David Stoecklein launched his photography career by taking lifestyle shots of skiing, fishing, hiking, and biking, landing assignments for companies such as Coca-Cola, Ski Magazine, L.L. Bean, Reebok, Timberland, and Scientific Angler. It was not long, however, before he turned his lens to his neighbors on the great ranches of the West.
David’s fascination with the ranching heritage of the American West led him to befriend, and subsequently photograph, the men and women still breathing life into the mythical figure of the cowboy. David’s passion for preserving the traditions and beliefs of the country’s honest, hard-working cowboys and cowgirls gradually earned him their respect. With that respect came an open invitation to share in their lives, and the great responsibility to honor their trust.
David’s personal mission soon led to more assignment’s for companies including Stetson-Roper USA, Wrangler, Intervet, Agri Beef, Vogt Silversmiths, Grasshopper-Keds, Farnam, JanSport, Merial, Eddie Bauer, Nestlé, Platinum Performance, Ariat International, Chevrolet, Jeep, Daimler-Chrysler, Marlboro, Kodak, U.S. Tobacco, Ford, Budweiser, Remington and others. His current client list includes Dos Equis, Bayer Animal Health, Idaho Potato Council, Columbia Sportswear, Ryan Michael, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Canon USA, Sony Pictures, Justin Boots, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and more.
Dave contributes and works closely with publications such as; Western Horseman, Farm and Ranch Magazine, Cowboys and Indians, Working Ranch magazine, Orvis, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photographer, Big Sky Journal and many more. Dave’s original photographs reside in many personal collections as well as museums and galleries around the world.
Stoecklein Photography houses an extensive stock collection encompassing both lifestyle and western images. In addition, Dave owns a gallery of fine art prints and western memorabilia in Ketchum, Idaho. Stoecklein Publishing produces an annual line of western calendars and datebooks as well as a series of western coffee-table books.
Dave Stoecklein is one of the “Accomplished Master Photographers” in Canon’s “Explorers of Light” education and inspiration program. For the past four years, he has been recognized by the editors of True West magazine as the “Best Living Photographer of the West.” The distinguished award is given each year as part of the magazine’s “Best of the West” issue.
David Stoecklein resides in Idaho with his wife, Mary, and their three sons, Drew, Taylor, and Colby, where they split their time between their home in Sun Valley and their ranch in Mackay.