September 22nd, 2015 – Aperture and Shutter Speed – Kathy Adams Clark

In this show of Aperture and Shutter Speed Chelsea interviewed Naturalist Photographer Kathy Adams Clark. Kathy has a strong photography career with many published books, magazines and different publications. Kathy talked about classes that she teaches through Leisure Learning and international photo tours. Great information for photographers of every level. Check her out here:

About The Guest

I am a photographer, naturalist, business owner, and photography teacher.  My goal as a businesswoman is to promote photography and the natural world through teaching.  When people learn photography, they can enjoy it for a lifetime.  When people experience the natural world they will work to preserve it for future generations.

Photography has been my passion since I was a child when my world centered on playful activities outside. As a young adult I morphed into a full-fledge naturalist.  Mentors taught me the names of the birds, butterflies, flowers, trees, and dragonflies.

Today I share this knowledge through my photography.  My photos have appeared in hundreds of magazines including on the cover of AAA Journeys, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Texas Highways.  Calendars produced by Arbor Day Foundation, Audubon, Barnes & Noble, Sierra, Smith-Southwestern, and others have used my photos.  My photos have appeared in ad campaigns, guidebooks, textbooks, and brochures.

Every week my photos appear in my husband’s Nature column in the Houston Chronicle.  Since 1999, Gary’s column has taught readers about the birds, butterflies, and natural world around Houston and the world.

Gary  and I have worked on seven book projects over the years.  Texas Wildlife Portfolio, Texas Gulf Coast Impressions, Portrait of Houston, and Texas: A Photographic Journey were published by Farcountry Press.  Backroads of the Texas Hill Country was published by Voyageurs Press.  Enjoying Big Bend National Park was published by Texas A&M Press.

Texas A&M Press also published Photographing Big Bend National Park.  This book features my photos as well as my writing.

Over 10,000 people have attended my photography classes at Leisure Learning since 2000.  Leisure Learning is a Houston legend, and I’m proud to offer 23 different photography classes at two different locations.

Many of my photography students have joined me on workshops and photo tours.  My workshops are offered in a variety of locations including Big Bend National Park, Texas Hill Country and ranches, and southern Arizona.  Strabo Tours organizes my international photo tours to Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Galapagos, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Peru, and Tanzania.  Several of these trips are co-led with my husband Gary Clark as the bird guide.

I’ve given back by volunteering thousands of hours with North American Nature Photography Association.  I’m a charter member who has  led several committees, served on the Board of Directors, and who was honored to be the President from 2007-2008.

My company KAC Productions licenses my photos as well as the images of 15 other talented photographers.

Your Hosts

Your Host - Chelsea Williams
Your Host – Chelsea Williams

CHELSEA WILLIAMS – I knew I wanted to be a photographer since I was thirteen years old. When I was fourteen I started taking night classes at a community college just to learn. I kept at it and got a BS in Photography from Sam Houston State University in 2007. I have been in business ever since.
I now have two wonderful children of my own and I truly love photographing small children and families. I currently do photo shoots with newborns, families, seniors, maternity, engagement and bridal sessions.
Also, for those who know you only get one shot at a first impression I offer quality head shots and business portraits. I offer photo shoots either outdoors with natural light or I can bring studio equipment to a home or office for indoor shoots. I live in Conroe, TX but work all over Huntsville, Montgomery, Magnolia, The Woodlands and Spring, TX.
Whatever your photography needs are with Chelsea Williams Photography THE FOCUS IS ON YOU!

Your Host - Dick Schissler
Your Host – Dick Schissler


Dick became a photographer in High School, purchasing his first Digital DLSR, Canon 10D. Since then, he has been an avid fan of taking photos of anything. His main interest in photography is developing a better understanding of cinematography in film. The technical side of taking photos and shooting film has been and will always be the core of his love for photography and film.

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