Richard Day is full-time professional nature photographer who's been in the business of marketing and licensing photos and teaching photo workshops since 1985. He specializes in , butterflies, , and dragonflies; as well as aerial, mammals, , , and other outdoor images. His images have appeared in hundreds of major national and international publications including Audubon, Sierra Club, National Geographic, National Wildlife, and others. He also contributes hundreds of images a year to calendars, greeting cards, puzzles, paper products and advertising clients.
Richard is an Adjunct Research Associate in Zoology with the Illinois State Museum and an Associate Research Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He has conducted Odonata and Lepidoptera research since 2005 for the states of Illinois and Missouri, including research work on the Hines emerald dragonfly, a Federally Endangered species.
He's an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association. Richard is a FAA remote drone pilot., , , andHe and Susan live in the country on 63 acres in south central Illinois. They've landscaped their property to attract wildlife with improvements including a 5-acre native grass and wildflower prairie and 2 shallow water wetlands. They've won numerous awards for their conservation efforts and their yard is certified with the National Wildlife Federation and Illinois Audubon Society Backyard Habitat Programs. Each year they host bird, butterfly, and garden tours on their property to show others how to create habitats for wildlife in their own yards. Richard also volunteers for their local fire protection district, where he's been Assistant Fire Chief for nearly 30 years.
Susan Day is considered a backyard bird and habitat expert and has published hundreds of articles in birding and outdoor publications. Subjects include species profiles, landscaping for wildlife, hummingbird gardening, butterfly gardening, water gardening, bird feeding, and travel. She's co-author of The Wildlife Gardener's Guide to Hummingbirds and Songbirds From the Tropics, published by Harper Collins and sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. She also does consulting work for various bird and garden related books.
Susan has been photographing professionally since 1990, however she is also the writing side of the Daybreak team. Nowadays her main concentration is writing, office management, and marketing for Daybreak Imagery. She contracts on a part-time basis for the as their Executive Director.
For nearly seven years Susan was a Contributing Editor for The AGPix Marketing Report (formerly The Guilfoyle Report), a marketing newsletter and directory for professional nature photographers.
Susan is active in the following organizations: , the , and the . She has won several Excellence-in-Craft Awards for her writing and photography.
Susan assists Richard in leading photo workshops and presentations on backyard wildlife and habitat restoration each year to nature, civic, and children's groups. She is a Master Gardener and does consulting work on designs for hummingbird and butterfly gardens as well as landscaping for wildlife.Her passion, besides Richard, is their 3-acre yard where they've created a garden sanctuary. Many of their photos are made in their yard which also hosts photo, bird and butterfly viewing tours and workshops throughout the year.