Since the Photography at the Summit Nature Workshop began in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hundreds of students have attended and grown into being accomplished professional photographers. As a new participant, or up and coming photographer, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine the path that will lead to a professional career. It’s different for everyone, but if you listen to the advice of our faculty (they have over 200 combined years of experience!), they will almost always and unanimously say to follow your personal interests. The professional world is competitive and intimidating, but we all have personal interests, stories, and connections that can make an exciting career very possible. There are a lot of success stories amongst the Summit Workshops alumni (AKA the Summit Family) and we thought it would be fun to catch up with a few to hear about their exciting work and how their careers have developed and evolved.
For the first installment of this series we sat down with Jennifer Leigh Warner, a nature and conservation photographer from California. Jennifer is the owner of Experience Wildlife and among a variety of other exciting and interesting projects, is an active conservationist and contributing member to the North American Nature Photography Association. Jennifer is also no stranger to the Summit Workshop and as you will read, has attended several over the years. Jennifer was the recipient of the 2017 ‘Spirit of the Workshop’ Award and we are excited that she will be joining us as a great resource at the workshop in 2018!