Front row seats to this powerful yet peaceful scene.
Vashon Island on 35mm. Gianna and Kory have been working their tails off fixing together their “Creative Cabin”. I had the pleasure of joining them for a weekend to experience their new project. Aside from exploring the island and skating, my favorite part was Gianna’s banana pancakes in the morning while looking through photo books with Kory. Thanks for having me, till next time friends👋🏻
@whit.klass having a heartfelt moment of pure stoke, I was lucky enough to capture this split second excitement. We were trekking up through some thick fog for the whole hike, when the sky cleared and we turned around to see all of the North Cascades above the clouds. This photo took place in a split second while running up the mountain. I love chasing those spontaneous surprises that the outdoors presents and creating those accidental images that turn into my favorites.
Mount Rainier put on a show. Got these scans back yesterday, I loved seeing my mistakes and victories in each image a week later - it makes the shooting process free and exhilarating. This day at Rainier was incredible, we scrambled up this peak and had these glorious views to stare at forever. #35mm
I bought a twenty dollar film camera in hopes of enjoying photography again. “Wait, did you stop enjoying photography?”. Well for the last 10 months I’ve been doing photo work for companies without any personal projects or shoots at all in between. This long period of time without personal work trained me to shoot solely for other people, and cater to the “marketable” image. Don’t get me wrong, I loved each opportunity and was very stoked on the work I created, that should always be the case if someones paying you for work. However, it’s time to run away from what I’m used to for a bit. I’ve used the same digital camera for 4 years now with the same lens, making each photo feel effortless and almost meaningless. I started feeling pressure to shoot everything because I could, with digital you have unlimited photo opportunities with instant feedback. Photography began to feel like an obligation, no longer a fun journey of exploration and creativity. I got this tiny point and shoot camera to break those chains of pressure and hinderance. In order for me to grow and get better at documenting my friends and life, I must develop fresh eyes again. I’ll be shooting all of September on film, and I plan to make a little photo book of it all. I’m so so stoked to simplify everything, creating more timeless photos and memories. As I mentioned earlier this is for me, there’s a good chance I’ll be sharing this journey with you but I don’t want that to influence where I point my camera either. All in all, I want to better document and share life with others, film will be a perfect next step for me. Here are a couple scans from my first 3 rolls.
Getting outside brings different rewards for everyone. Wether that’s peace and solitude, or excitement and challenge; for me it’s an important time to reflect and grow. This whole summer I’ve had the privilege to work with @eddiebauer to document & share these various rewards. It has been such a joy to hit the trails with my friends to document the memories, challenges, and victories. I decided to take my hands off the camera for once and direct a video with @garrettpsystems. It’s so cool seeing him work, edit, and go through the process beside him. We didn’t have much of a plan as we just wanted to see how we worked together. We put together this video, I hope you enjoy this last taste of Why I Hike. #EBContributor #WhyIHike
We rolled out of our sleeping bags to find this...Sunrise in the alpine will always be my favorite, I felt so blessed to share these moments with Whit and RJ. I look up to both of them and how they live their lives, it’s a real treat to call them my friends. Whit made us some blueberry scones for the morning, we sipped on coffee and sat so cozy in the warm sun. Living in the Northwest is special, you can make last minute plans and get up a mountain that same day. #WhyIHike @eddiebauer #EBContributor
Yesterday left us speechless. Immersed in fog, we kept hiking up towards a break of sun in the distance. As we gained elevation, the closer we got to that glimmer of glow. We anxiously reached the summit and were welcomed by the burning sun and dancing clouds. Being above the clouds was an indescribable feeling, we had a glorious show before us. Squeals of joy and stoke was all we had to say as we set up camp, crushed some warm meals, and cozied up under the stars. I’m stoked to share more photos from this trip tomorrow. #WhyIHike @eddiebauer #EBContributor
The goal of any meaningful friendship is to do life together; through thoughtful critique and encouragement, through challenging each other’s thoughts and motives, and by cultivating the best out of one another. Inviting people into this special relationship takes a lot of humility and selfless effort. I’m very inspired by @kristahengesh and @olivia_howland who embody this so well. Jesus is the center of their life, their joy in Him overflows onto others and you can’t miss it. Yes, all these photos are of them smiling (they smile a lot), but that joy takes genuine work, intentionality, and a lot of mistakes together. I hope you seek out people in your life you want to dive deeper with, don’t take them granted! My goal working with @eddiebauer was to document Why I Hike, and for me its a loaded question. Hiking is cool, but building relationships through the outdoors is probably what excites me the most. I didn’t document this perfectly, nor do I even live this out as much as it seems. But all in all, I hike for the snickers bar at the top for when I’m tired. #WhyIHike #EbContributor