is a working photographer, author, drone pilot, teacher and speaker. He incorporates nature and environmental themes into much of his work.
Essick has a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Southern California and a M.F.A. from the University of Missouri. He is the author of two books featuring his photography, Our Beautiful Fragile World (Rocky Nook) and The Ansel Adams Wilderness (National Geographic Books). He is represented by Lumiere gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and by Cavan Images. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.