Today, I’d like to introduce you to three animal photographers you should know.

This long period of time has given me a lot to think about. To take time to breathe, to think and to look around. So during that time, I also decided to write this article to introduce you to three other inspiring and very different animal photographers. I appreciate their open-mindedness and ethics, every detail counts when they photograph their favorite subject. In this article we will not talk about techniques, settings, shooting tips or processing. In this article I would like you to feel inspired, transported.

I deeply believe that becoming a good photographer is above all about how to express your emotions, develop your values, your being. These are the things that I find most fascinating and important when photographing animals, whether domestic or wild.

Anne Geier

« My name is Anne and I’m a dog photographer from Austria. I love nature very much, I am lively and creative and I like to laugh and enjoy life at every moment. With my two own dogs, Yuri and Finn, I like to go on adventures. My photographs come to life from certain lighting moods, looking a bit dreamy like a fairy tale and from breathtaking landscapes of the wilderness of Austria and other European countries. My passion is to show people the beautiful spirit of dogs and our nature and to take them on a little adventure.  »

www.annegeier.com

Anne Geier Dog Photographer From Austria

« My name is Anne and I’m a dog photographer from Austria. I love nature very much, I am lively and creative and I like to laugh and enjoy life at every moment. With my two own dogs, Yuri and Finn, I like to go on adventures. My photographs come to life from certain lighting moods, looking a bit dreamy like a fairy tale and from breathtaking landscapes of the wilderness of Austria and other European countries. My passion is to show people the beautiful spirit of dogs and our nature and to take them on a little adventure.  »

www.annegeier.com

Anne, can you tell us more about your personal vision of dog photography? How did your passion for this field of photography come about?

« I started dog photography with my first dog, Cindy. At first I just wanted to take pictures of her to create memories, but then a real passion came along. »

Anne Geier Dog Photographer From Austria Photographe Canin Autriche

« My vision of dog photography is to capture the character of the dog as good as possible in the pictures and try to make the pictures emotionally captivating. I want to show the viewer a piece of their beautiful soul in fairy tale portraits or in combination with breathtaking landscapes. Especially with the pictures of my two dogs, Yuri and Finn, I try to take the viewer on a little adventure with us, where he starts to dream and where he can forget everything. And I want to show the world how beautiful the rescued dogs are. »

Any particular project, any particular trip that made an impression on you?

« The most fantastic trip was our adventure in Norway! What this trip meant to me is very difficult to describe. This simple life, spending time with the dogs 24 hours a day, spontaneously deciding where to stay, where to go, which hike to do… it was the most beautiful thing for me, the most beautiful feeling of freedom. And capturing all those beautiful moments with my camera was extraordinary. »

Among your photos, if you had to choose only one, can you present your favourite and tell us its story?

« Oh, Audrey, choosing one picture is really hard. Four would certainly be easier, because in this case I would choose one of Cindy, one of Finn, one of Yuri and my favorite among those taken during the photo sessions with the clients. But when I have to choose, I think this one is one of my favorites. This photo means a lot to me because it was not taken by accident – I waited about 3 years to put it up and it took several attempts. For this photo, special weather conditions were necessary. I needed a sunny day with fog in the valley. Foggy days come in spring and autumn, it is important that the fog looks like clouds. You have to get up early to walk to the summit and reach it before sunrise and hope that the summit is fog-free. We didn’t have much time because after sunrise the light is too strong. »

Anne Geier Dog Photographer From Austria Photographe Canin Autriche

« As you can see, many conditions had to be met to take this picture. I am really proud to have been able to take it last year in the fall. Everything was perfect and Finn also did an incredible job: he is proud as a lion and enjoys the view. »

What’s your dream as a photographer?

