American Angler Spring Edition

by Fire Girl Jess on May 1, 2016

AA_June_2016_Yvon_1AA_June_2016_Yvon_2American Angler was the first national magazine I worked with, and I’m lucky to still have a great working relationship with the publication. In the most recent issue of the fly-fishing publication, I was excited to see some familiar images in print.

This first image, the shot of Patagonia leader Yvon Chouinard tying on flies while fishing in Idaho. This was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting Yvon, and we found ourselves up with the dawn talking Atlantic salmon fishing (these things happen.)

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The next two full-page images were taken with old friend Jake Gates during a very cold day on the Madison River in Montana this past winter. Jake and I had both worked at Headhunters on the Missouri together, and teamed with his stray-come-fishing-dog Marley, have had several successful shoots together. On this particular day I was shooting underwater and split shots… not necessarily pleasant when the air temp is in the teens and the wind is whipping at 30+ miles an hour sustained.


The last shot was taken last spring on the Missouri with guides Ken Stock and Jake Hinshaw. It was a relaxed, lazy float day with everyone getting nice fish to hand. This shot was used to illustrate a high-stick nymphing article in the magazine.

More projects are ongoing and in the works… thanks everyone for the support!


Where Things Happen on a Big Scale

by Fire Girl Jess on April 19, 2016


“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but — well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In the end, it’s all about people, and place, and the big spaces in the far-off corners of the world. This image, made last spring in French Polynesia, was one of the candid moments I love so much to capture. We’d been wading the flats all day; everyone hot, tired, and slightly euphoric in that giddy way you get when you’re some place incredible and everything seems a bit surreal. It was a couple days in, and while the locals still weren’t quite sure what to think of these visitors who caught fish only to let them go, the walls were crumbling quickly. These are the moments when all the dots connect, and it turned into a hell of a week. The shot is rough, and a little ragged, but it’s how we were feeling at the moment — and despite all the nicely posed, planned images in the world, there’s no substitute for that rawness.

I’m in Texas for the rest of the month on varying assignments; looking forward to seeing some old friends and clients (often on in the same) and making new connections.


Spring and Social

by Fire Girl Jess on April 13, 2016

11959980_10154046033374827_2878279087652000168_nI’m sitting here, a hot cup of coffee at one elbow and a rather insistent (and damp) Border Collie nudging at my other with big, hopeful eyes. Outside, rain is dripping from the roof to the porch in a steady cascade and I have to pull myself away from watching it with a smile. Spring is here, and that’s my summer fishing water dripping to the ground. I’ve been up working since 5AM but, hell, it’s a good morning.

There are a lot of things in the works right now. I just returned from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous — look for a write-up to run on ChiWulff soon — and have a week here in Bozeman before I fly to Texas for two weeks for various projects and meetings. Busy is good. I don’t do well when I’m bored. Never have. But for this morning I’ll wade through email and enjoy watching the water make its journey downward.

It’s been fun to see some projects from last year resurface in various social media outlets over the past few days. The trip to French Polynesia with Costa del Mar and the IndiFly Foundation still remains one of my favorite shoots to date, and both The Fly Fish Journal and Costa have been using a few of the images in their social media outlets this week.

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Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 1.22.52 PMAs a kid, I would pour over the most recent issue of Outside Magazine, dreaming about global adventure, climbing huge mountains, and rafting the big rivers of the world. Fast forward now, to age 28, and I’m lucky enough to see some corners of the world I’d only ever seen on maps (and maybe not, even then).

I’ve been thrilled to work with the fantastic editorial team at Outside Online to put together a short story and photo essay featuring my most recent trip — a fly-fishing expedition to Samoa. It was a rough trip — sometimes things don’t come together as planned — but we made the most of it.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!


Field Report: Samoa

by Fire Girl Jess on March 31, 2016


Just back from a shoot in Samoa… think extreme heat, lots of jungle, little boats, and big ocean. Most of the shots are being held back for clients — you’ll be seeing them soon — but here are a few that have made the rounds on social media in the past week.

