Born and raised in southern California, Sam Roberts has lived in his home state his entire life. His family loved the outdoors and Sam was introduced to the wilderness before he could walk. Family camping trips led to backpacking, then on to rock climbing and mountaineering. His climbing adventures have taken him from the granite walls of Yosemite Valley to the summit of 24,580-foot Noshaq in Afghanistan.

Sam's passion for wilderness has brought an intimacy with wild places that continues to be the foundation of his work. In 1990 he started Sam Roberts Photography, and has been shooting and writing about the natural world ever since. Recent assignments have given him the chance to work with biologists and land managers, and have proven to him again the powerful place photography has in the preservation of wildlands. Naturally, Sam is a public lands advocate and is on the Board of Directors for the Winter Wildlands Alliance, Friends of the Inyo, and served for several years on the board of directors for the Friends of Joshua Tree.

Sam resides in San Juan Capistrano and Mammoth Lakes with his wife Karen Fisher, a biologist, kayaker and a fine photographer in her own right.