As a photo editor specializing in nature, travel and education, I've worked on magazines, books, marketing materials and websites. Combining my conservation background with my photo professional skills, I've worked for nonprofits such as National Geographic Society, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Smithsonian. I've freelanced extensively for over a dozen clients including Apple, AARP, National Geographic Books and photographers such as Frans Lanting, David Doubilet and Suzi Eszterhas.
I photo edit nature, travel, culture and educational projects, both researching photos that best illustrate text and ensuring selected photos create the most visually dynamic product. Exceptionally organized, I provide business management consulting, whether it be selecting the best 100 photos out of a 30,000 photo assignment or creating workflows to manage image requests. With a great eye for pixels and color, I'm available for photo optimization and retouching, one of my very favorite types of work. Need guidance in entering a photo contest? I've judged many and every photographer I've advised has been awarded.
A diverse and published writer, I not only write but I have an eagle eye for editing and I conceptualize magazine features and see them through from start to finish. Comfortable with InDesign, Premiere and a variety of other multimedia software, with a great eye for layout and timing, I enjoy producing dynamic media. Exceptionally organized, I'm an experienced project manager and can bring efficiency to any project, team or business. Having worked with a National Geographic team to build a multimedia website from the ground up, I am comfortable working within a CMS and website design. Additionally, I can bring organization to any process or database, be it informational, photo or multimedia.
I enjoy contributing my time to a variety of initiatives and my own photography has been published nationally and is held in both museum and private collections. I currently contribute my skills to Ocean Geographic Magazine and Ocean Geographic Society's mission of marine conservation. I'm a member of the American Society of Picture Professionals, North American Nature Photography Association, a founding affiliate to the International League of Conservation Photographers and a board advisor to Sea Save Foundation, Deep Hope and Girls Who Click. I'm honored to have been recently named an Explorers Club Fellow.
I've been a scuba diver since the age of 15 and am convinced I was meant to be a dolphin. Because I can't have a pet dolphin, I instead apply my nurturing instincts to raising orphan newborn kittens. I live in New Jersey, outside of NYC, with my husband and little boy.
American Society of Picture Professionals
Rob Sheppard Photography
Nature’s Best Publishing
Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall
International League of Conservation Photographers
National Geographic Children’s Books
National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Traveler
National Geographic Books
National Geographic Maps Environmental Defense Fund
The Teaching Company
Ocean Geographic Magazine
Suzi Eszterhas Photography
David Doubilet Photography
Ami Vitale Photography
Frans Lanting Studio
Tracey Jennings Photography
Ben Lowy Photography
"Coming to the DEMA expo was worth it just to meet you."
- Renee Capozzola, Portfolio Review and Retouching Client and winner of the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year competition in 2021
"Your vote of confidence since you first reviewed my portfolio as college NANPA scholar was pivotal moment. You helped me switch my trajectory as a photographer and I will be forever grateful!"
- Benjamin Olson, Nature Photographer
“WOW thank you for making me look good. Thank god I found you! I'm so impressed and no wonder you were recommended to me. You are so professional and know just what to say and do with my photos."
- Donna Carr, Retouching and Photo Contest Client
"As a photo editor, Miriam has a refined eye for selecting beautiful and powerful imagery. As an image optimizer, whether its simple exposure and color adjustments, or advanced retouching techniques, Miriam’s Photoshop skills are top notch. As a wildlife photographer, being in front of my computer is not my favorite place to be. I can trust Miriam to get the job done quickly and professionally. "
- Suzi Eszterhas, Wildlife Photographer
"I've enjoyed knowing Miriam Stein as a colleague and have appreciated her photo research assistance on numerous occasions. Miriam is highly skilled at ascertaining what kind of image is needed in any given editorial situation and her vast knowledge of nature and travel image sources yields fast, sharp research. Her enthusiasm is refreshing, and her flexibility in working with my various project needs has been a real life-saver!"
- Lori Epstein, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Children's Books
"Miriam is a very knowledgeable and talented photo editor. She finds and selects great photos, works well with photographers and agencies, and excels at image processing. She is also well-connected in the nature and landscape photography and conservation communities."
- Frank Biasi, Director of Digital Development at National Geographic Maps
"Miriam is a bright, knowledgeable go-getter with whom we have had a positive, mutually beneficial business relationship for more than a decade."
- Larry Minden, Owner of Minden Pictures
"I worked with Miriam several years ago at Conservation International, where she performed photo research for web and print outreach, among other duties. She has an excellent eye for great contextual photography, strong ideas for improving systems for researching and delivering work in a timely manner."
- Chris Heltne, Former Director of Publications at Conservation International
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