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About Andy


I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.





Aperture Is Retiring….

For those who have been Lightroom holdouts, here is a bit of information from the Apple camp that Apeture is ceasing development work:

With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS.

Apple is introducing a new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library. iPhoto is also being replaced by the new Photos app as a result.

More information can be found at The Loop.


Photo of the Day - Sea Lions


Rise Above The Rest

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Phase One DF+ camera, IQ280 80mp digital back, 75-150mm lens @ 80mm. 1/400 sec @ f/8, ISO 100


After many trips to the Galápagos Islands over the past decade, I have had great difficulty trying to anticipate and identify those unique moments that transcend anything more than a grab shot. I have to admit that it is a difficult place to photograph for me, as my visual storytelling ‘look’ or ‘style’ tends to be with wider angle lenses in an attempt to include the environment as much as the subject itself. On this day we spent our entire afternoon outing on a soft sand beach, and on this beach were about 75 individual sea lions. Sea lions primarily feed at night, and during the day they are typically inactive and usually sleeping. These sea lions were lying in a row, and I took some time to sit there and observe and enjoy the amazing light. This large male woke up, stretched his body and neck, and eventually found a new place to relax. Boom. Time to take a quick frame.


Court Approves The Sale of Tamrac Brand and Assets to Gura Gear



OGDEN, UT (June 18, 2014) – GuraGear, LLC, makers of innovative carrying solutions for discerning creative professionals has agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac, Inc. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale through the Chapter 11, Section 363 Sale of Assets process. Tamrac entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 and has a 37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.

Gura Gear President, Gregory Schern stated, “this acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Gura Gear to build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution. We look forward to providing customers a high level of service and implementing solutions from a new perspective in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Tamrac, Inc. will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalized in late June. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac’s assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.

Questions regarding the acquisition can be directed to

About Gura Gear

Gura Gear began in 2008 as an idea on the back of a napkin by a team of passionate photographers looking for the perfect photography bag. Today, Gura Gear has expanded to a full line of carrying solutions built to the highest standards utilizing only the best materials and workmanship. Gura Gear focuses on creating innovative products for discerning creative professional and enthusiast photographers who love to explore the world.

About Tamrac

Since 1977, Tamrac has offered a diverse product line to meet a wide range of travel and photographic requirements. From the first bag a beginning enthusiast will purchase to a bag suitable for the professional, Tamrac is committed to continuing to offer innovative products that are easy-to-use and understand.


Podcast Interview on One Thing Required



Will Lee of One Thing Required recently had a chat with me that is now published on their web site as well as through iTunes. We had a nice chat about my transition from my consulting career and into the photographic safari business, as well as some other interesting topics. If you have 45 minutes to spare, listen in.

The podcast can be found in a few places including the following:

1) On the show’s website:

2) In iTunes:




I finally joined the world of 2012, er 2014 and I now have an active Instagram account. I am adding images from my iphone daily, however sometimes I am digging into past images from around the globe, transferring them to my iphone, processing them with Snapseed and am posting those as well.

The Global Photographer on Instagram


..Of Art and Creativity

My good friend David DuChemin recently wrote a blog post that I wish I had written many moons ago, or at least had read when I was getting my start in photography. If you are offended by a few bad words, look past them. And take what David has written to heart.

For Jennifer, Whomever You Are by David DuChemin


Photo of the Day - Lion Greeting


Lion Greeting

Okavango Delta, Botswana. December 2013


One of the challenges with wildlife photography is the capturing of a special moment that transcends something that might be static or uninteresting. In another post I am going to describe what I call the ‘adjective-driven approach’, but the short description is that I am always in pursuit of photographs that I can create a long list of adjectives to describe it. It’s simple, really. The longer the list, the more I feel like I have done my job to create an image that is interesting and worthy of looking at for longer than a short glance.

When lions greet each other after a short or long absence, especially if there are cubs, is one of those moments when you know you are going to get a long list of adjectives: love, affection, adoration, power, excitement, regal-ness (is that an actual word?), happiness. I could go on and on, but you get the point.


Photo of the Day - Lion Cubs


Lion Cubs

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, greater Masai Mara, Kenya

January 2014