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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018  Highly Commended-Behaviour: Birds

Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese,  2017 Professional Photographer of the Year, Honorable Mention,  National Audubon Photography Awards

" Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


To capture a photo of a wild creature in its natural habitat and capture the connection to our own humanity and beauty is what drives me to make images.  I use my camera as a tool to "speak" for the animals and bring attention to this nearly invisible world, one which we often miss in our hectic lives rushing to and from work.   

My lifelong project is "Urban Wilderness".  I have explored Southern California, from regional parks to small urban fields looking at the survival of critters squeezed into these diminishing spaces.    In the Galleries tab is a page, "The Fox Chronicles", a project over 10 years in the making.   In 2020, for 100 days during COVID, I spent my time watching the Red Fox families in my neighborhood.   Watching their interactions of playing, discipline, teaching and pure joy, I was so reminded of the deep connection that humans do have with wildlife.   We can learn so much from them.   Taking their photographs and telling their story evoke such excitement and connection to our natural world for me, and I hope that you find that as well.    Now residing in Florida, it is a paradise for Bird photographers like myself.    Learning about new birds and animals is such a wonderful experience.  

I enjoy sharing my passion and concern through traveling and teaching Bird and Wildlife Photography. Learning how to slow down and learn new things was my COVID experience. I never imagined that I would be teaching classes and speaking via Zoom and happily now back in person.

Workshops are lining up for 2024 and 2025!   Botswana is FILLED!    Spring and Fall in the Tetons is here!   (2 spaces left) I'm excited to share a Florida workshop in partnership with NANPA.  We have 1 spot left!   I just added a link to the 2025 Kenya trip that I will be leading in conjunction with Women In Wildlife Photography!  Visit the workshops and classes page for more information and links.   More trips will be announced in the near future!

I'm honored to be invited to continue to teach classes and workshops with Tuttle Cameras in Long Beach and Samy's Cameras in Los Angeles.   

I'd love for you to join me on an adventure that you will never forget.   My intention is to create intimate, boutique workshops that give you more than you expect and prices that deliver incredible value.    Visit my Workshops/ Classes page for more information and to sign up.  

Make the most of the gifts that we are given. Don't wait for the perfect moment... it is here now!  Thank you for all of your continuing support and for joining me on the journey!



                                                            Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography LLC