Some portraits I shot of the National Brotherhood of Skiers made their way into the December issue of Outside.
As the largest assemblage of black skiers and snowboarders across the United States, the NBS has been getting together annually, for both business and pleasure, since its first trip to Aspen in 1973.
For this assignment I flew out to Lake Tahoe, stuffing as much small photo gear into my ski bag as I could (alongside skis, ski boots, etc). Each morning by 6am I would be walking through the casino at the Hard Rock Hotel in South Lake Tahoe with my rolling ski bag full of photo gear. I’d set up a makeshift studio in the middle of the hallway with a backdrop, speed lights, light modifiers, etc, and then photograph whoever I could from the NBS before they went skiing for the day — then tear everything down again by 8am so I could get out on the snow too.
My portraits can be seen on the last page of ‘First Tracks’ featuring the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Also, check out this short film by Wild Confluence Media & REI about the National Brotherhood of Skiers’ history.