I think every photographer has something they gravitate towards shooting. For me, that’s hands. A lot can be interpreted through a person’s hands. Age, profession, injuries, hardships they’ve faced in life. Every detail, every scar, and every wrinkle has a story. On nearly every hunt I make a point to shoot photos of hands. Hands holding shed antlers, a guide and hunter’s hands shaking over a moose kill, bloody hands skinning out a bear hide, etc. My most creative and self fulfilling work has come through this process of shooting hands. I challenge everyone to focus on one theme throughout all your hunts. Themes could be as specific as unique angles of elk rubs or animal hooves, or broader themes like weather, or solitude. Shoot enough and before too long you’ll have one badass collection of themed hunting shots that you’ll be damn proud of.

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