We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Paige and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me personally the most important factor to my success is not trying to make photography my only source of income. By taking away the stress of trying to monetize my brand to make ends meet I feel like I am able to pursue my passion without any added pressure. Success in my brand is being able to have a side hustle that I’m passionate about and fills my soul.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Wildlife photography has many challenges that I’ve learned about just by going out and practicing. It can be especially challenging because in addition to learning about photography you have to learn a lot about the wildlife as well. In order to find your subject you have to learn how to track, understand each species’ ecological and dietary needs based on time of year, and know their behaviors. On top of locating the wildlife you then have to be able to photograph them without disturbing them, hope you can position yourself with good lighting, and with luck the animal might cooperate by showing some cool behaviors.
I took some college classes to help me understand and study wildlife on a deeper level which helped me in that aspect. The photography side of me grows by going out and shooting as often as possible. I also love looking other other wildlife photography and analyzing what I do and don’t like about certain photos.
What sets me apart from other photographers is that I choose to find less crowded areas to photograph in. In areas where there are good wildlife sightings it can become clustered with people. I prefer to search for a more unique location to try to get a different photograph than others might get. This also provides an intimate experience with the animal and is typically worth the extra time and effort into finding a secluded animal.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to Rocky Mountain National Park. You have the chance to see elk on the East side, moose on the West side, and amazing views from Trail Ridge Road. There are unlimited trails, wildlife, and views to see all around the park so you could spend a week in the area if you’re into hiking, fishing, and wildlife. Coffee is always a must for me so I would start off with a trip to Kind Coffee in Estes Park!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family supporting me throughout my life and without them sharing their own passions with me. From my dad’s love for travel, my mom always having her camera around for family snapshots, and a wife that loves going with me on my adventures, I’ve been able to create an amazing life. So thank you to my parents for the childhood of roadtrips, photos, and bookshelves full of encyclopedias and maps. And thank you to Jessie for being the best person for me to go through life with and for always supporting me.