mifa_seal.phpRodeo has always been close to home. I spent a lot of time on horses growing up, and one long summer learning how to rope. (I’m still sub-par at it, but it’s damn fun.) Having taken a step back from an earlier career in the equestrian industry, I now enjoy rodeos through the lens of a camera, trying to capture those hidden moments beneath all the “glory shots.”

Apparently it works. A rodeo series featuring the Montana High School Rodeo Finals several years back just took home a Category Award winner at the Moscow International Foto Awards. The series took home a both a subcategory and then an overall category win in the Professional category, and I can’t be more thrilled to see these shots get the attention. It’s not the first time they’ve been in the spotlight… several years ago after a feature photo essay in American Cowboy, the images received note in a popular international photography critique publication. The series will be part of a gallery show in Moscow this year, hopefully bringing a bit of the West to a new land.

Several other photo series received an Honorable Mention, including work from a French Polynesia shoot for Costa del Mar, a few images from a recent shoot in Cuba for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, and a personal project shot on Russia’s Ponoi River.

And, yes, I still miss being in the saddle.



Summer is officially here, and I’m getting quite a few inquiries about photography instruction. Here we are, folks — two on-the-water photograph workshops at the end of the summer. I’m happy to be working with The Tackle Shop in Ennis for these workshops, and hope to see some of you there!

Here’s the down-low:


  • Women’s Workshop: Saturday, August 20
  • Co-Ed Workshop: Saturday, September 3 (Ennis Fly Fishing Festival weekend)


  • $500 – includes day of guided fishing, photography instruction, swag bag and all meals


  • Guided day of fishing and all terminal tackle
  • Photo instruction
  • Swag bag with hat, Buff, and other goodies
  • Light breakfast, river lunch, and BBQ dinner

Bring with You

  • Camera (or iPhone)
  • Personal fishing gear, if desired
  • Sunscreen / lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain jacket

The Team

Jess McGlothlin, Jess McGlothlin Media
Jess McGlothlin is happiest on the road in the weird, far-off corners of the world. Currently based in Bozeman, Montana, she sees her mission as a simple one: tell stories. Working as a freelance photographer and writer in the outdoor industry, while on assignment in the past year she’s learned how to throw spears at coconuts in French Polynesia, dodge saltwater crocodiles in Cuba, and eat all manner of unidentifiable food. See more of her work and a client list at Jess McGlothlin Media.

The Tackle Shop, Ennis, Montana
The Tackle Shop is located in Ennis, Montana, on the banks of the Madison River. You will find us on Main Street right under the large metal fly on our roof. We have been doing business in the same location for 79 years and proudly claim the honor of being Montana’s oldest fly shop, a madison River Original. We have worked to develop a reputation as providing the best guides on the Madison, gear, apparel and an impressive fly selection. The Tackle shop has earned the coveted Orvis Endorsed Outfitter designation for the Madison river. Stop by you will see why we are called the friendly fly shop.

For booking call The Tackle Shop at 406-682-4263, or email me [firegirlphotography (at) me (dot) com] with any questions!


Work for Costa Sunglasses

by Fire Girl Jess on June 16, 2016

Costa1More work surfacing from a recent French Polynesia shoot with Costa Sunglasses and the IndiFly Foundation. This was one of the more incredible shoots I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of — awesome people, phenomenal location, and just the right amount of unexpected adventure. It’s a pleasure to see these assets continue to roll out in emails, website, and social media.




American Angler Magazine Images

by Fire Girl Jess on June 12, 2016


It’s always a pleasure to work in ongoing relationships with magazines, and American Angler has been a client for a long, long time. This past issue features an image of anglers Oliver White and Matt Shilling changing out fly lines after a French Polynesian coral reef chewed through several the previous day — one of many taken during a fantastic assignment last spring. The other is an underwater shot of running salmon in the Bristol Bay region… the result of standing in icy water for an hour waiting for the fish to pattern in the water nicely.

As always, thanks to the editors I work with who are willing to dig through images and words with me, and thanks to the incredible anglers and adventurers who let me tag along for the ride!



Reflection on Memorial Day

by Fire Girl Jess on May 30, 2016


It’s Memorial Day. Put down the computer. Turn off the TV. Step away from the beer and BBQ. And take a moment to remember those who fought to give you the freedom to have days like today.

Image: Calm before the storm: night training simulation at Fort Leonard Wood.


Loon Ambassador Team

by Fire Girl Jess on May 24, 2016

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I’m always keen to partner with innovative companies that make a product I believe in. I’ve bene using Loon Outdoors products for years, and have just joined their Ambassador team. Loon makes those necessary products sometimes overlooked on the water — floatants, sinkets, line and gear care, fly tying supplies, and many other necessities. This is an exciting partnership, and I’m happy to begin working with the Loon team!

Check out the Loon Ambassador team, and check out some of Loon’s goodies while you’re on the site!


Gear Talk: Aquatech Imaging Solutions

by Fire Girl Jess on May 14, 2016

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Quality gear makes every assignment possible. Without cameras (and memory cards, batteries, tripods, lenses, straps, lighting systems, and so many other things) and  I know I can depend on, the job doesn’t get done (or it gets a hell of a lot more challenging.

Last year I got into an AquaTech Imaging Systems underwater housing, and in the twelve months we’ve known each other we’ve logged a few miles… from French Polynesia to Vermont to Alaska to Montana to Cuba, then back down to the South Pacific to Samoa. Needless to say that little housing and its Pelican case deserve a passport of their own.

Images from the recent Samoa shoot are going to a host of clients, and have already run in Outside, but it was fun to share the story with the guys at AquaTech and then see them share it with their audience.