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Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Iceland: Photography & Travel

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Iceland: Photography & Travel

Jared Lawson


Iceland is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.  Travel photography and Iceland go together hand in hand.  Photographers looking for new landscape inspiration full of waterfalls and wide open landscapes should take a long look at taking advantage of Iceland's long summer days.  The highlights of Iceland include some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls and relatively small amounts of tourists (compared to Europe).  If you want to see examples of Iceland's Waterfalls in Pictures follow the link provided.  Read on for more reasons to consider Iceland for your next photography trip.  

Moss Covered Lava Fields, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

Moss Covered Lava Fields, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

The first thing you notice about Iceland photography - besides the stunning waterfalls, is the amazing landscapes filled with open space and green moss covered lava fields. Iceland does not disappoint.  While a majority of the population lives in Reykjavik, you will find most of your photo opportunities out in the countryside of Iceland.  Renting a car can be quite expensive in Iceland.  The country can be expensive - look around for photography tours taking you around this beautiful landscape.  I recommend a photo tour because many photography opportunities lie beyond paved roads, often traveling running into flooded roads, rutted roads and unmarked territories.  It is a land of adventure filled with endless photography opportunities.  

Along the Coast, Iceland Seascape. Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

Along the Coast, Iceland Seascape. Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

Beyond the open landscapes in Iceland, don't underestimate it's beautiful seascapes as well.  This picture highlights the open country and the rocky cliffs bordering the ocean below.  The fog creates a dramatic scene creating beautiful photography.  One of my favorite pieces of Iceland was the people and culture.  Each night I was able to meet a different group of welcoming Icelanders, offering hospitality, opening up their homes as farm stays and even providing a home cooked meal.  

Lava Covered Fields, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

Lava Covered Fields, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

When traveling to Iceland for travel and photography - be sure to keep your trip open to stops in the open countryside.  I would advise against tour buses and big trips.  The picture above highlights the landscape scenes you miss on large groups jumping from one major attraction to the next.  The endless lava fields are breathtaking, you can wander them for hours photographing the different colors and textures.  This photo required a bit of patience as the common Iceland summer storm passed through, drenching me with rain as I waited to capture this picture.  Iceland provides one of the best varieties of photography you can expect traveling, I spent over two weeks traveling during the summer and can say it still is one of my top destinations I have ever been.  If you want more information or tips for photography small tours in Iceland I can recommend one or two that provide top notch quality with exceptional service to your photography needs.  

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Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland.  Photo Credit: Jared Lawson Photography