My name is Clay Groot. I am a Michigan based photographer with over 10 years of professional and personal photography experience.
Growing up on 20 acres in a rural part of West Michigan and being homeschooled, provided me the perfect environment to learn photography. I started exploring the world of photography using my mom's manual 35mm Canon back in 2003, and I haven't stopped since. I was able to spend hour upon hour outside, wandering through forests and fields, capturing all things nature on film, learning standard technique, and building my own as well. My mom always critiqued my work and encouraged me to keep learning more no matter what. (No words can express how grateful I am to my family for always being there and pushing me to never give up.)
Over time, I’ve realized that doing landscape and wildlife photography is my dream in life, my calling if you will. Every time I go out on a photography adventure, I know I'm doing what I am supposed to do in life, and when the day ends, I can't wait until the next time, the next adventure, the next photo. My portfolio includes everything from nature and wildlife to families and adorable kids. Restaurant, food and beverages to manufacturing presses and assembly lines. People and pets, nuts and bolts, rivers and streams, mountain heights and prairie expanses. I've photo-trekked throughout the state of Michigan and photographed locations North, West, South and East of our Michigan borders.
One of my deepest passions is bringing joy to other peoples lives and filling their ordinary life with numerous and extraordinary smiles. My method of delivery? The camera. Capturing treasured moments and sharing them. Another passion? To teach others to do the same. Find out more about learning from me!
When I'm not out taking pictures, I love playing tennis, skiing, back-country hiking, interacting with family and being creative. An entrepreneur at heart, I am also a website and graphic designer, lumberjack, lawn care specialist, and high-ropes course park guide.
Photography is a place where you can capture life one moment at a time and feel the beauty of G-d's creation from within. Where you can listen and hear the silence, where you can see the unseen and touch the untouchable.