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Grant was born on the rural Hawaiian island of Lāna`i, and was raised there as well as in California and Pennsylvania. Pursuit of academic degrees and a career in geology and volcano hazards took Grant to Colorado, Oregon, Hawai`i, and California, and eventually to New Zealand where he earned a PhD in 2008.

Grant moved on from being a scientist in New Zealand to return to Lake Tahoe, where he created maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Town of Truckee through 2012.

Photography has always been a fundamental part of Grant’s life, harkening back to the lessons he learned in his father’s darkroom on Lāna`i while his father was a professional documentary photographer. As Grant was preparing to leave the Town of Truckee, he was cultivating his passion for photography on nights and weekends, and eventually, he gave in and decided that creating imagery and teaching others how to achieve their vision would be his next career.

Grant shooting lava in Hawai`i, by Don Swanson, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, courtesy of the Honolulu Advertiser

Grant shooting lava in Hawai`i, by Don Swanson, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, courtesy of the Honolulu Advertiser

As a photographer, Grant specializes in landscape and night-sky photography, motion-controlled timelapse, and creative filmmaking. Breathtaking landscape photographs in the digital age are a dime a dozen. When Grant creates photographs, he purposefully seeks out adventure and difficult places instead of joining the crowd and ending up shoulder to shoulder in "the lineup" at iconic locations.


Grant carefully previsualizes and crafts every image he makes and shares to match his vision for that location, in hopes that the image captures the emotional experience he has when making it. Grant’s goal as a visual artist is always to create emotionally evocative art that speaks for itself and shares the reverence and awe he holds for nature with those who view his imagery, so that they might be inspired to go outside and experience it for themselves.  

Sharing the knowledge learned along his photographic journey is paramount to Grant, as he loves to teach other people how to achieve their creative photographic vision. Grant teaches photography out of his Truckee CA studio, as well as at Sierra College, Atelier, and the Martis Camp Club. Grant joined the Mountain Workshops in Kentucky as their Timelapse Coach in 2013, and also teaches at the Shooting the West photography symposium in Nevada.


Grant’s images and timelapses are currently represented by Cavan IMages (formerly Aurora Photos). Grant’s work has been featured in local Tahoe publications Tahoe Quarterly, Sierra Sun, Moonshine Ink, Nevada Magazine, Squaw Magazine, Tahoe TV, Tahoe World as well as national magazines and websites Mountain Magazine, Squaw Magazine, Skiing Magazine, Powder Magazine, Mana Magazine, Hawai`i Magazine, Travel Nevada, and National Geographic Adventure. Grant is proud to list Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, Red Bull, MSNBC, Yahoo, Skiing Interactive, Friends of Black Rock, Arcade Apparel, Points North Heli-Adventures, Friends of Lāna`i, Sierra Watch, the Shane McConkey Foundation, Arts for the Schools, Tahoe Neuro Healing, The Pier Group, Truckee Tahoe Lumber, the River Ranch, 50-50 Brewery, Evolution Capital Management, PlumpJack, and Teton Gravity Research among his many clients.

In addition to photography and timelapse, Grant also creates beautiful, custom cartographic maps for many of his clients.

Grant completed training as a Wilderness First Responder by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in January 2019.


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I love to make things, in wood and metal. I'm a founding Board member of the Board of Directors of the Truckee Roundhouse, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit community makerspace in Truckee. Head on over to our website to learn more: http://truckeeroundhouse.org

Chris “Chief” Gregor at the Truckee Roundhouse

Chris “Chief” Gregor at the Truckee Roundhouse

I also love to play and write house music. You can listen to some of my mixes at my Soundcloud Page here: http://soundcloud.com/grantkaye