We are outdoor and nature photographers, focused on creating compelling images of all the wildlife, scenery, and outdoor adventure found on this big beautiful planet of ours.
We are firm believers that to be a great nature photographer, you have to be a great naturalist. Through our deep understanding and appreciation of the natural world, we are able to create dynamic imagery that tells a story. With over a decade in the business as professional nature photographers, we bring a unique set of skills, expertise, and vision to your creative project.
Hi and thanks for taking the time to learn a bit more about me. I’ll try to keep it brief since, let’s face it, you’re probably here for the photos and not a lengthy autobiography! If you were looking for a long-winded dissertation on my life, or a deep discussion of my emotional involvement with bokeh, then I’ll just apologize now and let you know that you won’t find that here.
I am a nature photographer and have been professionally photographing for little over a decade. I think I have the coolest job on the planet. Okay, maybe the folks up circling the planet in the space station have a pretty cool job too, but I think mine ranks right up there. I am really fortunate to get to do what I do. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am one of the lucky few who have found exactly what they were meant to do, nature photography is that thing for me.
My passion for nature photography started while taking bike rides with my son when he was a baby. If you have taken one of my workshops, you’ve probably heard the story. If you haven’t, next time you run into me buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about it. I like hoppy micro brews. A good IPA is probably the universe’s way of telling me “Everything is gonna be alright.” I am also really fortunate that it is a family business. My wife, Nicole, and son, Adam, mean everything to me and that they get to share in this crazy adventure with me makes it all that much sweeter.
I’m originally from Maryland and grew up on a small farm near the mountains. I worked my way through high school at the local parks and zoos, and eventually graduated from the University of Maryland, Go Terps! Extra points if you can guess my field of study. Hint: It was definitely not photography.
I am a product of the digital age. I’ve never smelled darkroom chemicals or gotten misty eyed reminiscing over Velvia slides on a light table. Heck, for the first few years of my photography endeavors I thought Velvia was a brand of processed cheese…
Although I never dabbled with a traditional SLR, I have a deep respect for those photographers who paved the way before me and often look to them for inspiration. For me, I view being “born” in the digital age as a door that has opened up the world of photography to a broader audience. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer. I am inspired by all the new technology and the extremely cool things that can be done with it to capture creative visions. Every day we are pushing the boundaries of what we thought were possible with a camera.
I like sunsets and long walks on the beach…while carrying about 40 pounds of camera gear. I won’t talk religion or politics with you. I’ve found the best way for exploring “the meaning of life” is grabbing my camera and wading through a swamp. In my point of view, this has an amazing ability to put everything neatly into perspective!
I finally decided that I had to make some time to write a little about myself because Jason said that if I didn’t, he was going to write it for me. While I am sure it would be full of entertaining tidbits like me being raised by wolves as a young girl, or about my time as a place kicker in the NFL, I think I’ll write something that’s a little more non-fiction than what he would come up with!
I am very lucky that this thing I call a job is something I love to do. So to me it’s not a job, but my passion. I use the title “Business Manager,” as a short way of saying producer, event planner, keeper of the calendar, customer relations manager, second photographer, photographer’s assistant, wife, mom, and head cake decorator (a position every nature photography business needs!) When you call, it will most likely be my voice you hear on the other end of the phone assisting you with any questions or needs you may have; and when we are on assignment, it will most likely be me making sure everything goes smoothly.
Like a lot of people, I took a roundabout route to find this career I enjoy so much. Although my first few years growing up were on a small farm in upstate New York, I have called Florida home for most of my life. After graduating from Florida State University (Go ‘Noles!), my first job took me to Maryland where I met this crazy creative outdoorsy guy… you can guess where this story is leading, right? Together our careers took us from Maryland to Virginia, and then on to our current home in Florida.
I had a variety of successful careers, including manager, trainer, sales rep, and event planner, but coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, I always knew I would someday run my own business. For a variety of reasons, 2008 was the right time for me to jump off of the corporate ship to work with Jason and grow our business. I am often asked how we can be married and work together all day, go out on assignments, vacation together, raise a child together and not kill each other. When you’re with the right person, it just works! We don’t always agree on everything, but we are a great team, and love to brainstorm innovative ideas, tackle projects, and take care of our clients together.
When I’m not knee deep in Hahn Nature Photography, you will probably find me involved in one of the community service organizations that I volunteer for or spending some time with our son and being involved with the many activities he is in. I love outdoor adventures with my family; canyoneering, rappelling, caving, camping, whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, you get the gist. Luckily all three of us are rather adventurous and like a lot of the same crazy things! And while not so outdoorsy, I love to decorate cakes… but only for my son’s birthday or family celebrations.
Well, that’s me! If I can help you with anything on the business or production side of things, give me a call or send me an email! ~Nicole
Credits and Recognition
Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with a variety of organizations, share my work with a wide audience, and receive a number of awards and recognition. It’s been an honor to be involved with every one of these organizations. One of the greatest compliments on my work is that you put it on your pages, in your project, on your living room wall, or just want to hear me talk about it. Thanks to all of you for helping me be able to do what I love.
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Some of my other accomplishments include:
- Competing in the ICF Pro-Tour, placing a very respectable 4th overall, with 7 top 100 images.
- Selection of my image “In Mom’s Shadow” as a top ten photo in the annual NANPA Expressions competition.
- I’ve been a speaker at local schools for the “Great American Teach-In” every year since 2006.
- Certification by the State of Florida as a Master Naturalist.
If I had to pick one thing that is the greatest honor out of that pile, it would be doing the Great American Teach In. If you have never been involved, do it!