A person stands on a cliff on the Southern Oregon Coast during sunrise at Samuel H Boardman State Park

The Untamed Coast - (Oregon Coast Aerial Drone Film)

From the massive forested seastacks in the south to the dramatic cliffsides in the north, The Oregon Coast still maintains several stretches of coastline that give off a rugged and ‘untamed’ feeling. I shot this aerial film over the course of several roadtrips out to the Oregon Coast with my drone in hopes of sharing its raw beauty and how I interpret its dynamic landscapes. Thanks so much for watching! I really hope you enjoy the film and see why I find this relatively small stretch of coastline so compelling!

Aviation photography of two airplanes flying over the Painted Hills in Oregon

Aviation Photography Over Oregon

Recently, I set off on a flight with the goal of capturing an image that combines the aviation experience with one of Oregon’s most beautiful and unique landscapes; the Painted Hills. From an aerial perspective, the intricate striations, colorful patterns and overall history of the Painted Hills become so apparent. The yellow portion in the hills are from a drier and colder period in time while the soil found in the red bands is actually from a more tropical point in time. Thanks to a team effort with several talented pilots, and a whole lot of planning, I was able to capture the following collection of images in camera with zero compositing or blending.

In partnership with Dell, this behind the scenes film was produced which documents how I was able to create this photoseries. I hope you enjoy the making of film!

Landscape photography of the Painted Hills, Oregon during sunset
Landscape photography of the Painted Hills, Oregon during sunset

We began the flight from Twin Oaks Airpark near Hillsborough, Oregon and flew east towards Central Oregon. Within thirty minutes or so from takeoff, we had beautiful views of the Cascade Mountain Range. Although the light wasn’t quite ideal, I shot the image below of pilot Brody Fry’s Carbon Cub plane with Mount Hood & Mount Jefferson in the background.

Aviation photography of a carbon cub airplane flying over Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson, Oregon

After another hour or so of flying we stopped for fuel fuel at an airport and met up with a third pilot who would join us over the hills. Shortly after, we were above the hills with evening light beautifully illuminating the colorful patterns & striations.

Aerial photography of the Painted Hills in Oregon during sunset

After several failed attempts and a short amount of time until the light would leave the hills, the lower two planes finally looked as though their flight path would align with the landscape from my perspective another thousand feet above. In less than a second, the two planes crossed over the hills and I had the shot.

Aviation photography of two airplanes flying over the Painted Hills in Oregon

Shortly after, the light had left the hills and we refocused our efforts for sunset photography of the two planes with Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood & the Sisters Mountain Range far off in the background.

Aviation Photography of two airplanes flying over mountains in Oregon during Sunset
Aviation Photography of two airplanes flying near Mount Jefferson in Oregon during Sunset. Shot using a telephoto lens.

To process these images, I used Adobe Lightroom on my Dell XPS 17 with NVIDIA Studios’ RTX 2060 Graphics Card. Although my editing process was very minimal, the overall speed and capabilities of this system are truly impressive. Use your mouse to slide and see a before & after view of my editing process below.

Aviation photography of two airplanes flying over the Painted Hills in Oregon
Editing on the Dell XPS 17 with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Card

Photography of Bhutan's traditional masked dancers in Punakha

Traditional Bhutanese Dancers

Over the past three years, I’ve been fortunate enough to make several trips out to Bhutan while working on assignment for MyBhutan. The following photo collection contains images that I’ve shot of the country’s various traditional dancers shot in Punakha Valley & Eastern Bhutan.

Traditional snow leopard Bhutan dance photography in Punakha Dzong
Photography of Bhutan's traditional masked dancers in Punakha
Photography of Bhutan's traditional masked dancers in Punakha
Photography of Bhutan's traditional masked dancers in Punakha

Some of my favorite images were shot during the winter in the tiny, disconnected village of Merak with the Brokpa Tribe in Eastern Bhutan. The Brokpa tribe put on an amazing show and even included a large Yak costume that would at times playfully run towards the audience and come close to ramming them with the horns.


After the ceremony, I spent some time doing a portrait session with the tribal dancers, unmasked.

Special thanks to Matthew DeSantis, Tshering Wangdi and Bethany Betzler for taking the following behind the scenes images. Also, big thanks to MyBhtuan for having me onboard to shoot and coordinating with the local dance teams to make this series happen.

photographer andrew studer photographs traditional Bhutanese dancers in front of Punakha Dzong in Bhutan

Bhutan is such a special country to me. I strongly feel like visiting should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re interested in seeing it for yourself, get in touch with the people at MyBhutan and make it happen!

Portrait street photography of a rickshaw driver walking in the streets of Mathura, India

Street Photography in India

Just before returning home from Bhutan this past March, I made a personal stop in India. Somehow or another I got incredibly lucky as my project with MyBhutan wrapped up just as the famous Holi Festival of Colors had begun.

Now before I share the photo collection that I got from the Holi Festival, I wanted to post a quick collection of images that I shot in-between the festivities while roaming the ancient city streets of Mathura and Vrindavan. I hope you enjoy what I came up with!

While it was honestly somewhat overwhelming at first, I very quickly felt so at home amongst the chaotic hustle & bustle of the city. I spent so much time just wandering through the streets with no specific destination while occasionally stopping to shoot a handful of quick portraits. The people were always kind enough to pause for a moment while I photographed them although I felt like I was happier with the images that I shot candidly.

