About Greg Cortopassi
Photographic Artist, Entrepreneur, Professional Educator, Speaker, Facilitator and Business Consultant
Greg is a catalyst, adventurer and seeker of life. He has dedicated himself to transforming limitations into flourishing possibilities. His successes demonstrate the span of his interests and talents: from professional athlete with two national titles to being part of the first round inductions into the Footbag Hall of Fame to an entrepreneur of nine successful pioneering businesses to being a leader in the field of Experiential Education delivering over 1,500 Healthy Living programs in hundreds of organizations and over 750 schools to an in-spirited Photographic Artist.
In living his commitment to help others manifest what is most important to them in their careers, relationships and communities, Greg expands into new territories of his own possibilities. Greg’s adventurous spirit has taken him to 29 countries and 48 of the 50 US States. His explorations include extreme skiing, backpacking with grizzlies in Alaska, repelling into and behind a 200 foot waterfall at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hiking at night on top of hot lava in Hawaii to listen to the earth form as it hits the ocean, taking underwater pictures of sharks feeding in New Guinea, guiding over 125 white water trips, and swimming with humpback whales with their 3-week-old 4,000 pound pups in the open waters off the Dominican Republic. Throughout all his explorations, Greg is drawn to the beauty and mystery of nature as the ultimate model and playground for his spirited life path.
Greg’s first experience with macro photography occurred when he was introduced to the pioneering work of Iris Photography in the health and healing professions. Taking hundreds of pictures of the unique patterns of people’s eyes not only fed his appetite for the mysterious and beautiful, but also had a strong influence on him discovering his own innate gift as a Photographic Artist. His fascination with close up images and what they reveal piqued his curiosity for underwater photography. After taking one of his first underwater macro shots of a vibrant 2 inch Hermit Crab, on a night dive in 1995, he was hooked. His innovative style of macro water photography was ignited by a mistake when he was shooting a surfacing dolphin in the Galapagos Islands in 1997. When he accidentally left the shutter open for too long, he took his first astounding image of light not visible to the naked eye reflecting off of water. This led to his current quest to find unique ways to capture and expose the hidden MAGIC found within everyday scenes within the natural world.