From the heights of the Himalayas to the depths of the Pacific, Andy Bardon will go to the ends of the earth to get a great image. Since 2012, the 2009 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography has shot three assignments for National Geographic magazine, and he counts some of the top names in outdoor clothing and equipment among his clients. This month, the photography school graduate is heading to Argentina to shoot the spring 2016 campaign for a large international outdoor brand. His new website showcases images of surfers, skiers, free divers, rock climbers, mountaineers and more.
“My website is a reflection of the work I want to get hired for,” says Andy, who recently took some time from his outdoor adventures to talk with us about his successful career in photography. “Once you’re in a competitive working environment, you have to show your strongest work.”
Turning a love of the outdoors into a photography career
Growing up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, Andy was always motivated to get outside and explore. The mountains of the West always called to him, so he went to college in Colorado. After earning a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Colorado State in 2004, he hired on with Exum Mountain Guides, a prestigious guide service and mountaineering school in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Read more