Nancy Gleason Photography
promoting conservation through nature photography
Hello! My name is Nancy Gleason and I have a passion for nature photography. I am a professional fish biologist focusing on salmon ecology and ecosystem restoration in streams, rivers, and estuaries of the Pacific Northwest. My work and leisure activities involve many beautiful outdoor locations where I find peace and rejuvenation. I love capturing images of fish, wildlife, and wild places to bring home for my own enjoyment and to share with others. I hope to inspire conservation of our natural environment by sharing scenes from the wilderness and capturing the wonder of nature as I see it.
A Little History
I am a life-long resident of the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest. I have always loved being outdoors and started taking pictures around age 7. My earliest cameras were gifts from my dad with models advancing in complexity as my skills developed. My dad taught photography at a high school among his other art classes, so I learned all the basics from him. The first camera I bought with my own money was a fully manual Nikon FM2N and I shot as much film as I could afford to buy and develop. Switching to digital has been an exciting process with the added camera features that have become available. I enjoy the continuous learning and refinement of skills. The cameras I'm using now are a Sony a6000 and Nikon D750. Post-processing happens in Lightroom where I try to do minimal adjustments while giving the image its best chance of drawing viewers into the subject.
My parents always told me I could do anything I want to do and be anything I want to be. I took that message and pursued my passions of exploring aquatic life, wilderness, and photography. I enjoy finding beauty and wonder in the smallest insects in a stream to the greatest whales of the ocean. The key to success in these pursuits has been studying at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where I earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies. My greatest appreciation goes to my husband and his unwavering support while I follow my dreams.
My goal is to inspire people toward conservation through appreciation of images from natural places. Since photography is not my primary source of income, I plan to use proceeds from sales on this website to contribute to non-profit organizations whose mission is conservation and restoration.
I hope you enjoy my photography.