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Jan 192017
 

Skiing backcountry with kids.

My wife and I had our first kid when I was 29. Yes, I took photos of the birth–and helped deliver at the same time! No, I won’t be posting those frames. I remember wanting to have children early so that we could enjoy activities together. Though it’s taken a decade to get to this point, the kids are finally getting out a few times a year to backcountry ski with me. They are enjoying the experience, though one likes the up more than the other. For me, spending time together skinning up and watching them ski powder on the return is priceless. However, I do have to say that a lot of thought and concern goes into these kid tours.

For one, the thought of avalanches makes my stomach queasy. Though the kids do have transceivers and shovels, we don’t go into any terrain that might even remotely slide–it’s just not an option. I give them lessons on snow science, terrain, the flora and fauna, animals, and weather. I pick a tour that doesn’t max out their energy and bring lots of snacks and breaks. We also have some friends with kids who are also into getting out which helps increase the kids motivation!

Skiing backcountry with kids.

Skiing backcountry with kids.

Jul 152016
 

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

With 3500 miles of navigable rivers, Idaho is the “Whitewater State” state for good reason! Over the past few years, my family and I have jumped head first into rafting and have been out on as many extended trips as our schedule allows. This summer, we ran the Lower Gorge of the Salmon River for the second time and enjoyed the 10,000 cfs level as it produced some outstanding waves and rapids. Here are a few images from the adventure…

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Lower Salmon River Rafting in Idaho

Jun 192016
 

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Jenn and Bryce were married amidst the Art Deco architecture of the Boise Depot the past weekend. It was a phenomenal day with everything as good as it could get. Their officiant, a friend of theirs, was hilarious. I love that so many friends are marrying friends these days–the personal touches they are able to add into the ceremony make for wonderful momeents.

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

Wedding Photography from the Boise Depot, Idaho

May 132016
 

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Just last year, President Obama signed into law the creation of a new wilderness area which includes much of the Boulder and White Cloud mountain ranges near my home here in Idaho. The other day, a few friends and I went in to ski an unnamed peak. The weather was more winterlike than Spring and the snow conditions in the couloir were less than ideal, but, being at 11,400′ in our Nation’s newest wilderness area is an experience not to be missed.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing in the Boulder White Cloud Mountains of Idaho.

May 082016
 

Spring colors in Idaho

Both the Arrowleaf Balsamroot and Lupine wildflowers are blooming in amazing abundance here in Idaho this Spring! On a hike the other day, I created this abstract image of the colors these beautiful flowers display by slowing the shutter speed down and moving the lens while making the exposure.

Apr 172016
 

Family backcountry ski day

My kids are getting old enough now to be able to go into the backcountry and ski with me. The other day my good friend, Matt Leidecker, and I were able to arrange to have both of our families ski Galena Pass on a perfect corn snow day. Having the kids out on an amazing day hiking and skiing alongside their parents was, as Mastercard loves to say, “Priceless.”

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Family backcountry ski day

Jan 262016
 

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

The foothills to an amazing mountain range end about 300 yards from my back door. I’ve been exploring this range for years and just last weekend was able to spend time in a drainage I had never been in before…on skis. On our ascent up to treeline where we spent the night, a storm was finishing off about 4 inches of new snow which had fallen on top of an already soft powdery base. Waking up the second day, we found the storm breaking up with clouds and snow squalls passing through like long interval waves. The high peaks were showing signs of snow instability: slab slides, sluff slides, depth hoar in the pits; we didn’t push our luck and stayed at treeline skiing among the white bark pines. Here are a few images from the trip…

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Backcountry skiing in Idaho

Jan 062016
 

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch has always been one of my favorite places in the world and I’ve been fortunate to be trusted by their amazing manager, Sandra Beckwith, to capture many of their photography needs. This past Fall as their season came to a close, Sandra brought me back in to capture images of their newly renovated rooms. The images are dispersed throughout their website, however, here are a few screen shots.

I highly recommend booking a night or two (or three, or four…) at this amazing ranch: www.idahorocky.com

Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch

Jan 052016
 

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing for a great couple who lives back east, but, have been visiting the Sun Valley and Ketchum area for many years. Ilsa and Cody are going to be married back in PA and thought it’d be fun to have a winter engagement session-I’m glad they did! Here are a few of the images we captured.

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session

Sun Valley Ketchum Idaho engagement session