Thank you for visiting my site.  I'm a photographer who specializes in creating conservation, nature, and outdoor adventure images. 

A native of Colorado, there has never been a time that I can remember that I haven't been interested in photography, or in the outdoors.  My parents tell me that in the first couple of years of my life, it was unusual to have a dinner out without the adults needing to take turns walking around with me in the parking lot, as that was the only way to get me to stop crying.  Not much has changed. 

From a very early age, I was always running around with a camera in my hand.  It often didn't have film in it mind you, but the act of looking through the view finder and clicking the shutter was enough.  By the time I was in high school, photography was a huge part of my life.  I practically lived in the school's dark room, and could discuss the merits of Fuji versus Kodak film for hours. 

After graduating high school, I attended the University of Colorado, eventually earning bachelor dual degrees in International Affairs and Anthropology, with a minor in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology...then I went to Law School.  After practicing law in Northern Colorado for 11 years, I made the decision to return to photography full time. 

In the fall of 2014, I sold my law practice.   My wife and I bought a used RV, and spent the next 10 months crammed in to about 100 square feet of living space with two dogs, and traveling to some of the most incredible locations in the country. 

The decision to trade in the law career for the life of a photographer was not made lightly.  The primary motivation came from my belief that the world is a very special place, and we're losing it at an ever increasing rate, often before we even know what we have.  The rate of human caused extinction is now so fast that scientists have recently proposed a new term for the geologic epoch that begins with human caused influence of the earth's ecosystems on a global scale: the Anthropocene.  Paleontologists in the far future will be able to identify this time period in the geologic record by the disappearance of the majority of the earth's species, and the appearance of plastic.  It's important for me to feel that I'm using my life to contribute in some small way to the awareness of this problem, and if I can't do anything to stop it, at least I can do something to document what we're losing.

Ethics in nature photography is critically important to me.  Unless otherwise noted, all images were shot in the wild, and show wild creatures.  Occasionally, I work with rescue or rehabilitation organizations.  In these circumstances, this is indicated with the image.  Digital editing is limited to "darkroom techniques".  In other words, I only use editing techniques that would have been available in a traditional darkroom such as changing contrast, darkening shadows or lightening highlights.  I will never paste an animal into a location where she wasn't before.  Truth comes first, art comes second.

The best way to contact me is through this site.  Please let me know how I can help with your project, or if I can answer any questions for you.

-Bill Hughes