Jen Magnuson Photography - Visual Stories of Outdoor Adventure

Commercial and Editorial Photographer

Camping in the Shadow of the Tetons

Awakening in a tent at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming, the air alive with the sent of summer giving way to autumn. . . one is torn between lingering in the cocoon of a down sleeping bag or rising to take in the day. . .

Waking in a tent in the shadow of the Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming


There is nothing quite so glorious as the changing of the seasons in Jackson, Wyoming.  The air that permeates the space between summer and autumn is tinged with frost and the smell of the friction of the edges of summer's searing heat bumping up against the cool icy teeth of fall.

Breakfast cooked on a backpacking stove in the woods is better than any restaurant!

Steam rises from the pot, if only your could smell the bacon!

A little mandolin music with wilderness breakfast

A little mandolin music with wilderness breakfast

To me, there is no better time or place to retreat to the wilderness, to spend a few days living out of a tent.  It reinvigorates my creativity and passion for the outdoors when I can block off my calendar, get beyond the reach of cell signal, and just breathe.

Breakfast below the snowy Tetons is the perfect way to start a day.

It's August now, and I am looking forward to escaping into the quiet of the mountains to experience this again soon.  It's where my real work gets done.

Backpacking in the Colorado Wilderness

It has been unusually overcast and damp here in Denver for a few days. . .

and we are kind of spoiled with our 300 days of sunshine, so I am throwing it back to a more typical stretch of sunny autumn days on a backpacking trip in October.

Colorado's backcountry is so easy to access, and so infinite, that it makes shoots like this almost too easy.  It's still a feat to lug the camera gear necessary to make a shoot happen in the wilderness, but it's always worth the effort!

Adventure on the Rocks in Jackson, Wyoming

Snow is falling in Denver. . .

And I am chilling with my heeler puppy by a fire tonight, but I am dreaming of golden autumn in Wyoming. . . or the next snowshoe trip, or getting out on the brand news skis I just checked in for mounting. . .

Since moving west in 2015, I am still continually amazed by the number and quality of outdoor experiences at my fingertips!  Colorado constantly pushes me to reach for new experiences and to step out of my comfort zone, and in September, I pushed myself north into Wyoming to shake up my adventure photography, and push into new territory with respect to putting my work out there for editor's and art director's eyes.

While in Wyoming, I had the opportunity to shoot some talented climbers at some stunning locations including Corbett's Couloir at Jackson Hole Resort and Blacktail Butte in Grand Teton National Park.  Here are some of my favorite images from those two shoots!

Enjoy! Now, get outside and do something epic!

Mountain Biking in Golden, Colorado

Iranian Refugee looks to 2020 for Olympic Mountain Bike Dreams. . .

Thanksgiving morning, and it's still dark.  My car is loaded with cameras and lights, and I'm dressed like an alpine explorer.  I'm heading out to Golden, Colorado to meet with Sina Solouksaran, a mountain biking phenom originally from Iran.  Click his name to read about how he came to be exiled from his home country and forbidden from representing Iran on their national MTB team.  It's quite a story, and having had the opportunity to shoot with him, I can tell you that he's quite a rider too!

The trails at White Ranch were pretty deserted in the frigid pre-dawn darkness as Sina unloaded his bicycle, and I hooked up radio triggers and attached lights to clamps.  Snow flurries are falling, the wind is ripping across the ridges, and the sky beyond Denver is burning with emerging color.  It's perfect.  Here are my favorites from the morning. . .  I'll spare you the photos of the GIANT breakfast burritos we scarfed after the shoot!

Whitewater Kayaking on the Snake River, Jackson, Wyoming

Outdoor Adventure abounds in Jackson, Wyoming

In September, I had the opportunity to take a scenic six hour drive up to Jackson, Wyoming to spend the week shooting with some of the top outdoor adventure photographers and editors in the business.  I'll be sharing some of the images and stories from my Jackson adventure here.

Whitewater kayaking on the Snake River

In the pre-dawn darkness, we gathered in front of the Snow King Resort Hotel to board a bus to Jackson Hole Whitewater to spend the day on the river shooting some of Jackson's whitewater talent doing their thing on the rapids.  Outfitted with pfds and neoprene booties, we arrived at the put-in to golden morning sun filtering through the fog rising from the river.  It was perfection, and the day just got better as our guides shuttled us and our camera gear down the river.

Afternoon on the river

The fog burned off, and the guides graciously picked lines through the rapids that were least likely to splash too much water on our camera gear, but we got plenty wet regardless.  Shooting moving boats from a moving boat was no match for the Nikon 3-D autofocus feature, and as my memory cards filled up, I knew I was in for a hard edit!

A lunch break allowed us ample opportunities to shoot from the shore as the kayakers played in rapids nearby.  Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon.


Check back for more outdoor adventure. . . Camping, Climbing, Trail Running. . .

And if you're intrigued about how I got the opportunity to spend the week working with the likes of Corey Rich, Lucas Gilman, Bo Bridges, Bob Smith, Dave Black, Jen Edney, Ryan Taylor, Brad Smith, Scott Willson, and Ron Taniwaki, well check out Summit Workshops Adventure Photography Workshop.  The participants the workshop attracts are all pretty dang amazing photographers as well.  I am more than grateful to have met all of the ridiculously talented people who participated!