Have you ever been so close to a Brown Bear that you can see rain drops on it's fur with your naked eye? If so, most would say you are too close... but what if I told you it's possible to be that close to a bear in the wild, and not be attacked? What if there was a place so remote and so detached from normal human life that we are not considered a threat by the bears? Instead we are simply “deer” walking in the meadow. There exists a place where food is so abundant the bears live close to humans all summer long without conflict, and the only shooting is done with the click of a shutter. 

Join Erica Lane Harvey as she recalls her most epic adventure to date, where she spent six days in the company of Brown Bears along the coast of Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. 

In addition to navigating the natural world to capture Mother Nature’s most precious moments, Erica also explores the often hard to understand world of selling your artwork. During the last hour of the program, Erica will touch on how she currently finds ways to get her works into the public eye so that she can make a living off her passion and hopefully inspire others to save our planet.


SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 1:30 TO 5:00PM


ERICA LANE HARVEY

M. Photog, CPP


Little Bit About Erica...

One of South Dakota’s most decorated and accomplished young photographers got her start at 8 years old when her mother inherited a SLR camera; Mom soon realized her little girl had a natural talent with the camera. Since then, Erica Lane Harvey’s talent has grown into a passion that inspires others to appreciate the beauty of the world, and a level of professionalism that has earned her numerous accolades.

Erica always knew she wanted to pursue photography, and she earned a Bachelors of Art in Visual Journalism from the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where she graduated with honors in 2003. Erica’s heart called her home and she returned to the Black Hills of South Dakota, beginning her career as a commercial photographer and videographer with a prominent advertising agency in Rapid City. Her independent and spirited nature led her to start her own business and gallery before the age of 25, but her passion and determination has grown that business into the success it is today; Erica Lane Photography, LLC offers portrait and commercial services, but the heart of the company and the photographer herself lies in showing and teaching the world about conservation through the art of photography.

Erica’s own photography has captured the majestic beauty of the world around her, with images earning numerous awards at international, national and local levels.Below are a few of her proudest moments:

2016 – Erica’s iconic “Hey Boo Boo” image featuring a mother Grizzly and her cub earned the coveted “Highly Honored” status in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition.

2016 – The Yellowstone Forever contest awarded their Highly Honored status to two of Erica’s wildlife images, “Howdy Partner” with a close upof an Elk’s steamy fall breath, and “Good as Gold” showing bison grazing in a golden field under a rainbow.

2018 – Judges for the 2018 PPA Grand Imaging Awards placed Erica in the top ten for landscape and nature for her “Year of the Fox” image, beautifully capturing a tack-sharp fox prancing through snow.

•2018 – “Super Bad Moon Rising” skillfully capturing a full moon over Badlands National Park earned another Windland’s Highly Honored status.

Over the past few years Erica has grown to appreciate the importance of educating others and has begun to teach photography through her business named Tripod Tours. Whether in a standard classroom setting or a stunning outdoor National Park like the Badlands, Erica hopes to use her love for photography to help other photographers around her grow - something she wished she had access to when she was struggling to find her own way.

Erica is just as passionate to learn as she is to teach and continually strives to better her art form through technical achievements and academic pursuits. Her accomplishments are impressive for a photographer her age. As a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2015, Erica is quickly making a name for herself in the organization:

Two-time Platinum Photographer of the Year with PPA (2017 and 2018)

Earned her Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) certification in early 2018

• South Dakota PPA Photographer of the Year for the last two consecutive years (2017 & 2018)

Wyoming PPA General Photographer of the Year for 2018

• New South Dakota PPA Counselor

Erica will add even higher PPA honors to her credentials as she is a current degree recipient for both her Master Photography Degree and her Master Craftsman Degree at the upcoming 2019 Imaging USA conference in January – a feat not usually accomplished so quickly!

Erica’s artistic eye, determined energy, and passion for conservation give her images a distinctly unique and serenely natural feel of the beauty this world has to offer, presented with near perfect technical quality. Wanderlust takes her across the country and around the world as often as possible, always with her camera to share her view of the world.You can find Erica’s work at galleries and art festivals throughout the Midwest, or you can bask in the artistry of her work on her website, EricaLanePhotography.com.

One of South Dakota’s most decorated and accomplished young photographers got her start at 8 years old when her mother inherited a SLR camera; Mom soon realized her little girl had a natural talent with the camera. Since then, Erica Lane Harvey’s talent has grown into a passion that inspires others to appreciate the beauty of the world, and a level of professionalism that has earned her numerous accolades.



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