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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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New Studio Space

I am finally getting settled into my new studio space. As many of you were aware, I used to have a home office in our third bedroom in our house. A stork will be delivering our second child soon (a few weeks, perhaps?), so I needed to move my business out of the house to make room. Initially, I was contemplating a huge addition onto our house for extra space for another bedroom, my studio space and an additional family room. I am glad that I decided against this, as I had no clue how much square footage my business really needs. I was crammed into a 13x14 foot bedroom, which included 2 workstations, tons of camera bags, filing cabinets and an inkjet printer.

Now that I am moved into my new space, I have almost 3 times as much room and can finally spread out a little bit. I am 90% completed with the unpacking, and will be sure to share some photos of the new digs. All that is left is we need to hang some prints and put some track lighting up. I took delivery of my new 44-inch wide printer, which is a new Canon iPF8100 behemoth. Talk about huge! So I have 2 large format printers, the Canon iPF5100 and 8100, I have a preparation area for cutting and assembling print jobs, tons of storage space for paper, a Speed-Mat cutter on the wall, shelving for all of my camera bags, 2 workstations and room to boot. I am looking for inexpensive flat files, so I can print and store larger images. Anybody know of a good source? I know Mayline and Bisley are good brands, but I will be looking at a couple of grand if I go that direction. I have the space for a larger set of drawers, like around 40x50", which will make a nice island for me to evaluate prints on. 

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