"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
"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
On safari at Ranthambore National Park, India
I am an award-winning professional photographer specializing in travel, performing arts, and cultural festivals, and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid traveler, I have visited more than 100 countries and always have a camera or two along to capture the landscapes, wildlife, and cultures unique to each place. I am a recent winner of the prestigious international competition, Travel Photographer of the Year, and I was shortlisted for the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photography competition. As the Fashion & Beauty category winner of Digital Photo Pro Magazine's 2018-19 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, Measure Magazine, the photography book "eXtremy", and fine art and commercial photography sites. My images have been exhibited frequently in the US, including in a 2018 solo show in Menlo Park, CA, and around the world, including in the recent Travel Photographer of the Year winners exhibition. The leading Polish photography site, "Szeroki Kadr", recently featured me as a Photographer of Inspiration.
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 newspapers, magazines, travel companies and publications, 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 list. Ongoing passion projects include a book documenting the diverse cultural life of the SF Bay Area, and a collaboration with Carly Lave focusing on the intersection of advanced technologies (AI, VR, robotics) and human movement.
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!