Wild Elements Nature Photography is a showcase of the wildlife and nature photography of Terri Shaddick. A little bit about how I got my start, well it all starts with growing up on the East Coast of Canada in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
After completing university in 2007, I made the move to Calgary where I completed the Chartered Accountant Designation in 2009, and I have worked at various accounting jobs in Calgary since getting my CA.
However, my real passion is photography. I got my first “real” camera in 2009, a Canon rebel T1i, because now that I was done school, I wasn’t sure how I was going to fill all my new-found free time. Over the next year or so I became more and more focused on photography, specifically of nature, and also did some moto photography on the side. In 2012 I began to get a little more serious about photography, investing all my free time (and money) into my passion.
My main focus is nature photography, with a passion for photographing mammals (especially carnivores) that live in Alberta’s National Parks, and the coast of British Columbia. In the coming year I have several trips planned to the BC coast, which you can see in my Journeys Collection.
I have a strong focus on conservation and ethics when it comes to photographing wildlife. I never bait an animal to try to get the shot, and I try to have as little of an impact as possible on the animals that I photograph. At the end of the day I still have 50 more years of photography ahead of me (I hope!), and want to make sure that the animals last as long as I do, and even longer for future generations to enjoy.
In addition to accounting and photography, I am a former Board Member, and try to volunteer when I can with the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (“CWRS”). The CWRS is a registered non-profit charitable organization that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals in the City of Calgary and surrounding areas. What drew me to the organization was not only their focus on wildlife, but also the fact that they are helping rehabilitate animals that are often injured due to the presence of humans, such as being hit by a car, or flying into a window. If it wasn’t for humans, these sorts of incidents wouldn’t be happening.
To learn more about the CWRS, or to volunteer or donate visit their website: http://calgarywildlife.org/