“Photography is my passion.”

“I love waking up early to capture the mist rising on the 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. I love to tell stories with my pictures, too, and to travel the world seeking the light and the life of everything out there. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and for viewing my photographs.

For over twenty-eight years, Brenda Tharp has been photographing the world around her, in response to the needs of creative professionals in the editorial, and book publishing industries. Her award-winning images are in private collections across the country and she provides finely crafted prints to interior decorators and corporations.
Brenda specializes in creating strong compositions with an attention to light, color, form and texture. She also creates story-telling photographs of people and places. Her images are widely used in ads, books, brochures, calendars, greeting cards, and magazines for a variety of clients, including National Geographic Books, Sunset, British Gas, Chronicle Books, Sierra Club Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon, The Presidio Trust, National Park Service, and Michelin Travel Publications.

Brenda wrote Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography (Amphoto Books), Expressive Nature Photography (Monacelli Press) and co-authored Extraordinary Everyday Photography (Random House), and photographed the award-winning books: Muir Woods: Redwood Refuge, and Marin Headlands: Portals of Time, (GGNPC). An acclaimed workshop instructor, Brenda offers workshops through her own company, and through established organizations such as Maine Media, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Pacific Northwest School of Arts, MISA. She also leads her own photo tours, and works with other organizations such as Strabo Tours. 

Passionate about sharing her love for photography with others, Brenda has spoken to thousands of people across the country at venues including
The Mountaineers Club, American Society of Media Photographers, The Century Club, Photo Plus Expo, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, and North American Nature Photographers Association along with growing list of camera clubs and photo club conferences. She has juried several national competitions, teaches online, and has been featured in Rangefinder, Extraordinary Vision, PhotoArt and several podcasts. For ongoing updated press, please visit our News page.

Buying Prints:
Most of the photographs on this site are available for purchase as standard or exhibition prints. In addition, there are some available as Exhibition prints (hand-crafted) only, and a Limited Editions collection. All other pictures, if available for sale or license, will be marked with a shopping cart icon. Other products using Brenda’s photographs can be found at Fine Art America.

Licensing Photographs:
All of the photographs in the galleries at this site are available for immediate licensing and downloading. (You may download a comp for free.) We are constantly adding to the archives so please check back often. We have an archive of over 40,000 images, many of which were classic film images that are still being digitized and prepped.

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