The Mighty ‘Mo Featured in Fieldsports UK

by Fire Girl Jess on March 29, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 9.25.57 AMAs much as I love those publications and clients I’ve been working with for years, there’s always a little thrill that comes from a new collaboration. Working with new editors, new layout designs, and a new voice is always challenging, exciting, and just plain fun. And there’s something extra enjoyable when it’s a truly international outlet.

COVER APRIL MAYSo it was a true pleasure to bring a place dear to my heart—Montana’s Missouri River—to a UK audience in the latest issue of Fieldsports magazine. The feature includes a host of images, mostly captured during my season documenting life on the river, and a written essay that, so far, is getting some pretty awesome feedback. (Huge thanks to those of you have who provided said feedback.)

They say it’s far easier to tell a story you’ve lived, to talk of places you’ve seen and things you’ve experienced firsthand. I’d push it a step further and say you can’t write—really write—without experiencing something. Research can only take you so far, and at some point you’ve got to be throwing that streamer, rowing that Adipose skiff, running those shuttles, dodging that hail. And then you can write the hell out of it.

And it’s freaking fun.

Huge thanks to the editorial staff at Fieldsports for making this such an enjoyable collaboration. Already looking forward to the next project. And thanks to everyone—in Montana, the UK, and everywhere in between—who actually reads the words, looks into the photos, and provides thoughtful feedback. You guys make it all worthwhile.

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New Commercial Work and Project Prep

by Fire Girl Jess on March 23, 2015

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An email from Orvis—leading with a Fire Girl image.

Sometimes when we’re waiting on something we get impatient and the days seem to blur together. I’m in that mode right now… mid-April brings the start of a busy few months of assignments, and I’m in prep / plan / production mode right now. After a flurry that lasted a few weeks, plans are pretty well laid out, logistics in place and I’m just damned edgy.

Some people aren’t meant to stay in one place for very long, I reckon. I’ve never done well sitting still. Give me action. Give me work. Give me a camera and an open horizon.

Storytelling copy for Orvis.

Storytelling copy for Orvis.

And so I plan, work like a maniac in the hours between, and pace my apartment, staring at the skating rink that is my parking lot and cursing temperatures that still aren’t topping out above freezing. A good friend sent me a picture from home country today—Montana’s mighty Missouri River, in fact—and it was green. That wicked green that’s so bright you think you’re eyes can’t really be reading it right. The boys were still swathed in layers; waders and fleece and jackets, but you know spring is coming. Color has arrived in full force, and there’s water to be rowed.

I’ll post a schedule soon about where I’ll be in the coming few months, and the projects that are taking me around and about. There’s some good stuff cooking, and I’m excited to see it come together.

In the meantime, more and more assets from the Orvis shoot last November in Belize are being used—every day I see another Fire Girl image on the website, in an email, in a catalog. More copy pops up; another story told. That’s the best part—the stories being told. Whether with words or with images, it’s those stories that make it all worthwhile in the end, that keep me pacing this damn apartment. It’s a big, big world out there.

So here’s to telling stories, and living them.

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Orvis Catalog Cover

by Fire Girl Jess on March 16, 2015

IMG_5416Excited to see that, after muddling through months of images in Orvis emails, on the web, and in catalogs, I’ve finally made it onto the cover. Ironically, the cover of a men’s catalog (not the fishing book), but as the circulation is larger than the fishing book I’ll roll with it. Hey, something new, right?

The cover shot is looking down from the Temple of the Sun God, at the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha not all that far from Belize City. Our small advance team was scouting locations for the fashion shoot this day, and IMG_5415I couldn’t resist a little hike to the top. Something awesome about looking out over the tropic forest and wondering what lies within.

Huge thanks to the creative folks at Orvis for putting all these assets together. Inside, you can read a fantastic story from Ali at El Pescador Lodge which I was also able to shoot the images for. And that inside cover shot of the two models looking at the map? I try to stay away from posed model photography, but if they are actually doing something, well, fire away.

More clips to come; this campaign is everywhere right now, from the Orvis home page to an email series to several catalogs. Nice to dream of tropical places when it’s still cold and grey out!

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On-the-Water Photography Tips

by Fire Girl Jess on March 15, 2015

 There are still images to be made in the monotone seasons. For this early spring shot in central Montana, I looked for strong lines leading into the frame. Composition is key.


There are still images to be made in the monotone seasons. For this early spring shot in central Montana, I looked for strong lines leading into the frame. Composition is key.

The Ides of March. Slowly, oh-so-slowly, we are meandering toward spring. Someday we’ll be wet wading, wearing tee shirts, and throwing dry flies. And photographing something with color (novel concept right now, as the world is rather black, brown and white.)

This week on The Vermont Chronicles we talk about three basic tenets of waterside photography—really, any photography—and how to make the most of your photo opportunities this fishing season. We’ve all got quite a job cut out for us; how do we capture the awesomeness of the outdoors in pixels? How do we bring the horizon into the camera?

Head on over to Chi Wulff for a few tips and tricks.

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The Grand Slam Bar

by Fire Girl Jess on March 12, 2015

CWTT12Mar_V1Managed to sneak another Thirsty Thursday post through the lineup on Chi Wulff. Reminiscing about Belize, Belikins, and photo shoot schedules.

You know the routine. Give ‘er a read, ladies and gents.

In other news, planning a string of photo shoots back home in Montana next month. (Looking forward to catching up with some of you while I’m around!) Juggling releases of new articles in the US and the UK. And rejoicing that temperatures in Vermont have crested the freezing point (for now, at least.)

It’s the little things in life.

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CW Vermont Chronicles: The Joy of Projects

by Fire Girl Jess on March 8, 2015

Dirt roads lead to the best places. Southwest Montana.

Dirt roads lead to the best places. Southwest Montana.

Talking about projects, prospects, work, and process today on Chi Wulff.

(And maybe explaining all those doodles, maps, and lists that happen on the makeshift whiteboard surface of my fridge on the nights I can’t sleep.)

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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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