Chris Johnston Photography

Why I Shoot Landscapes and Wildlife

In 2005 I bought my first digital camera after hurricane Katrina. It was my wife's idea to get the camera, but around 2009 I really started to get into photography and in 2010 I bought my first DSLR, a Canon 7D.

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My first love was wildlife photography and even purchased a Canon 100-400mm and it was probably the best purchase I ever made, but I sold it a few months later.  The reason I sold it was because I was following money over passion.

My Bradburn award from the Master Naturalist

My Bradburn award from the Master Naturalist

I thought I could make more money shooting headshots than wildlife and I traded my zoom lens for a couple of portrait lenses and a strobe. The problem was I had no passion for headshots. My passion is not be in a studio shooting headshots but being outdoors. I didn't volunteer at a zoo and nature center for 8 years because I liked the indoors. I didn't join the Society of Environmental Journalist and become a Louisiana Master Naturalist because I wanted to spend my days photographing actors and business people. I want to be in nature, photographing it and sharing it with others. 

I realized that every time I chased money I ended up miserable. A professor I admired got me to go back to college when I was 22 and major in geology. I left that field because I thought I could make more as an engineer but I had no passion for it. I ended up dropping out a few years later with no degree and a bunch of debt. I went back to college later in life and majored in marketing. I even ended up in charge of SEO strategy at the 2nd largest personal injury law firm in the US. I hated EVERY DAMN DAY OF IT. 

Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I'm tired of making the same mistake. I'm pursuing my passion for the outdoors and photography and you get to come along for the journey.