adam furtado| portrait & travel photographer » portrait and travel photography with attitude.

Adam Furtado is a Photographer and Educator located in the Sacramento area specializing in Travel and Portrait Photography. A new breed of photographer, Adam blends his passion for artistry and design with his love for photography. The results are stunning bodies of work that are simplistic and beautiful.

Hungry Hungry Hippo

Hungry Hungry Hippo If you have never seen a Hippo pool, I would have to say it is probably one of the most disgustingView full post »

Yosemite Falls

“Yosemite Falls” The fact that this image even came to be is miraculous because the day before this imageView full post »

Complimentary Colors

The Art of Color and mixing complimentary colors together to create a photo is which is wonderful thing. In thisView full post »

The End of Vermont

The End of Vermont

It was the final day and the end of our Vermont tour with McKay Photography Academy. The tour had begun with rain andView full post »

Painted Trees

With the exception of the one black and white image of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California; I had not postedView full post »

Half Dome II

I’m about to admit something that many folks might be sad to hear. Yosemite National Park is not my favoriteView full post »

Maple Water

‘Maple Water’ It may be hard to tell but this leaf is floating under water. It was an exercise onView full post »


“Oia” It seems as though there is always a new place to explore, an adventure to try and endless artisticView full post »

Birds of Prey

“Birds of Prey” I really tried to get an answer on what type of bird this actually was, the problem?View full post »

Spiritual Roots

I don’t consider myself much of a religious man per-say, more of a spiritual man in the sense that I believe weView full post »

Crystal Light

“Crystal Light” My first adventure to Iceland was completed without the chance of photographic the ice andView full post »

From the Nest

This image was taken during the #mckaylive photo tour in Bavaria | Czech Republic. In particular it was taken atView full post »

Chateau Lednice

Lednice Chateau is the jewel in the crown of the Lednice-Valtice Complex and, at the same time, one of the mostView full post »


It took 2 planes, 1 car, 1 9 passenger van and 19 hours and the McKay Academy Team has made it to the first of manyView full post »

French Curve

It was the first day of shooting in Iceland and I was really excited to be out teaching in a place that has beenView full post »


I am not sure exactly where this image was taken other than to say somewhere in Iceland. This country has moreView full post »

Chelsea Dixon

The beautiful and talented, Chelsea Dixon. This was the first portrait I ever took using an off camera flash. It wasView full post »


There are only two types of Elephants in this World (Asian and African) and at some point we could see a third,View full post »

Urban Pyramid

Draw to the intricacies of geometric shapes, lines, patterns and textures, I wanted to be an architect once upon aView full post »


Colton W., HS Senior, Christian Brothers High SchoolView full post »


The first time you see a Zebra in the wild it’s hard not to be excited. If you are anything like me, growing upView full post »


One of the greatest parts (though there were many highlights) of the 2 Photographic Tours was being able to sit withView full post »

Black Faced Monkey

Photo Tip: Whenever I am photographing Wildlife, I am looking for a few things: 1. Twinkles in the eye. There isView full post »


It was the very last day of the McKay Photography Academy, Tanzania Photo Tour. We were driving around in theView full post »

Rainbow Bright

I was blown away at how bad ass the birds of Africa were. I have never seen birds with so much color. Some of the birdsView full post »

big cat

Moab, Utah is a fabulous back drop for this particular scene. You have the glow of the red rocks mixing in with theView full post »

Realistic or Creative

Tell me, do you like more of a clean, realistic natural looking edit? Or do you like something more edgy, fun or on theView full post »

Baby Animals

Aren’t they just the cutest little things ever? Yeah I said it….so what!View full post »

Bozeman Winter Tour: Day 2

A productive Day 2 to say the least. Today we photographed a Bobcat, Grizzly Bear, Baby Lion, Porcupine and MountainView full post »

Bozeman Winter Tour: Day 1

Hard to believe that just four days ago I was returning home from Yosemite National Park for a MPA Photo Tour, and nowView full post »

Twilight Blue

Riomaggiore, Italy Date | 10.15.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »

Streets of Venice

Venice Date | 10.9.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »

Iceland Waterfall

Iceland Date | 8.12.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »


Sorrento, Italy Date | 10.21.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »


Riomaggiore, Italy Date | 10.15.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »


Burano, Italy Date | 10.9.14 Travel Photography | McKay Photography Academy Sacramento Travel Photographer | AdamView full post »

Erika S.

Erika S Date | 11.15.14 High School Senior | McKay Photography Portrait Academy Sacramento Portrait Photography | AdamView full post »


R.I.P. ~ Mufasa, I am very sad to have heard the news that Mufasa the Lion has passed on. I was fortunate to have spentView full post »

Fire and Ice: Iceland

Many call Iceland the land of Fire and Ice, wicked, tortured, ice landscapes. Stunning interactions of Volcanoes andView full post »


‘Simplicity’ “Simplicity is the keynote of all true Elegance” ~ Coco Chanel I spent the day inView full post »


‘Tetris’ “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” ~ BenjaminView full post »


Mac J., HS Senior, Christian Brothers High School. Set up to do big things!View full post »


‘Rush’ “Never make a decision in anger, and never make a promise in happiness” ~ Imam AliView full post »

Even Flow

‘Even Flow’ “ It is a beautiful and blessed world we live in, and while life lasts, to lose the enjoymentView full post »

Tunnel View

‘Tunnel View’ “We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experienceView full post »

The Village

‘The Village’ “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ SaintView full post »


‘Camogli’ “You have to accept the storms and the rainy days and the things in life that youView full post »

Sunset Prayer

‘Sunset Prayer’ “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let GodView full post »

Mystic River

‘Mystic River’ “It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and theView full post »

In the name of…

‘In the name of…” “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain for what we do notView full post »

Jagged Edge

‘Jagged Edge’ “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, andView full post »

The Lion King

‘The Lion King’ “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. ~ MarkView full post »

Canyon Sunrise

‘Canyon Sunrise’ “what it is…is a place where I can return to myself. It’s enough of aView full post »

Carmel by the Sea

‘Carmel by the Sea’ “We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learnView full post »

I believe I can fly

‘I believe I can fly’ For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turnedView full post »


‘deadwood’ Believe it or not, I did not photograph many dead trees although they were everywhereView full post »


“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never growsView full post »

Urban Safari

out of 168 photos taken during a recent McKay Photography Academy Photo Safari, I got 1 image that I think wasView full post »

Firehole Falls

‘Firehole Falls’ This is actually supposed to be my 1 post for tomorrow, however, I have a pretty busy dayView full post »

Reflections in Florence

‘reflections in florence’ “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which isView full post »

Zach | Painted People

Story behind my side piece is this. It represents the things in my life. There are two roses, one is darker then theView full post »

Geormel + Shayla

Say hello to the totally awesome, super cool and ridiculously good looking Geormel and Shayla. These two made thisView full post »


The beautiful Hannah: Looking for some new images for her portfolio and wanting a country feel; Hannah and I venturedView full post »