I was born and raised in southwest Washington to parents who taught me to appreciate the natural
world and all it has to offer. I have always felt a calling to the arts, but chose to go to Central Washington
University to pursue a career in law and justice. After graduating in 2008 with my bachelor’s degree my
Crohn’s Disease led me down a different path and I ended up here on Whidbey Island. I am now married
and raising three children full time, as well as working part-time. I often stay close to home when
photographing wildlife and because of that all the photos you’ll see displayed at the gallery were taken
here on Whidbey Island!
I am a Whidbey Island based photographer looking to capture the beauty of our abundant wildlife, both here on the island and wherever my travels take me.
Wildlife photography is more than just a click of the shutter. It captures a moment, a feeling, an intimacy with our wild brothers and sisters that not everyone can experience for themselves. I love the patience and perseverance it takes to earn the opportunity for those close encounters with wild animals and being able to share a piece of that with others through my photography. I bring an authenticity to wildlife photography that aims to show the magic of nature through real moments in time not coerced and forced or digitally created. I try to preserve true to life colors that help the viewer feel as though they are there with me; I am their looking glass into the world of creatures both great and small.
I have always felt a calling to be an artist but have struggled to find which medium suited me best. And then in 2017 I was gifted a DSLR camera by my husband and I immediately fell in love! For the first time, I had the right equipment to capture the natural world around me in a way that showcased all of its beauty. I am a self-taught photographer, whom other than asking (a lot) of questions from established photographers and reading a beginner’s guide, have paved my own path into photography.
I always respect landowner rights and protected properties when taking photographs. I use a large 600mm telephoto lens that allows me to keep my distance from wildlife. I am aware of animal behavior that signals stress or protecting young and keep myself back to avoid disturbing them. I prefer to capture wildlife in their natural habitat preforming natural activities and do not bait or call in the animals.
Please visit my Facebook page at www.facebookcom/JHwildlifePhotography/ to see my most recent photos (you don’t need to have a Facebook account to see my page!) and feel free to comment, I’d love to hear from you! You can also direct message me on Facebook or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org