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.

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!