Denali National Park was where I chose to go right after graduating college in 2008. I had never been to Alaska before, and all I knew was that Denali was a great park that had a variety of wildlife. This was where my journey began for becoming a National Geographic wildlife photographer. It was a very exciting summer because on each trip I was learning so much about myself, my camera, angles, wildlife and how they move, and the amount of work it takes to become a great wildlife photographer. Follow my first summer in Alaska as I take many backpacking trips and start my career as a wildlife photographer.
I graduated from Carson-Newman College in May 2008, with a BA in Photography. Immediately after graduation I went to Denali National Park to work at a hotel for the summer. On my off days and weekends I hiked through much of the park. It was an incredible experience. The next summer I went to Katmai National Park, in Alaska, and was the tour bus driver to The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Katmai has the largest population of protected brown bears of any national park, and I saw bears every day I was there. Working around these animals was an awesome experience. During the winters I have worked at Beaver Creek ski resort in Colorado. On off days and while skiing I will still enjoy the outdoors and go take pictures. Check out my website, www.bearheadphoto.com, to see my pictures.