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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.




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PhotoShelter Integration

I now have my web galleries integrated with PhotoShelter's galleries, so now everything is as one. When I upload new images to my PhotoShelter archive, I can have them visible publicly on their site as well as my own. I can also create private galleries to make large files available for download. You can see my revamped web site at Not much has changed, other than my Galleries section.

So why did I go down this path? Previously I had a challenging selling my photographic prints, as all print sales had to come through an email that people would have to send to me. My pricing was all messed up. Now I can set different pricing schemes depending on the image. I have setup two different print pricing profiles, so I can limit specific images to having a maximum print size. I have some images that were captured in the early days of digital photography, and I am not comfortable printing them larger than about 13x19". All of my other images I can sell prints up to a whopping 40x60". I could have selected PhotoShelter to fulfill all of my print sales, but I really do enjoy printing and signing all of my own photographs. I currently print my own images up to 17x22" paper, and all larger prints I have printed on a LightJet printer.

On the stock photography side, I am also completely covered. All of my images can now be licensed directly from my web site, and I have full metadata search capabilities for potential buyers to assist in finding an image that suits their needs. I only have about 350 images online at the moment, and that will be increase as I keyword and tag all of my images from my library. I have over 30,000 images from Africa, so it might take a while to sort through and select the best images. Right now I do have to electronically approve all stock license deals, but that may also change over time.

I cannot recommend PhotoShelter highly enough. Allen and Grover have really helped me improve my business, so I can focus (haha, pun intended) on my photography. I consider myself a field shooter, and not somebody who particularly enjoys sitting in front of a computer all of the time. Now I can put my images to work while I am out capturing images.

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