I also enjoyed photographing the monkeys that roamed the streets. Although they can be slightly aggressive, It was fun blending wildlife photography with street photography while observing how they lived closely amongst humans.

street photography of a monkey climbing a pipe in the streets of Mathura, India

While I ended up spending most of my time shooting your average street photography // portraiture, I slowed down and spent a little bit of time trying to capture the fast pace and chaos of the streets. To do so, I used a slightly longer shutter speed to blur the motion of the background people and vehicles. In hindsight, I wish I spent more time shooting with this style but I know I’ll be back for another go at it once countries begin to reopen and it is safe again to travel.

Street photography is still very new to me but it has quickly become one of my favorite things to photograph. I felt like my time wandering through the streets of Mathura were full of so many amazing and different moments that it was sometimes hard to choose what to point my camera at.

Although it was a relatively short trip, I had an amazing time visiting India. The Holi Festival was incredible and I’m looking forward to sharing that image collection within the next couple weeks or so. Thanks for taking the time to check out this photoseries!

Losar: Bhutanese New Year Celebration

This past February while on Assignment for MyBhutan, I was fortunate enough to be in the Bumthang district of Bhutan during their New Year’s festival known as Losar. It is a festival that reinforces communal ties, strengthens family values and celebrates the amazing cultural traditions of Bhutan. Everyone celebrates differently doing things such as feasting, attending family gatherings, dancing or playing traditional sports like archery and darts.

While out one morning during Losar, I ended up at a small monastery full of young monks. Shortly after I arrived, I saw them run and throw hand fulls of flour at each other. At first, I thought it was part of a prank but then learned that they were preparing to take part in a much larger traditional flour battle in celebration of Losar. With the majority of monks worshipping inside the temple, a small group of other monks gathered outside to ambush them as they exited.

As the monks finished their worship ceremonies and exited the temple, they were quickly bombarded with friendly hand fulls of flour. As strange of a festival as it may appear, the throwing of roasted barley flour on each other is a symbolic gesture, observed in many monasteries around the country, to usher in Losar.

Photographing the flour battle was some of the most fun I’ve ever had while shooting.

Photography of young Buddhist monks celebrating the Bhutanese New Year (Losar festival) by throwing powder and flour at each other at a monastery in Bumthang

Throughout the entire morning, the monks made me feel completely welcome and made it such an incredible experience. They even invited me into the battle and spent so much time kindly teaching me their traditional dances and songs before inviting me inside for lunch.


One monk was kind enough to record the video of me going through the lineup. I never got his name but I’m beyond thankful he was able to capture this memory for me. I can’t express how welcoming all the monks were to me. I felt so fortunate to spend Losar with them and hope to be back again next year.


Thank you for taking the time to read! If you’re interested in visiting Bhutan, I highly recommend getting in touch with MyBhutan to plan your trip!

Cinematic Wild Brown Bears Film

A short collection of footage that I shot while photographing wild brown bears in the forests of eastern Finland.

Music by Benjamin James, licensed on Music Bed.


4K Footage available for licensing.

Night photography of the Milkyway over Mount Rainier near Sunrise Visitors Center, Washington Photo by Andrew Studer

Mount Rainier Timelapse & Aerial Film

A timelapse & aerial film shot over the course of three short trips to Mount Rainier National Park during the Spring, Summer & Autumn. All aerial footage was shot legally, outside of the National Park. Enjoy!

Behind the scenes of photographer Andrew Studer

Avoiding 'Creative Ruts' as a Photographer

Whether you’ve been shooting in your spare time as a hobby or professionally, you’re bound to feel less motivated and inspired compared to back when you were first starting out. Dealing with a lack of inspiration is something that all artists face at some point and it’s never a fun thing to go through. I’ve been doing photography and video professionally for over the past four years and while I understand that’s not all that long, I’ve faced several periods where I’ve felt a lack of inspiration and fell into ‘a creative rut.’

Over the past couple years of doing something related to photo and video each and every day, I’ve begun to realize several things that I need to do to keep myself out of ‘creative ruts’ and inspired to create. They work really well for me and I hope that they work well for you too!

iPhone 11 Pro Max nature Photography ultra wide angle lens

Photographer Andrew Studer shooting on the new iPhone 11 Pro Max

Excited about the new cameras and potential for photography, I recently picked up the brand new iPhone 11 Pro. I spent two days cruising around Oregon and capturing a few photos and videos. In this review, I focus on the brand new night mode & Ultra Wide lens while also touching a little bit on the portrait modes.

Overall, I’m extremely impressed with the new capabilities! I think that the iPhone 11 Pro’s new night mode is a complete game changer! I was shooting handheld 3s exposures that came out perfectly sharp.

The ultrawide lens is also a great addition! I feel like it has a neat way of making a subject appear to be more fun and dynamic. I typically don’t use wide angle lenses in my photography but I had a ton of fun testing it out!

Big thanks to Ryan Braden & Blake Allen for helping out and filming the BTS footage! Also thanks to Ukaia Rogers for the tech help!

Autumn in Aspen

This past fall,  Toby Harrimanand I decided to hit the road and head to Aspen, Coloradoto see what we could do with the fall colors I knew would be popping up as the weather cooled down. I’m originally from the area and knew that fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit the area and would potentially make for really great imagery.

My past experience proved fruitful once again, as we got some really great stuff. From fly fishing to driving my parent’s dog up the insanely beautiful Independence pass, we definitely got what we came for. Seriously, right around when the leaves are turning is the perfect time to visit.