Today we bring you the stunning work of female travel photographer Amy Ames. Amy’s captures these incredible wildllife storytelling images, its like she’s able to capture the animals souls with her images. You can find her on IG here – @amyamesphotography
What are you shooting with?
I shoot with cameras exclusively. I am a Nikon shooter with at D5 for wildlife and recently have added two mirrorless camera’s to my bag for landscape.
My favorite lens is my 500mm. I love the reach that it gives me for wildlife.
How did you get started in photography?
Like so many other photographers, I first became interested in photography when my kids were little. I did some family photography for years and then moved into hospital newborn photography. On a family trip to Wyoming, several years ago, I fell in love with bears- this started my wildlife addiction.
What is your favorite image you have taken and why?
“Fresh Catch” is my favorite image. This was taken on my first trip to Alaska in 2017. That trip held so much excitement for me and opened my eyes up to a whole new world of photography. The salmon were running that trip, and there were so many exciting moments captured, but this one was by far my favorite. I love what a story this photo tells. This cub had so much personality taunting its siblings with the fish, like a naughty child. My favorite part of this photo is the interaction between the cub and the pack of hungry seagulls. It was a moment I won’t soon forget.
What is your favorite photography subject?
Most any wildlife, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d say bears, whales, and foxes.
What is your favorite trip that you have taken?
It’s so hard to pick a favorite. Often while on a photography trip, I will randomly blurt out that this was the “best day ever,” but then the next day might be too! Last summer, I was fortunate enough to take my family to Alaska and show them around one of my favorite states- this was a top highlight.
What is the most photogenic place you have been?
I would have to say Grand Teton is the most photogenic place to date that I’ve visited. My parents started bringing me to Grand Teton at a young age, and every trip back has been magical and amazingly different.
If money were no object where would you travel to and why?
That’s easy- I am dying to make a trip to Antarctica. I’m saving my pennies and hope to make it there in 2022. There’s so much to be excited about there, but the penguins and ice bergs are what I yearn to see most.
What is your travel itinerary for the next year?
Next week I’m headed to Yellowstone National Park for an annual trip with photography friends. In February, I’m celebrating my 50th birthday by traveling to Norway to see the Northern Lights. I will be up above the Arctic circle in the Lofoten Islands. Summer brings a family trip to Maine, and in October, I’m headed back to The Great Bear Rain Forest in British Columbia to photograph the Spirit Bears.
Get out and see the world! I’m incredibly thankful that my parents instilled the urge to travel in me from a young age. It’s so easy to get stuck going to the same place often, but the world is so large and there’s so much to see! Have a bucket list of spots you want to visit and slowly chisel away at that list. Always be ready for your next adventure.
When you are not traveling, what can we find you doing?
When I’m home I’m busy managing a team of hospital newborn photographers, taxi driving my 15 year old around or photographing my black lab with her buddies! I know this might sound crazy, and many won’t believe it, but I’m also a homebody. When not traveling, I love being at home with my family.
Tell me something random about you
When my kids were younger, I owned an online stationery website that carried holiday photo cards and birth announcements. For more than ten years, I have designed and printed Steve and Nancy Carell’s holiday cards. The best part about this story is that for the first 5 years, I didn’t realize who they were!
Do you have any photography or travel goals?
I always have a list of goals on my mind. In 2019 I wanted to photograph my home state of North Carolina more, which still needs a bit more work. In 2020 I’d like to work on astrophotography and improve my landscape photography.
Any special projects you are working on?
I tend to want to get on a plane and go far away to photograph. Last year, I decided to start trying to do more close to home. I made a trip to Cade’s Cove to photograph black bears. I spent some time up on the Blue Ridge Parkway photographing the mountains and I also spent some time in the Outer Banks. I’d like to continue this project this year and make it to more spots in North Carolina that don’t require a plane trip. (My husband especially appreciates this project)
Favorite travel or photography accessory?
Camera bags are my addiction. There’s always a bag or 6 coming and going through our doors. I might use it once or twice and then decide it’s not perfect and move on to the next. I’m currently obsessed with this new bag that Shimoda put out on a kickstarter campaign. It’s called the Action x50 and was made with wildlife/landscape photographers in mind. So far, so good!
Any accomplishments you want to share?
My biggest accomplishment was being published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Over the years I’ve been an avid reader of the magazine and learned so much from the it. Being published in there was my greatest photography accomplishment.
If you were shipwrecked on an island but had all your human needs (food, water, clothing) what two items would you take with you?
My mirrorless camera and tripod. That sounds like the perfect spot to work on astrophotography!
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Amy Ames is an adventure photographer specializing in landscape and wildlife portraits, based in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Whether she’s hiking through Grand Teton National Park, catching a ride on a bush plane in Alaska or camping on a beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Amy’s passion for adventure and pursuit to capture her subjects “wild” describes the essence of who she is as a person and photographer.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” HK
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