As a kid, I was intent on finding ways to make money doing what I loved. I made hand-drawn greeting cards and sold them at local crafts fairs until, in 6th grade, I could afford to buy my first DSLR camera. Twenty-five years and quite a few cameras later, I’m still at it. I’ve been lucky enough to work in some incredible corners of the world: guiding hiking trips in Alaska’s Denali National Park, spotting wildlife in the flooded Amazon forest of Ecuador, and seeking out elephants by mountain bike in Botswana. I currently live in Berkeley, California, and work as Assistant Director of Trip Development for Backroads. These days I’m shooting primarily with a Canon r5, and most of my wildlife shots are taken with the Canon RF 100-500 zoom and the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III.
Probably the only thing I love doing more than travel is talking about travel, so I’m always happy to answer any questions. Feel free to email me at Riley_pearce@backroads.com