"Kyle Adler belongs behind a lens. In the hands of a master, a camera can actually create connections with local people and bring their culture to life. Kyle creates stunning photo narratives of his trips."    -- Harriet Lewis, Vice Chairman, Overseas Adventure Travel

"Your photos blow me away. Exquisite. I’d love to create a photo/performance/collaboration with you. So rarely do I LOVE a Photographer’s work. Just stunning eye!"   --Anandha Ray, internationally renowned choreographer, dance director, master teacher

"Whether halfway around the world or close to home, I strive to get off the beaten path, seek the authentic, and create a compelling visual narrative that captures the unique spirit of each place and its people, as well as the universal truths that unite us all. My mission is to balance rendering the artistic beauty of the lands and cultures we visit with advocacy to improve the lives of the people we meet."    -- Kyle Adler

Kyle photographing the total solar eclipse in Svalbard

Untitled photo

On assignment at Ranthambore National Park, India

Mary captured these images of me with my tiger hunting gear.

I am an internationally published, exhibited, and award-winning professional photographer specializing in travel, performing arts, and cultural festivals, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am a 2016 winner and 2020 finalist in the prestigious international competition, Travel Photographer of the Year, and I was shortlisted for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photography competition.  I was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2020 International Photography Awards in the Photo Essay & Feature Story category.  As the Fashion & Beauty category winner of Digital Photo Pro Magazine's 2019 Emerging Pro photo competition, I also was awarded Third Prize in the contest overall.  My work has been published in a variety of outlets internationally including National Geographic Online, CNN, The Telegraph, The Atlantic, Pointe Magazine, Measure Magazine, the photography book "eXtremy", and fine art and commercial photography sites.  My images have been exhibited frequently in the US and around the world.  The leading Polish photography site, "Szeroki Kadr", featured me as a Photographer of Inspiration.  I am a member of the 2021 cohort of the LABA Artist Fellowship.

As a teacher and writer, I'm passionate about helping fellow travelers improve their photography while learning to explore our world with greater cultural awareness and advocacy.  Please visit my travel photography blog and forum, To Travel Hopefully.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, I teach workshops, classes, and webinars.  I also lead small group workshops and tours in locations all around the world for photographers at any level from beginner through semi-professional.  These tours cover all aspects of travel photography from shot planning to capture technique, and on to post-processing and image sharing, with an emphasis on learning to use the camera as a bridge to enhanced understanding of the land and people we visit.  Please visit my Meetup group at Travel Photography Meetup Group to learn more about my tours, classes, and workshops.

While not traveling, I shoot and write for a wide variety of international publications, travel companies, and private clients, with an emphasis on travel, performing arts, and cultural events.  I'm proud to include dozens of the SF Bay Area's top dance, theater, and music organizations and schools on my client listOngoing passion projects include the "Human/Machine Dance Project", an award-winning collaboration with Carly Lave focusing on the intersection of advanced technologies and human movement; and the "Something Heroic and Distant Project", capturing the creative spirit during the time of COVID-19 quarantine. 

I am a member of Professional Photographers of America and conduct business via Kyle Adler Photography LLC.

View my CV here.

I hope you enjoy browsing my portfolio of images, most of which are available for purchase from this site.  Follow me on Instagram to see my latest work.  Please contact me with feedback or questions, or to book a photo shoot.  Thank you for visiting!

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