Hello! I'm Cyrene Krey, a photographer, activist, and wildlife nerd. I live in northern Illinois with my husband and our ten furry and scaly babies: two big dogs, five crazy cats, one little lizard, and two stubborn snakes. Each and every one of us a rescue! It can definitely be a challenge with a house full of rescue critters, but it’s certainly never boring.
People look at me like I’m crazy when I explain I’ve been doing photography for over twenty years (I barely look twenty and I’m a happy decade beyond that). I first picked up a camera when I was around six and it wasn’t too long after that when I became fully, hopelessly obsessed. Wandering around the woods behind my house growing up snapping photos of everything that moved (and some things that didn't) was where I first became passionate about photography. At around ten I received my first SLR and that took my hobby and turned it into a passion. By the time I was nine-teen, I was doing photography professionally on the side. After several years of stress-inducing professional portrait photography, I made the decision to return to my true passion: wildlife.
I took this to an entirely new level and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management from American Public University, and a Master of Biology from the University of Saint Joseph. I love combining my skills as a photographer with my academic background as an independent environmental photojournalist.
In my free time (when I have any!), I volunteer at "Hoo" Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and for the Forest Preserve District of Winnebago County as a trail steward and frog call monitor. With or without a camera, I enjoy hiking, camping, scuba diving, and anything that gets me outside!