Photography has long been in my blood, but I tell you, wildlife has forever been in my heart. Like growing up in Southern California. My friends and I used to spend weekends in the summertime hanging and bodysurfing in Newport Beach. Fun enough, yet I would often wander off to watch the seagulls and their waterfowl buddies. Animals are my people (as are trees...).
But the few weeks spent every summer with my family at my grandmother's cabin in the Rocky Mountains is what exposed me to the wildlife here in Colorado. And the forest. And trout fishing. And... you get the picture. So I always knew I'd end up out here, and in my early twenties, I became a proud Coloradoan.
My photography journey began as a kid with a Kodak Instamatic film camera and then a Vivitar, and eventually a Canon 35mm single-lens camera. My dad was a journalist and typically did his own photography whenever in the field, and he passed along the fundamentals of the technical side of photography to me. I shot film for years until digital cameras hit the market, and I stuck to the basic ones, like the Canon PowerShot. Then I got lazy (well I was raising kids...), and like half the planet, shot with my iPhone.
But... I was dying to zoom in on the beloved animals around me, so I eventually took the DSLR plunge. And these days, wildlife photography is at the center of my life. I often shoot with a Nikon D500 and Nikkor 200-500mm zoom lens, or throw on a lesser lens if I'm hiking.
Fast forward to Sue Emond Photography—a way to feature these amazing animals (and respond to requests for prints and calendars and such). I'm happy to donate a portion of profits to the Colorado Wildlife Federation. Their mission, to sustain our wildlife populations and their habitats, means a great deal to me.
Beyond photography, I've been in content marketing and communication for 20+ years, and recently launched Sue Emond Consulting LLC . I'm also a published health and wellness writer, I have numerous bodywork certifications, and I'm a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Background trivia? In high school I was a dancer at Disneyland.
Life is good, especially living here in Colorado. Here's to the beautiful wildlife that graces our state.
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