Experience With Nature & Wildlife

  • I am a naturalist after literally growing up in the woods of East Texas with an ID guide in my hands as I captured every living thing not fast enough to escape my efforts. This was followed by a lifetime of observation & study of everything to do with the natural world.
  • Graduated with honors from the University of Texas – PB. Major: Biology Minors: Geology & Chemistry (later added a 3rd minor in Mathematics); Pika Award Winner; Outstanding Graduate in Biology
  • Worked as a biologist for the University of Texas system in West Texas
  • Part-time Park Ranger (2 summers)
  • Worked as a volunteer after certification as a Texas Master Naturalist

Michael Mathews

If you’re wanting to learn more about Nature Photography, you are probably like I was a few years ago. Mostly on my own, with lots of practice and by gaining knowledge where I could find it, I learned the techniques I used to take the pictures on this website. 

Photography Background

  • Education: Self-taught in all aspects of photography
  • Professional: For many years I have periodically provided basic photographic services for a fee on a part-time basis (in-home portraits, weddings, events & parties; etc.,); I have managed to have a things published in a variety of places including national publications; have successfully sold nature and wildlife prints online, in shops, & art shows; and  offer basic photograph workshops (both for a fee and as a service)
  • Continuing: It is a rare day I am not photographing something outdoors and then spending time with processing on the computer. I strive to improve my skills with practice as well as various books & guides, YouTube videos, informative websites and am a member of KelbyOne which is an excellent source for in various aspects of photography.

In other words, I am basically self-taught when it comes to photography utilizing a wide variety of sources for my education. With none being more important than taking photo after photo and constantly trying to improve. When I first started, I’d have killed for the information provided on this website.