THE FILE 250,000+ 35mm, 500,000+ digital images.
OVERVIEW National/international nature, wildlife and natural history. Wide variety of native and exotic flora and fauna of Africa, Amazon, Andes, Appalachians and mid-Atlantic. Travel files of Central and South America, Africa as well as national and provincial public lands. Extensive coverage of NPs and NWRs, including Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Haleakalah, Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Point NWR and many others.
NATURAL HISTORY Birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects. Wildflowers (common and Latin names), ferns, trees, wildlife gardens, cultivated varieties. Mushrooms. Scenics, biomes and habitats. Geology, geography. Tropical ecosystems, flora, fauna, habitats, scenics.
GENERAL STOCK Ecotourism, adventure travel. Birdwatching, boating, fishing, hunting. Families, kids' baseball, soccer. Nontraditional women's activities. Environmental pollution and testing, landfills, recycling. Agriculture, horticulture. Photomicrography. Travel files of Central and South America, Africa; national and provincial public lands, including indigenous people, scenics. Environmental education, ecotourism and ecological habitats.
SPECIALTIES Shenandoah NP-all angles, seasons, landscapes, tourism and wildlife. Similar coverage of mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, Appalachia, national and state parks, refuges and preserves, especially Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains, Chincoteague, Eastern Shore, Okefenokee, Outer Banks. Wildflowers, birds (especially songbirds and warblers), neotropical migrants, small mammals, mushrooms, reptiles and amphibians, insects, fish. Ecosystems, geology, habitats, nature study, birdwatching, tourism. Large detailed files on most major national parks. Thorough Kenya and Tanzania files. We specialize in the rare, secretive and hard to photograph life on earth.
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS U.S.: Alabama, southern Appalachians, Arizona, Back Bay, Blackwater, Bombay Hook, Chesapeake Bay, Carolinas, Colorado, Delaware, Eastern Shore, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii (Big Island, Kauai, Maui), Kentucky, Maryland, mid-Atlantic coast, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming. Canada: Newfoundland, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Quebec. National Parks/Refuges: Acadia, Arches, Assateague, Badlands, Bryce, Chincoteague, Death Valley, Denali, Dinosaur, Dolly Sods, Exit Glacier, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky, Haleakalah, Jewel Cave, Kenai Fjords, Kilauea Point, King’s Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Okefenokee, Redwoods, Santa Ana, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Volcanoes, Waimea Canyon, Waterton, Wind Cave, Wright Brothers, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion. Latin America: Baja, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Galápagos Islands, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela. Africa: Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania.
RECENT COVERAGE During the past five years, we have written and photographed for 15 new books for Falcon Press, Farcountry Press and Nature Pod (See credits); all were national parks books about baby animals, travel or general natural history. While writing these books and teaching photography for Canon, we had the opportunity to live within many of our national parks. We have extensive new material from Acadia, Arches, Badlands, Bryce, Death Valley, Dinosaur, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains, Jewel Cave, Joshua Tree, King’s Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains (including more than 500 pictures of two bobcats in perfect light), Sequoia, Shenandoah, Waterton Lakes, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, Yosemite and associated tourist areas. Coverage includes major habitats, flora, fauna, geology, park activities and ecotourism. We photographed many rare and endangered species. Also, we recently took nature photography students on trips to Assateague and Chincoteague NWRs, Shenandoah NP and many parks in Belize. Rob grew up in southern Ontario and worked as a park naturalist at Rondeau Provincial Park. It was exciting to spend peak migration time in May photographing this phenomenon at Rondeau and Point Pelee NP. Of the many species we documented, our most exciting photos were the obliging Kirtland’s Warbler. On a recent trip to Costa Rica we had a fantastic experience slogging around with National Geographic crocodile expert Brady Barr. We photographed Barr and a local crocodile expert trying to capture the largest croc ever caught by hand; they captured, measured, aged and sexed the ancient creatures. We also spent time photographing the amazing biodiversity of cloud forest flora and fauna at Savegre. Quetzals, several local hummingbirds (including the high altitude fiery-throated hummingbird) and neotropical porcupines were photographed. At more than 11,000 feet in the bleak parmo, we tested Canon’s pro cameras, flashes and ultra telephoto lenses in a horizontal driving rain as that was our only chance to get into this unique habitat. After more than an hour in this inhospitable climate we came away with stunning full frame shots of the endemic volcano junco and several other localized species. These weather conditions were the most severe our cameras have ever been exposed to, but they performed without a glitch. We recently led nature photography trips to Costa Rica, Madagascar and South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PLANS We frequently visit the following parks in all seasons doing research and photography for our Field Guide series: Big Bend, Blue Ridge Parkway, Death Valley, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Teton, Great Smokies, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, Shenandoah, Yellowstone and Yosemite. We are leading a natural history photo trip to Ecuador’s Galapagos, the Amazon and the Andes during July 2014. In 2015 we will take a group to Panama for nature photography. If you are interested in going, email email@example.com.
