Max was born in the spring of 1976 and has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since. The son of two professors, Max naturally shied away from educational endeavors throughout his life. Despite a number of missed classes and hastily-written, last-minute papers, he somehow managed to come away from the University of Washington with some semblance of a degree. Ironically, he has come full circle and now enjoys teaching photography classes and leading workshops and tours.
For over a decade-and-a-half, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports subjects professionally. He had the most commendations of any photographer in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice awards, has been a multiple finalist in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is a two time winner of the MalaMala Photographer of the Year competition. Max’s work has appeared in such publications as Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He also occasionally covers University of Washington and other college athletics near his home in the Seattle area.
A love of Yellowstone National Park and its wildlife led Max to build two cabins in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, allowing him to spend even more time in his favorite place for nature photography. Since 2003, Max has visited over thirty countries in Central and South America, Africa, Europe and elsewhere. These days, his travels usually revolve around nature and wildlife photography.
Over the years I have worked with a number of clients on photo shoots and image licensing requests. These include:
- Africa Geographic Magazine
- BBC Wildlife Magazine
- ESPN the Magazine
- National Wildlife Federation
- The Nature Conservancy
- Oxford University Press
- Solent Picture Agency
- Sports Washington Magazine
- US National Park Service
- Numerous artists, authors and musicians
- Various universities around the world
Charities and Donations
I have worked with several charities and non-profits, and have donated several prints to auctions that raise funds for various causes. I am proud to support the following causes annually through print donations and partial sales proceed donations:
- Husky Marching Band
- Yellowstone Forever (formerly the Yellowstone Park Foundation)
Because of my consistent support of these causes, I do not accept every request for image donations or free image usage. However, I do try to work with non-profit and educational clients on reduced rates that are fair and equitable to both parties.
I am available to shoot nature, travel and sports assignments both in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. If you are interested in discussing an assignment, image licensing or another project, please use the Contact Page to reach me. Thank You!