Day in The Life of a Ski Bum Photographer

“You only get one life, but if you do it right, once is enough”

This winter I went all in and spent 3 months living out of my car, taking pictures, meeting amazing people, and skiing of course. I just wanted to talk about what the day to day life was like.

Morning

My wake up time was pretty all over the place. On average I would say I woke up around 7:30 am

Waking up was always the hardest part of the day as I had to get out of my sleeping bag that seemingly just got warm and walk around in temperatures that were sometimes down below 0 °F.

After waking up I would get out my Jetboil and boil some warm water to make some oatmeal or if I was feeling really good sometimes I even made some eggs and sausage for breakfast!

Then it was off to the ski hill to meet up with the days athlete and get some epic shots

Afternoon

We were usually happy with the shots and starting to get tired around 2 pm. I usually made a quick PB&J and headed back into the nearest town to get some computer work done

On the computer I always had a list of things to do, sometimes it was editing the photos from that day and the last couple days, and sometimes it was just responding and sending emails.

But this usually lasted until around 5 or 6 pm or just till I got hungry for dinner.

Winding Down

After all that I was always tired and ready for a good meal and some sleep.

Dinner could be a lot of things, I tried to make my own food most of the time but fast food was a little too tempting some nights. Eggs were really popular, and so was instant noodles and rice. On top of that almost every dinner was followed up with a sausage link or two for “desert”.

Dinner wrapped up at 7-8 pm and it was already dark and time for bed! after reading some ski magazines and watching a YouTube video or 2 I was passed out and ready for another full day!

Behind The Shot : Tunnel Skiing

As our crew scavenges the snow patches on the Beartooth Pass for spots to build a jump we find a patch where there just might be a chance of a dream come true, as I stick my snow probe into the snow I realize this is perfect… Time to build a tunnel jump!

Driving the renovated van up the beartooth pass

June 6, 2021 Its the last day of our annual trip to ski the Beartooth Pass and we plan to end it off with a bang.

After sleeping the previous night away under the stars we are planned and ready to make this dream a reality.

But it wont come easy.

It took nearly 8 hours of shoveling snow and molding jumps till we were getting the first hits in, but boy was it worth it.

As the photographer I knew I had to capture this unique jump, I just had to figure out how…

I found a composition I was really happy with after walking around and through the tunnel for a few minutes and I knew this one had potential

I gave the athletes some time to warm up and myself some time to figure out the exact shot, then all of a sudden it lined up!

Easily one of my favorite shots of the season and I was watching it happen through my viewfinder!

As I rushed over to my friends to show it off I I knew my all encompassing shot was grabbed and I couldn’t be more pleased. My job there was complete, at least until they figure out their next crazy jump in another amazing location…