more about Torenka Photography.

Our hope is that you find an image here on our site that that would look amazing on your living room wall!

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Torenka!