"We both had a fairly quick turn around at home in Montana then were off to Churchill Manitoba for the first week of October and the entire polar bear season. I finished up my fourteenth Churchill PB season on the 22nd of November and made it home for a short rest. In December, I was off to Papua New Guinea to lead our NHA Exploratory trip."
Q: I shot the pictures above during my trips in the Arctic. I think they're nice, but I still have a lot to learn. What advice would you give an aspiring photographer?
Eric: "These two paths - guiding and photography - fit very well together if I do not try to pursue my own images when guiding guests. Instead, I concentrate on helping my travelers get the best shots possible. At that moment, my two passions can come together to truly enhance someone’s enjoyment and understanding of the subject. Some of my favorite moments from a photographic adventure come from looking over travelers shoulder and helping them to capture the essence of the experience in an image that they can be proud of.
"What I would say to anyone wanting to improve their photography is to try not ot concentrate on equipment. Spend your time and money taking photographs. Hone your eye and your skills while spending time around other photographers that are interested in the same things you are - watch and learn from them. Likewise, be open to sharing your ideas. I have always found this to be the best way to learn about all aspects of photography and the whole experience becomes much more than a photographic opportunity. My favorite parts of a photo expedition are often looking over the travelers' shoulders and celebrating the images they just captured."