Sean has been a commercial travel photographer and author for over 25 years, specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients.


He’s had freelance and contracted assignments with hundreds of publications and companies worldwide including Amazon, American Express, Backpacker, California Division of Tourism, Endless Vacation, Fuji Film, GEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, National Geographic's book, calendar, and online divisions as well as Adventure and Traveler, The New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, Outside, Random House, REI, Timex, The Travel Channel,, and Woodbridge wines.


Sean has shot over 200 assignments for Sunset, over 150 for Via magazine, and writes many feature articles on photography for Engadget, Lightroom, Outdoor Photographer, Peterson's Photographic, Photoshop User, Rangefinder, and Shutterbug. He has also authored two books which he photographed: The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009), and The Complete Guide to Nature Photography(Dec 2011) both for Amphoto/ Random House. Sean lectures and teaches workshops, live (for Calumet, Camera West, Future Light, Point Reyes, Tamron, Workshops On The Farm), and online at Perfect Picture School of Photography.


As the Photoguru, he has appeared on numerous television segments, radio and web shows including ABC San Francisco's The View from the Bay, CBS San Francisco's Bay Area Focus, ABC Radio Southeast, Scott Sheppard's Inside Digital Radio and Nik Radio, and Ibarionex Perello's The Candid Frame discussing various aspects of the photo industry.


A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in ‘91, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography.


Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Iran, Mexico, the UK, Southeast Asia, and; South America. He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed across mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of. Today, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, base camp for all his travels.


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  • JoinedNovember 2006
  • OccupationCommercial Photographer
  • HometownAlbany, CA
  • Current cityDanville, CA
  • CountryUSA
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