about

“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.”

-Ansel Adams

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 relatively 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.  I photograph whales both with a DSLR and a drone- I'm licensed by the FAA to work commercially as a drone pilot.

Over the last year or so 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 12oceanlife 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!

Chelsea Mayer

“Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”

-Alfred Stieglitz