35 Seriously Superb Photographs Of Snakes

Equally loved and feared, snakes are intriguing creatures. I grew up watching the adventures of Austin Stevens, a passionate herpetologist, and photographer that wandered the world in the search of various wildlife, especially snakes (his favorites).

Today we bring you 35 images that will make them more curious about these magnificent beings!!!

Photo by Trevor Cole

Photo by David Clode

Photo by David Clode

Photo by Dev

Photo by David Clode

Photographing wildlife, in general, requires a lot of patience, observation skills and to be ready to shoot the action when it happens. Indeed, photographing any animal is nothing less than photographing portraits of humans. So when thinking about a portrait of your slithery or furry friend, it is always the eyes that need to be in sharp focus and make sure you get “up, close and personal” where it is possible (avoid any dangerous situations) for some compelling portraits.

Close portraits of animals can be really intriguing or impactful and can also make way for any distractions to disappear. It also defines the features of the animal so well!

If you are looking to learn more about portraiture then take a look at our Light Stalking Portrait Photography page. This page brings together every portrait photography tutorial and tip on the site (and several other sites) that we think will round out your skills as a portrait photographer. 

Photo by Jesper Aggergaard

Photo by Jong Marshes

Photo by Raul Cacho Oses

Photo by Tyler Butler

Photo by Dominik Vanyi

Photo by Katy Wilkens

Photo by Khayla May Daud

Photo by Advait Berde

Photo by David Clode

Photo by David Clode

Photo by Timothy Dykes

Photo by Yuval Levy

Photo by Rachel Hisko

Photo by Dominik Vanyi

Photo by Zachary Young

Photo by Joshua J. Cotten

Photo by Kamil Zubrzycki

Photo by Donald Tong

Photo by Sipa

Photo by WikiImages

Photo by Kapa65

Photo by Mark Broadhurst

Photo by Sipa

Photo by Huskyherz

Photo by Worldspectrum

Photo by Sipa

Photo by Sipa

Photo by Miniformat65

Photo by Ana_M

Photo by Foto-Rabe

Capture The Essence Of Your Slithery Friends

We hope you've enjoyed this gallery, while it might not be immediately obvious, taking photos of our animal friends (or frenemies as you may refer to snakes) isn't that different from taking great portraits of our human friends.

Take a look at our fantastic Portrait Photography page where we've brought together every portrait photography tutorial and tip on the site (and several other sites) that we think will round out your skills as a portrait photographer.

Just a friendly reminder that this page is also a living document for portrait photographers who want a single online reference for the craft. It will change and be updated often, so bookmark it and come back as you need to.


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About the author

Federico Alegria

Federico is one of our staff writers and has 10 years of experience in making documentary photography, he is currently working in long-term photo essays and you can see more of his work here. He is also a professor at a design-focused University, and is currently pursuing his PhD (and of course, his thesis is around Photography). His work has been featured in museums, newspapers and magazines. He is currently based in El Salvador.

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