3.18.19 : avalanche rescue dog training

It’s been a long time since I published a blog post on my photo site (most of my time and energy for blogging has gone into another website dedicated to adventures while traveling with my husband… www.travelingtuttles.com )

My husband and I are now happily settled in Donnelly, Idaho, where we recently built our own house just minutes from Tamarack Ski Resort. My husband Christian is a ski patroller there and yesterday I had the opportunity to get buried in a dog hole to be found by an avalanche dog-in-training. It was an absolute blast and as a huge bonus I had brought my camera along to see if I could get some decent photographs.

Below you’ll see a small gallery of photos from the experience. I’m looking forward to having my camera out and about with me more often from now on, so stay tuned!

life with the lights.

It's been a long long time since I've posted anything on here. I've been far too busy with my side projects (Campbulance and now unfolding, Traveling Tuttles!)

However, with a little scheduling finesse and good timing on both our parts, myself and old college-buddy-turned-illustrator Austin Light, managed to put into motion a plan for a very special family photo shoot.

I'm not much for traditional portraits of any type (family, engagement, senior, etc), so when Austin and I came up with this idea years ago, it was with the understanding that there'd be no posing, no fancy skin-smoothing filters and no photoshopping of scratches, snot bubbles or the like. A pure photojournalistic approach was my aim, so when he flew me out to Charlotte to stay with his family, I became a sort of massive unapologetic fly on the wall with a camera at the ready to capture every moment, good and bad.

What resulted was by far some of the most authentic series of family photos I've ever shot. (The documentation of my sister's brain surgery and recovery will always take the cake in that arena.)

Below is a sampling (that has taken me weeks to pair down to) of photos from that weekend. (All in all, I ended up with a total of 625 edited photos from the original 2347 taken.)


how many raft guides does it take…

Yesterday I lucked into getting off work just in time to get a phone call from Christian informing me that a boat had wrapped around a rock at one of the spots I regularly shoot. The ordeal lasted over three hours and involved several different plans and attempts at pulling the raft from its firmly secured spot around the rock. No one was harmed and the guests in the initial raft were able to switch into another raft and finish their trip nearly uninterrupted. I think when all was said and done, I counted a total of at least 12 guides actively involved in the rescue of the boat.