A LITTLE ABOUT LYNDA

 

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As hard as it may be to believe, everyone starts out as a novice no matter what hobby or career one chooses.  Lynda Richardson is no different.  As a small child, Lynda loved anything that crawled, wriggled, flew or swam through the forests and streams of her Richmond, Virginia home.  She loved seeing beautiful creatures up close and in their natural habitat.  This passion drove her to University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) focused on becoming a veterinarian.  Daunted by chemistry, she moved to biology but chose to finish up with a degree in Studio Art and Art Education.  Art was her other true love. A pivotal moment occurred when, after graduation, Lynda took up a photography professor’s challenge and went to the Maine Photographic Workshops  for a month long intensive “photo boot camp” where all she did was live and breathe photography. 


Inspired by this experience, Lynda decided to work towards becoming a professional photographer starting as a “stringer” for the Associated Press as well as working for numerous national newspapers and magazines.  She assisted photographers in various specialties such as fashion, studio, and location portraiture learning to shoot everything from toilet seats and glamorous models to the President of the United States.  During her time off, she photographed her beloved animals.  After several years, the glamour and thirst for the heady news world faded and she returned to her true love – wildlife and the environment.


Lynda’s newly focused career netted her assignments with major magazines and organizations such as Smithsonian magazine, National and International Wildlife magazines, The Nature Conservancy and the National Geographic Society, to name a few. This work sent her all over the globe to multiple countries in Africa, Central and South America, as well as to Cuba, Mexico, Poland, Belarus and the United States. 


Lynda is also a writer and has contributed photographs, feature articles and a monthly column to Virginia Wildlife magazine for the past twenty plus years and continues to write for various publications and websites across the country.


Known for her vast knowledge of animal behavior and her uncanny ability to mimic animal calls, Lynda has led nature and photography tours for organizations such as the National Zoo in Washington DC and The Nature Conservancy.  Lynda was also a guest speaker on The University of Mary Washington’s President’s Travel Club New Year’s Trip to South Africa.


Lynda has a long time relationship with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and enhancing habitat by joining conservation and business. Through WHC, Lynda has worked with major corporations such as BP, DuPont and Vulcan Materials photographing their efforts to follow WHC’s mission.


Lynda has also shared her photos and adventures as a lecturer to countless audiences including the Explorer’s Club in New York, the South African Embassy in Washington DC, The Girl Scouts of America, Safari Club International, and Canon USA. Her witty delivery style and hair-raising exploits, not to mention dazzling photographs, mesmerize her audiences making her a popular speaker.


Producing books is on top of Lynda’s list for 2014.  Her first book, University of Mary Washington - Moments in Time was commissioned by the University of Mary Washington Foundation and was a 2 1/2 year long project celebrating the 100th anniversary of the University, Lynda’s alma mater. Up-coming books from Lynda will feature her adventures while on assignment around the world and a “how to” on creating photo essays from a magazine photographer’s point of view. 


LINKS TO CHECK OUT:


North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) - Member since inception, Board Member - 2006 -


Strabo Travel - Tour Leader


2006 - Pro-Tour of Nature Photography


For more information call (804) 347-9668 or e-mail her at:  lynda@lyndarichardson.com