Brian E. Small has been a full-time professional bird and nature photographer
for more than 20 years. He began birding and photographing from the time
he was a small boy with the encouragement of his late father, Dr. Arnold
Small. Dr. Small was a renowned college professor, ornithologist and one
of the founding fathers and a past president of the American
Birding Association. Brian grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from
the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 with a bachelors degree
in Geography-Ecosystems. He still lives in the Los Angeles area with his
wife Ana, daughter Nicole and son Tyler.
Brian worked as the Photo Editor of the American Birding Association's
membership magazine Birding--a
job he held for 15 years. He also served for 10 years on the advisory
board of WildBird magazine, was a long-time photographic contributor
for them and wrote dozens of articles on birding, bird finding,
bird identification and bird photography. He currently keeps busy working
magazine on a bird identification column he shares with Kenn Kaufman
in each issue.
Just some of Brian's photo credits include: Time, The New York Times,
Audubon, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation,
Outdoor California, Arizona Wildlife Views, Birding, Birder's World, WildBird,
Bird Watcher's Digest, North American Birds, Birders Journal, Western
Birds and many more.
Brian's work has been featured in literally hundreds of books, magazines,
calendars, websites, newspapers and smartphone apps. He was selected as
the primary contributing photographer for the Smithsonian
Field Guide to the Birds of North America and was also chosen
as one of the primary photographic contributors to Kenn
of North America. Brian recently completed work with author Paul
Sterry and Princeton University Press on his own Eastern
photographic field guides to the birds of North America.
Many of his images have appeared in Stokes Field Guides,
Audubon Field Guides, Peterson Field Guides and National Geographic Books.
Publishers Houghton-Mifflin, HarperCollins, Tide-Mark, The National Audubon
Society, Academic Press, Cornell University, Princeton University Press,
Companion Press, Adventure Publications, Storey Publications, Little Brown
and Company, Alfred A. Knopf, The American Birding Association, Dorling-Kindersley
Publishing, Stackpole Books and many others have used Brian's work extensively.
He is currently working on a series of state bird identification guides
for the American Birding Association.