Daryl L. Hunter • Author/Photographer/Speaker/Guide
The Hole Picture Photo Safaris destination workshops were a natural progression from the private tours I have been leading around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, and "The Hole Picture Photography" my freelance photography business that has taken me to most corners of the Greater Yellowstone Eco-system, throughout the west, and increasingly around the world.
When I was a wander lusting young man I would often find myself in beautiful places, so I bought a camera so I could document my wanderlust. 1n 1987 I packed up my Toyo 4X5 view camera, Pentex 6X7 medium format camera, and my 35-millimeter cameras and headed to Jackson Hole Wyoming, one of the best places on earth to be an outdoor photographer.
Jackson Hole abuts Grand Teton National Park which abuts Yellowstone National Park and combined their embarrassment of riches for wildlife and scenery is truly stunning. The photography got me to the Greater Yellowstone region but it was more than that which made me stay. Jackson Hole is full of active lifestyle types, fly-fishing, hunting, whitewater sports, horseback riding, etc. I became a freelance guide as well, fly-fishing, snowmobile, park tour guiding, and horseback wrangling my way to beautiful pictures all over the area and throughout the spectrum of activities in the area. The geographic wonders of the Yellowstone region are fascinating as well with Grand Tetons being rapidly built by the Teton earthquake fault at its base and the volcanic dynamics of Yellowstone are a constant fascination to an information junkie like myself.
My freelance photography bifurcated to include graphic design work, which opened the door to web publishing requiring that I learned to write. I publish the Greater Yellowstone Resource Guide which is really why I have sought out as many corners of the Greater Yellowstone region as is possible by a guy with too many irons in the fire.
My photography, wildlife video and feature stories have been published by Passion Planet, National Geographic, Audubon, Outside Magazine, Snow Country, Outdoor life, Esquire Sports, New York Dailey News, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, U.S.A. Today, San Francisco Magazine, Musher Magazine, Mother Jones, Yes Magazine, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, Muley Crazy, International Wolf Magazine, a Toyota campaign, Fly-fisherman, Idaho Magazine, Western Byways, Mushing Magazine, Last Fronter Magazine, Wyoming Lifestyle, ets, blah, blah, blah.. As a stock photographer his photographs have been published all over the world. I have been a featured speaker at military bases in Europe and Asia.
I lead photography and wildlife tours because I love being out there, and I love sharing my backyard with folks who will treasure the memories of our trip for the rest of their lives. I also have discovered that by doing tours, my portfolio has fattened up exponentially as the customers enable me to be in the field more. Some do not like a guide that works on his portfolio as he guides; however, most of my guests have found that where I want to be, is also where they are very happy they were along as I fattened my portfolio. That said; guests and students come first.