Artist Bio

Kelly Doyle, Outdoor Photographer & Digital Artist, Owner of North Woods Photos

Kelly Doyle is a self-taught Outdoor Photographer and Digital Artist specializing in wildlife, nature, and landscape photography. She started out with a fully manual 35 mm camera while back in college living in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in the early 1980’s. Venturing into the woods or mountains of North America with a tent, backpack, and a camera or two – sometimes for up to two weeks at a time – she took photos of wildlife and landscapes as a hobby. Shooting film meant you had to get exposure and composition right in the camera rather than relying on post-processing to “save” a photo. Based in Minneapolis since the mid-80’s, she still likes to walk into the wild north woods of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan tripping over sticks, getting bitten by ticks, just to get a few clicks (so you won’t have to). Now with digital cameras, part of the fun is post-processing for even more creativity after the image has been captured. That is an art in and of itself!

Capturing wildlife or the aurora borealis on digital media requires patience, planning, time to get to know the subject, and a little luck. And skill. Lots of skill. Honing the craft is a constant work in progress. Her wish is that when you see her work, it makes you want to be there!

When she isn’t writing in the third person, Kelly likes to go barefoot hiking, snow shoeing, trail running (sometimes as far as 50 miles), and a good belly laugh.

Her work has been published in Lake Superior Magazine, Snowshoe Magazine and Ultrarunner Magazine. She has had works on display at the Minnesota Zoo, three different galleries in the Twin Cities and continues to show at Dow Art Gallery in St. Paul.

Kelly is a General Member of North American Nature Photography Association.

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