A commercial and environmental photographer based in Beaufort County, South Carolina, Eric Horan makes a living doing what he loves to do — exploring the outdoor world with a camera. Sharing these special wildlife experiences with his camera is most gratifying as many people never get the chance to witness the natural world up close.


Eric Horan

Eric Horan’s passion for the outdoors has a long history.  He grew up in Colorado on his family’s ranch where much of his free time was spent outdoors, on horseback, fishing, hunting or skiing.  Summers were spent in northern Michigan racing sailboats. After high school he attended Colorado Mountain College where he graduated with a degree in Commercial Art & Photography. His first job was documenting wildlife for the Colorado Fish, Game and Parks Department, which opened the door to a life-long study of photography and the natural world. 


As freelance photographer, his images provided editorial content for magazine, newspaper and book publishers. They reflected his interests in travel, sailing and wildlife activity in their natural setting.  He worked in available light and throughout all seasons. Among the magazines where his work appeared include Business Week, Fortune, Southern Living, Orion, The New York Times Sunday Travel, OUTSIDE, Yachting, Sail and Cruising World and on the cover of Smithsonian.  Book publishers include Fodor’s, National Geographic Books and later his own books: Carolina Nature, Lowcountry A to Z and his most recent coffee table book from the south eastern costal region, Beholding Nature, published by Starbooks.  


Mid-career he moved to South Carolina working in the burgeoning destination tourism market.  He took time out to expand his technical skills in New York City to study with some of the top commercial photographers in the industry.  There he assisted on assignments with such clients as UPS and Coca Cola.  On returning to the Lowcountry, he established Eric Horan Photography, Inc. with his wife Jan, who assists on photo shoots, creative writing and marketing.


Horan’s images provide a range of collateral material for advertising clients from brochures to billboards and digital media.  His technical services include architectural and aerial photography, environmental portraiture and active sporting life.  His personal work is focused on wildlife and scenic outdoor photography and he is a Master Naturalist.


Much of Eric’s personal work in the region is captured on his 19’ Carolina Skiff while navigating the intra-coastal waterways. He has travelled the United States extensively and abroad including Africa, Central Europe, Central America and the Caribbean Islands.  He serves as private photo guide to other photographers and was frequent featured guest with producer/photographer Doug Gardner on his show Wild Photo Adventures developed for  PBS Television.