This portfolio primarily consists of photographs captured at the Oakland Zoo in California.
There are basically four kinds of photos I shoot at the zoo. As an official Volunteer Photographer, while I often shoot for myself, I also shoot at the request of the zoo.
1. I try to shoot photographs of animals in such a way that it is virtually impossible to tell that they were not photographed in the wild. No fencing, platforms, or human artifacts of any kind.
2. Sometimes the zoo puts out interesting looking enrichment items, and there is value in having shots of animals interacting with these. A lion playing with a ball, for example. Or an elephant eating a watermelon whole. These are not found in the wild, but they enhance the animals well-being in so many ways.
3. I often shoot photos of animals interacting with their keepers. Some animals never have direct contact, some get quite a bit. I try to provide keepers with interesting shots of them doing their jobs. Especially during feeding or training sessions.
4. Special events and Docent activities are shots that the zoo likes to have photographs of. I do not intend to post those types of photos on this page because I don't get signed releases. The zoo can use them, I can't.
If the zoo has used one of the photos posted in this portfolio, I will annotate the shot with additional information.