Professional Wildlife Photographer Artist

I became a professional wildlife photographer to show the wonders of wild animals in United States or in far countries. My passion has led me to choose wetland birds and migratory birds, deer of the world, monkeys and large mammals living in the United States or Africa as themes. I like to give a quiet and ethereal vision of the animal world.

Amar Guillen, American professional photographer artist, passionate about the wonders of the wild animal world.
Amar Guillen, professional photographer artist, passionate about the wonders of the wild animal world.

Why I Chose to Become Professional Wildlife Photographer Artist

Wildlife is beautiful, surprising and interesting. My passion for the wonders of nature has naturally led me to spend hours observing and learning about wildlife. But the use of binoculars and books does not satisfy me completely. I want to record all the beautiful  and unusual attitudes, expressions, and behaviors that I see while watching animals. Wildlife photography has allowed me to do this. It is also a way for me to demonstrate the wonders of nature through my pictures.

Inspired by the Wonders of Wildlife

All my artistic inspiration comes from contemplation of the wonders of nature. I find and observe animals to better understand their behavioral subtleties. Then I look for the lighting and background which complements the animal best. This is my photographic vision.

I attach significant importance to environmental wildlife photography. I prefer to photograph the animals in their natural environments, since this is where they make the best subjects. The long hours spent in waiting or pursuing the subject are rewarded when I finally capture the animal’s image within its exquisite native environment.

My photographs of animals are oriented towards terrestrial mammals and birds. Macro photography or close-up photography of insects or small reptiles are not part of my photographic approach. It is a deliberate artistic choice on my part. Indeed, to create interesting photos, it takes a lot of time and numbers hours or days of waiting in hides. I had to make artistic choices.

Photographing Animals to Raise Awareness

My photographs of wildlife have two purposes: to show the animals and express my feelings towards beautiful scenery. Indeed, it is often difficult to translate these emotions into words. A simple photo has become a wonderful way for me to showcase nature’s wonders. I can accomplish this through my exhibitions or my books. I always try to show the fragility of the species I encounter, as well as their unique behavioral responses with human interaction.

During my years as photographers, I have noticed that few people truly appreciate and “know” their local environment. Their knowledge of animals is often limited to pets. Therefore, they do not adopt a protective attitude towards their local wildlife. As professional photographer, I take pictures of wildlife to sell them, but also to remind people of the fragility and beauty of well-known species living near them.

It is for all these reasons that I organize wildlife photography conferences during which I explain my passion and reveal secrets of wildlife professional photographer.

Rediscovering Forgotten Wonders

I strive to show the beauty and variety of the wildlife that people see all the time in their daily lives. Searching for hidden treasures in everyday places, I aspire to surprise and delight people with the beauty of local environments. Perhaps I can inspire the viewers to rediscover the native wildlife surrounding them.

For example, in the United States, I am passionate about the birds of Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico, as well as the migrating birds that come each year during March to High Island in South Texas.

My profession of photographer encourages me to explore hidden treasures both near and far. Not only do I photography locally, I also travel to more distant regions. For example, African wildlife photography has become one of my passion for mammals and birds.

Wildlife photography is only a part of my passion for nature photography. For me, wildlife is an inexhaustible source of artistic inspiration. My sensitivity, found in different regions during my travels, deeply impacts my photographic works, thus resembling an inner part of me.

Using Photo Techniques to Show the Wonders of Wildlife

To better demonstrate the wonders of wildlife, I use all of the available photographic techniques. I prefer photographs with wide dynamic ranges that show all the delicate details of feathers and fur. Textures and materials are essential elements in wildlife photography. But the techniques themselves are not the main objective for me. They are only a means to achieve my goal, and that goal is to create a work of art which can be treasured for generations to come.

Creation of Artistic Photographs

The animal photographs I make on the field are intended to create collections of art photographs. These pieces of art are meant to encourage people to dream--I invite my viewers to escape the troubles of life by contemplating them. My art photographs (also called fine art photos) have been specially created to arouse calmness and introspection. The collections show ethereal, uncluttered photos illuminating unique and evanescent moments.

I chose two themes for my art photographs. The first (in color) is entitled "Lights and Colors". The second, based on the technique of black and white, is entitled "Shades of Blacks and Whites”.

Sharing my Passion With Other Photographers

I enjoy meeting other photographers who have similar passions for the wonders of wildlife. Exchanging both wildlife knowledge and technique creates an opportunity to share my passion for the wonders of nature with other photographers who are seeking for nature inspiration. This act of sharing often allows participants in my photo trips to discover new artistic inspiration.

I share my passion for wildlife photography through articles which I publish in my blog. This blog, dedicated to photography, is a way for me to share my knowledge and experiences of the animal world.

My Career: Professional Photographer Artist

Even if wildlife photography is my true passion and purpose in life, I ultimately remain professional photographer. As photographer artist, I draw my income from photography by marketing artwork and wildlife photography courses.

My wildlife portfolio shows my artistic approach when photographing animals.


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