“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
Thank you so much for visiting my site! My name is Chelsea, and I am very grateful to be able to say that I photograph whales for a living. I work for Davey's Locker Whale Watching in Newport Beach, CA, aboard the catamaran Newport Legacy.
Working on the ocean is very new for me- I attended UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television and have a degree in Film Production and Directing. I worked on film sets and as a freelance photographer for a few years, but I didn't find what I really loved until I realized that I could work in the whale watching business.
Since I started at Davey's Locker, I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people who believed in me enough to teach me how to be a deckhand, and now I get to do that too! I hope to get my captain's license soon, but in the meantime I am focusing on mastering drone photography- I am FAA licensed to work commercially as a remote pilot.
Over the last several months I've taken literally tens of thousands of photos of the marine mammals of southern California- I've compiled some of my favorites here! If you want to purchase digital copies or prints of any of my photographs, please write to me using the contact tab of this site. If you're in southern California and want to come whale watching with my company, go to www.newportwhales.com and use the promo code WHALES12 at checkout to get a really good deal! And if you have an opportunity that allows me to travel and/or take photos of wild animals, I really want to know about it!
Hope to see you out on the water!
“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”