Mountains and Rivers Media®
Rewilding the Human Imagination ®
  • Conservation Photography and Visual Storytelling

Core Photography, Video, and Visual Storytelling Production Team

Mountains & Rivers Media works with an extensive network of dedicated professional story crafters throughout North America. Behind the curtain, you will find our core team pulling all the levers and gears.


​​John Canan

Editorial photographer and visual storyteller; John is a perpetually curious story sherpa and adventurer creating visual stories that facilitate deepening connections.; a photographer, naturalist, and community builder based in Western Maryland at the foothills of the Central Appalachian Mountains. His approach focuses on creating imagery that fully engages people and invites them to deepen their connections with their communities, the natural environment, and ultimately, themselves. He earned a degree in Sustainable Community Development and Regenerative Design from Prescott College and was a recipient of the esteemed Servant Leadership award.

John specializes in using photography to serve communities, conservation, and destinations. His work is described as a catalyst for positive change. He is a perpetually curious adventurer and a story sherpa who immerses himself in and openly shares the natural beauty where he lives.

Connect with John on his Instagram @johncanan    Learn more about John Canan

Tinny the Pomeranian jumping stones in the Potomac River at sunrise
Living life at 1/8000 of a second

Matinicus (Tinny)

Tinny is the resident blue merle, Pomeranian. Matinicus is an Abenaki word for a beautiful island 23 miles off of the coast of Rockland, in Knox Co. Maine. Tinni is pensive, sometimes content, and she is always ready to explore and share her love of the moment.

Tinny also is the Visit Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland (CVB) adventure mascot, where she enthusiastically uses her expertise in location scouting, supervising John's stunts, and providing general inspiration. Cute and snuggly, she also has a hunter’s heart. To tell her story with a camera means being able to live life at 1/8000 of a second.

Follow Tinny's Adventures on @wildsidetinny