Trent Davis Bailey at Anderson Ranch Arts Center for Aspen Sojourner Magazine

Recently I photographed Trent Davis Bailey, an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado for Aspen Sojourner Magazine. It was part of a feature piece on the ranch's 100th Anniversary. Trent's work is both beautiful and gritty at the same time. So happy to have spent the day with him!

Also, shot a portrait of ceramicist, Sam Harvey.

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Photo Field Trip

Earlier this week I unpacked a suitcase saturated with the smell of campfire, and bits and pieces of dried mud fell onto the floor;  leftover signs of summer camp, carried with me a thousand-plus miles from El Capitan Canyon in southern California where I attended a 4-day, 3-night, photo-nerd sleepover camp called Photo Field Trip last weekend.  

To sum up my experience in words presents a great challenge.  The setting was idyllic – canvas-walled tents, cozy cabins, yurts, camouflage tree bark, meandering dirt paths – "glamping," they call it.  I can't truly express the inspiration I got from classes with amazing and long-admired photographers such as Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, Leela Cyd, Anna Naphtali, Michael O'Neal and Paul Octavious, all who shared their unique take on capturing a still image.  Not to mention the 300+ incredibly creative folk that surrounded me, including one of my photography soul sisters, Greta Rybus.  We shared, we laughed, we talked, we learned, we clicked, we soaked it allllll in as much as we could.....including the rain that sprinkled upon us most of the weekend.

I left the experience feeling simultaneously overwhelmed and inspired – Ideas bursting at the seams of my brain, anxiously awaiting to be implemented!  This experience was just what my soul needed in order continue growing as a photographer and to challenge and stretch my creativity.  I'm pretty sure Field Trip was a huge success.  Until next year, #yeahfieldtrip!

All images © Rebecca Stumpf

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A Canoe Trip On the Gunnison River

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Recently I went on a two-day canoe trip down the Gunnison River in Colorado, and camped along the way.  It may appear as though there was actually no canoeing because I was a little too terrified to take my camera out of the dry bag while on the river (I lacked the waterproof casing that would have given me peace of mind given my lack of canoeing expertise).  Thankfully, that was the case, because I ended up being in the boat that tipped into the icy cold water, twice.  The dry-land shots are complete with canyon exploring, campsite cooking, and eating raspberries off our fingertips at the end of the trip.

Conifer, Colorado for Sunset Magazine

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Way back in July I did a shoot for Sunset Magazine. It was just a small little travel piece on Conifer, Colorado, but was quite the fun adventure, tooling around meeting the most genuine folks and seeing awesome, hidden mountain gems.  Not to mention, I got a personal tour by the head park ranger at Colorado's newest state park, Staunton State Park, which everyone nearby must check out!   If you find yourself at a bookstore, grab and copy and take a look – it's on newsstands now! 

Crested Butte in August

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August has been a full month – travels to the east coast (Maine), the west coast (Washington), and some places in between (South Dakota);  there were some photo shoots (a Scottish man, two kids, some fish, a pretty couple, a really fancy house, burgers, a state park);  there was a new partnership with Getty Global Assignments;  there was a move;  and to round it all off, there was a 4-day trip right here in my home state to Crested Butte, Colorado with some pals.  There, there was bacon, a birthday, an emerald lake, cards and cocktails, a 12,000-foot mountain ascent, and much more. 

Gettin' Fishy in the Northwest

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Last week, I found myself fishing for salmon off the coast of Washington.  With my camera in hand, I caught some fish, and took some photographs.  Justice, the boat crewman and fisherman extraordinaire, of Sea Breeze Charters, was a super good sport about letting me click away. And not to mention, talked me out of getting seasick!