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Quick Pic 13 – Welcome to Tokyo


I came across this guy the first day in Tokyo, cruising through the insanely busy streets of the Shibuya district with Jen Hudak and Julian Carr last February.  This guy, damn.  If I were a bum, I’d probably look exactly like him.  Scary look into the future huh?  We tried to have an impromptu Discrete Headwear shoot but even after we offered him money, he declined.  But I at least got this one.

I’ve been out….


Sorry for the lack of updates but it’s been a really busy early season for me.  There’s been lots of snow in the good ol USA this season so far and because of it, I’ve been shooting a lot.  Really, a lot.  It’s not even the new year, and I’ve shot more days than I had at the end of February last season!…albeit, last season was a really low snow year.  Out of the last 45 days, I’ve shot 30 of them, traveled on 5 of them, spent 8 of them in front of the computer editing and only 3 of them have been doing no work at all.  Today has been one of those glorious 3 days off!

Anyhoo, I’ve been doing a lot of this:

Kyle Decker and Ahmet Dadali navagating around through the winter madness of Minnesota

And this….

Digging, lots of it.

Then a bit of this…

Climbing through the bleachers.  GTS right?

So we can to places like this…


And this….


So I can shoot things like this…

So I can be around people that do this….

Headed out for another round of all that.  I’ll be unplugged a bit for the next week or so.   I hope I don’t have the time to make some updates, cause that means I’m getting it done!

The Gathering – Day 2 – Red Mountain, Rossland, BC


The base of the Motherlode chairlift at Red Mt, BC.  2,400 feet of vert!

Day 2 of The Gathering was a pretty good one.  We started out early skiing powder at Red Mountain in Rossland, BC doing laps on the Motherload chair.  It had been about 10 years since I’d skied at Red and man I forgot how good that place is.  Such fun, steep terrain.  Some of the best tree skiing anywhere, you don’t get steep tree skiing in Utah, especially with 2,000+ feet of continuous vert.  It’s such fun bouncy terrain, I miss skiing in the Northwest so much.  Anyways it was a great day skiing with the OG photographers and finally getting some runs in with people I’ve known for a while but never had a chance to ski with like Jordan Manley and Christian Pondella as well.  The OG’s still rip, it was super fun to ski with them, especially on such a good powder day at a great mountain.  Paul Morrison joined the crew that day to help round out the crew of the old gaurd.

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The Gathering – Day 1 – Red Mountain, Rossland, BC


The Gathering

The Gathering started last season as an even put on by Powder Magazine and Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC to bring back together the group of people that started the way of life I get to live as a professional ski photographer.  This was one of those things I got to go to that was quite an honor for me.  I was picked by Powder Magazine to rep the new generation of ski photographers along with Jordan Manley and Christian Pondella.  It was quite the motley crew there ranging from the OG crew of photographers, the younger photographers, mountain guides, writers and of course some of the crew from Powder.

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The big show – Scott / Monster Weekend – Day 3


The SPT crew putting the finishing touches on the giant claw jump

After all the activities and hype the day finally came to shoot on the giant Monster claw jump.  A radio show, poster signings, shotgunning Monster Energy drinks, entertaining hammered drunk locals, redneck truck stop shopping and a urban handrail session later the time for the big show was finally upon us.

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The Hype – Scott / Monster shoot in Sun Valley – Day 2


An excited fan gets in on the autograph sesh with Justin Dorey

Day 2 of the Scott / Monster weekend in Sun Valley has come and gone.  Friday started with Tom Wallisch forgetting about the redneck flair factor and failed to wake up with his “Daddy’s Angel” bracelet on and the mandatory shotgun a 16 oz. Monster Energy drink happened.  After a jittery start to the day for Tom the rest of Friday was a hype day for the big jump show the following day with radio shows, poster signings and an urban session with the 4Bi9 film crew would ensue.  The radio show was pretty short lived but in true Chug Life fashion Ian Cosco belted out a “cheaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa” while the rest of the boys took to the air waves.

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The truck stops here – Scott / Monster weekend day 1


Justin Dorey in character, a smoking a heater a safe 5 feet away from the gas pumps

The road to Idaho is full of stops.  This one happened to be a redneck’s dream full of bad taste in Twin Falls, ID.

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Home, Spring park shoots are over!


