Dennis Frates began his photographic career at age 14 when he purchased his first camera for $100.00 with money earned from a paper route. Full of youthful exuberance, he took pictures of nature and scenic subjects that he encountered every day. He became frustrated that his pictures didn’t look like those in National Geographic, so he gave up, put his camera in the closet and literally went fishing. While in college, Dennis’ love for the natural world grew. He studied landscapes and ecology, receiving a Master's degree in these areas. Later he felt compelled to revisit his love of photography. He picked up his camera again and now has a large collection of photographs which have been published in National Geographic, Sierra Club, and Audubon.