« My big dream as a photographer is to publish a photo book of the adventures of Yuri and Finn. I have in mind several places all over Europe that I would like to discover with them and that I would like to document photographically. I already have some pictures but there are still many places missing. So I think this is a project for life. »

 © Copyright Anne Geier | Instagram : @anne.geier.fotografie | Facebook : /annegeierfotografie

Carolin Giese

« I’m Carolin, animal photographer from Germany, currently I am living in Iceland where I mostly take pictures of horses and dogs, surrounded by the amazing icelandic landscape. Spending time outside together with animals is one of the best things I know, as it nurtures your soul and strengthens the bond between humans, animals and nature in a very special way. It is my passion to capture the stories of unique personalities and untamed souls, combined with the purity of their breathtaking environment and I am happy to share this passion with people from all over the world! »

www.linaimages.com

Katla-Fotografie-Photographer-Horse-and-Dog-From-Iceland

« I’m Carolin, animal photographer from Germany, currently I am living in Iceland where I mostly take pictures of horses and dogs, surrounded by the amazing icelandic landscape. Spending time outside together with animals is one of the best things I know, as it nurtures your soul and strengthens the bond between humans, animals and nature in a very special way. It is my passion to capture the stories of unique personalities and untamed souls, combined with the purity of their breathtaking environment and I am happy to share this passion with people from all over the world! »

www.linaimages.com

Caroline, can you tell us how you would define your job? Why did you go into equine photography?

« Born with a deep connection to nature and animals it’s my passion to capture the stories of unique personalities, combined with the purity of the breathtaking icelandic landscape. I love to include any kind of interesting weather in my photography, while all my work is created with respect, love and care for our nature and its beautiful souls. When working with clients I give my best to make the photo session feel like a fun exploration out in nature and I will mostly keep the directions and poses to a minimum. Capturing the horses (sometimes together with their humans) interacting with the landscape or each other in an authentic way is my goal, this is also way I usually keep my editing process quite natural. »

Caroline Geise Katla Fotografie Photographer Horse and Dog From Iceland

« I have been fascinated by horses as long as I can remember. Since I was a kid they have not only been a big part of my life but also became one of the biggest sources of inspiration for my work and my life in general. They have taught me so many important lessons throughout the past years and I couldn´t imagine a life without horses. »

Where does this fascination for Iceland come from and how do you find your inspiration?

« I have been fascinated by Scandinavia and especially Iceland ever since. I think it is mostly the breathtaking landscape, the untouched nature and the extreme changes in daylight throughout the year, which caught me from the first moment, but I am also a big fan of dramatic weather, which occurs quite regularly here in Iceland, especially during the winter. The lighting conditions are just out of this world and I couldn´t find words to do them justice. it also the way of the life and The contrast of solidarity and isolation. »

« Besides all these obvious elements, theres is just something you just can’t put in words but which you have to experience for yourself I think. Sitting in a horse’s field without any expectation, watching them play, interact and deal with the elements, or just being surrounded by their very special spirit is one of the best things I can imagine. These are the moments where I draw my energy, where I find my new power and ideas. I also find a lot of inspiration in nature in general, landscape and different weather moods, another big part is music. »

What message, what emotion do you wish to transmit through your works?

« I think the most important part of my work is to show true life moments. I want to show authentic emotions and the beauty of simplicity, whether it is created while shooting “free” horses or during a client shoot. I am also a big fan of darker moods and atmosphere in combination with special lighting conditions. We can always find light where it seems to be dark, if we choose to see it. »

What is your most vivid memory of a photo shoot?

« I’ve had several great shoots at outstanding locations or special light conditions so far, shooting at a glacier would be one of my favourites for example or shooting at a horse’s field I randomly came by, illuminated by the early morning sun. I have wonderful memories of photo shoots where I’ve met people I am now lucky to call my friends, but there is actually one very special memory: A series I have taken about one and half year ago, where I was alone in rough breathtaking landscape, only surrounded by a huge herd of icelandic horses. It was windy, freezing cold and started to snow a little and it was just how I like to take photos the most: horses, weather, me and my camera. »

 © Copyright Carolin Geise | Instagram : @linaimages | Facebook : /fotografiecarolingiese

