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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.





Entries in 2010 (3)


My 2010 and 2011 schedule

I started jotting down my 2010 and 2011 schedule for my workshops and other travel obligations, and the next 2 years are going to be atrociously exciting. Here is a quick summary:

February 25 - March 9, 2010 = Tanzania photo safari (sold out)

March 6 - 19, 2010 = Tanzania photo safari (a few spots left)

April 28 - May 2, 2010 = Arches and Canyonlands workshop (spots available, but not many)

May 15-23, 2010 = Galapagos islands workshop (sold out)

July 21-August 1, 2010 = Botswana photo safari (sold out)

August 3-12, 2010 = African Wildlife Photography Boot Camp (sold out)

October 2011 = private trip to Ethiopia (tentative)

February 20 - March 4, 2011 = Tanzania photo safari (open for booking. Please inquire)

July 4-12, 2011 = Botswana photo safari (open for booking. Details will be posted shortly)

July 12-21, 2011 = Botswana photo safari (open for booking. Details will be posted shortly)

September 2011 (dates not set yet) = Rwanda's mountain gorillas and Kenya's Masai Mara (planning stages right now)

November/December 2011 = Antarctica on a private charter with friends Seth Resnick and John Paul Caponigro. (planning stages right now. Please inquire to be put on a notification list.

Wow. Looks like my next 24 months are going to be crazy. Crazy. Crazy. And this is only my schedule. I also have safaris and workshops that are being led by other people.


What are you doing in March? How about a trip to Tanzania.

I got a really late start announcing my March 6, 2010 Tanzania safari, and as a result I still have some spots available for this photographic safari. Here are some bullet points:

Dates: March 6-18, 2010

Where: Tanzania

Parks visited: Serengeti National Park (2 camp locations), Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park

Tanzania, south of Kenya on the African continent's Indian Ocean coastline, lays claim to the title Home of the Safari, since the word itself is taken from the Swahili word that means "journey." While Tanzania's Kenyan neighbors may dispute that claim, there is no doubt that Tanzania offers one of the best environments in the world for an enriching wildlife experience. The country's game viewing opportunities are considered by many to be the best in Africa. Its game parks are populated with many of the world's most exotic creatures, including all of the "Big Five." Its lakes are huge and bountiful with fish. Its cities are relaxed and friendly. Yet, to a greater degree than is true of many of its neighbors, this sprawling county, the largest in East Africa, remains untouched by the vacationing hordes.

It's About Photography — Lots of it

This workshop will be very informal and fun. I will be shooting alongside you at all times. We will have discussion and assistance on specialized topics such as, for example, long lens technique, projection flash usage, action shooting, wildlife observation, field craft and east African animal behavior. Advanced techniques will be constantly discussed, demonstrated and put into practice.

This workshop is about shooting. Lots of shooting. There will be no classroom sessions, no lectures, no slide shows, and most importantly, no unnecessary egos. We will all work closely together, sharing our knowledge and experience.

Because of the unique location of this workshop, and the luxury accommodations, this workshop adventure is open to spouses as well as photographers. Even non-photographers will find the locales visited and the wildlife viewing opportunities to be thrilling. The cost for non-photographers is the same as for active participants.

For the complete schedule and more details, you can click on this link for more information.

Please email me at if you have an interest in this safari. There are only a few spots left!


2009 in Review, and a look at 2010

As I look back at 2009, I realize that it was a jam-packed year with tons of different types of activities. Here some of the high points:

  • I spent 11 weeks out on safari, splitting my time between Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana. 11 weeks is a significant amount of time to spend away from home, however I did come home with amazing photographs and memories.
  • Hiking and photographing with wild chimpanzees in Tanzania's Mahale Mountains National Park. Wow. Talk about a fun trip! Mahale Mountains is an extremely remote area of Tanzania, and borders Lake Tanganyika. Lake Tanganyika is the second largest fresh water lake in the world, and borders many different countries. Photographing wild chimpanzees is an experience that I will never forgot, however I am working on returning again in the next few years.
  • John Paul Caponigro and I co-led a trip to Namibia, and it was my first time to visit the Skeleton Coast National Park. Although I had been to Namibia before, it was my first time to visit this very unique park. I also ran another trip in Namibia that same month to some other locations.
  • I had excellent African wild dog sightings in Botswana in July, and witnessing 13 pups was a wonderful experience. I also came home with photos that I am happy with.
  • Michael Clark and I teamed up for a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico and combined field shooting at the Hot Air Balloon Fiest with indoor lectures on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and fine art digital printing (we are doing another one in October, 2010).
  • I continued my consulting work for Moab by Legion Paper, and had some lectures at places like B&H were I met new friends.
  • Gura Gear really took off in 2009, and we are happy that we have many many happy customers using our first product, the Kiboko bag.
  • I gave the keynote speach this year for the PDN Virtual Trade Show on digital printing, all conducted over the web.
  • Troy Covey started working for Gura Gear and also my photo business, and he is an excellent sidekick and all around great guy.
  • I expanded my offie space to 1,000 square feet, and now the place really looks like a better place to work.
  • I setup a scholarship fund, and have already sent my first recipient to college. His name is Boniface Dallan, and he is attending wildlife management college in Tanzania. He will graduate in 18 months, and I couldn't be more proud of everything he is doing for he and his family.
  • I added new technology to the studio, and now print on Epson, HP and Canon printers.
  • I started offering one-on-one digital printing and workflow sessions in my studio. I had numerous appointments in the first month that I offered it, and I already have repeat customers.
  • I watched our oldest son, Christian, successfully make it through potty training. :-)
  • I watched our youngest son, Will, start walking and talking.
  • I had my 40th birthday. Yes, I am now officially over the hill, even though I don't feel like it.

2009 was an excellent year for me, despite all of the world economy doom and gloom. All of my African photo safaris were completely sold out, my other workshops also had waiting lists and I leave behind a year that I am quite happy with. Gura Gear really surprised me, as we had a difficult time keeping up with demand for our bags. 2010 will be a great year for Gura Gear, as we have been working on some more exciting products that we will be bringing to market.

Here are some specific items that I want to accomplish in 2010:

  • Spend more time with Leslie and the boys. I want to do a better job creating memories that will last a lifetime. I think I do a good job already, but I know that I can always do better.
  • Expand my African photographic safari business to include new destinations. 2011 is already being planned, and I have some new locations on my schedule!
  • Push my print sales business higher and higher and attract more art buyers and interior decorators.
  • Write more, both for the blog and also try to get a few e-books published. I have some great knowledge and experiences that I need to share.
  • Continue to learn new technologies and push myself and my own boundaries.
  • I still need a personal project that I can sink my teeth into. I don't feel like I am creating much these days, and I need to make the time to create something more long-term.