“I find the process before the photo exciting – learning about the subject, failing to get the shot, and finally being rewarded.” Dani Connor talks about her journey in wildlife photography, from family pets to Iberian lynx

Wildlife photography by Dani Connor
Stag Party In Richmond. “A pair of young stags stopped to watch me a few minutes before sunrise,” says Dani Connor (Image credit: Dani Connor)

Wildlife photography is one of the most rewarding experiences it’s possible to have with a camera, and with young photographers like Dani Connor coming to wider attention, the future of the genre is in good hands. Starting out with portraits of the family dog and going on to make a name for herself via her video diaries on social media, Connor is currently turning her lens on a variety of different mammals in the UK and further afield.

How did you commence your photographic journey?

I started taking photos over 12 years ago. I wanted to photograph our family dog, Ashley, in a woodland environment. My dad had a decent camera so I borrowed that and spent my afternoons after school in my local woods. I soon got some nice photos of Ashley and slowly started to notice the wildlife around me. My first few shots were of insects and pond ducks. 

In my first few months of photography, I entered a couple of competitions and by the end of the summer, I had won the Young Marwell Photographer of the Year. The prize money allowed me to buy my first camera, a Canon EOS 550D, and after that, I spent all my free time photographing wildlife.

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Peter Travers

The editor of PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Peter 14 years of experience as both a journalist and professional photographer. He is a hands-on photographer with a passion and expertise for sharing his practical shooting skills. Equally adept at turning his hand to portraits, landscape, sports and wildlife, he has a fantastic knowledge of camera technique and principles. As you'd expect of the editor of a Canon publication, Peter is a devout Canon user and can often be found reeling off shots with his EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR.