I'm a photographer living in the Seattle area, and was raised drinking tea. For the past 10 years or so, I've been studying tea in ernest; reading books about tea, tasting new teas... I even went to the Tea Festival in Boulder, CO a few years ago.
At the moment, I'm also maintaining a new (non-commercial) website called The Tea Archive (http://www.TeaArchive.com), which is intended to be a grass-roots, member-driven database of tea reviews and ratings.
For what it's worth, my favorite teas are generally high mountain oolongs, although I love just about any real tea out there, with the possible exception of PuErh or heavily smokey teas such as Lapsong Suchong. My favorite black teas are Keemun and some single estate Ceylon teas, and I must admit that I also really love Earl Grey.