Editors Note: This article originally appeared in NANPA’S magazine, Currents and is reprinted with permission. NANPA, The North American Nature Photographers Association, is the premier membership organization for outdoor and nature photographers. If you are not a member you should consider joining.
John Shaw, nature photographer, writer and workshop teacher, once said to me, “The more time you are in the field, the more money you are spending. The more time you are in the office, the more money you are making.” To manage all of my fieldwork I need to spend time in the office editing, selling, and marketing images. I would love to do nothing but travel the globe in search of the next great image, but if that were all I did, I would never make any money.
To add to my stock photography with as little impact as possible on my office time, I attach shoots to personal vacations, conferences, business meetings, workshops and assignments. At the 2008 Annual NANPA Summit, for example, I arrived two days early to take advantage of photographing in a spot where I had never been. What I found was pretty amazing; I shot close to 2,000 frames. What follows is my diary of this project to show you how it came to fruition.