Joe Becker is a freelance photographer and author specializing in landscape and travel photography based in Tacoma, Washington. He discovered his passion for photography at an early age in the beautiful landscapes of the Pacific Northwest where he was born and raised. His photographic skills are largely self-taught; his formal education is in geology. His photography has won both local and international awards, and has been published by National Geographic, Northwest Travel Magazine, EOS Magazine, and Washington State Tourism, among others. Joe has authored several travel photography articles, has written and illustrated a photography guidebook about Seattle, and teaches photography in the classroom as well as to individuals. In addition to photography, Joe is a working hydrogeologist.