Hi, I'm Jaymi.
I'm a wildlife conservation photographer, naturalist and instructor. I help conservation visual storytellers reach their BIGGEST goals through my online courses and membership community.
I believe knowledge is for sharing, and conservation photography resources and training should be accessible to all.
There’s nothing like a good story, especially one with pictures, to get folks stirred up enough to care, to act. And my goodness, do we ever we need to take smarter actions, and fast.
As a species and as individuals, we are capable of it…as long as we feel a compelling reason.
Photographs help illuminate that reason.
Sure, I love making pretty images. But it’s the purposeful story a photograph can tell, and the result that story can have, that really fires me up.
That’s what I’m thinking about whenever I pick up a camera.
I also believe that each and every passionate nature photographer out there has it in them to craft visual stories that matter, that inspire smarter decision-making locally and globally.
Sometimes you just need an outside nudge to get that seed of badassness to sprout and grow.
I like to give those nudges.
As our planet inches closer to inhabitablility, there is no room for knowledge hoarding, there is no time left for working in isolation. So, I work to help photographers find the tools and skills to do the work we all need done.
I am equally passionate about making visual stories, and helping others to make their own stories, too.
This is what fills my days.
Some of the stuff I've created thanks to this work:
Conservation Photography Courses, an online education platform for conservation photographers and filmmakers.
Wild Idea Lab, a membership community for conservation visual storytellers who want support from peers and in-depth educational resources to make big strides in their work.
Some of the places my stuff has been published:
- National Geographic
- Scholastic Books
- Heyday Books
- Outdoor Photographer Magazine
- Audubon Magazine
- Sierra Magazine
- National Wildlife Magazine
- Discovery Communications websites
- and others
Recipient of a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant so we could follow urban coyotes around paparazzi-style for my project, Urban Coyote Initiative.
One of my images was turned into a stamp by the United Nations Postal Administration to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. It is a portrait of a super cute rescued pit bull with a highly boopable nose.
Won some awards, wrote a book on Ethiopian wolves, and other random highlights.
The most important work lies ahead.