Have camera. Will travel. Rochester photographer Terri Jacobson has been all over the world to find unique outdoor, wildlife photos.
With help from her husband, Jake, Jacobson started shooting outdoor shots when the couple moved into the country in 2003. Since then, she has taken thousands of photos of hundreds of animals and displayed her work at several Rochester locations, including SEMVA, Doubletree Hotel, Dunn Brothers as well as at her home studio, where she also hosts a photo club. All of her work is available on her website.
What drew you to outdoor photography?
I just love being outside, and I love nature and wildlife. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me. I like to give my pictures a feeling of seeing something they don’t normally see. That’s fun. I try to make my pictures artsy. It’s just a lot of fun to do nature and wildlife. When you get up in Utah and you see the sunrise, it just an unbelievable feeling. The world is waking up, and everything is beautiful. When you’re out there shooting pictures, you can escape from everything, and I love it.
What are the easiest animals to shot and the hardest?
It just depends on where you are. Birds can be really easy or they can be really hard, depending on whom you’re able to find. When we go to the Everglades and some of the islands down there, it’s a lot easier to get bird photography. For one thing, eagles are easier to see because trees are shorter. Up here, it’s really hard to get good shots because the trees are so high. It’s really hard to see up into a nest. Bears can be easy to shoot in northern Minnesota but really hard to find in the Grand Tetons.
How hard is it to find the animal you want to photograph?
It can be difficult. You have to be patient. You might go out four or five times in a row to get the proper lighting and the look. I was taking a sunrise over at Glacier (National Park), and I went out five different times to get a shot, so a lot of times, you have to do that. A lot of times, you’re waiting for an animal to do something that looks really unique. You may have to wait hours for that or have to wait hours for an animal to show up.
Are there animals you haven’t shot, which you would still like to?
Oh, yes, there are always more animals. I would love to shoot polar bears up north. That sounds really cool. I’ve shot a lot of animals in cold weather. That would be really fun. I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands. They have so many unique animals, too.