“I love being out early to capture  mist rising on a lake, or to witness the rainbow of dawn’s colors as they are painted across the sky. A great photo takes planning, preparation and a bit of luck and timing, but it still feels like a gift when I’m out there and it all comes together. 

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and for viewing my photographs.

We shall be known for the tracks we leave behind.” Native American Proverb

My goal is to transport viewers to the locations I have photographed and share the experience I’ve had by creating images of nature and wildlife. It is my desire that my images will inspire and bring joy to those that view them. My time spent in nature brings a healing to my soul like no other activity can.

I am drawn to light, shape, texture, color and moments of perception. In my exploration of nature, I thrill at the prospect of discovering something new, or seeing something familiar in a fresh way. I love it when something stops me in my tracks and says ‘photograph me.’ 

I am truly honored if you choose to hang my photographs in your home, office, or business. To view my images and purchase archival pigment prints, please visit the Portfolios section of this website.

In additional to creating and selling fine art prints, I am a passionate workshop instructor, author, and inspirational speaker.

I was honored to be invited by Dewitt Jones to participate in his wonderful www.healingimages.org project.

(A bit of back-story). 

Brenda carved out a career in editorial and commercial photography, and photographed annual reports, ads, corporate brochures, photo essays and stories for regional and national magazines.” (see client list below.) She soon turned her focus towards her first passion, that of landcape and nature photography, which is still today the driving force behind her photographs.

Photography Books by Brenda: Expressive Nature Photography (Monacelli Press), Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography (Amphoto Books); co-authored Extraordinary Everyday Photography (Random House).

Brenda has spoken to thousands of people across the country at venues including B&H Optic Conference, B&H Learning Center, Photo Plus Expo, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, North American Nature Photographers Association, and an ever-growing list of camera clubs and photo conferences. For updated press, please visit the News page.


Licensing Photographs:
Many of the photographs on this site are available for licensing. Please contact me with your request. Additionally, my archive at Brenda Tharp Photography has a solid collection of photographs available for licensing or printing.

For additional stock photography, please see Danita Delimont Stock Photography.


AAA Via Magazine



British Gas

Century 21 Magazine

Chicago Museum Nat History

Chronicle Books

Colorado Tourism

Islands Magazine

Michelin Travel Publications





National Geographic Books

National Park Service 

Nature Conservancy

Sierra Club Magazine

Sunset, British Gas

The Grove Hotel, England

The Presidio Trust

United Way




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