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Ruth Hoyt

Ruth Hoyt is a full-time professional nature photographer, writer, public speaker, workshop leader, coach, and consultant with 30+ years’ experience teaching nature photography. Additional attributes are her certificates for Interpretive Guide and Texas Master Naturalist.

A charter member of the North American Nature Photography Association and a past board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Ruth writes a regular column for  the Journal of Wildlife Photography, “Set Up for Success.”

She is best known for her Texas bird photography and professional guiding services on private south Texas ranches, but she also pursues landscape, flora, macro, night, and more in various locations across the United States.

Ruth currently uses Canon R5 and R3 mirrorless cameras, iPhone, and DJI drones for her video and still work, but keeps an open mind for new technology as it enters the photographic scene.

Her work includes large canvas gallery-wrapped prints and mounted prints using archival, museum-quality paper. Her work can be seen in permanent public locations in various states and local hospitals, private offices, and visitors’ centers.

For current work, visit her Instagram account at @ruthhoytphoto. Contact her via phone at (956) 330-2900 or email at ruthhoyt@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

April 2023
April 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

After this field trip, you will wonder why you waited so long to start photographing birds on the wing! The rookery at Smith Oaks offers endless opportunities for birds-in-flight photography from a multi-level platform reserved for us.

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April 21 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

The 10-story glass Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens enables you to see the rainforests of the world in a whole new way, offering ample opportunities for interesting photographs. A walkway leads you through the canopy level, where you can explore the exhibit from a new vantage point. You can see monkeys, sloths, and other free-roaming tree-dwellers closer than ever. Ruth discusses and demonstrates techniques to observe and capture images of these rainforest inhabitants.

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to explore this excellent rainforest habitat before opening hours. You can capture images without taking a trip to the Amazon rainforest! Within the Moody Gardens rainforest, Ruth takes participants to a special area to photograph tropical frogs.

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April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Ruth Hoyt for this indoor session, where she presents her program and demonstrates how she processes raw photographs from digital cameras.

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April 22 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Join Ruth Hoyt on this unique experience on Galveston Bay to photograph birds in flight from a shallow-draft boat. One of the best ways to learn to photograph birds in flight is to practice, and this trip provides ample opportunities for that! The number of birds, Brown Pelicans, in particular, is amazing and provides many photo opportunities as the birds come and go from the islands.

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April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This session is new to FeatherFest; be sure to check it out! Join Ruth Hoyt for this indoor session, where she presents her program and demonstrates techniques for setting up an outdoor photo studio specifically for bird photography.

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April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Here’s an ever-popular photography field trip that’s become part of our FeatherFest tradition! Join Sky King Falconry and Ruth Hoyt to photograph various captive raptors and other trained birds in natural settings and perches out on a private West End property. This is a great opportunity to see and photograph these birds. Kevin from Sky Kings Falconry will pose raptors in natural settings and possibly fly the birds while discussing the behavior of the birds.

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