About Cary

Cary Liao is a photographer and web designer based in New Jersey
Captain the Puffin
Captain the Puffin, a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320neo featuring Cary's photo of an Atlantic puffin on the tail.

Cary’s work was first featured in a national publication when he was 19, and his photos have since appeared in prominent magazines such as National Geographic Adventure, Popular Photography, Alternative Press, and Aviation Week & Space Technology, in calendars, movies, and television. As of 2023, Cary has been published over 230 times.

Having developed a fascination with airplanes at an early age, Cary naturally became involved in commercial aviation photography. After many trips to area airports and attending several airline press events, he became a regular contributor to Airline Pilot Careers magazine, landing five cover photos. Aviation photography became considerably more of a challenge following 9/11, and Cary turned his focus to other subject matter. He began photographing concerts, aided by contacts from his clothing company, Verona Clothing, and through his web design for the bands Hidden in Plain View and Punchline, eventually becoming a photographer for Alternative Press magazine.

In 2005, Cary learned about Atlantic puffins and lighthouses while researching photographic opportunities for an upcoming trip to Maine. He has since grown fond of both subject matters, and often seeks out these interests in his travels around the globe. In 2018, Cary achieved a decade-long goal of getting one of his Atlantic puffin pictures on the tail of a Frontier Airlines aircraft (N322FR).


Just a few of the organizations who have used Cary’s photography. View a comprehensive list of my published work here.

  • National Geographic Adventure
  • National Geographic Channel
  • ABC 7 New York City (WABC-TV)
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Frontier Airlines
  • United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Kalitta Air
  • Everts Air Cargo
  • Airways
  • Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Popular Photography
  • Maine Office of Tourism
  • Sparta Graphics, Inc.
  • Alternative Press

Other Websites

PlaneCaptures (formerly AeroPX) features the aviation photography of Cary Liao.

Save Puffins
Bringing attention to the issues Atlantic puffins are facing in Iceland and beyond.