Portrait or Personal Image - Michael S Couch

I am a 38 year old Adventure Photographer who specializes in Wildlife, Adventure, and Landscape Photography.I was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas but soon after moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I grew up there and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1990. I then left for college at Auburn University from which I graduated from in 1994. After working for several years in Birmingham, I returned to Auburn where I now live. I am not your typical Nature Photographer. What sets me apart is my drive and passion to pursue adventure and wildlife photography to a level were few others venture to dare. I have the knowledge, experience, and capability to track into inhospitible environments. This is where I thrive. I seek the challenge and make it happen. Whether in the mountains photographing black bears or in the swamps photographing alligators and snakes I am at home. I have always had an interest in photography but I mostly put it aside growing up and stuck to hunting and fishing. During college at Auburn University, I began backpacking and camping more and hunting less. In 1994 I studied abroad at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. While there I spent every free moment I had hiking across England and taking pictures. When I returned to Auburn I continued backpacking and starting taking trips to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Appalachian Trail. On several of my first week long trips I began to see black bears during isolated areas of the AT. After several encounters with the bears, I was hooked on photography and have never slowed down. I slowly began to expand my photographic interests from bears to snakes and then on to alligators. Now, all animals draw my attention, especially those which are very elusive and difficult to photograph. Being an avid outdoorsman, I expanded my photography into adventure sports and travel photography. Over the past several years I have been to Mexico, Beleize, Honduras, and the Roatan Islands to photograph wildlife and the culture of these beautiful places. Now I am catering to the outdoor photography market and the conservation market where I can both share my photos and bring attention to worthy causes. If you have a idea and need some sort of out of the way photo, contact me. I currently use all Canon equipment, Acratech Ball Head, and my trusty Gitzo tripod. I am single and therefore able to have a very flexible schedule so I can combine my work and play. I am a proud member of the National Geographic Society, Carolina Nature Photographers Association, and many other outdoor organizations and societies.
   




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