PhotoBizX Podcast Interview The Business of Wildlife Photography

A couple of months ago I sat down with new friend Andrew Helllmich from PhotoBizX for a podcast interview and discussion about the business side of my wildlife photography. If you are unfamiliar with PhotoBizX I encourage you to take a few moments out of your day and check out the many fantastic free podcasts Andrew has available on his website. There is a plethora of fantastic business content including marketing and social media tips for photographers as well as a premium monthly subscription option for those looking for a really deep dive (recommended for anyone interested in the business of photography). The full podcast of my interview can be heard HERE or by clicking on the image below. If you are interested in becoming a premium member of PhotoBizX you can get a free six week trial by using this LINK.

Joshua Holko of www.jholko.com started photography around 12 years of age, but it wasn’t for many years afterwards he turned full time professional. His passion has always been nature photography. Today, he would be classified as a wildlife photographer. In particular a polar photographer. That’s right. He spends most of his year down in Antarctica or up in the Arctic. He left a corporate job to pursue photography full-time. He travelled extensively – including to the polar areas he most wanted to photograph – at significant personal cost to help build a portfolio and his network. Today, he has too many awards to list here and one look at his portfolio, it’s no wonder. His work is incredible. And the places he’s seen – truly, amazing.

I’m talking about Melbourne based Joshua Holko and in this interview, he shares how he’s managed to build a successful, profitable photography business, photographing wildlife. It all comes down to building three profitable arms to his business –  licensing images, print sales and photo expeditions to some of the world’s wildest and remotest regions with paying amateur photographers looking to capture the incredible images Josh does.

 

Wrangle Island The Russian Arctic Trip Delayed until 2022

My planned expedition to the Russian Arctic and Wrangle Island next year (2021) has now been delayed until 2022 . This delay is an indirect result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation with all ship charters being pushed back.

The Wrangle Island expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world. The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days photographing under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age, this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here. We hope to photograph this beautiful mammal in its native environment. The island also boasts the world’s largest population of Pacific Walrus and lies near major feeding grounds for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. Full details are available on my website at www.jholko.com/workshops.

 

Arctic Fox Expedition Adobe Spark Presentation

For those who are interested in a future expedition to the remote north of Iceland to photograph Arctic Fox in a beautiful winter setting I have put together a short Adobe Spark Presentation and Website  with some teaser photographs and some information on the expedition. Of course, more photographs are also available on my website at www.jholko.com.

Iceberg in Antarctica

COVID Update Polar Bears of the High Arctic 2020 Delayed until 2021

As a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that originated in China and the continual travel bans and closure of countries around the world my 2020 Polar Bears of the High Arctic expedition to Svalbard is being delayed until 2021. Full details are on my website in the Workshops link.

 

Photo of the Month May 2020 – Wild Wolf

The photograph of the month for May 2020 comes from my Finland workshop in September last year to photograph Wolves and Wolverines (Read the Trip Report). Photographed from a ground level hide in no mans land between Finland and Russia during the first late Autumn snowfall; this photograph captures for me the very essence of a wild wolf. The gesture with the raised paw and angle of attack of the animals head in combination with the intense glare makes for a powerful and emotive photograph.

By way of a little back story to this photograph – I had actually dragged a small portable ground level hide into this location specifically for the clean and distant forest background in combination with the soft grasses in the foreground. I was then very fortunate to have this young wolf approach within 600mm range just as the first snow was beginning to fall. Finland has very quickly become one of my favourite destinations on the planet for wildlife photography and I am looking forward to returning later this year (assuming we are all able to travel!).  I will have a video on the post production of the photograph in Adobe Lightroom in coming days.