Belize Images Making the Rounds

by Fire Girl Jess on March 1, 2015

Orvis Pro email. Image from El Pescador, Belize.

Orvis Pro email. Image from El Pescador, Belize.

It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve wanted to stay busy and just not think too much. For the most part, it’s worked out. Somewhere in the run of Orvis work, Fire Girl work, and yoga I’ve managed to fit in a few snowshoeing hikes and stay (arguably) sane.

Finally booked tickets for a trip back home to Montana in mid-April. Heading over a week before the Orvis Guide Rendezvous for some photo assignments and a bit of time fishing the waters of my youth with my brother. My default reaction when things get tough  is to go to a river. And, with the decided lack of open water right now in Vermont my coping mechanism has gone all to hell. It helps at least to know a trip home is in the works.

After Bozeman, it’s over to Missoula for the Rendezvous and all that entails. My assignment this year is strictly behind the camera, which—simply put—makes this girl happy, Documentary photography all the way.

Featured image in Hatch Magazine email. El Pescador Lodge, Belize dock.

Featured image in Hatch Magazine email. El Pescador Lodge, Belize dock.

In other news, I’m excited to collaborate once more with Hatch Magazine, showcasing a series of single images. The first went out today, heading a Hatch email. At Orvis FGP photos continue to pop up in emails, catalogs, and on various walls throughout the office. I even landed a catalog cover (rather ironically, on a men’s catalog).

Keeping busy is keeping sane. We like sane.

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Russian-Style Thirsty Thursday

by Fire Girl Jess on February 26, 2015

Tundra 2AM, Russian style.

Tundra 2AM, Russian style.

With the help of Mi-8s, a job above the Arctic Circle in Russia, a team of fishing guides, and an extra shipment of sok, I managed to hijack Chi Wulff’s Thirsty Thursday post this week. Head on over and give it a read.

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Open Road

by Fire Girl Jess on February 24, 2015

Big spaces put it all into perspective. Missouri River front, Montana.

Big spaces put it all into perspective. Missouri River front, Montana.

Sometimes you just don’t need many words.

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Vermont Chronicles on Chi Wulff: The Hoth Update

by Fire Girl Jess on February 22, 2015

The Tetons in all their glory.

Sage, mountains, and good light. I need nothing else. The Tetons in all their glory.

The blog has been quiet this week; my apologies. Between writing an exorbitant amount at work (ah, copywriter life) and doing final work on a few pieces slated out in the coming months, the blog has been just chillin’.

To make up for it, I promise there will be a multitude of articles and photo essays out in magazines near you very soon. In the meantime, be sure to take a gander at the latest Vermont Chronicles over at Chi Wulff.

I’m busy lining up trips for the coming year—teaching both photography and fly-fishing on the Delaware River in early April (if you’re in the area, come visit!), heading to Montana later that month (I cannot begin to explain my excitement and happiness over a visit home), and then lining up some NE striper trips for May/June. Working on more trips later in the year. It’s mostly work travel—the camera will be close at hand, and the Moleskine in my pocket—but I am so damn ready for a trip.

So, here’s to the open road.

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Today’s Clips: American Angler and Orvis Social Media

by Fire Girl Jess on February 13, 2015

American Angler March/April 2015 issue.

American Angler March/April 2015 issue.

A more couple pieces made it into the big, bold world today. The first is a written feature investigating a potential copper mine along Montana’s renowned Smith River. (Investigative conservation/fisheries articles… somehow I always keep coming back to them!) Enter Australians, passionate locals, and a fishery well worth protecting, and it was a hell of a story to cram into a few pages. Thanks, as always, to everyone who helped bring this story to life.

FGP_Orvis_InstagramAlso had a photo pop onto the Orvis Instagram feed today from November’s assignment in Belize. Images form this shoot are coming to life in so many places right now. It’s exciting to the work utilized all over the place!

Hope everyone has a good weekend and ventures outside. We’re still in the far-below-freezing-and-still-snowing phase here, and it’s getting a wee bit old. Dreaming of summer, drift boats and wet wading.

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Chouinard Feature in the Big Sky Journal

by Fire Girl Jess on February 11, 2015

BSJ_Chouinard_tenkaraIt’s always a pleasure to work with a publication who can create a stunning layout and doesn’t do much editing to written pieces. I look forward to each piece I can craft with the stellar team at The Big Sky Journal for this reason—true professionals who put out a pretty damn fine publication.

It also helps I can catch up on Bozeman news throughout the editorial process.

It was so fun to craft this latest piece with them, and even better chasing the story. I was lucky enough to spend a week with the Patagonia team, led by the man himself—founder Yvon Chouinard—on a river in Idaho learning the fine art of tenkara. I photographed, took rampant notes, and even fished a bit (the fishing was good.) They were days to be remembered, and I’m very, very pleased to see them come to life in this feature for The Big Sky Journal’s 2015 fishing edition.

The scene-setter? Yvon and I sip tea while watching the sun rise over the Tetons and talk about Russian salmon fishing. (Again, a morning to remember.) Throughout the piece, Chouinard talks about tenkara, life, and business.

Check it out online, or wait for the print version!

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Talking Light on The Vermont Chronicles at Chi Wulff

by Fire Girl Jess on February 8, 2015

The infamous Ryabaga Camp stairs. Helicopters land at the helo pads on the top of the bluff; the camp rests below alongside the river. Ponoi River, Murmansk Oblast, Russia.

The infamous Ryabaga Camp stairs. Helicopters land at the helo pads on the top of the bluff; the camp rests below alongside the river. Ponoi River, Murmansk Oblast, Russia.

It’s only been up on the web for a few hours and is already generating commentary—check out what the fuss is about in this week’s Vermont Chronicles on Chi Wulff.

(Hint: think light and photography and awesome, inspiring places.)

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