I am an international award-winning photographer specializing in nature and aerial photography. My passion for photography includes a career working in the Education departments of software companies such as Nik Software, Google+ Photos, and Macphun. I am currently working as Head of Education with ViewBug and as an Inception Master for Trey Ratcliff's, The Arcanum. I also teach Workshops and judge photo contests*.
Most recently, one of my aerial images was selected to be on a worldwide tour with DJI's SkyPixel Perspective Gallery. I have won numerous 1st place awards, including the Windland Smith Rice International Awards for the Zoo & Aquarium category. My image was in the Fall Awards issue of Nature's Best and displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. My images have been displayed in galleries, magazines, books, local news and greeting cards.
I am currently on the Communications/Marketing Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and a DJI Skypixel Expert.
* I judged for the 2016 San Diego Fair Photography contest (our 1st place selection won Best of Show) and the Darkroomer's year-end photo competition. I also judge for ViewBug.
Here are just a few links to interviews I have done and hosted:
... and many more!
A sample of some articles I have done:
Wild Planet Photo Magazine June 2016 - Guest Editor and "Connecting with Nature" Article
Tips On Seeing The World Differently - Article on Skypixel.com
The ABCs To Improve Your Wildlife Photography - Blog on Macphun Website
Female Nature Photography: Through the Lens Laurie Rubin
CW6 News Borrego Springs' Beauty - News segment by Gary Buzel
Links To Products I Use & Recommend
Adobe - Photoshop & Lightroom
Apple - Macintosh computers and Retina displays
DJI - Aerial Drones
Gitzo - Tripods
Google Nik Collection - Plug-Ins for Photoshop & Lightroom
GPC - Go Professional Cases (for Drones)
Lexar - Memory Cards
Macphun - Plug-Ins for Photoshop & Lightroom (Mac only)
Moo - Premium Business Cards, Postcards, Stickers and more
Nikon - Cameras and Lenses
PhotoshopCAFE - Training Tutorials
Really Right Stuff - Ball Heads and Monopods
SmugMug - Create beautiful photo websites
ViewBug - Online Photo Contest
Rover - Local dog sitters
Blinkist - 1,000_ best-selling nonfiction books that you can read or listen to in 15 minutes
Blue Apron - Fresh ingredients delivered to your door so you can cook delicious meals
"Photography is art - whether it is realistic or artistic, it is your vision, what you saw at that moment. You can choose to leave it as is, or enhance it to bring out the feeling of the moment. The choice is yours." ~ Laurie Rubin
"If you are taking a picture with just your head and not your heart, then you are missing one of the most important ingredients in creating an extraordinary image" ~ Laurie Rubin
"Sometimes it's not about which path you choose, but that you choose to move forward towards your destination." ~ Laurie Rubin
"People, landscapes, wildlife, macro, aerial photography... a camera gives us a connection with our world that we would otherwise never see or notice." ~ Laurie Rubin
"Have a good foundation so that when your dreams take off, you know you can still land safely." ~ Laurie Rubin
Contact me at: Imagesbylaurie@gmail.com