I’m a Montana girl. I was born about 24 miles outside the western entrance to Glacier National Park. Over the years, I have migrated from Montana to Kentucky to Louisiana to Washington State to Texas, and once again, to Washington State. It feels great to be back in the Pacific Northwest!
I love local whiskeys, the Seattle Seahawks, the original Star Trek series, am an avid believer in science, practice social distancing and wear a mask. Those things alone should tell you where my political persuasions lay. Anything I write here is my own opinion.
My father was a photographer. He used his Mamiya twin lens camera to take awesome black & whites of the Montana landscape. I inherited my love of the medium (and national parks) from him, and began my photography career in earnest with a Pentax film SLR purchased while still in high school. I bought my first digital camera (a HP 2MP point-and-shoot) back in 1998. After that, I never looked back to film.
Through the years since 1998, I’ve used both Nikon and Canon digital cameras. My current cameras are a mix of Canon DSLRs and Sony Alpha mirrorless. with a slew of lenses (mainly Canon, but a number of Sonys for the other cameras).
I have been a contributing writer and photographer to the National Parks Traveler website since 2012, where I write a monthly “Photography in the National Parks” column, as well as a series of “Armchair Photography Guides” and 3-day itineraries to national parks I’ve visited. Type “Rebecca Latson Photography” or “Photography In The National Parks” in the search field and that should pull many of the articles I’ve written.
I also maintain and contribute to the Traveler’s Instagram site @national_parks_traveler.
In my past life, I was also the staff photographer for The Merchant Prince, a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival. In addition, I’ve photographed portraits, weddings, families and other events, including a couple of Colombian dance troupes and and portfolios for an aspiring fashion model and a belly dancer.
I’ve traveled to London, Paris, Ireland, western Canada, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Arizona, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Montana, California, Kentucky and Texas. My work for the Traveler has taken me to Glacier, Grand Teton, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon (both North and South Rims), Rocky Mountain, Petrified Forest, Acadia, Arches, Redwood, Canyonlands, Yellowstone, Big Bend, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic, Katmai, Lake Clark, Denali, Mesa Verde national parks and Padre Island National Seashore, as well as John Day Fossil Beds National Monuments, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
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The trail has taken me to many adventures and I know it will take me to many more. My cameras and I are ready for the fun!
Where will the trails take YOU?