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Feb 012017
 

Backcountry skiing with kids.

It’s classic how two siblings, stuck in the house for a few hours, can turn on each other and raise the tension in a home. That was the case the other morning. So, I told ’em to get their backcountry ski gear together because we were headed outside. Their complaints about going started immediately and didn’t stop. Even while beginning the tour, my daughter slogged uphill with her arms limp and poles dragging. Ironically, once we started climbing up the slope we were to ski, their attitudes changed–the higher we climbed–the more positive and psyched they got. The view impressed them and they felt like they were on the top of the world. They also transformed from enemies to friends. I love what a little exercise can do for children’s brains!

Backcountry skiing with kids.

Backcountry skiing with kids.

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 252016
 

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

Allie and Nate were married in McCall, Idaho, at the beautiful lakeside Hotel McCall. Allie was able to get ready at her mother’s home just south of town and the location worked well for a few portraits. Their July wedding day proved to be as amazing as Idaho can get–perfect temps with blue-bird skies which allowed their ceremony and reception party to be held on the outside patio.

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

McCall Idaho Wedding Photography

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.