Exploring Nature Photography

by Sheila Newenham

I hope to connect people to nature by sharing my passion for wildlife and wild places. By bringing the individual, emotional, sentient side of our natural world into people’s homes, I can expand the appreciation and experience of the wild.  I want my art to show you something you’ve never seen before or to make you think about something in a new way and stay with you when you leave.

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Sheila photographing the art of nature in kelp on Cannon Beach
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Sheila photographing bears in Alaska

The mission of Exploring Nature Photography is to foster an appreciation for the sentience of animals and the beauty of our natural world, ultimately transforming the viewer’s attitudes about conservation. Sheila shares nature experiences from her backyard, local preserves, and across North America in usual and unexpected places. She creates images that convey the personality and intimacy of her experience
and writes a popular blog detailing her observations. Exploring Nature Photography is based out of Bonner County, Idaho. Sheila exhibits widely and speaks to nature groups and civic organizations about her photography and wildlife experiences. Her images have earned local and international honors, are found in public and private collections, and are licensed for use by artists and in various publications.

Join me, through my pictures and words, in my journeys near and far.  I hope that you are inspired to get out there, too.

What People Are Saying about Exploring Nature Photography

Spokane Spokesman-Review artist profile

“You take the most beautiful photos of animals – you can feel the love you have for the animal in every image. Congratulations on having the technical skills to combine your love to make such a significant offering to us all.”   -Atala

“The photos I have bought from you are so interesting. A feeling of being there. Just wanting to put my hand out to pet those bears. Thank you for taking me places I’ll never see, but now I can see and feel it all inside.”  -Kathy

“Thank you for your presentation on Monday. You were amazing! I loved seeing your images, of course, but seeing what camp was like, and your journey there, and the proximity of all of you to the bears – it was an all-encompassing, informative and immersive experience – the next best thing to being there! As always, I learned many new things and enjoyed your presentation so much, as I’m sure everyone did!”  -Chris

“You’re so good at capturing the things many people would miss.”  -Peter

“Love your images and your oneness with nature.”  -Usha

“Thank you for sharing the art and beauty of nature!  I always enjoy your images and stories that accompany them.”  -Marie

“Thank you for your wonderful talk! You really gave me a sense of being there in Alaska with you. And I loved how you interpreted the feelings of the bears from their body language.  It was a delight to be there to see and hear your talk on the bears!”  -Harry

I just love your photos. You capture the best of wildlife.”  -Judy

Your animal photos are absolutely remarkable in the gentle connection you have with all these beautiful beings.”  -Dorothy

Nature is truly a Healer. Your photos are so good for people’s psyche, especially now.”  -Barb


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I’d love to hear from you; send me a note at SNewenham@exploringnaturephotos.com

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Sheila at a gallery exhibit