Photo (fo-to), n., short for photograph, from the Greek, phos (φως), meaning “light”, and -grapho (γράφω), meaning “to write/draw”. An image created by light. Cascadia (kas-kad-ee-a), n., a term that derives from the Cascade Range, referring to the Pacific Northwest.

The purpose of the Photo Cascadia Team is to explore areas of natural beauty, encourage stewardship and conservation and offer inspiration by sharing our images, our stories, and our knowledge with other photographers who share our passion.

Photo Cascadia consists of seven photographers: Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips,  and Zach Schnepf. We are all from the Cascadia region and share the common interest of photographing the striking beauty of the outdoors, especially the Northwestern United States. Along with a variety of content on this website, we maintain a blog that is updated regularly where we share educational insights, images and stories from our travels, tips and tricks, and other photography-related content. Our goal is not only to share wonderful images and stories with viewers but to provide an online resource that will be a benefit to photographers of all levels. We also offer workshops as team member collaborations and as individual offerings.


As one might imagine, the members of Photo Cascadia place a high value on the preservation of wild and natural places and the protection of the environment. These values are a big part of what brought us together as a team and why we are passionate about landscape photography. They have been a strong theme in the work we do from the beginning and more recently it has been wonderful to work with the Nature First Alliance on these values.

The Nature First principles are carefully considered and clearly stated ideals for responsible outdoor photography that match our own. Through our photographs and guidance, Photo Cascadia hopes to inspire others to connect with, value and champion the natural world. However, we have seen first hand the unintended consequences our photographs and words can bring to fragile places, whether it is from enthusiastic but uninformed people (both photographers and the general public alike), or just over-visitation no matter how well informed.

It’s important that we walk the walk and be part of the solution, not the problem. Through our writing, teaching and speaking we have always hoped to educate and enlighten. Now we share that message through the mission and principles established by Nature First. We proudly stand with the voices of its 3500 members from 53 different countries.

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