Drew got his start in photography as a youngster in the darkroom of his parents’ small-town newspaper. From there, it was an easy expansion into wildlife photography as he combined two growing interests, and conservation emerged as a driving motivation. Stemming from his belief that imagery can be a powerful tool for change, Drew has made conservation an important theme in his photography. In 2019, the Alaska Conservation Foundation awarded Drew the Daniel Housberg Wilderness Image Award for his use of photography in the fight against the proposed Pebble Mine. As president of the nonprofit organization Friends of McNeil River, Drew works with a broad coalition of Alaska. Natives, conservation organizations, photographers and businesses to bring permanent protections to the Bristol Bay region of Alaska.
Drew enjoys exploring many different photographic styles and editing techniques to push the boundaries of what is possible in wildlife storytelling. Always a student, Drew looks to constantly adapt and experiment with new approaches to nature photography. View Drew's latest photography portfolio additions on Instagram at @drewhh.
Winters are generally a slow time in the bear-viewing business (think hibernation), so Drew fills his downtime cross-country skiing, editing photos, making homemade pretzels, and staying up all night to photograph the northern lights...until it's time to get back into the field with his camera once again.
Enjoy this selection of Drew's nature photography:
What’s in Drew's Camera Bag:
Gura Gear Kiboko 22L
Olympus EM1X body
Olympus EM1 mk 2 body
M. Zuiko 7-14 mm f/2.8
M. Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8
M. Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8
M. Zuiko 300 mm f/4
Voigtlander 25mm f/.95
Sony A7s 2 body
T1.5 Cine Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
iPhone 11 Pro
Post-Processing Software Expertise
Upcoming Adventures with Drew:
Praise from Nat Hab Travelers:
"Drew was HILARIOUS! He looked like he had just emerged from the wilds of Alaska—burly beard, rugged flannels, mountain-man hiking supplies, the whole bit—and what a BIG, fun-loving personality! He was engaging and immediately put our group at ease. His easy humor mixed with a thorough knowledge of the area was the perfect combination. Safety was also paramount with Drew. His leadership techniques while among the bears provided our group with security, without negatively impacting our experience. My husband and I felt confident that we would enjoy an amazing adventure away from the crowds, and we did. Thank you, Drew!"
"Drew was a charismatic walking encyclopedia, extremely knowledgeable about any question we asked. He was friendly, personable and thoughtful. I can't imagine taking the polar bear trip with anyone else. You're very fortunate to have him working for your company."
"Words can not express how wonderful Drew was. He made this trip better
"Drew's enthusiasm and love of sharing information about bears
"My husband and I have traveled the world and have had many tour guides. We are sure you already know you have a treasure in Drew. He is the best of the best. The trip and your company are fabulous, as is Drew!"
"Drew's enthusiasm says it all! His knowledge of kinds of bears and bear behavior added richness to our trip! Even though I rarely have energy to get through a busy day anymore, his excitement and willingness to keep us all engaged in the adventure made this trip so much more special for me! He’s a hoot! As a first time traveler with Nat Hab, Drew’s style and his genuine energy will make me look at other tours with this company under his leadership. In fact, I’ve already been talking up this tour with friends!"
"Drew is a superb Expedition Leader! He is highly intelligent, well-educated and definitely a bear expert. Plus he's a wildlife photographer—it doesn't get better than that. Drew has a terrific sense of humor as well. He was a complete professional, always gracious and always on top of the day's activities. We could not have asked for a better person as a guide and we'd take another trip with Drew anytime."
"Drew was amazing. We've
"With both his obvious knowledge and his passion for bears, he made this a very fun and educational experience. I have been on several other tours in the past and Drew was definitely one of the best guides I have ever worked with.
"Drew was incredible. He went to great lengths to ensure
"Drew is one of the best Expedition Leaders we have ever had on any trip. This was a true photography trip. His knowledge of cameras,
"Drew was truly outstanding. He is incredible at working with people and passionate about everything related to the trip and beyond. His enthusiasm is infectious. If a problem arises, Drew solves it. By the conclusion of our journey, it felt as though Drew was family, and I believe everyone in our group would agree with that sentiment. Probably the greatest compliment I could pay Drew would be to note that he made it far more likely that I would travel again with Nat Hab, and I would do everything I could to get Drew as Expedition Leader again. We were very fortunate to have him for this particular trip."