Terra Fondriest is a documentary photographer living in the Ozarks of Arkansas with her husband and 2 children. After halting her former worklife as a US Forest Service hotshot firefighter, wilderness wrangler for Montana outfitter, and GIS tech for the National Park Service, she began her journey as a mother in 2011 at the age of 27. Terra started documenting her growing children at their remote home in the hills and her passion for visual storytelling was born.
As a participant in the prestigious 69th Missouri Photo Workshop that was held in Eldon, MO in 2017, she became motivated to move beyond photographing her family and start telling the stories within her community. This was the beginning of her Ozark Life project where she is exploring the people and culture of the Ozark hills. She's also gone on to be a photography speaker and educator for Buffalo National River and other local Ozarks groups. Terra's work has been featured frequently with the National Geographic Your Shot community and she is a member of the highly esteemed 'Women Photograph'. She is a frequent contributer and part-time curator for the EverydayRuralAmerica project.