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David Clifford with X-Games Gold Medalist Gretchen Bleiler

I am a commercial & editorial photographer based in Aspen & Denver CO.

I've been lucky enough to travel the world and document some of the best climbers and runners in the world. As the Photo Editor at Rock & Ice Magazine as well as Trail Runner Magazine I have forged life long relationships with many talented people. I enjoy spending time with creative and gifted athletes in amazing locations.

I have been selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist, an America 24-7 photographer, a PDN Outdoor finalist and a Maggy award for Photo Editing at Rock & Ice Magazine.

I've been a life long photographer and count myself lucky to have so many friends in the industry. I've also spent the last 2 decades on the cutting edge and have mentored a half dozen of the best outdoor photographers on the planet. It's been both a blessing and a curse I relish. There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting that next great image or sharing it with friends and fellow aperture junkies.
When I am not behind the lens I spend time with my wife Rixt and 3 kids, Miles & Sasha (twins) and the new little man Hayden. When I am not spending time with my family I can be found skiing, mountain biking, climbing, trail running or searching for the coolest vintage motorcycle around.

I also lead the Rock & Ice Magazine Photo Camps every June and teach photography workshops at the Telluride Photo Festival every fall.




Rick Lohre is a highly sought after commercial & aerial photographer specializing in all things active. As an over the top creative, he loves to get down and dirty to produce exceptional imagery. Whether the shot calls for hanging out the side of a helicopter to get the perfect angle on a downhill freeride or capturing an edgy portrait of an elite athlete, you can count on Rick to produce photos that tell the story.

From advertorial style campaigns for small business to high production commercial shoots for Fortune 500 companies, photography has taken him around the world a few times. His passion for 'capturing the moment' can be seen in every image he creates.

Having worked at Procter & Gamble for 11 years in New Business Development, Rick has a unique insight to the advertising and corporate world of big brands and creative marketing. He understands the pressures of deadlines as well as the importance of brand image.

Some may call him a caffeine ampped Boy Scout who has watched a little too much MacGyver. With an endless stream of energy and a reputation being beyond prepared for every bump in the road he lives by the motto 'I will either find a way or make one'. His job is to capture energetic, stylistically bold and exceptional imagery all while having fun AND making his clients job easy.

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Derek Johnston
Derek Johnston working with the 4x5 on the north ridge of Blanca Peak, 14,345

Derek Johnston is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Professional Photography at Colorado Mountain College. His fine art landscape work has been exhibited across the country including at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. He has been honored with a Colorado Council on the Arts Grant in Visual Arts and is included in the critically acclaimed anthology, Photography's Multiple Roles: Art, Market, Document, Science, published
by the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Derek matured as a photographer in the age of film and on certain portfolios still uses traditional photographic processes. With his fourteener project, Derek took on the arduous task of photographing all of Colorado's fourteen thousand foot peaks. This work was produced primarily with a 4x5 view camera and black and white film. A sense of idealism and commitment to revealing more than just the geography of these majestic mountains resulted in over 15 years of climbing and photographing. Working in all seasons with extremely variable weather conditions, Derek has spent countless days upon end in high places waiting for the perfect combinations of light and weather.



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