Louise is a freelance photographer and a National Geographic Young Explorer living in Bozeman, Montana. Her current work concentrates on the relationship between people and wilderness in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She has explored these issues in India, Chile and Botswana. Her drive to document the landscapes and people of the west began with her job as a horse wrangler at J-L Ranch in Montana’s Centennial Valley where she learned about progressive ranching and land stewardship.
A graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, Louise won two Hearst Awards for multimedia, a Society of Professional Journalists Award for her photo essay “Ranching in the American West,” and was chosen by the University of Montana as an Outstanding Senior in Photojournalism in 2014. In 2016 she was named one of National Geographic’s “20 under 30 Explorers: The Next Generation of National Park Leaders.” She is a 2017 graduate of the Eddie Adams workshop.
Throughout 2014 and 2015 she worked as an assistant in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on National Geographic magazine's May 2016 Yellowstone Issue. Louise has continued to build on this work by telling stories about people living with wildlife and concentrating on large landscape connectivity in the west.
In 2015 Louise taught photography courses to underserved middle school youth in Glacier National Park, and she is now a photography instructor for National Geographic Student Expeditions. In addition to National Geographic magazine, her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the FERN, Western Horseman, CNN, National Geographic Voices, High Country News, and multiple publications throughout the west. She is a regular freelance photographer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Louise tells stories in an intimate, sensitive and respectful way. Through photography, video and writing she studies and looks for stories about people who are doing work for the common good of humanity and wild landscapes.