BIOGRAPHY

 
 

Background

In 1984 Tony was suspended from middle school for taking photographs. Ever since that day, he's made photography a core element of his life. In 2004 Tony unexpectedly came literally face-to-face with a sow grizzly bear and her newborn cub and managed to talk his way out of becoming a statistic.  

In 2016 Tony worked on the MacGillevray Freemen Imax film, "National Parks Adventure," (VOTED BEST GIANT SCREEN FILM OF THE YEAR
2016 GSCA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS) where he was the location manager for the Glacier National Park segment. 

In 2018, after serving on the Board of Directors of the Professional Outdoor Media Association for the past 7 years, Tony became President. 

Tony is a westerner. Originally from Walla Walla, Washington he's spent his life crisscrossing the wild-lands of North America, hiking, fishing, climbing, hunting and of course taking photographs.

He's documented parts of Africa, New Zealand, South America, Canada, Alaska, France, Switzerland, Mexico and has visited every state in the Union except Hawaii!  He’s an enrolled member of the federally recognized Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

With almost 20 years of professional science experience working for federal, tribal, state, and private entities and nonprofits, coupled with his professional photography career, Tony brings a unique, highly specialized set of tools to his conservation, commercial and photojournalism projects.

Education

Tony holds a Master’s of Science in Resource Management, (Watershed Restoration, Wildlife and Public Policy), an Undergraduate Degree in Geography and Land Studies, and a Minor in Environmental Studies from Central Washington, University.

Environmental Work

Tony worked 8 years for the Yakama Nation as an Air and Water Quality Scientist. In 1998 he was detailed to the EPA in Washington, D.C. where he was a special assistant to the Senior Indian Program Manager, in the office of the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. Later he became the acting Senior Indian Program Manager responsible for implementing and managing air pollution control programs in Indian Country. Tony was the Co-Chair of the Technical Oversight Committee for the Western Regional Air Partnership, (WRAP), and a principal and founding member of the Tribal Air Monitoring Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2002 Tony went to work for a private consulting firm where he was hired as a Senior Scientist and Project Manager responsible for designing, and managing scientific research projects under a federal contract with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During those years Tony managed projects ranging from Porpoise sampling off the coast of Maine, to emissions inventories in Alaska, California, Chicago, and Montana.

In 2005 Tony was appointed to the Central Montana Resource Advisory Council, (RAC - a Federal Advisory Committee) to represent Native American interests, by Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton. Tony served the RAC as a member for two years and the Chair for one.

Tony's been elected to public office once as a member of the East Glacier Park School Board. He's now working directly with the Glacier Two Medicine Alliance to bring permanent protection to the Badge-Two Medicine area of the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana.  

Tony's served on the Board of Directors of the Professional Outdoor Media Association for the past 8 years and is its incoming president in 2018. 

Conservation Photography Projects 

Conservation photography was a natural fit. So natural that Tony describes it as the most rewarding work he does. By combining his profession as a scientist and resource manager with his life-long commitment to the outdoors, Tony's uniquely situation and well armed to tackle any photographic assignment. 

Tony's most recent conservation assignment took him the the remote, wildlands of central, and south Idaho to document lands with wilderness characteristics. This is his third assignment to document the remaining wild lands of north america, and the most rewarding work he does.

During the same year Tony also traveled to the South Central African Country of Zambia to work on a documentary of the Tsoli Tribe who's lands have been poached and are largely void of game due to poaching.  

Other conservation projects include documenting the development of the oil industry along the Rocky Mountain Front and the Blackfeet Reservation. This project was picked up by media sources all over the country including the New York Times. 

Documenting the Burlington Northern railroad and the Bakken Oil Trains that cross the Blackfeet Reservation. Photographing the Badger Two Medicine Area and the Rocky Mountain Front for use in conservation campaigns across the Nation.

in 2014 Tony complete more than a dozen Wilderness Inventories (for the Montana Wilderness Association) of BLM lands in Eastern Montana. During the project Tony prioritized a dozen areas within a 3,000,000 acre region of eastern Montana resulting in the identification of new areas with Wilderness Characteristics, resulting in some being protected.

