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Mark Picard, and I both began photographing wildlife at an early age, but it was not until much later in life that we met while photographing at a local wildlife refuge in Western Massachusetts. It did not take either of us long to realize that we both shared a passion for photographing the natural world. That was in 2007! Mark had already fallen in love with Moose, was an internationally published wildlife photographer and leading outdoor photography workshops seasonally in Maine. Me, Anita, a free-lance interior designer, had dreams of someday photographing birds, not just in between client appointments, but as often as I wanted. Since that chance meeting, we moved to Maine full time partnering both in business and in life. With humble gallery beginnings on the first floor of a renovated two-story tenement, Moose Prints Gallery & Gifts was launched in 2010. Quickly outgrowing the original gallery space, Moose Prints Gallery now occupies a larger storefront on Penobscot Avenue in downtown Millinocket, Maine where you are always welcome to visit us. The gallery offers a large selection of our imagery along with nature gifts and local craft. The workroom is also larger, accommodating the state-of-the-art printers we use to reproduce images of both our work as well as that of our Print Service clients. The best part of our chance encounter at the wildlife refuge back in 2007, other than meeting each other, is that our journey has led us to now live at the edge of what we refer to as a really big back yard, Maine’s expansive North Woods - just a few miles from Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. It is an area with abundant wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and unlimited opportunities to photograph nature, for not only us, but also for our workshop participants. It is a region of Maine that inspires us as nature photographers every day!
Mark is noted for his photographic creativity in the field, not only in composition and lighting, but also in his use of equipment, blinds, and knowledge of animal behavior. Mark's images have appeared in over fifty national and international publications, books, and calendars, including Audubon, Sierra Club, Animals, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Maine Scene, Nature Conservancy, Birder’s World, Bangor Daily News, Defenders of Wildlife, Wild Bird, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Scholastic, Northern Woodlands, Northeast Kingdom, National Wildlife Federation, Maine Sportsman, Ontario Out of Doors, Chase and Peche, Wildlife Conservation, Tide- Mark Press, Ranger Rick, Vermont Magazine, North Country, Yankee and others. Commercial clients Mark has had the recent pleasure of working with include Abercrombie and Fitch, United States Postal Service, Maine Turnpike Authority, Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism, Elliotsville Plantation, Huckleberry Foods, and James Sewall Corporation. As a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team, Mark is well versed in both film and digital photography formats, including postproduction digital workflow and Adobe Photoshop. He has led the Nikon sponsored L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School Big Moose Photography Getaway Weekends each June in upstate Maine as well as photography workshop/tours for the Great American Photography Workshops in the Fall. He was named Maine Sportsman Artist of the Year and has served as an instructor for Baxter State Park's Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. Mark uses Nikon D850 and D4s series digital cameras and various lenses ranging from 14mm – 600mm, combined with Gitzo tripods, Really Right Stuff and Wimberley heads. Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts in Millinocket, Maine serves as studio and home base where Mark lives with partner Anita and their two cats, Scat and Momma Kitty.
...is an avid flat-water kayaker, professional wildlife photographer, photography workshop leader and nature guide in the Katahdin Region of Maine. She owns Moose Prints Gallery in Millinocket, Maine with partner Mark Picard. Anita specializes in photographing birds and other wildlife. While Moose are not her primary subject of interest, she credits Mark with much of what she has learned about Moose behavior from the early years when they both led outdoor workshops together. Now that Mark has turned over the workshops to her capable leadership, Anita enjoys helping others learn new photography skills and enjoys helping emerging professionals with business related support. When not in the field she manages the day-to-day operations, merchandising and marketing for the Mark Picard Wildlife Photography and Moose Prints Gallery and Gifts brands from Millinocket, Maine. Her images have appeared in numerous publications and are available for sale at Moose Prints Gallery as well as re-sellers throughout Maine and beyond.
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