Reconnoitering in Bozeman for a few days, then off to Missoula for the Orvis Guide Rendezvous the 5-10, and then in Texas for various projects for the last two weeks of the month. Stay tuned for more!



JosephSome places get in your blood and just won’t leave. When I was at Belize’s El Pescador Lodge a few years ago on an assignment with Orvis, I knew it was a place I wanted to return to. I’m thrilled to announce it’s happening — and I want to bring a few of you with me!

Teaming with Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and fellow professional fishing photographers Bryan Gregson and Jim Klug, we’ll be hosting an On-the-Water Photography Workshop at El Pescador October 22-28, 2015. Three instructors means individual attention and help in the field, and we have quite the curriculum set up — photography excursions in the area, including a catamaran day to trip swim with tarpon, “urban” photography in the nearby town of San Pedro, and plenty of fishing photography. Oh, and three days of guided fishing.

This course is for everyone! Whether you just purchased your first, basic camera or are a seasoned amateur looking to up your game, we’re here to help. And to have a little fun. Come prepared to learn, shoot, swim, and fish. The cost is all-inclusive (details below) at $3,995 — this includes lodging, food and fishing.

McGlothlin_El_Pescador_2015-8School Itinerary and Daily Schedule:
• October 22 – All participants arrive in Belize and transfer to El Pescador.  Evening one-hour intro class in main villa followed by welcome reception.
• October 23 – Full day of guided fishing (two anglers per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
• October 24 – Non-fishing day – Trip into town of San Pedro and other Ambergris area sites for field work and classes. Afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
• October 25 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
• October 26 – Full day of guided fishing (two per boat) followed by afternoon class / instruction block in main villa.
• October 27 – Full day catamaran trip and photo safari to Hol Chan, Shark-Ray Alley and Caye Caulker
• October 28 – Departure day (morning) for all participants and flight back to U.S. / home city.

Curriculum and Instruction Included in Workshop:
• Creative composition for outdoor photographers
• Effectively using circular polarizers and ND filters
• Underwater photography: equipment and techniques
• Night photography: stars and light painting
• Proper fish handling techniques and shooting great “hero” shots
• Packing and travel advice for outdoor photographers
• Recommended “kit” and equipment lists for fishing photographers
• Sunrise and sunset shooting techniques
• Travel photography: Food, fishing, people, places and things
• File handling: downloading, labeling, editing and organizing
• Social media techniques for the independent outdoor photographer
• Nighttime photo walks
• Daily (evening) photo critique for all participants

McGlothlin_El_Pescador_2015-5Photo Workshop Package Includes:
• Six nights of double occupancy lodging at El Pescador (single room upgrades available for an additional $600.00 per person)
• All meals at lodge
• In-country transfer flights from Belize City to Ambergris Caye
• All transfers to and from lodge
• Open bar tab (local beer, liquors and soda)
• Three full days of guides fishing (two anglers per boat)
• Two full days of photo excursions including trips to Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark-Ray Alley, Caye Caulker and San Pedro)
• Daily classes, seminars and photo instruction for all five days
• Use of fishing equipment (if needed)
• All taxes and service charges
• Participant gift bag

Package Does Not Include:
• Airfare to Belize City
• Gratuities for fishing guides and lodge staff
• Single supplement upgrades (if desired)
• Personal camera equipment
• Additional fishing equipment (other than rods and reels)

You can find more information here. I’m about to be out of the country and off the grid for an assignment for ten days, but feel free to email (firegirlphotography (at) me (dot) com) for more info, or call the Yellow Dog office at 888-777-5060.



Expedition: Samoa

by Fire Girl Jess on March 10, 2016


Prepping for a return to the South Pacific in ten days… going a bit off the map in search of fish and adventure. Thrilled to have some awesome clients — new and old — on board with this shoot; look for images and stories to be coming your way in the months to come!

This shot was taken last May while on assignment with Costa Sunglasses on a small atoll in French Polynesia.