Zenfolio | Jessica Kirste Photography | About

I am a nature photographer living in Union County, New Jersey. My work has been published in many places including National Wildlife Magazine, Bonterra Wine Magazine Ad Campaign, PhotoPlus Magazine, just to name a few. I was also selected as the grand prize winner of The Nature Conservancy 2015 Digital Photo Contest out of over 17,000 entries. I spend hours in the field tracking, observing and learning about my subjects and their behaviors. The eye level shots I strive for are perhaps the most compelling ones in my wildlife-oriented portfolio. Yup, that would be me lying in the muck at the edge of the marsh, or crawling in the wet sand to get a low angle on the wild birds I am stalking. I work hard for my photographs and enjoy every minute of it. Mud and all!

I have been a member of the Camera Naturalists Photo Club since 2009 and I am pleased to be able to share my love of nature photography with others through the clubs activities. The camera has taught me to see things I just passed by before. Now I can show others the nature and wildlife in our own backyards, with the hope that they will appreciate more what is around us.


I became an AdoramaPix Ambassador in September 2015: http://www.adoramapix.com/app/ambassadors/jessicakirste/

If you are interested in using my work or have any questions please email me at: JKPhotography07@gmail.com

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Equipment currently used:
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS
Tamron AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1
Bower 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Fast Fisheye
Canon 430X II Speedlite

Published in the Following

  • NorthStar Vets NJ 2009 Calendar
  • Turtle Back Zoo 2011 Calendar
  • Edison Wetland Associations 2012 Calendar
  • Union County Parks & Recreation 2012 Calendar (Front Cover)
  • National Geographic Eagles Calendar 2016 (Front Cover)
  • Foxes Calendar 2016 by Willow Creek Press
  • 12 Uses for a Lab 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • What Labs Teach Us Engagement Notebook Calendar 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • Labs Box Calendar 2017 by Willow Creek Press
  • Friends of Rahway River Park Calendar 2017 (2 Images)
  • Owls 2017 by Firefly Books
  • The Nature Conservancy 2017 Member Calendar
  • Manitoba Boreal Wilderness Calendar 2017 by CPAWS (Front Cover)
  • National Geographic Foxes Calendar 2017 
  • National Geographic Eagles Calendar 2018 
  • Eagles 2018 Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Foxes Calendar 2018 by Willow Creek Press (2 Images)
  • Just Labs 2018 Box Calendar by Willow Creek Press
  • Friends of Rahway River Park 2018 Calendar (2 images)
  • Bird a Day 2018 Box Calendar Eastern & Central North America (5 images)
  • Bird a Day 2018 Box Calendar Western North America (2 images)
  • Foxes Calendar 2019 by Willow Creek Press
  • Waterfowl 2019 Calendar by Willow Creek Press (2 images)
  • Eagles 2019 Calendar by Willow Creek Press (Cover Photo)
  • National Geographic Foxes 2019 Calendar 


  • Take a Wetlands Walk (Book) by Jane Kirkland
  • HSUS Member Magazine "All Animals" July/August 2009 Issue
  • A Lifetime of Curiosity: Science Centers and Older Adults (Book) by MetLife Foundation
  • Contra Costa Clean Water Program Brochure (Front Cover)
  • Bonterra Organic Wine (Magazine Ad Campaign) 2012 and 2013
  • Bonterra Organic Wine (Magazine Ad Campaign) 2014 and 2019
  • Photography Week Magazine (November 15, 2012)
  • Photography Week Magazine (December 6, 2012) Front Cover
  • Photography Week Magazine (December 20, 2012)
  • Photography Week Magazine (June 13, 2013)
  • Colorado Field Ornithologists Journal
  • PhotoPlus Magazine May 2013 Issue
  • National Audubon Society
  • American Birding Association
  • A Birder's Guide to Louisiana
  • New Jersey Audubon
  • Montezuma Audubon Center, NY 
  • Bird Watching Magazine 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation (2013 Annual Report Brochure)
  • National Wildlife Federation 
  • National Wildlife Magazine (Dec/Jan 2015 Issue)
  • National Parks Conservation Association (Jamaica Bay Advocates Website)
  • Growing Leaders Inc. (Habitudes Books & Resources)
  • Newark/Bound Magazine
  • The Nature Conservancy Magazine
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine May Issue (2017)
  • Spot Brand Pet Toys & Accessories Catalog (2017)
  • Backyard Birds and Blossoms Coloring Book by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Zoological Association of America (ZAA Journal) Summer 2017 Vol. 11 Issue 2 (Front Cover)


  • In the Corporate Collection of a Fortune 500 Company (Private Financial Institution New York, NY)


  • Center for Resource Solutions (Website Header)
  • The Official Website of the Borough of Roselle (Background)
  • Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center Website
  • Rider's Collective #16 (Free Bicycling E-Magazine) pg.44
  • The Block Island Times - Rhode Island Newspaper
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology


  • Wild New Jersey Blog
  • Yahoo! News
  • NJ.com


  • Star Ledger (2008)
  • Sunday Star Ledger (2009/2010)


  • Spot Brand Toys & Accessories October 2017 Monthly Contest Winner
  • 3rd Place Winner in The Friends of Rahway River Park 2017 Photo Contest
  • 2nd Place Winner in The Friends of Rahway River Park 2016 Photo Contest
  • Grand Prize Winner of The Nature Conservancy 2015 Digital Photo Contest
  • 2nd Place in Art Wolfe's The Compelling Image 2015 Photography Contest
  • Project FeederWatch: Judge's Choice Winner (Week 9) 2015
  • Share the View: International Nature Photography Contest (Made Top 250)
  • Semi Finalist in Defenders of Wildlife 2014 Photo Contest