Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
R. Aaron Raymond started his career as an underwater photographer, which blossomed from his love of the ocean. He grew up on a sailboat diving for abalone off the coast of California. He loves to photograph landscapes, nature, and wildlife—anything that allows him to capture fleeting moments and showcase the interaction of light and the natural world. Aaron has photographed life on all sides of the planet, from the depths of Madagascar’s oceans to the heights of the Himalayas, which he crested at 18,500 feet via motorcycle.
After studying marine biology for two years, Aaron attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, one of the world’s top photography schools. He has taught photography workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and served on the faculty at India’s first professional photography institute, Light & Life Academy. He has photographed for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Parks Service, and several documentary companies. His photography has won many awards, including Photo District News and the Communication Arts annual photo competitions. Today, he focuses primarily on commercial photography, mostly portraiture and products.
Aaron is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, young son, a black cat named Cleopatra, and many boxes of large-format camera equipment he can’t bear to part with.