Photographer, Instructor, Naturalist
Creating Photographs with purpose
I’ve always had a profound interest in wildlife and the natural world, and that passion has directed the course of my photography career.
As a wildlife conservation photographer, my focus is to create images that trigger an emotional connection with viewers, and which spur us all to be stewards of nature – whether that’s found in a million-acre forest or our own backyard.
As an instructor, I aim to provide other photographers with the skills they need to craft compelling images that grab viewers’ attention, and most importantly, to find excitement and fulfillment through their photography practice.
My motto is “Start with why”
When you begin every photograph with the question of why – why you are taking it, why it is important, why it will matter to others and to your subject – then you will move beyond taking a picture of something. Instead, you’re crafting a photograph. You’re moving from snap-shot to story.
When you start with “why”, then the “how” will follow easily and naturally.
Oregon Coast Photo Tours works under this premise. We bring together the excitement of photography with interesting knowledge about our subjects. Not only does this strategy help to solidify new photography skills, but learning about our subjects makes everything about our day-long adventures more fun, interesting, and memorable!
A little about me
- Certified Oregon Master Naturalist
- Certified Track & Sign III through CyberTracker, the International standard for wildlife tracking
- Award-winning photographer, published in National Geographic Books, Heyday Books, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Sierra Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, Ranger Rick Magazine, Discovery Communications websites and other outlets
- Founder of Urban Coyote Initiative, and recipient of a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant for work on urban coyotes
- Volunteer with Oregon Coast Community Forest Association
- Volunteer instructor with Girls Who Click, providing free photo workshops for teens
Learn more about my wildlife conservation work and other workshops.