As a National Geographic photographer I have the opportunity to photograph many animals, but my all time favorite is photographing foxes. It started in my 20's during a trip to Alaska.
At that time I was enrolled in college, my major was Linguistics with a minor in photography. I had figured majoring in an art would be impractical so I went with the more logical choice. Who knew I'd go on to make a good living as a professional photographer?! Before my trip I was assigned a photo project.
I remember going on my Alaska trip worrying about getting the assignment done. While in Alaska, I had taken a lot of fox photos, so I focused on foxes for the assignment. I can't recall if I did well on the assignment but my friend suggested that I submit my photos to National Geographic. I thought she was nuts!
No way was I good enough for something of that caliber. She reminded me there was nothing to loose. The photo was rejected. But I kept at it, growing a thicker skin with each rejection.
Then one day they published my photo. It's been 20-something years later and I'm one of Nat Geo's main photographers.
Arctic fox stretching after a nap.
Arctic fox keeping warm.
Beautiful fox in the snow. He looked directly in my camera, posing for me.
Young fox lying in the grass.
Two young foxes playing around.
Two young foxes learning to hunt.
Mama and baby showing their love.
“Though I photograph many animals, my favorite are foxes.”
I'm a child of the 70s so I experienced analog cameras and film in my youth and lived through the revolution of digital cameras in my early adulthood. Now that I'm in my 40s I look back at my early life with nostalgia.
I'm a mother of three and I've taken every single one of my children to have photos of them taken as a baby. If you're a new parent I fully suggest doing this. Camera technology advances too quickly to keep up.