Zenfolio | Aaron Sawyer Photography | About

I love being outside, and photography gives me a way to express the peace and joy I find in nature. I use natural light to try to capture my experience of places I travel with my family, friends, or often on my own (it's hard to convince anyone else to get up at 5 AM). There's no magic; I just go shoot when the light is good and try to pick an interesting perspective. I hope you enjoy the pictures! If you're in a hurry, check out my "Top Tens" galleries for an abbreviated tour of my photos.

I started doing photography about 16 years ago when I borrowed an old Olympus 35mm film camera from my dad (which I never did give back.....sorry Dad). I took a college course on black-and-white photography at Denison University and fell in love with light. I took my camera with me on trips, and friends and family liked my pictures enough to start asking for prints. My camera has been with me ever since, although I've gone through a couple of upgrades in equipment and have learned through reading, research, and looking at others' photos about composition, lighting, and editing. I'm gradually learning about the business of photography, but mainly I just like doing it, and I'm not yet willing to give up my day job as a psychologist.

For gearheads, I shoot with a Nikon D610 full frame body and one of two lenses (Nikon 24-85mm VR or a 70-300mm VR), often attached to a Manfrotto tripod and ball head. I frequently use a polarizing filter but generally use minimal photo processing with Adobe Photoshop and the Nik Software Collection.

I am currently revamping my online sales procedures. If you wish to purchase a photo, let me know and I will provide an estimate. I am able to fulfill orders for prints, matted photos, and framed artwork directly and work with art purchases for large-scale projects. If you are interested in licensing digital images for advertising or other purposes, please contact me.


  • Boone Hospital - Columbia, Missouri
  • Kosciusko Family Healthcare - Warsaw, Indiana
  • Kosciusko Community Hospital - Warsaw, Indiana

  • There are no upcoming shows at this time.

I am passionate about the outdoors and conservation of natural areas. Check out the National Park Service website to find parks near you: www.nps.gov. Some of my favorites include Glacier N.P., Great Smokey Mountains N.P., Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Yosemite N.P., and Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

State Parks (see state names below for links) are another incredible resource and are frequently underestimated. I grew up in Indiana, followed by college in Ohio, graduate school in Washington, and even more graduate school in Missouri, followed by stints in Pennsylvania and now Washington, DC - in all of those states, I have found beauty in big parks and small ones. I also have a new found love of conservation areas and national forests, which some of the least utilized and most undervalued resources for nature-lovers.

I am constantly exploring books, magazines, and the web for other people's artistic work. I've listed a few of my favorites below: