I poured over photograph after photograph in National Geographic,
Sierra Club, Audubon, and others, almost forgetting to breathe.
I thought this kind of photography was unattainable for the
At age 14,
after saving for a long time, I purchased my first camera
for $100.00 with money earned from a paper route. Full of
youthful exuberance, I took pictures of nature and scenic
subjects that occurred in my small world. I was so disappointed
with these early photographs. If I couldn't dazzle people
with my pictures like National Geographic, then it wasn't
worth the effort, I thought. I gave up, put my camera in the
closet and literally went fishing.
In college, my passion raged on for the
natural world. I studied landscapes and ecology, and received
a master's degree in these areas.
Later, over twenty-five years ago, I felt compelled
to revisit my love of photography. I remember it so clearly.
I was fly fishing in Montana, and, in between catching 20"
brown trout on the Madison River, the thought came to me,
almost as if by divine communication, "when I get home
from this fishing trip, I'm going to start shooting pictures
professionally." I know this sounds like the old, "It
came to me in a vision at stream side" story, but I'm
not making this up.
I've always yearned to bring emotion to
my life, and to that of others. Photography allows me to do
this. Now, with a staggering amount of work, my photographs
have made the pages of National Geographic, Sierra Club, and
Audubon. They have brought emotion to art directors and their
publication audiences all over the world. I take great pride
that I have been able to help my clients look good. I can't
say, "I've arrived", but I can tell you I feel an
immense satisfaction that my work touches the lives of others.
— Dennis Frates