'Lift as you climb'

Shelton camerawoman aims to give back, inspire


Drew Robertson via Erin Ranney

Wildlife cinematographer Erin Ranney, a Shelton native, poses with her camera while shooting rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands.

From the moment she was born, Erin Ranney has been surrounded by the outdoors.

Whether it was exploring her family's Mason County tree farm or tagging along on a fishing trip to Alaska before she could walk, Ranney has always heard the call of the wild.

"I was surrounded by wildlife," Ranney said. "And I was always really excited by wildlife."

Building upon that love and passion for the outdoors, Ranney has carved out a career as a wildlife cinematographer that has taken her around the globe.

Ranney's work has appeared on National Geographic, Walt Disney Co., BBC and PBS, some of which she...

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