I moved to Colorado after that blissfully tough time on the Appalachian Trail. It was still summer, hot along the Front Range, and sunny with a slight chill in the mountains. When it got too hot down in the 5,000 ft zone, we set off to visit some of our favorite spots. . . Mount Evans, Loveland Pass, Hoosier Pass. . . I knew I needed to be shooting for my outdoor adventure portfolio. I had even had the most amazing four hour conversation/brain picking session with one of my most admired commercial photographers, the very generous, Chip Kalback, when I was in Denver in July, so I KNEW what I needed to be doing, and I KNEW what to do with that work once I had created it.
I shot some nice nature work, some of which you can find for sale at Magnuson Photographic, where my husband, Jeff, and I sell some of our work. I could not seem to bring myself to actually shoot for my portfolio. I was paralyzed. Fear of failure? Fear of success? The old "not good enough" belief creeping in?
I was creating a lot. . . of excuses. I don't know who to get to model. The weather is bad today. It's too windy. What if they ask for a permit, even though I'm only shooting for myself? I need someone else to assist. Too short notice. The light is bad. My batteries are all dead. I should quit. I suck at this. I should just get a job. What if I just see if I can get my medical history past a police department out here, and I go back to law enforcement. I was really good at that. I think I'll just concentrate on doing really awesome headshots for people!
Next thing I knew it's March, and I had shot literally two portfolio photos, both of Jeff, and both on a hike we did in September. I finally called bullshit on myself. I booked a date in the studio share I joined, and I packed up the car with tons of gear, clothing, Jeff's Specialized Roubaix Pro, and my photo equipment. I was going to start with SOMETHING!
So here it is! The beginning of my commercial outdoor adventure portfolio! My model is a member of the winning Race Across the West 2011 Four Man Team RAAM. He's an accomplished ultra-cyclist, and long distance backpacker. He's my lighting assistant, my husband, and my greatest cheerleader. I think he rocked this!