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About Outdoor Photo Gear

Our goal at Outdoor Photo Gear is to provide you with a wide selection of quality photo gear at great prices, while giving you the very best customer service you will find anywhere--online or in person.

At Outdoor Photo Gear, we feel we work in a big toy store.  Our shelves are fully stocked with great gear we use every day, and we are always excited to see new stuff arrive. As photographers, we endorse what we sell. Being on hand with our inventory lets us provide you wit superior customer service:  from answering product questions to double-checking stock levels. At Outdoor Photo Gear we personally pick, pack, and ship our products to your door; according to your specifications. 

We believe that running a great store is the same as taking a great photograph: you have to— “be there.”

To us, “outdoor” photography encompasses all types of photography: wildlife, nature, avian, landscape, travel, journalism, adventure and event photography. We want to bring you great gear that gets you outside and into the wide world of photography. We invite you to capture your world, and bring it back to us through your images.

Our crew has a unique blend of experience and expertise in retail sales, photography, video, internet technology, and customer service.



Chris Klapheke’s retail business background spans nearly 30 years in the video and electronics businesses. Chris developed several start-up retail chains before making the transition to e-commerce. His passion for photography has transitioned as well, from film to digital, and from being a photo customer to a photo retailer. Currently, Chris concentrates on avian and nature photography. Chris also organizes and assists in photo workshops around the country, which provide him the opportunity to interact with the outdoor photography community in the field. This interaction provides input and guidance to tailor Outdoor Photo Gear to best serve its customers.


Kim VanMeter has worked with Chris for over 20 years, providing accounting, administration, human resources, and outstanding customer service. She has managed infrastructure and customer service for large retail chains as well as for small e-commerce teams. Kim interfaces with both our customers and our vendors, and can solve any problem or find any part you want.  Like all of our crew, Kim is hands-on with our products and really knows her stuff! Kim enjoys casual photography and spends most weekends on the water with her family and friends.


Clay Cook began his creative career in the music industry, after 10 years in that business, his passion had leaned towards photography, cinematography and graphic design. Both in-house and as a consultant, Clay has developed market strategies and social media campaigns. Constantly collaborating with designers, models, filmmakers and other photographers, Clay has also built a reputable photography business. Clay brings this knowledge of marketing, photography, cinematography and graphic design to Outdoor Photo Gear.


Troy Eckburg's background is comprised of retail inventory management, customer service, and I.T. experience. Troy has instituted inventory management systems in the retail and health care industries. Actually Troy has moved on to become a high-powered consultant, but since he still does some work for us, we left his picture up.


Robert Blum spent 25 years in the book store business, in both customer service and inventory management. A photograher for many years, Robert is glad to be surrounded with all this great gear! When you get a package from us, it will have Robert's seal of approval on it. His love of the outdoors includes photography, hiking, disc golf and gardening.