What kind of gear do you use?
Nikon D500 (Crop Sensor)
Nikon D750 (Full Frame Sensor)
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E ED VR II
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Legs
Really Right Stuff TP-243 Ground Level Tripod
Really Right Stuff Pocket Pod
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ballhead
Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead
How do you edit your photos?
I use the Adobe Creative Cloud to do all of my editing. For most photos I use Lightroom CC but if I have a specific edit for a photo I'll use Photoshop CC.
If I order a print, how long will it take for it to arrive?
We custom order each print and have it sent directly to you from a manufacturer we have been trusting for over a decade. Because we have to place each order, we ask that you allow up to 2 weeks for us to place the order and up to 1 week for it to be printed and shipped. Most delivery times will be faster than 3 weeks but we can't guarantee a delivery date.
What kind of prints can I order?
We offer prints on two surfaces. The first is a metallic paper, which is a traditional surface with a glossy finish that helps the image 'pop'. If you order on metallic paper, you may receive your prints in a folder or rolled in a tube. These prints will need a frame to be displayed. The second kind of print we offer is directly onto aluminum metal. These prints come with a floating mount on the back and are ready to be hung directly on your wall.
Why don't you offer 8 x 10s?
We sell our work in the aspect ratio that best displays the image. Although 8 x 10 sounds like a good idea because there are so many frames available in this size, this aspect ratio doesn't allow you to show off the best of the picture. We sell in either aspect ratios of 2 x 3 (so 8 inches by 12 inches or 20 inches by 30 inches) or in perfect squares. The only exception we make is for our largest prints, which are 30 x 40 inches.
What if I want to order a custom print?
If you see a photo of ours on Instagram or elsewhere that you want to order, let us know. We don't offer custom printing services of our current offerings on different surfaces or in different sizes. But we may be happy to consider adding a new print to our collection.
Aren't you afraid of bears?
The first time we saw a bear, we took off running for a car. This is not the right thing to do when you see a bear. But yes, the first time we saw a bear, we were nervous. We have now seen 64 black bears in the wild. Every single one of them has run away from us, most so quickly that only one of us catches sight of a bear butt fleeing through the forest. So, no, we are not scared of bears anymore. We don't approach them, we don't feed them, and we appropriately manage our food when we camp (i.e., hang a bear bag in a tree, use a provided bear box). We do carry bear spray when we are hiking in areas where there could be Grizzlies.
What's your favorite National Park?
It's a toss-up between two parks we visited in Summer of 2017--Mount Rainier and Grand Tetons. Mount Rainier was a last-minute decision to visit instead of Olympic and we ended up going when so many wildflowers were blooming. We found a family of foxes we were able to visit multiple times during our visit and couldn't get enough of the views of the alpine mountains. Later that summer, we spent a mesmerizingly perfect day hiking Grand Tetons National Park. We hiked Cascade Canyon out to Solitude Lake and saw two bears, five moose, pika, and marmots on that hike, not to mention wildflowers everywhere.
Where are you going next?
This summer we are heading to Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, and Voyagers National Parks. Once we survive that trip, we'll start planning for a fall trip to return to Mount Rainier and see Olympic National Parks for the first time.
How do you find so much time to travel?
Both of us work full-time but neither of us are employed full-time. Michelle's job as a professor is technically 75% time and Kelly works his own hours. So we have a lot of flexibility. During winter months, you can often find us working ahead so that we can get out and about more easily in the spring and summer. We also tack on travel to a lot of Michelle's work trips. When she has a conference, we'll see if we can make a long weekend out of it and go see a new or favorite National Park.
Can you help me plan a National Parks trip?
Yes! This is something new we have been scheming about doing and Michelle is pretty jazzed about it. If you or your family want to chat about where you might go and what to do while you're there, please Contact Us.
Can you really make an income from photography?
Yes. And No. Or at least, we don't know yet. Photography is still a work in progress for us. When we first set out to let Kelly test his legs as a full-time photographer, we set a modest income goal that would cover his gear and indulge our wanderlust. We're about 4 years in to this adventure and we are now exceeding that goal with photography alone. And as a bonus, Kelly doesn't have to do projects that don't interest him, which ultimately keeps both of us happier.