Who's the guy behind the lens?
As you probably already guessed, my name is Zach Wallace. I'm a 35-year-old freelance photographer (he/him/his) who grew up in the Connecticut River Valley on the border of Vermont in Claremont, New Hampshire.
I graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, which has proven to be invaluable in helping me observe and understand the finer details in my environment—especially when it relates to people and culture. I encourage you to take a closer look at my photos. I am confident you will see something different about them.
My exceptionally keen eye for color, light, and tones combined with my attention to detail and ability to tell rich, captivating visual stories about the subjects I'm shooting are what makes my work stand apart from most other photographers.
I love animals, cars, mountain bikes, hockey, being outdoors, taking naps with my cats, exploring new places, the great state of Vermont, spending time with friends and family, and learning new things.
I'm still working on writing my autobiography in what little spare time I have. Warning: it's going to be lengthy because I believe I've lived an interesting, untraditional life and have a story worth telling. I will post it on this page as soon as it's done—promise!
I freelance all throughout New England and love traveling and I would love to see more of the country and world, so please contact me if you're interested in my work. I hope to meet you someday!
Other interesting facts?
- I'm a board member (elected in 2022 and re-elected in 2023) for the Arrowhead Recreation Club, a non-profit organization located in Claremont, NH
- I electrocuted myself taking apart my first camera—a blue Fisher Price film camera that looked innocent enough but had a flash capacitor that packed a serious punch—when I was around ten-years-old. (I really wanted to know how it worked.)
- I tested out of high school when I was fifteen-years-old and entered the workforce shortly after. I have sold cars, been a mechanic, and programmed robots and plastic injection machines; I mixed and color-matched Benjamin Moore paints and Cabot stains at a small ACE hardware store in Norwich, Vermont; I worked in a very stressful office at a mortgage servicing company before deciding to pursue my dream of being a professional photographer
- I'm allergic to bees and petrified of yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets
- I broke my left elbow when I tripped over a wire fence while I was working on an archaeological dig on the seacoast for a summer internship during my final year of undergrad
- I'm a cat person but love all animals. My cats' names are Leia and Moe
- My favorite TV series of all time is Mad Men (thanks to my cousin Tom for recommending that one)
- I prefer mountains over the ocean and the woods over cities
- My favorite car manufacturers are Saab (RIP), Honda, and Volvo. I have owned fourteen Saabs, one Acura, and one Honda over the years
- My maternal grandfather, Charlie St. Sauveur, started a Saab dealership (Dean Hill Motors in Charlestown, NH) in the 1960s
- I played trumpet and tuba in middle and high school band
- I chew toothpicks when I'm nervous, which is pretty much all the time. I smoked cigarettes for many years and quit cold turkey in February of 2022; toothpicks helped
- I'm single and do not have any children. I don't have the time or energy to date
- I lived in a residence hall at UNH that was reserved for international, graduate, post-graduate, and non-traditional students that were 21 and over. I met and befriended so many fascinating people from all over the world: Pakistan, Brazil, Iran, China, Ukraine, Russia, Ireland, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Amsterdam, Germany, France, you name it!
- I like poetry (Sylvia Plath is my favorite)
- I have two scholarly articles published in the University of New Hampshire's academic journal, SPECTRUM: 1) "Energy, Technology, and Culture: The Paris Agreement, Social Conflict, and Cultural Evolution" and 2) "The Value of the Dead: The Commodification of Corpses in Western Culture"
- I love spending time in the woods and would have gotten along well with Henry David Thoreau and the other transcendentalists
- I have an amazing mother and older sister who mean the world to me and have helped make my dreams in life possible
- I attended the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup parade in Boston, Massachusetts and it was one of the greatest days of my life
- My favorite season is Spring. I look forward to April and May every year and wish they lasted longer.
- I love a good IPA beer or two (okay, maybe three)
- My mémère made the best crêpes and tourtière pie in the world and I miss her very much
- My friends frequently tell me that I smell really good
- My favorite bands and musicians include Slothrust, Tool, System of A Down, Modest Mouse, mewithoutYou, Deer Tick, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Primus and all of Les Claypool’s side acts, The Talking Heads, Steely Dan, Gregory Alan Isakov, David Bowie, This Is The Kit, Pink Floyd, Sublime, Japanese Breakfast, Noah Kahan, Ben Folds, Metallica, Mac Miller... the list goes on
- My first digital camera was a 3.1 megapixel Fujifilm Finepix s3000. I brought that thing everywhere and took an unreal number of photos—particularly at Saab events—with it before I gave it to my mother who also took many photos with it
- I love hanging out in sugar houses during maple sugaring season
- I feel naked and vulnerable without a hat
- Patrice Bergeron is the best athlete that's ever lived and there is nothing you could say that could change my mind. I like women, but he's just an absolute rocket
- Sometimes the sun makes me sneeze
- I modified an old Xbox into a fully functional web server running Linux and my own website when I was thirteen; it still played video games as well
- I have an incredible therapist who specializes in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and I would not be where I am today without her (thank you, Phoebe!)
- I secretly root against the UNH men's hockey team whenever they play Dartmouth College (Go Big Green!)
- Some of my favorite animals (besides cats, dogs, and people) include loons, cows, moose, deer, squirrels, mountain lions, honey and bumble bees, and pileated woodpeckers
- I probably have one of the cleanest 2012 Honda Fit Sports in the country. I flew to Georgia to buy it and drove it home. The furthest I've traveled for a car was Denver, Colorado
- I broke both my wrists at the same time when I was thirteen; it was my first time snowboarding (I grew up skiing) and also my first, but not last, trip in an ambulance