In late August I had the incredible honor to work with Nikon and MRM Worldwide on a really wonderful project. It was an absolute dream assignment. ”You have two days to shoot in your backyard. Propose a shot list. Go……” When I got that call I nearly fell out of my chair. These days it’s pretty rare that anyone gives you the creative freedom to make your own shot list. But this speaks highly of Nikon and how much trust they put in their photographers. The goal was to show how we as photographers use the tools available to us to get out, capture moments, make beautiful images, and most importantly have a lot of fun doing it. The project also included the amazing talents of Corey Rich, and Troy House. Both of these guys have been producing high level imagery for a long time so it’s an unbelievable honor for me to be involved alongside them.
There is plenty of eye candy on the site which you can see here: experience.nikonusa.com
What I really need to do is thank all of the amazing people who helped me make this happen. It might look simple but there were 14 people and one cute little dog on set with us for these 2 days. I put a lot of hard work into the concept and production of this shoot and without all these talented folks I could have never pulled this off. The weather conditions were really tricky but in the end it all came together. I am extremely proud of the images we made and can’t say enough about the efforts of everyone involved.
First and foremost Rachel Max. YOU.ARE.AMAZING. and I just can’t thank you enough for bringing me on.
Shawn and Tony – Thanks for the direction and for crushing it on the creative end of things. The site is beautiful.
Brad – good work on keeping the above folks in line…… Ha…..
Mike Corrado, my new brother and the Nikon guru – Man we had fun. Your timelapse opener of the Tetons is right on. And my camera straps are tight!
Alyson Joubert – Your confidence and support in my vision for this was huge. Thank you for keeping us on track.
Amy Ringholz – Thank you so very much for welcoming us into your space. You inspire me to push farther in my work. So lucky to have talented friends like you !!!!
Meghan, Amy, Bubba the Owl, and Teton Raptor Center – Incredible!!! Such a cool experience to photograph with you. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do for these beautiful animals.
Kelly, Dana, Maggie, and Brad and R Lazy S Ranch – There really aren’t words to express my gratitude. We all agree the shot of Maggie and Dana running in the meadow was the best image of the shoot. That was one of the coolest moments I have ever experienced with a camera in my hand. THANK YOU. I will never forget that gorgeous evening…..
Props to Stio and Noah Waterhouse for some rad clothes to style the shoot
Crista, Krystin, and Seth. Nothing better than to get out with your friends and make pictures. This is after all what it’s all about. Thank you guys for being a part of this. Seth, I won’t ever ask you to jump into cold water again…. unless you want to……
And my crew – Amanda Parker and Alison Kyle for production
John Slaughter for BTS images
Jonathan Crosby for the right hand
You guys absolutely killed it. There is no way any of this could have happened without you. Can’t wait til the next one…..
And above all thank you Jackson Hole for providing inspiration every minute of everyday. I can’t imagine a better place to call home. What an honor to share with the world some of what we do here in this wonderful place.
Here are a few images that didn’t make the cut (But could have!)
The park may be closed but there are still great spots to seek out. Wish this weather would last a little longer…
Nikon D4 and 24-70 2.8
A few hours ago I was watching the sunrise on the Tetons above Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton NP. As of this writing they are barricading the entrances to the National Parks which means places like Oxbow Bend are now closed until further notice (ie, Congress gets off their asses and does their job instead of fighting like children). ‘America’s Best Idea’ is now shut. WTF? I realize this impasse affects many people in far worse ways and my thoughts are with them. This is how it affects our community so I am ranting about it here. I spoke with a park ranger on my way out this morning and she was quite shaken and very apologetic as if it were somehow her fault. I feel for her. The one consolation at least for me is that this morning was perhaps one of the most gorgeous I have even seen up at Oxbow. I am grateful to have been witness to it. Let’s hope this nonsense in Congress doesn’t keep us from the privilege of being in these wonderful places much longer.
When the mountains get shut down with weather you can always go play in the woods. All with a Nikon D4, 85mm PC-E, and 70-200 2.8 VR
Had a great time experimenting during our open studio demo last night at the Art Association of Jackson Hole. It worked out really well and we had a lot of fun meeting some new people as well as seeing a few familiar faces. The lighting setup consisted of one hot light, a reflector, and a projector. My favorites were these tight shots wide open with the 85mm 1.4. FREAKING AMAZING LENS.
Went to scout some fishing photos yesterday and found a new spot in an incredible canyon over in Idaho. It is amazing how endless this place is. Every year I discover a new location that just makes me want to explore further.
Out testing a 600mm lens and actually made a pretty cool image. That lens is tricky! Will take some getting used to. Nothing like a little luck. I had just gotten the lens mounted on the tripod when these guys glided across the lake below us. I kind of like this image a lot….