About Me

Welcome to my world of wildlife photography! I was born and raised in western Canada, but now I live in Oregon, United States. I am an aspiring photographer of wildlife and have been fortunate to photograph iconic and charismatic species in several wonderful locations around the world, including Botswana, Canada, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and several places throughout the United States (e.g., Alaska, Florida, Oregon). Although I have loved every location I have visited, the Okavango Delta in Botswana is probably my favorite place on the planet.

All of my photographs are taken in the wild (i.e., none are of captive animals in zoos) and none of the animals have been baited or lured. You can find a collection of my favorite images under the “photographs” menu tab (check back here often because new images will be added regularly).

In addition to being an avid wildlife photographer and traveler, I am also a Professor of natural resources at Oregon State University, and Editor of the scientific journal “Human Dimensions of Wildlife.” I earned my BA and MA degrees in geography and environmental studies from the University of Victoria in Canada, and my PhD in natural resources from Colorado State University in Colorado, United States.

I have a deep passion for the environment and its preservation. I am also dedicated to educating people about these issues through my teaching and research at the university, as well as through my photography.

In my opinion, wildlife photography is all about patience, persistence, and perseverance (and luck too!). Photographing wildlife should not just be about technical settings, digital processing, getting as low as possible to the ground, and keeping an eye glued to the camera waiting to catch “that moment.” More importantly, wildlife photography should involve becoming immersed in natural landscapes, sharing experiences with friends and family, being “in the moment,” and capturing fleeting events that can inspire and educate others about the importance of preserving the beauty and fragility of this planet. A photograph involves stopping a single moment in time that quickly disappears and is impossible to replicate, yet the image also helps to imprint and relive memories and feelings lasting a lifetime.

Wildlife photography involves a lifelong journey of continual learning and advancement. I have been fortunate to learn directly from several professional photographers who I have photographed with in the field, attended workshops with, and communicated with over the years. These amazing photographers are also wonderful people and I am honored and delighted to call them my friends (you can find links to websites of some of these individuals under the “inspiring photographers” menu tab).

I started into the world of digital photography in 2009 with a basic Canon T1i and kit lenses. Shortly thereafter, I upgraded to a mid-range Canon 60D and Sigma 150-500mm lens. Now, I make my images with Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 5D Mark III cameras, and lenses such as the Canon 500mm f4L II, 70-200mm f2.8L II, 24-70mm f2.8L II, and 16-35mm f2.8L III (you can find a list of my current gear under the “gear” menu tab).

Thank you so much for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy viewing my photographs as much as I did making these images! If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with me directly (click on the “contact” menu tab) or on any of my social media platforms (click on the “social media” menu tab, or the small orange icons at the bottom of my webpage). Also, if you can spare a few seconds, please sign my guestbook (click on the “guestbook” menu tab).

Awards and Publications:

- 2014 Kwando Photographic Competition: Winner / First Place (Birds Category).
- Multiple "Image of the Week" awards on BirdPhotographers.net.