About Roger Hayden Photography

Welcome to my web site.

I have been photographing nature in and around Jackson Hole, Wyoming since I arrived in the valley in 1993. I switched from film to digital gear around 2001, and began to get more serious about my hobby at that time. I most enjoy photographing grizzly bears, but can have as much fun finding a weasel or fox to shoot. I’m usually on a quest to find large mammals, but equally enjoy photographing landscapes.

When photographing animals, I try to capture the typical behavior or character of the subject in unique lighting and a composition that conveys emotion. As I tell students in the workshops I teach, make images that are unique and try to stand out. It is not enough to capture the image of a bison with the Tetons in the background — an image thousands of others have made.

My interest in photography began when I was 12 years old, when I was given a Kodak Instamatic for my birthday. In 1980, I bought my first Nikon SLR, took some photography classes at Western Washington University, where I earned a BA degree in journalism. I got plenty of practice shooting mostly black and white through my journalism career, which began in Washington state, then Oregon, and finally in Jackson Hole.

In 2009, I began guiding tours in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Many of these were photography tours. During the past year, I have taught field/classroom workshops for the Art Association of Jackson Hole and have given talks for the Teton Photography Group.

I have worked for several conservation non-profit organizations. I helped start Wyoming Untrapped in 2013 and served as the executive director until August 2014. In September 2014, I helped start Wyoming Wildlife Advocates. I am the managing director of that organization. You can learn more about WWA at our web site: http://wyomingwildlifeadvocates.org. We advocate for all wildlife, but focus more on large carnivores such as grizzly bears and wolves.

When possible, I try to communicate the important role large carnivores play in the the ecosystem and the necessity to maintain a balance among all species. 

This web site will grow and evolve, and I will add new blog posts on a fairly regular basis, so I hope you check in now and then to see what’s new.
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Thank you.