CREDITS Magazines: Adirondack Life, American Horticulturist, Audubon, Birder's World, Chevron Odyssey, Country Living, Defenders of Wildlife, Destinations, Duncraft, Equinox, Forbes, Harrowsmith, Islands, Living Bird, National Geographic, National Geographic KIDS, National Geographic Traveler, National Parks, National Wildlife, Natural History, Nature Conservancy, Ranger Rick, Season, Virginia Wildlife, Women in the Outdoors. Books: American Geographic, Audubon Guides, Camden House, Capstone Press, Chanticleer, Childrens Press, Chronicle, Grolier, Harcourt, Houghton Mifflin, Human Kinetics, KC Publications, Macmillan, Orange Tree Production, Rodale, Sierra Press, Stokes Nature Co., Wadsworth, Wiley, World. Author/Photographer: Baby Animal Board Book of Appalachian Mountains (Farcountry, 2014; photographers); Nature Guide to Yosemite National Park (Falcon Press, 2014); Nature Guide to Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Press, 2013; VOWA award winner); Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Press, 2013; VOWA #1 award winner); Nature Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Press, 2012); Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Press, 2011); App for Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Press, 2012); Kids Baby Animal Board Book of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Farcountry, 2010); Pocket Guide to Yosemite National Park (Falcon Press, 2009); Pocket Guide to Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Press, 2009); Pocket Guide to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Press, 2009); Pocket Guide to Grand Teton National Park (Falcon Press, 2009); Shenandoah National Park iPod Nature Guide (Nature Pod, 2009); Born Wild in the Smokies (Farcountry Press, 2007); Shenandoah Simply Beautiful (Farcountry Press, 2007); Born Wild in Shenandoah (Farcountry Press, 2007); Birds of Shenandoah (Shenandoah Natural History Association, 1997); cover and major contributor to Birds of North America (Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1996). Many scientific and lay articles on natural history subjects. Calendars: Audubon, Donihe Graphics, Dream Garden, Ducks Unlimited, Falcon, Impact, Landmark, Teldon. Other: Smithsonian website, advertising displays, CD-ROMs, murals, postcards, posters, prints, puzzles; photo show and tour for Roger Tory Peterson Institute Gallery.
RELATED CREDENTIALS/SKILLS Husband and wife team; both college biology professors, teachers and writers. Extensive classroom and field teaching experience in photography, ecology and biology courses. Rob is a professor of biology and program head of the Nature and Outdoor Photography Curriculum (now offered online) at Lord Fairfax Community College. He teaches field biology and nature photography. Ann is head of the science department and is a professor of anatomy and physiology. She also teaches biology and microbiology. She co-teaches nature photography classes and organizes international nature photo tours. Extensive national and international travel leading nature/photo tours. Ann and Rob were contest judges along with Canon's Explorers of Light, Lewis Kemper and Adam Jones for Canon's Photography in the Parks Photo Contest. The now famous Wimberley Head was conceived in our living room when David Wimberley listened to me complain about a 600mm lens that crushed my fingers when it slammed forward on a ball head. David said he could make something better than that. His partner and son, Clay, has forgiven his dad for disassembling his skateboard (when Clay was a teen) for parts to create the first Wimberley Head. Clay and David are both engineers and do extensive testing to make sure their gimbal heads, which were the first, continue to be the best. Clay, an excellent artist and photographer has visited Kenya and Costa Rica with us to test their innovative products. If you are in any of our classes or trips, you will use the various Wimberley inventions and you will be eligible for a special Wimberley discount.
COMMENTS Prompt, full-time staff. Computerized submissions with scientific identifications and Latin names. Can do photomicrography for textbooks. Have done diverse assignment photography, including major advertising campaigns. A professional background in wildlife and biology gives a thoroughness to our photography.
NONEDITORIAL SERVICES If you are interested in our natural history photo tours or wish to be put on our mailing list, please email AnnRobSimpson@snphotos.com. We do not advertise the tours, and they fill up fast by word of mouth. Some of the international natural history photo trips are offered as classes for college credit. Ann is head of the science department and in charge of the International Natural History Photography courses (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rob is head of the Outdoor and Nature Photography certificate program (email@example.com). We are available for professional, enlightening and entertaining powerpoint presentations on a wide variety of subjects. Our favorites are "How to Shoot Like a Pro Nature Photographer" and "National Parks," but we can give very specific programs on anything from birds to the fascinating world of fungi.
Ann & Rob Simpson
1932 E Refuge Church Rd.
Stephens City VA 22655-9607
Ann & Rob Simpson
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