My Civic with 43,223 bugs making a new home on the front bumper7246 miles (4584 miles on the road), 47 days, and 7 terrain park shoots, and 43,225 dead bugs on my car later my season is finally over and I’m finally home back in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This year’s Spring terrain park shoot season was shorter than last year, but the amount of travel between shoots really wore on me this Spring.  It was nuts actually, and home never looked so good.  My own bed, my own space, not working on my slow laptop, and having my golf clubs, being able to sneak out for some golf in the work day, everything, all the comforts of home…finally!  However, it was all completely worth it.  I got a lot of great action shots with a lot of the usual people but also some new faces.  I got to spend some time with some good friends I don’t get to see a lot, visit new places, see family, oh and to find out that 4th gear in my Civic tops out at 130mph!

Also in this trip I did a lot of fun portraits, spent some time working more on capturing the lifestyle side of things and shot a lot with a Holga which was pretty fun.  Shooting film, the mystery of wondering how things are going to turn out, especially with the thought of a very inprecise piece of camera equipment, adding in the mystery of how cross processing is going to turn out made for some fun stuff.  I just sent it all out to Panda photo lab in Seattle, WA and I’m really excited to see how it turned out.  I’m really anxious to see how it all plays out with the good ol film.  It’s been at least 5 years since I shot any film.

Once I hit the road back home, I was all in, from Bend, OR to Hood River, OR to take a few portraits, then finally home to Salt Lake City, UT.  Did it all straight through, starting at 10am in Bend, then arriving home in Salt Lake City, UT at 3am.  I probably should have stayed the night in Boise but I was determined to sleep in my own bed ASAP, so 17 hours later I was there, at home, in my own bed and was worth every second on the road.

I’ll have a bit more later with some random photos from the spring in a few days.

Spring Park Shoots, round 5 – Day 28


All this fits in a Honda Civic Coupe!After 4 days off spent editing my season in Seattle, WA it’s time to finish up my season at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon.  Unfortunately with a few days off, that means I’ve unpacked, meaning I have to re-pack all that gear into my tiny Honda Civic coupe.  I’ve gone from not bringing enough gear on trips, to bringing EVERYTHING, to realzing I’ve brought too much.  Maybe next year I will get this right!

Duct tape solves every problem - The Ranger with the Alien Bee reflectorAnother thing I’ve learned along the way is that duct tape fixes everything.  Of course, I already knew this but I didn’t think it would work in this case.  A the Poor Boyz Productions shoot at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, OR Ian Coble loaned me his Elinchrom Ranger to use for a few days after he had left the shoot to head back home to Seattle.  For the last jump of the shoot, I needed another narrow beam reflector to really pump out the light in order to light up some trees in the background of the shot.  I only had the wide and that just wasn’t cutting it.  I did still have the 50 degree sports reflectors for my Alien Bees and a bit of tape went a long way to save my ass and work things out.  I’d usually MacGyver this one up and make a reflector out of aluminium foil however the AB reflector and a few strips of tape were a hell of a lot easier.

Anyhoo, I’ll have a bit more from the road as I try to keep burnout from setting in.  2 and a half more weeks and my Winter will be over and I can relax for summer!

Spring madness – Round 3


Round 3 of the spring park shoots is on. I just finished up with the Poor Boyz Production shoot at Mt Hood Ski Bowl in Government Camp, OR. Jossi Wells and Charles Gagnier rolled I’m late but was stoked to get out and shoot with them as it isn’t very often that I get to have them in front of the camera. We only had one more day on the big channel gap jump before heading over to Pete’s creation, what I like to refer to as the Chinerse death trap. This was the most difficult snow feature I’ve ever had to light up. I had planned to either go simple or rediculous. I opted for rediculous, and pulled out every piece of lighting equipment I had, including a borrowed Elimchrom Ranger from Ian Coble, who had left a few days earlier. Unfortunately my D3 went kaput and the shot I did get, was unusable due to camera malfunction. Fortunately I did just pick up a D300 as a backup so I have something until the D3 is repaired

After one night on that, it was finally time to move on to round 4 of 6 of the spring park shoots at Stevens Pass, WA for a shoot with Rage Films. I’m stoked for the Stevens Pass shoot as they have always been super good to work with and is always a fun shoot.

Photos to come soon

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