BCR 159: Maresa Pryor-Luzier, Natural History Photographer

“A Freelance photographer with a goal of bringing awareness to special places throughout the world.” 

Since 1987, Maresa’s involvement in the photographic community includes chapter president of the American Society of Media Photographers of Central Florida, and a founding member of the North American Nature Photographers Association. 

Maresa specializes macro and long lens photography. She has photojournalism and documentary experience.  Her travels have taken her around the world to extraordinary places such as the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, Costa Rica, Norway, Puerto Rico, and Southern Africa.

Credits include: Audubon, Field & Stream, Living Bird,Mother Earth News, National Geographic Kids, National Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Ranger Rick, Scholastic Library, Sierra, Shearson Publishing, Smithsonian, Time for Kids, and more . . .

Maresa has A.A. degree from Lake Sumter State College in Leesburg, Florida.  She studied at Daytona State College in Photography, and authored Camping with Horses, A Trail Riders Guide to Camping in Florida.  

She resides In Florida with her husband and when time allows camps with their horses. 

Show Notes: 

  • Tell us about your upbringing and education, and those factors that led up to your pursuit of natural history photography.
  • You have had, over the course of your career, a great number of photos published in a wide variety of outlets. Tell us about the publications that stand out or the ones you are most proud of.
  • It appears many of the published photos came from transactions made by your agent on your behalf. Tell us about the agent relationship and who you have used if you can.
  • What is “stock photography” and how did it work?
  • What has happened to the old stock photography, one used to be able to make some money from existing photography, is it dead or living in some new form?
  • Your days as a marine coordinator for the commercial marine industry in photography.
  • You made the leap from analogue film to digital photography.  pros and cons of switching from chromes to digital files?
  • You have relationships with professional organization including the American Society of Media Photographers. In fact you are a founding member of the NANPA. Please tell us about NANPA and what you get out of it.
  • What is your involvement with NANPA and what does it do for you?
  • Do you sell fine art prints? In what form?
  • You have traveled far in pursuit of photos, what are your favorite destinations and photo subjects?
  • Tell us about the gear you use to make photos with and why you chose it.
  • You now lead photo workshops for people who want to improve their photos, what are your goals in teaching?
  • What do you want your students to walk away with?
  • Your interests are in education and conservation. Do you incorperate this into your talks?
  • You seem to have an affinity for horses, how does this wrap in to your photography.
  • When you are not working, what pursuits do you enjoy?
  • We have done the entire interview without me once mentioning the obvious; you are successful women who have spent her whole career in a world heavily populated by men. What can you share with us about this?
  • What advice do you have for a young woman who wants to get into nature photography?

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Maresa Pryor-Luzier Website

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