Hillary is a conservation photographer, filmmaker and educator.

Born and raised in Sycamore, Illinois, Hillary graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Studio Art. After years of teaching and traveling, she recently graduated from Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation.

Her drive to document and conserve the environment was spurred while spending seven summers leading canoeing and kayaking expeditions through Northern Canada and Alaska. She used her environmental connection alongside her background in education to teach Marine Biology, Lake Ecology and Underwater Robotics at John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Hillary has also lived in New York City where she graduated from the Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography, and worked as the Photography Fellow for the National Audubon Society.

What sets Hillary apart is her ability to connect with people through their stories. She understands the complexity of both human understanding and environmental issues. By streamlining difficult concepts into relatable stories, her work connects audiences, builds empathy and educates viewers. Human connections are at the heart of her photography and film projects, and she believes the strongest way to share information with a wide range of audiences is through visual stories.

Hillary has created educational media for NOAA Fisheries, University of California San Diego, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, and others. She is currently living in Washington state with her husband and dog, and working as a freelance photographer and videographer throughout the Western United States.