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. My primary camera body these days is a Canon 1D X mark III, and most of my wildlife shots are taken with a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III or a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens.
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