Charline Palomares

« It’s when I arrived in Haute Savoie that it all clicked. I had this powerful feeling within me of feeling free to be myself in nature with animals, and my passion for photography was growing. Then I felt the desire to go further, like a call from the bottom of my heart. It’s now been a year since I embarked on this adventure, drawing my inspiration directly from the sources of our mother, nature. I always photograph with respect for the animal, free and wild. For each of my photos I try to transcribe these emotions of the moment, the magic of each of my animal encounters. »

www.charlinepalomares.com

Katla-Fotografie-Photographer-Horse-and-Dog-From-Iceland

« It’s when I arrived in Haute Savoie that it all clicked. I had this powerful feeling within me of feeling free to be myself in nature with animals, and my passion for photography was growing. Then I felt the desire to go further, like a call from the bottom of my heart. It’s now been a year since I embarked on this adventure, drawing my inspiration directly from the sources of our mother, nature. I always photograph with respect for the animal, free and wild. For each of my photos I try to transcribe these emotions of the moment, the magic of each of my animal encounters. »

www.charlinepalomares.com

Charline, knowing you personally, I know that you photographed dogs a lot and that’s how I knew you, why this change for wildlife ?

« I started digital photography 3 years ago, inspired by my dogs that every day pushed me to surpass myself, then more and more resounded in me the song of the forest, the mountain. Naturalism has been a real passion since I was a child. I feel a mad love for nature and everything that constitutes it. It is like a therapy for me. Nature and its beauty allow me to marvel and thus to freeze time, pain, anxieties, everything disappears. »

Charline Palomares Photographe Animalier Sauvage haute Savoie France

« The wild is a stranger that has always fuelled my dreams and when I realized that it was possible to photograph wildlife, it was a revelation for me. Telling a story through natural light, a medium to extend my dreams, a way to show the beauty and poetry that resides in every living being on earth. »

What was your biggest project in your work as a wildlife photographer and what did you get out of it?

« Our film project and photo exhibition on the Polar Fox with Baptiste Deturche taught me a lot. To go in search of the polar fox in Scandinavia, this animal that has animated our dreams for years, on these immense mountainous lands without really knowing where to look, where to start. Then succeeding in finding this species by ourselves, living as close as possible to nature for a month, facing its impetuous weather and trying conditions was an unforgettable experience. This adventure made me aware of the fragility of the Arctic environment in the face of climate change and the uncertain future of the species that make it up. »

What do you think is the most important thing in wildlife photography? Tell us about your ethics.

« The wild world is for me a temple, a sacred universe in which each of my visits is a moment of contemplation, of meditation.  Animal photography can quickly become a selfish pleasure with the help of many techniques to attract animals. These techniques can very often create reproductive failures, put them in danger or even cause their death, and it is then that the paradox arises in my eyes: a proclaimed love for nature confronted with a desire for perpetual human domination over it in the fact of consuming it without really respecting it.  I aspire to show that it is possible to photograph free and wild animals without the use of artifice. This is, in my opinion, essential to fully experience the magic of animal photography. It’s necessary to me to respect animals and show them our love. This means avoiding at all costs the disturbance and therefore techniques that are not in accordance with naturalistic values. »

« I find it so rewarding to discover a place by myself, to create a unique and intimate story with the beings that inhabit it, to feel its energies, its soul. It allows us to always learn more about nature, about ourselves. I like to fully feel this feeling of being a visitor in a world where animals can do without me. I accept that it is the animal that decides whether to allow me to experience an encounter or not. I don’t think in priority photo and even less quantity. My ethics and my love for nature put aside all the human desires that separate us from its exceptional authenticity. »

What is the lesson you have learned from wildlife and nature?

« Nature more than lessons brings me many new insights. The time I spend close to wildlife has taught me to be inspired by silence, to marvel incessantly at its beauty and poetry, to change my way of thinking and especially of acting, because many of our actions have repercussions on the wild world. I realized how much climate change has an impact on animals and that it takes more than any other day-to-day commitment to preserve it. I became aware that we are an integral part of nature and my mission is to maintain this balance as best I can in order to live in total harmony with it. We often talk about reconnecting with nature, but I think it’s really a decoy. We are perpetually connected to it, we just have to accept to feel it fully inside us to find many answers to our questions. »

 © Copyright Charline Palomares | Instagram : @chawildheart | Facebook : /chawildheart

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