A marine biologist by trade, Cory has a passion for the outdoors and is an aspiring landscape and wildlife photographer. He takes his camera and his dog, Stew, with him on every adventure he takes, and his home in Alaska is full of adventures. Committed to always paying it forward, Cory donates half of his proceeds to a different charity every month. This month helping refugees from Ukraine.
The photography community continues to grow so fast with more and more talented artists sharing their work every day. I always love finding new photographers and admire the work of so many. At the end of the day, there is always one photographer that has never stopped inspiring me, Sean Bagshaw. He is an incredibly skilled and humble photographer and educator. With a similar passion for the outdoors and the same love for adventure that I have, I will always find inspiration in his work and can only aspire to capture scenes as well as he does.
Tip for other Photographers:
While there are many lessons I've learned over the years and so many more to come, the first tip that I would share with other photographers is to believe in yourself. Photography is art, there is no right or wrong way to do it, no matter what others are doing, as long as we believe in ourselves we will be successful. In photography, this is something that I continue to struggle with, but when I'm able to take a step back from my critical self and believe in myself and my work, I can remove the shackles that hold me back, gain the confidence I need to grow and have fun in the process! And that's the most important part to me, having fun!
Selecting just one of my favorite images is such a hard task, I have many photos that I'm very proud of and excited to be able to share with others. This photograph below, however, is the one that I always come back to as a true favorite. I can still remember the exact moment when I snapped this photo from early in my photography career and the excitement that I felt in the moment, humbled by all the beauty around me. The memory associated with that entire backcountry trip is what makes this single image so special to me. It was a brisk early morning in the foothills of Alaska's namesake mountain range, a place that still to this day, I try to visit at least once a year.