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 because we are often traveling without internet to gather more content!
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. (We do offer some framing options at the bottom of our prints for sale page.) 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. These prints are like photos and frames in one.
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 aluminum 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. If you can’t figure out how to place an order, simply let us know the size and photo you want, and if you want to order a frame. We can send you an invoice directly.
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 65 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. We do not carry bear bells (bear bells either don’t work or might attract bears because they aren't a natural sound).
What's your favorite National Park?
Our favorite park changes so often because many are near the top. Glacier National Park is a definite a-lister. But we also love Mount Rainier and Grant Teton. We’ve spent beautiful days from sunrise to sunset in each of those parks and they all offer landscapes and wildlife, giving you so much to enjoy every minute.
Where are you going next?
We almost always have a scheme to visit Great Smoky Mountain National Park since it is so close to us. But this fall we have a big trip planned to Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks. In the winter, we’ll visit Redwoods, Yosemite, and Pinnacles. Then next summer we have plans to visit Isle Royale, Theodore Roosevelt, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, North Cascades, and Glacier National Park. Olympic, Pinnacles, Isle Royale, & North Cascades will be new visits for us!
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 and rainy weekends, you can often find us working ahead so that we can get out and about more easily in the spring and summer or in good weather. 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 very modest income goal that would cover his gear and indulge our wanderlust. We're about 5 years in to this adventure and we are now exceeding that goal. We’re not in a position to quit our other sources of income but we do get to keep the projects that interest us the most. Only time will tell where photography will take us.