Chasing Down Creative Growth

I’ve made a considerable amount of excuses to myself when it comes to how I should exercise my creative muscles and thats lead to a very noticeable creative slump. It got to the point where I would only get my camera out for paid gigs. Ask any seasoned photographer and they’ll tell you thats a recipe for burn out. I’ve struggled with the idea of “staying in my lane” and only shooting what I want to build a portfolio around, but the truth is, there’s a ton of things I’m interested in photographing and I’m making a concerted effort to create personal works around those interests.

Sometimes those efforts bear fruit in the form of new client work, and Im excited that YETI saw fit to invest in that effort this year. I’m excited to have this image on their homepage for a hot minute. Below are some additional images from a spec/personal shoot on a chilly morning in Boulder Canyon last month.

Local Love - Colorado MTB by Caveman Collective

A few months ago, I wrote about my opportunity to work with Caveman Collective on a film they produced highlighting 3 Denver based mountain biking brands. They just released the finished piece and I wanted to share a few more stills now that things are out in the wild! Check out the film and give some love to the gents over at Caveman and the 3 great brands we worked with! 

Case Coffee Roasters

I've been in this creative rut lately thats led me to the mentality of "if its interesting, I'll photograph it". I get caught up in only sharing work that reflects the type of photographer I want to be, but the reality is, there's a lot of things that I have appreciation for and want to photograph. Coffee has always been one of them, so when I got the chance to take a few photos of Tim and Kati Case's beautiful shop in Ashland, Oregon a few weeks back, I jumped on it. Tim knows more about the coffee roasting process than you can imagine and was gracious enough to give me the cliff notes. They source their beans from farms all over the world and roast them in small batches. I even got to take home a bag of the batch Tim roasted during this mini session! If you ever find yourself in Ashland, make sure to stop by Case Coffee Roasters. Its sure to put a smile on your face. 

Caveman Collective - Behind the Scenes

I've admired the work of fellow namesake and camera magician Andrew Bydlon, one of the founding members of Caveman Collective, for quite some time now. His comrades Ben Fullerton and Tom Deschenes are passionate storytellers and their desire to give a voice to the mighty do-it-yourself small business owner is prevalent throughout their work. You can bask in all the inspirational glory of their creations here. 

Earlier this month, Andrew invited me to shoot story supporting stills on a project they're producing about 3 companies making great products in the mountain biking industry here in Denver. Here's a couple of my favorite behind the scenes images of the fellas in action.