About me

I grew up watching our family adventures as slide shows in dark living rooms on an ancient slide projector against a white wall. We never had much money but we camped and traveled as much as we could and my dad captured it all on film. 

While I can no longer remember when I got my first camera, I know that it wasn't long before my laptop was running out of space with hundreds of point and shoot photos. I loved capturing life's adventures  and creating stories to share. 

Eventually smart phones became good enough to take decent photos, so I left the consumer camera at home and traveled the world with my Samsung Galaxy S3 sharing my stories on Instagram. As I gained a following and began dabbling in the world of travel bloggers and influencers, I recognized the value of producing better photos than my phone could manage.

The first DSLR I ever purchased was a Nikon D3300 in 2015. This camera traveled all over Europe with me and captured some of my favorite memories. The history and natural beauty of Europe is astounding. 

After a few years trying new lenses and growing in my skills I decided to upgrade to a Nikon D810 and start self teaching through YouTube  to improve my skills. Over time I switched cameras more times than I can count and have eventually concluded that while a high quality camera is necessary for excellent photos, there are many  of them out there and one isn't necessarily superior to another. For the past two year I have primarily shot with a Sony a7r II and occasionally used a Fujifilm xt-2. 

While traveling will always be a part of my life, what really drives me is capturing certain conditions in nature such as extreme weather or discovering and sharing a completely different perspective on a popular landmark.  Backpacking has also become a new obsession after going on my first 7 backpacking trips in 2018. This year I've been on just as many if not more and covered many more miles.

I value authenticity in photography. For me that means capturing the feeling of the moment even if the colors and lighting of my final edit aren't exactly identical to what I saw. Often the grip of a cold breeze or a kiss of sunlight around a fluffy cloud can totally change the feeling of a scene. Simply copying the exact lighting of the scene doesn't translate this feeling. Thus I try to edit my photos to portray the feeling I felt at the time of the shoot. 

When shooting people, I prefer to use natural lighting. Having never been studio trained, a skill I would love to gain one day, my passion is capturing natural beauty in the best possible natural lighting. 

If you like what you see on my site I'd love to link up. Feel free to purchase any of these photos for your own home decor. I have prints and canvases all over my home and most of them are available for purchase here. If you are an avid outdoors adventurer and want to join me on an adventure, shoot me an email or connect on Instagram. I don't do free photo shoots but I do love to camp, hike, and spend time outdoors with other like minded people and would never want to charge for that. Sometimes I even take a few photos along the way.

If you want to collaborate on a project, need another photographer for your own work or brand, or want me to do a photo shoot, connect below through my social media links or email. Looking forward to hearing from you! Happy trails!


For rates and projects please email me at Jeltown@gmail.com

Follow my latest work on VERO @FarOut

I occasionally post short clips of m adventures on TikTok @VentureFarOut

You can also check me out on Twitter @VentureFarOut

I do still occasionally post to my old Instagram @Jeltown

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