Mark S. Carlson was born in Lansing, Michigan and has explored the natural beauty of the Great Lakes State from shore to shore all his life. His passion for nature and photography quickly led to his profession after his first image was published in 1980. Since then, Mark’s work has appeared in magazines, books, calendars and various other publications. Some notable highlights include: National Wildlife & Nature’s Best magazines and the Self-Realization Fellowship’s “INNER REFLECTIONS” engagement calendar. He is also a featured photographer in the acclaimed book, “MICHIGAN SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL” from Farcountry Press. His fine art prints have been exhibited in galleries, businesses and private residences throughout the Midwest.

Mark also established Great Lakes Photo Tours, which he and partner, Bob Grzesiak conduct all around the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Mark’s greatest satisfaction comes from inspiring others by sharing his vast knowledge of nature and photography. He and his wife Debra reside at their 30-acre private nature sanctuary bordering the Looking Glass River in Shiawassee County, Michigan.