Last winter I went on an extended climbing/surf trip across the states to California, down to Baja Mexico and then back north all the way to British Columbia.
Along the way I had the privialege to travel with some amazing friends who also happen to be amazing photographers in their own right.
In the past I have usually been the sole photographer on the trip which tends to lead to me getting some amazing photos of anyone and everyone I am with at the time, leaving everyone coming away from the trip with some great times in their memories and usually some great photos to refresh those moments they might later forget. The problem I always encounter looking back on trips and the photos I took is; I usually find myself let wishing I had taken a few more photos of myself, or had someone else capture me having fun on those adventures as well.
So this time I made sure I only invited photographers on the trip so I could be selfish and get great shots of myself... ok maybe it was a little less of a conscious decision and a whole lot less self fulling. In fact the friends that accompanied me on the trip all came along or were met on the trip having nothing to do with photography.
Thankfully all my not so thought about plans came through and my friends captured some amazing photos of both the trip and me.
Warren Hrycun; warren.photography
I met Warren years ago through the photo industry in Toronto. We quickly bonded over our love for the outdoors and for carrying big heavy film cameras around on canoe and hiking trips! When I mentioned to Warren I was heading south for the winter and was looking for someone to drive down with he was instantly on board. 48 hours of straight driving through bitter cold, a blown transmission, and a couple snowstorms in the desert and we finally arrived in California, Warren no less stoked to be there. I couldnt have asked for a more patient dude to spent the first two weeks on the trip with, not to mention hes a rad vegatarian cook and packs a pretty awesome taste in music (road trip essentials as far as I'm concerned). Heres a little gallery of some of the images Warren captured on the trip.
Jennifer Morgan; www.jennifermorganphotography.com
Jennifer is from Ohio and Photographs weddings professionally while using every ounce of free time to go climbing across the states. Check out her awesome photo journal here!
I met Jennifer down in Red Rock Canyon Nevada on a climbing trip I did with a friend. She was camping in the same camp ground and was looking for a climbing partner before her friend was set to arrive in a couple of days. Of course we instantly discovered we were both photographers escaping the eastern winter and would spend nights around the fire discussing photography while our friends were trying to figure out what routes they wanted to climb the next day. Jennifer and her friend Alison ended up having the same travel plans as I did and we ended up connecting in Joshua Tree a week after meeting in Nevada. She captured some awesome photos of me bouldering in J Tree!
Mackenzie Duncan; www.mackenzineduncan.com
Mackenzie and I had been crossing paths in Toronto for years before we finally connected last winter when he asked me if I wanted to go do some cold weather surfing. I was set to leave for California and Mexico two days after he messaged me about the surf trip so I invited him to fly down and head to mexico with me instead. You can read that full story here!
Mackenzie has become one of my closest friends over the past year and actually lived in my van down in LA for the summer while I was away working. Hes also happens to be a man of all trades, having started a NGO in his early twenties, he also runs an online furniture company and shoots fashion and lifestyle photography down in Los Angeles.