Ann & Rob Simpson

Ann & Rob Simpson

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, Madagascar as well as North America national, state and provincial public lands. Extensive coverage of NPs and NWRs, including Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Haleakalah, Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Point 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, including extensive coverage for book projects on Blue Ridge Parkway, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smokey Mountain, Kings Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Yellowstone and Yosemite. Thorough Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa and Tanzania files. Extensive Central American files of Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and South America in the Andes, Amazon, Chile, Patagonia, Ecuador and Venezuela. 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, Haleakala, 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, Chile, Ecuador and Galápagos Islands, Mexico, Panama, Patagonia, Peru, Tobago, Trinidad and Venezuela. Africa: Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania.
RECENT COVERAGE This past summer we led natural history photo tours to the Galapagos, the Andes and Amazon of Ecuador. Lots of great photos including 42 species of hummingbirds, mostly in the Andes. One of our photo students, Tracey Robertson, got 2 Galapagos images that were published in the Holbrook Travel Calendar, and we had the cover and two inside images. We did an exploratory trip to Peru in November and will lead a tour there this August, 2018. Please email if you would like to go. During the past ten years, we have written and photographed for 18 new books for Falcon Press, Farcountry Press and Nature Pod; all were national parks books about baby animals, travel, wildflowers or general natural history. While writing these books and teaching photography for Canon, we continue to have 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, Point Pelee, Rocky Mountains (including more than 500 pictures of a mother and baby bobcat 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, Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky and Shenandoah NPs. On a 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. 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 Ecuador, Galapagos, Chile, Patagonia and Panama. Ecuador and Galapagos are always great for the amazing diversity of life. The scenery of Patagonia is simply spectacular and we photographed many new species of endemic plants and animals. On our Panama trip we photographed more new species of neotropical birds than ever before. The guides for the Canopy Tower, Canopy Lodge and Canopy Camp were as good as it gets and would find and call in whatever target birds we wanted to photograph. In the Canopy Camp, in Panamas remote Darien province, we photographed many new species of insects, mammals and birds. We got frame filling shots of a male fiery topaz, a species of hummingbird which only recently had been discovered in Panama.
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 will lead a trip to Peru this August, 2018. We will visit areas near Lima for wetlands, extreme dry desert and do a pelagic trip in one of the best seabird locations in the world (69 species recorded). It is also very good for cetaceans (33 species) with some very rare species. We will also visit the Andes including Machu Picchu and the Amazon. In August 2019 we will take a group to photograph jaguars and many other creatures in Brazil. If you are interested in going, email or
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: Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge Parkway, (Falcon Press, 2017); Nature Guide to Yellowstone National Park, (Falcon Press, 2015; VOWA and MDOWA award winner); Baby Animal Board Book of Appalachian Mountains (Farcountry, 2014; photographers); Nature Guide to Yosemite National Park (Falcon Press, 2014; VOWA and MDOWA award winner); 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; photographer); 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, Tropical Rainforests. 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, authors and photographers. 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. You will also be eligible for discounts on ThinkTank photo carrying products, Mindshift photo gear and Cognisys Motion Control, Focus Stacking, and High-Speed Photography Gear.
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. Program head for the LFCC Outdoor and Nature Photography Careers Certificate and professor in field biology and photography classes for Lord Fairfax Community College, University of Virginia Mountain Lake Biology Station and the University of Michigan. 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 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 ( and Rob is head of the Outdoor and Nature Photography certificate program (rsimpson@lfcc.ed). 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
Simpsons Nature Photography
1932 E Refuge Church Rd.
Stephens City VA 22655-9607 US

540 336-2979



Ann & Rob Simpson

Prothonotary Warbler spreading its tail while preening. Appropriately called the "Golden Swamp Warbler" by Audubon. It inhabits wooded wetlands, river edges and swamps of the Carolinian zone in Eastern North America. Although it is a common representative species of the Great southern swamps, it does breed all the way to southern Ontario, Canada, at Point Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park. This neotropical migrant winters from the Yucatan in Mexico to northern South America. It is a declining species suffering from loss of habitat on both it's breeding and wintering grounds. The species is a frequent cowbird host.
Ann and Rob Simpson are nature photographers and authors of numerous books mostly with a national park theme; Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountain, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Their background as professors in biology give their photography an in-depth quality. They have travelled extensively to photograph some of the earth's rarest animals, plants and habitats. Their photos have a sense of place including how we as humans fit into the environment. They regularly lead natural history photo tours to some of the most dramatic exciting exotic places on earth. Ann and Rob were the premiere pro photographers for Canon and the American Park Network's Photography in the Parks program. They travelled throughout Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks giving hands on photo field trips and an evening lecture on nature photography. Canon supplied equipment for the participants to use and each person got a CD of the images they took. The Simpson's also teach Nature and Wildlife Photography courses at Lord Fairfax Community College for the Careers Program Certificate in Outdoor and Nature Photography. The Simpson's use flash extensively and emphasize this in their classes. Their photography ranges from big telephoto wildlife to the most minute slime molds whose colorful intricate shapes can only be appreciated when blown up with a special 1x to 5x macro lens. They frequently use ultra wide angle lenses for scenic photography and teach students how to employ the hyperfocal distance for maximum depth of field. Nature, outdoor, scenic, travel and wildlife photographers. USA; Virginia, VA, , 500 mm and 600 mm telephoto lens on Wimberley Sidekick and Wimberley Head, Bogen Manfrotto and Gitzo Tripods., PortraitAnnRobSimpson_AnnRobSimpson__MG51556184152Dzhpbb.tif

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