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Nathaniel Smalley

Nathaniel established himself as a full time, professional nature photographer at the beginning of 2012, fulfilling a lifelong dream. His love of photography was born of necessity. As a nature artist in high school he set out to capture photographs of his subjects to draw from. Over time his interest in drawing was surpassed by the intrigue of what images of nature he might capture on film. Suffice it to say that his life is now consumed by an unquenchable desire to experience the natural world at every possible moment, capture it with his camera and share those experiences with the world through his photographs.

Nathaniel’s own work has been most heavily influenced by the masters of nature photography including, Art Wolfe, Thomas Mangelsen and John Shaw. Nathaniel was struck by the fact that these three photographers captured images of all forms of nature and didn’t restrict themselves to just landscapes, or just wildlife. He has worked diligently to build his own portfolio with the same approach and is still inspired by them today.

More than just a nature photographer, Nathaniel is first and foremost a conservationist. While living in Maine his free time was spent volunteering and assisting injured birds and mammals at the A.E. Howell Wildlife Conservation Center, where he also served as a Board Member from 1996-1998. This facility is the largest rehabilitation center in the Northeast and second only to the Bronx Zoo in Bald Eagle rehabilitation for that region of the United States. Upon relocating to Arizona and the Southwestern U.S. in 2007 he continued this rehabilitation work with Liberty Wildlife, and in October of 2012 he received his certification from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a certified wildlife educator & bird handler. He strives at all times to adhere to the highest standards of ethics in nature photography and avoid any of the cheap ‘shortcuts’ that could in any way harm his subjects or the environment.

In 2012 Nathaniel was awarded 'Honorable Mention' in the National Wildlife Federation's nature photography competition for his image titled 'Peek-A-Boo' of a Sandhill Crane. Also in 2012 his image 'Levitation' of an Anna's Hummingbird was a 'Finalist' at the Stanford Birding Photographic Competition in Capetown, South Africa.

In 2013 Nathaniel was recognized as the ‘Featured Photographer’ for Audubon Arizona and joined their Central Leadership Council that same year. He also served as the Field Trip Chairman for Maricopa Audubon from 2013 – 2014.

In 2014 he became sponsored by Naneu Camera Bags and was welcomed to the Nikon Pro Team of photographers.

Nathaniel never feels alone exploring the vast wilderness in search of his photographs. For him it is a sanctuary where he captures his images of the living world and shares them with those who love and appreciate nature as he does.

Nathaniel is an independent photographer and available for assignment work. Please use the form on the Contact Page on his website to inquire.


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