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Self-Portrait-winter-5-1024x668Throughout this site, I use the word “I” rather than the royal “we”. That’s because it’s just me; I’m a one-man operation. Granted I have the support of my partner of many years, Amy, and a dog who seems to like me, and Amy’s cat (who probably doesn’t). But mostly, this effort to create and guide incredible and memorable trips is just me: David W. Shaw.

So why would you trust me to guide you? Because, quite frankly, I know what I’m doing. I have undergraduate and masters degrees in wildlife biology so I’ve got a solid grasp on the birds and beasts. More importantly, I’m a naturalist at heart, and I take great pleasure in exploring the world with a curious eye. I like to watch birds (more than almost anything else in life) but I’m also known to crawl around on my hands and knees chasing beetles, poke under mossy rocks, and spend way too much time identifying an unfamiliar wildflower.

Photography is more than just a part of my profession, it’s woven into my life. My photos have been published hundreds, if not thousands, of times around the world, and I’ve written instructional articles for magazines like Shutterbug, Photographic, Professional Photographer, Photo Technique, and Amateur Photographer. I’m also an instructor at the Digital Photography School, where I publish new pieces two or three times a month and am a contributor at ExpertPhotography and NatureTTL.

I take these passions outside where I paddle boats, backpack empty ridges, and wander the boreal forest around my home with a pair of binoculars.

Because I lead only a few multi-day trips each year, you know you’ll receive my personal attention and won’t be just another name on a participant roster. On custom trips, together, we’ll decide on the best places and times to visit to give you the best chance to experience the wildlife, landscapes, and adventures you’ve been dreaming about. Whether your tool of choice is a camera, binoculars, or just your eyes and two feet, you’ve come to the right place.

For one day or ten, an epic backcountry journey or an evening photographing the northern lights, you can count on me to work hard to make sure you have the best experience possible.

If you’ve got a wilderness trip in mind, I collaborate with the best guide service in Alaska, Arctic Wild. Together, we can travel just about anywhere you’ve got a desire to go. Visit their website for more information.

Check out my blog exploring natural history and science here: www.david-w-shaw.com

And visit my photography site: www.wildimagephoto.com

Last, don’t be afraid to reach out. I’m happy to answer questions and explore possibilities with you. Here’s the contact form: