Chris Mazzarella

For the past 10 years, Chris has worked as a photographer, artist and small­ business owner in central Vermont. Chris’s work in photography began with a focus on nature and wildlife, and has expanded to include documentary, marketing, and event work. His interest in the natural world has been most notably expressed through the creation of the conservation advocacy organization Forest Forward. The corresponding blog pairs Chris’s nature photography with the voices of environmentalists, naturalists, and well­known nature photographers to send a powerful message of environmental stewardship.

Chris has worked with a wide range of nonprofits in the conservation community, providing original video and photographic materials to like­minded organizations including The Audubon Society, Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center, The Willowell Foundation, Northern Woodlands, The Aloha Foundation, and The Bradford Conservation Commission.


For individuals interested in working with me on your photography project please visit my website You can reach me by emailing

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66 responses

  1. Thanks for the kind words Dorinda. I enjoy your blog as well!

    February 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

  2. Sue Martin

    Dear Chris,
    I keep seeing these wonderful pictures in the newspaper and I was delighted to see that they are yours. You are very talented and have a great eye. Thank you for bringing the beauty of the valley to our notice through your eyes. Sue Martin (You may not remember me but I used to be a Waits River Valley School Teacher)

    March 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  3. Wonderful wonderful blog – and all the amazing photo’s – what I have seen so fare … the “blue birds” are stunning. You must have some patient, something I can’t even spell to. Thanks for visiting me and for all “the likings”.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

  4. Great Blog Chris with some excellent images. I see you are a Canon man also. How do you like the 7D? I look forward to seeing more of your images.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    • Thanks so much Jim. Love the 7D and also the less expensive 60D. Awaiting my 5d Mark III though—long time coming!
      Thanks for stopping in….your photography is magnificent.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  5. I’m so glad you stopped by my blog so I could check your great work here. Wonderful photography and amazing wildlife stories.
    – Kris

    April 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    • Thanks so much Kris, Im glad I discovered your blog as well. :)

      April 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

  6. Nice to find your blog! I do enjoy that part of America, and have great memories of Vermont from hiking the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Saw my first beaver dam in that state, very memorable…

    April 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

  7. Chris, says I say in my post – don’t have a clue if you’re interested in being nominated to a blog award – but I have done it anyway, because I think you’re worth it.

    April 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  8. Thanks for your fine photos; and for following my blog!

    April 22, 2012 at 4:09 am

  9. Chris, I see I’m not the first to admire your wonderful photography and, also, to thank you for agreeing to follow Learning from Dogs. I fear I shan’t be able to retain your interest in my Blog – I’m more wordy than pictorial! But would love to republish some of your work from time to time, and will subscribe this instant! So pleased to have made the link, Paul

    May 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    • Thanks for the kind words Paul. Glad to have found your blog, and also to have another visitor here at Forest Forward. :)

      May 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  10. Oh my! After looking through your photos I am honored that you chose to follow my blog.
    From one coast to the other, have a great Memorial Day weekend. And it is definitely a pleasure to meet you.

    May 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

    • Thanks so much Angeline, happy Memorial Day to you as well!

      May 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  11. Hi Chris, firstly, your photos are fantastic. I can only aspire to take photos like yours. Secondly, thanks for the follow…

    May 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • Thanks Ilya, your photos are stunning! Thanks for taking us along your travels, and for checking out Forest Forward. :)

      May 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

  12. Thanks Adrian, same to you. :)

    May 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  13. VK

    perfect blog Chris!

    thx for the like too..

    May 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    • Very flattered VK, thanks for the nice comment. :)

      May 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

      • I look forward to rdiaeng your BLOG;I pull it up almost every day. Sometimes I think of a response to something you posted while going through my day but I just don’t take the time to go back and leave a comment. I’ll work on that! Have a great weekend. Love, Vera

        January 29, 2013 at 2:17 am

  14. Hi Chris,

    Today, my repost of ‘Rainbow Over Yonder’ by Rob Howard has attracted many photographers. I am so inspired by the work of you and the others. It makes it very clear to me to get my camera soon! Thanks for stopping by my blog and may you continue to inspire others like myself.

    May 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • Pleased to hear it….you’ll look at the world around you with a new set of eyes! Enjoy. :)

      May 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  15. Dear Chris,

    I was very impressed when I saw your lively portrait of our beautiful nature. They reminded me of how lucky we are to be born in this world. I really look forward to seeing more photos from you.

    Keep up your good work, Chris!

    Yours truly,


    May 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    • Huy you are very kind. Getting outdoors with my camera reminds me of this everyday….we share a common appreciation. Thanks for commenting, and I’m glad to know you’ll be checking in here in the future. :)

      May 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  16. Thanks for liking my photo. What a beautiful area you live in and are inspired by. Your work demonstrates that patience and a good eye create excellent work. Thanks for sharing.

    May 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    • Thanks for the kind words…you’re right that I owe much of my work to the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of the Northeast. :)

      May 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  17. Hello! Thanks for liking my photo and following my blog. You have some really wonderful photos on here – I can’t wait to see some more!

    May 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

  18. Hi Chris, I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congratulations!

    Read more about it at

    If you have already received this award, then I certainly think that you deserve another one.

    May 31, 2012 at 7:57 am

  19. hi! i nominated you for Versatile Blogger award –

    June 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

  20. Your wildlife photos are fantastic. You are so very talented!

    June 3, 2012 at 12:08 am

  21. Hi, thanks for stopping by! It made me so curious about yours and was delighted to find such amazing photos. It was very nice to meet you, even through here.

    June 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

  22. Hi Chris, thanks for checking out and following my blog, “Acadian Soul”. I’m enjoying looking through your photographs immensely! Let me know if when you have a trip planned for Acadia!!

    June 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    • Will do Carol, I was just there last summer. Beautiful place. :)

      June 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

  23. hellomynameisamina

    aw Chris! All of your photo’s are stunning, I can only hope my photography skills grow to be as brilliant as yours! Aha thanks for checking out my blog and liking a few posts!

    June 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    • Your very kind Amina! I appreciate you posting a link to Forest Forward on your blog. Thanks for your comments as well. :)

      June 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      • hellomynameisamina

        no problem!

        June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

  24. Hey Chris, really cool stuff! wildlife is mostly associated with Africa, it’s good to see a different perspective plus the photos are spectacular! Thank you for visiting Tundakenya, I hope you continue getting more useful information, do stop by again.

    June 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    • Thanks Wahitz, I’d love to be photographing African wildlife, but the Northeast is keeping me happy too. Thanks for checking out my blog :)

      June 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  25. Hello! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award: Have a great evening!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  26. fantastic blog, love your wildlife photography.. : )

    June 9, 2012 at 6:48 am

    • Thanks very much Dianne, glad to hear it. :)

      June 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  27. I have nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept the rules are on my post: If you do not want to accept this award, that is okay. I just want you to know that I enjoy your blog.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

    • Thanks very much Genie, I appreciate the gesture and am very glad to hear you are enjoying Forest Forward! :)

      June 13, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  28. Hi Chris. You’ve got some beautiful work here. I’m such a sucker for great nature photography.

    And btw, thanks for following my blog.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  29. You`ve been nominated for an award, please check out at

    June 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  30. Great site! Thanks for the follow.

    June 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

  31. Thanks for liking my photograph. Being interested in nature and wildlife, I really like your work. Keep it up!


    June 18, 2012 at 7:54 am

  32. Chris…..I am truly honored to have you as a follower. I so enjoyed the interview section on your blog. I am always trying to revamp and initiate change in my photography. I will use you to help me to that end….thanx, shalom en theos†††jim
    “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
    ― Lou Holtz

    June 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  33. thank’s for liking one of my post.looking through your blog was amazing as if i was there at the time and place as where you capture those photo.i can only hope that i can be as great nature photographer as you are..such wonderful works of yours..

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 am

  34. Thanks for dropping by and following my blog. I’m having fun exploring yours—the post on choosing the right camera on a budget was of particular interest, as I’m hoping to upgrade in a few months.

    June 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    • Thanks for visiting Forest Forward Skadhu. Good luck shopping for a new camera and feel free to share your questions and comments here. :)

      June 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm

  35. I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! :-)

    July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

  36. Thanks for stopping by Keeping up with Carol! You do wonderful work! Got your camera & flash – that lens is next! :)

    September 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  37. Hi Chris, I just came across your blog on Google and I wanted to let you know that I think it’s great! I also live in New England and I really enjoy looking at all of your wildlife photography… Keep up the awesome work!

    November 4, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    • Thanks for the kind words….checked out your blog too…very cool style—love the rich colors.

      November 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  38. Congratulations, Chris!

    I have nominated your blog for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award.

    The rules of the award are at

    Well deserved! Enjoy :)

    December 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

  39. agoyvaerts

    What wonderful wildlife and nature photos! Enjoyed very much.
    Thanks also for liking my photo of the Blackbird.

    March 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    • Thanks for visiting Forest Forward agoyvaerts. :)

      March 20, 2013 at 6:56 am

  40. Great blog, you have a fine community here!
    I’ll be back for more, I’m your new follower! :-)
    Have a lovely Sunday.
    Greetings from the Far North

    June 9, 2013 at 4:30 am

    • Hey Dina, very glad to have you joining us here! Thanks for the message. :)

      June 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

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