Since founding “Shoot The Light,” an instructional photographic workshop and series, in the mid-nineties, Chas has cemented his place in the world as one of the top wildlife photographers working today. His dynamic and inspirational teaching has also made him one of the most sought-after educators and speakers in his field. The depth and diversity of his background make him truly exceptional in the world of wildlife photography.
But prior to founding “Shoot The Light,” his illustrious career had already included work in portraits, weddings, advertising, catalog and product, editorial reportage, professional sports, and underwater photography. This diverse work experience over his 32 years as a professional photographer provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource.
Chas' work has been celebrated internationally with over 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education, and service to the profession. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition, and attention to detail and have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, National Parks, Discover Diving, Smithsonian, Professional Photographer, Birder's World, Birding, Nature Photographer, EOS, Digital PhotoPro, and many more.
As an accomplished natural history and keynote speaker, Chas has presented at many prestigious events including Explorer's Club NYC, Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Fuji Professional, Mid-Atlantic Photo Expo, NANPA, ASMP, CNPA, GNPA, and PPA. He also continues to serve on many judges' panels for both national and international photographic competitions.
Chas’ current Canon equipment includes multiple EOS-1D X bodies, an EOS 5DS R, EOS 7D Mark II and EF 11-24mm f/4L, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II lenses, along with multiple Speedlite 600EX-RTs with Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, 1.4x III and 2x III converters, extension tubes, and more.
When not behind the camera or computer, Chas can be found on the river fly fishing near his home in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.