Whilst anyone can dabble in photography, wildlife photography is a whole other beast (excuse the pun, we couldn’t resist!)
What we mean by this is that the kind of people who truly thrive in the world of wildlife photography are those who are ready to pursue this art form with purpose and are prepared to incorporate it into their life in a meaningful way.
A career as a wildlife photographer will include taking photos of wildlife, obviously, but that’s really only the beginning of your role and responsibilities.
You could be capturing photos for magazines, websites, research institutions, entertainment platforms… all kinds of clients in all kinds of industries.
You may be briefed to photograph animals in their natural habits, stripped of their natural habits, eating and feeding, bathing, sleeping, hunting, fighting, hibernating, grooming – anything and everything!
You’ll also have to be aware of the laws, as certain areas may have specific restrictions in place, so it’ll be your responsibility to have knowledge of and adhere to these regulations.
Most important of all, however, is to be ethical. As a wildlife photographer, your priority should always remain the wellbeing and care of wildlife and their natural environments. It is key that you are prepared to help protect the rights of the wildlife, caring for their quality of life without invading or interrupting their space.
You should never attempt to capture or bait an animal in order to get your photograph. No photo is worth causing the wildlife any distress.