Fall News and Summer Summary

Trail running near Grindelwald, SwitzerlandAll New Website

Our big news is that we have launched an all new website, with new Portfolios and Project Galleries. In the past, our portfolio was kept to a minimum, but now thanks to a new layout we can showcase a lot more images from 15 years of shooting. You’re already on the site, but the official landing page is here. The project was scheduled for the winter, but with the European summer a no show – we got it all finalized way ahead of schedule. Which brings me to our next topic…

Rain

The 2014 summer season in the Alps was, to put it mildly, a disappointment. 8 weeks of nearly continuous rain had us scrambling with re-schedules, cancellations and entirely new strategies to get our work done. In the end, as it always does, things worked out. One of the main brands we work with, Outdoor Research, was pretty thrilled with the results – after all, a brand like OR makes gear for exactly what we had to deal with. In the end, we shot a lot of much needed wet, moody weather images. Also on the positive side, with all the rain we were able to run more than we have in years – running isn’t so bad in the pouring rain….

No one photo better represents how it looked here most of the summer. But, we got out! Here Ueli Steck and I running from our home in Interlaken (below) up to Grindelwald.

No one photo better represents how it looked here most of the summer. But, we got out! Here Ueli Steck and I running from our home in Interlaken (below) up to Grindelwald.

Brendan Leonard rapping into a very unfriendly gulley during a descent in the Sciora group, Switzerland. And yes, it's raining...

Brendan Leonard rapping into a very unfriendly gulley during a descent in the Sciora group, Switzerland. And yes, it’s raining…

Janine and Simon on the move in the Sciora group, Val Bregaglia, Switzerland.

Janine and Simon on the move in the Sciora group, Val Bregaglia, Switzerland.

Moody weather, and lots of it. Riding the Passo Tremola, or Gotthard Pass - a cobbled, beast of a pass in Switzerland.

Moody weather, and lots of it. Riding the Passo Tremola, or Gotthard Pass – a cobbled, beast of a pass in Switzerland.

Commercial and Editorial Assignments

For the third straight year, our friend Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, joined us for a month of editorial assignments and general mountain fun. This year Hilary Oliver came along as well, Hilary runs The Gription and the Outdoor Research Verticulture site. Together we did several trips for editorial assignments – all coming soon.

On the commercial side of things, the season was full of our usual work for different outdoor industry brands; Outdoor Research, Optimus, Suunto, Hydrapak, Deuter and many more.

The Hardergrat

The Hardergrat

Trail running in the Alpstein, Switzerland

Trail running in the Alpstein, Switzerland

Simon climbing the Rosenlauistock, Engelhörner, Switzerland

Simon climbing the Rosenlauistock, Engelhörner, Switzerland

Evening session outside the Sciora Hut, Switzerland

Evening session outside the Sciora Hut, Switzerland

Brendan and I were getting ready to begin descending our route when suddenly, there was an explosion next to us. Rock......!

Brendan and I were getting ready to begin descending our route when suddenly, there was an explosion next to us. Rock……!

Janine and I on what we called, "Date Night", Patitucci style. Up beneath the Jungfrau, with the Eiger in the background, Switzerland.

Janine and I on what we called, “Date Night”, Patitucci style. Up beneath the Jungfrau, with the Eiger in the background, Switzerland.

Introducing Simon Duverney

When we started photographing work for Outdoor Research, they introduced us to their EU athletes. Simon Duverney is a French pro climber and mountain guide. He also has a degree in outdoor industry gear engineering. He’s an all around stud and also happens to be about the nicest guy I have ever met. Trips with Simon include huge amounts of motivation, productivity and laughter. Not only is Simon featured in a lot of our images now, he has also become one of our best friends. Simon will be joining us for several projects in 2015. And, if you have need of a Mountain Guide, Simon’s site is AltiPlanet.

Simon Duverney! And this was his crazy idea, which I think he really enjoyed.

Simon Duverney! And this was his crazy idea, which I think he really enjoyed.

2014 Mountain Sport Photo Workshop

Once again, for the third year, our Mountain Sport Photo Workshop was a big success. Guests interested in making photography a career came from as far away as the US to enjoy a three day workshop in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The workshop is hosted by our friends at Viewfinder Center for Photography and will be offered again in 2015. If you are interested in attending, feel free to contact us for more info.

Janine on modeling duty at our Mountain Sport Photo Workshop

Janine on modeling duty at our Mountain Sport Photo Workshop

What’s Next

We’re about to head to the Dolomites for a big commercial cycling shoot for a new brand we’re excited to be working with. Then we’re off to Kalymnos, Greece for a few weeks of, uhm, hmm… holiday. But also, some work! Then winter… skiing, likely some travel both east and west, and some much, much needed Swiss language lessons. Have a great fall!  …..Dan & Janine

Have a great fall and early winter - thanks for reading!

Have a great fall and early winter – thanks for reading!

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