Commercial Photography

Tony photographs outdoor products and lifestyle for major outdoor brands, his images have been used in advertising campaigns by brands, companies, and tourism offices globally.  

Photojournalism and Campaign Photography

One of Tony's core areas is photojournalism for magazines, news outlets, private companies, and political campaigns. On Tony's list of clients includes a current U.S. Senator. Contact us for more information about Tony's journalism and campaign photography. 

Present Day

Tony is a father, regularly speaks at conservation and outdoor media events around the country, has been on a dozen or more podcasts and counless interviews (many can be found online) is the President of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA - the largest outdoor media association in the United States), a current board member of the Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance. Tony resides in East Glacier Park, Montana. 

 

 

Who Tony has worked with:

 
  • National Geographic Explorer
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • National Geographic Maps
  • Delta Sky
  • History Channel Magazine
  • New Yorker Magazine
  • Food Network Magazine
  • Food and Environment Network
  • High Country News
  • Mens Journal
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Tribal College Journal
  • Popular Photography Magazine
  • Outside Magazine
  • Backpacker Magazine
  • Field and Stream Magazine
  • Outdoor Life Magazine
  • Sports Afield
  • Successful Hunter
  • Cabela's - calendars and advertising
  • Empire Builder Magazine
  • Montana Sporting Journal Magazine - editorial
  • Eastmans Magazine - editorial
  • Eastmans Publishing - book cover, catalogs
  • Tom Moats Publishing - book
  • Texas Sporting Journal Magazine - editorial
  • Montana Outdoors Magazine - editorial
  • Montana Magazine - journalist and editorial
  • Headwall Magazine - journalist and editorial
  • Farcountry Press - calendars, books & book covers
  • Audubon - editorial
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Montana Wildlife Federation
  • Today's Montana
  • Blacks Creek - commercial
  • Kahtoola - commercial
  • Eberlestock - product and marketing
  • Winchester - advertising
  • Remington - advertising
  • Grays Sporting Journal
  • Safari Press Books - book covers
  • Western Horseman Magazine
  • Cowboys & Indians Magazine
  • Digital Photographer Magazine
  • The Outdoorsman - product photography
  • Wilderness Athlete - advertising, branding
  • SWFA Inc - Catalogue
  • Hunt'n Fool Magazine
  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks - brochures
  • Nevada Dept of Wildlife - marketing
  • Pakboat - boat maker
  • Schnees Boots - Catalog
  • Eastbank Communications - marketing cooperate
  • Wild Sheep Magazine
  • Zeiss
  • Swarovski
  • Nosler
  • Otis
  • Aimpoint
  • Hawke
  • Red Head
  • Vortex
  • Western Shooting Journal
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • National Rifle Association
  • Fair Chase Magazine
  • Boone & Crockett Club
  • Boone & Crockett Big Game Records Book 13th edition
  • The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - Bugle Magazine, billboards & advertising
  • L.L Bean
  • Ducks Unlimited Magazine
  • Waterfowler Magazine
  • Wyoming Wildlife
  • Elk Hunter Magazine (photos and editor)
  • Western Hunter Magazine (photos and editor)
  • Cabela's - calendars and advertising
  • Bass Pro Shop - catalogs
  • Brown Trout
  • American Sportsman Show
  • Montana Quarterly Magazine
  • Budweiser
  • Tribal College Journal
  • Journal of Mountain Hunting
  • Petersons
  • Amtrak
  • Kings World
  • Missoula Independent
  • Helena
  • Billing Gazette
  • High Country News
  • Center for Large Landscapes
  • Montana Conservation
  • Hunt Magazine
  • Browntrout Publishing
  • Mule Deer Foundation Magazine
  • Muley Crazy Magazine
  • Willow Creek Press - calendars, cards, books
  • Montana Office Of Tourism - marketing
  • Glacier Country - marketing
  • Russell Country - marketing
  • Norwood Press - wildlife portraits
  • Imax - fine art images
  • Artisans - fine art images
  • Montana Calendar (4 covers in 5 years)
  • Hungry Horse News
  • Great Falls Tribune
  • Wood Building Association
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Backcountry Jornal
  • Journal of Mountain Hunting 
  • and many more!