Previously a financial advisor in public finance, I spent many of my waking hours in Texas issuing bonds for cities, hospitals, and higher education institutions. After burning out in the financial industry, I resigned, bought a Eurovan and traveled around the USA with my two dogs. With this year-long road trip, came the birth of my blog.
After this year, my passion for travel and photography only blossomed. As such, I have continued blogging, traveling, and capturing images. My travels have taken me from the north pole to the south pole and many places in between. My blogging has garnered me feature articles with Dwellable, Darjeelin, Trip Tribe and Hopper.
My award winning photography has hung in a variety of shows including in the Colorado Springs Airport and at The Audubon Society of Denver. In addition, my images have been featured on the ABC Series “Rock the Park” and in the Southwest Airlines Magazine.
I love sharing the natural beauty of earth through travel, photography, and blogging. Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.
Colin has a Bachelor of Science in Photographic Science with Honours from the University of Westminster in London, England, and his first job out of college was with Polaroid, UK, but since then he’s worked in just about every genre of photography there is. Except aerial. Or Drone. Yes, name anything else and he’s been there and probably done it. He’s used a camera from just about every manufacturer, including medium and large format technical cameras. He’s spent way too many hours in the darkroom and even owned a 1-hour photo lab when they were a thing! When he was in college he made holograms using lasers, too.
One of his other careers was as a sales manager and trainer after which he taught software for the largest software training company in the world, and he’s a Train the Trainer Facilitator which means he used to teach trainers to train. Colin was the Department Chair at a career college in southern California for a number of years, and all this means that he can bring you an education based on sound teaching principles in a clear, concise, and understandable but fun way.
Colin belongs to the Professional Photographers of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, and is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. Recently he joined the Board of the Charlotte Camera Club, a PSA affiliate, and is an instructor with the Light Factory here in Charlotte and with Nikonians, a worldwide Nikon users group.
He used to run the photo department at the US National Whitewater Center, so you’ve probably seen his photos on billboards around town and on tv, and now works as a freelance photographer every day of the week. He founded the Ballantyne Photography Club, the Travel Photography Club and is a co-leader of the NANPA Meetup group in Charlotte. Between his clubs and groups he has over one thousand members! Now he trains other photographers, consults with companies, speaks at camera clubs, and leads workshops, tours, and teaches all over the country, and pretty soon, the world.
Check out his website and upcoming wildlife travel workshop: http://www.colinhocking.photography/merrittisland