Dan Elster was born in Chicago, 1971. In his old life, he was the manager of his brother’s food distribution business on the west side of Chicago. Several years ago, Dan and his wife (Patty) took a leap of faith … they quit their jobs, sold their home and hit the road. Patty took a job as a travel nurse, while Dan pursued a dream career in wildlife photography.  After a few years of nomadic living, they now call Ashland, Oregon home where Dan participates in fine art festivals up and down the west coast and is represented by a handful of galleries. After 19 years of Intensive Care, Patty recently made the switch to hospice nursing. They have two children, Savannah and Forest. 



Dan Elster is a wildlife photographer based in Ashland, Oregon.