In 2006, Kayzakian-Rowe and her husband, Djerek, moved from Memphis, where she had made a name for herself as a photographer of Delta blues musicians. The Delta Blues Museum in Mississippi mounted a show of her photographs just before she moved to the Northwest -- first stop Seattle.
Cut off from her roots, she put away her camera and began to paint instead. She missed the easy intimacy of Southern life.
"Nobody would look at me in Seattle," she says.
It took a day trip to Portland to change her mind about the Northwest. The city's welcoming nature instantly convinced her that this was where she wanted to make her home.
Now Kayzakian-Rowe, 30, is busy creating portfolios of Portland musicians, and she is working on a book of photography dedicated to the scene in the Pacific Northwest city.