Malayan Banded-Pitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC

Laura Fellows, co-founder and tour coordinator for Exotic Birding tours - © Jim Wittenberger and Exotic Birding toursLaura Fellows is co-founder of Exotic Birding LLC with Jim Wittenberger. She started the company as a vehicle for pursuing her life-long love and fascination for birds and nature. Laura's vision as a bird and wildlife photographer is to portray birds and other animals as they live and behave in their natural environments. She published her vision of such "Environmental Portraits" in the December 2007 issue of Nature Photography magazine. Examples of her vision can be seen throughout our website. Laura's photos have been used in biology textbooks, on professional websites, and for the cover of a book of poetry. She has lectured as an invited speaker in the art department at the University of Georgia and at many photo clubs, judged various photography competitions, exhibited her photographs in galleries, and curated 5 photography exhibitions in the USA and Italy. She lived in Italy for 3 years and founded a photography workshop in Cortona in 1997. As tour leader with Exotic Birding she has traveled throughout much of Central and South America as well as East Africa. She speaks fluent Italian and conversational Spanish.

Toucan Nest - Cover Photo © Laura L FellowsBefore embarking on her current venture with Exotic Birding, Laura had 16 years professional experience as a commercial photographer and advertising studio manager for an internationally recognized studio in Atlanta. In that capacity she organized, coordinated and executed major photography assignments for numerous national advertising campaigns on location in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and many states in the US. Sadly, after many years of declining health, Laura passed away on March 27, 2018. Her life was eventful and extraordinary. A memorial with the story of her life can be found at In Memoriam.