Updating this in May of 2013!

I'm (still) an amateur photographer with a passion chiefly for animal and wildlife photography, though I'll take photos of just about anything. In 2013 I'm working on a 365 project to help me improve my photography technique and push my creative boundaries - although I've fallen rather behind on updating it recently. Someday I'll have some free time and get on that!

I am currently a naturalist aboard the whale watch vessel the Voyager III out of Boston, Massachusetts, run by Boston's Best Cruises (www.bostonsbestcruises.com). We've been having a pretty great season so far in 2013! If you have any questions about whale watching in Massachusetts, please feel free to send me a message and I'd be more than happy to have a chat! I bring my camera with me every time I'm on the boat and try to capture as many fluke (tail) shots as I can for documentation of the Gulf of Maine humpback whale population for the season. Hence many of my summer photos are of whales, though I'm working on taking more photos in and around Boston as well!

My background:

In 2011 I finished a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy, where I found my passion in life: ocean conservation. I interned with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (www.whales.org) in 2010 and worked with them again in 2012 during my first year on the Voyager. My dream someday is to see and photograph all of the large whales around the world. Already I'm about halfway there!

I am originally from Iowa, where I grew up and went to undergrad. When I'm visiting home I'm lucky to live along a wooded area, where we get plenty of visitors in our backyard! Iowa also has some great places where you can see bald eagles, especially in the winter, so I've been fortunate enough to attempt some shots of them the past two years.

I love to travel, and I'm hoping to do a lot more of it in the years to come, because staying in one place is not enough for me. The world is what you make it!

Canon 60D
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Canon Powershot ELPH 300

Galaxy Nexus phone

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May 2008
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Female and Taken
Whale Watch Naturalist