Skiing with the Kids

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After climbing Vermont’s General Stark Mountain (home of Mad River Glen ski area), we opted for a quick family photo before setting off on a very fun descent down Mad River Glen’s northeast facing trail network. Despite the dearth of snow here in Vermont this season, there is still top to bottom skiing at Mad River Glen right now. Our girls (Maiana, 3 yrs, and Lenora, 8 mos) ride on our backs when we climb mountains and ski, often sleeping for 1-2 hours during our climb, and then waking in time to enjoy the thrill of gravity with us on the way down.

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A Big Milestone

We reached a big milestone today… Our Lil’ Maiana is now three months old and Emily has rocked through her “fourth trimester” in great form. We are all in great health, enjoying loads of fresh air and fun adventures daily together. Brian is taking to fatherhood naturally and easily. And Maiana is springing to life in so many wonderful ways.

Thanks to all our friends and families and neighbors for your amazing support! Below are a few recent images to share. Stay tuned and check out our EmberPhoto Facebook page for more.

Here’s to another lifetime of adventure…

-Brian, Emily and Lil’ Maiana

Emily rakes for quahogs in early May while Maiana sleeps peacefully in our trusty chest pouch…

Maiana just taking it all in…

Brian’s sister, Lindsay, takes a break from work to say hello…

Maiana assumes full mush-pile status (deep sleep) alongside one of our favorite streams…

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Welcome Lil' Snowflake

Please welcome the newest member of the EmberPhoto team, Maiana Snow Mohr (pronounced My-ahna and aka Lil’ Snowflake), who completed her wild journey into the world (including many great ski days in-utero) on Feb. 19th, 2013 at Gifford Birthing Center in Randolph, VT. She was 7lbs, 7oz and 20.5″ at birth, and she’s a very healthy, playful and vibrant little girl who is eating well, pooping well and getting a whole lot more sleep than we are! We’ve been back out in the snow-covered fields, forests and mountains with her daily since she was just nine days young, and we’re looking forward to many unique adventures together in the weeks and months to come.

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Gravity

In early May, after four weeks of bicycle-powered skiing through the Alps of Switzerland, Austria and Italy, we finally gave into gravity once last time as we rolled out of the mountains toward Zurich. We skied delectable corn snow in the morning, coasted through orchards of blossoming fruit trees after lunch, and camped among songbirds one last time by a river choked with snow melt. By morning, our surroundings down in the forested foothills had us feeling like we could have already been right at home in Vermont. Then a local train whistled by… Vermont was still a long way off.

Look for more updates about our recent adventure in the Alps on our skiing website, www.AdventureSkier.com or at this link HERE.

Thanks and enjoy! – Brian and Emily

Camera Info: Canon 7D, 70mm, ISO 125, 1/250, f16

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Photo of the Month – April: Pedal-Powered Skiing in the Swiss Alps

In pursuit of some good old fashioned adventure, and in partnership with several outdoor brands and media outlets, as well as Switzerland Tourism, we set off in early April on a month long, bicycle-powered skiing adventure through the heart of the Alps of Switzerland (as well as Austria and Italy). The image above was captured while taking advantage of Switzerland’s world-class rail system at the start of our trip. (The skis and poles ride strapped the the sides of our trusty, one-wheeled BOB trailers, while the rest of our gear travels inside the trailer bag and within bags/panniers attached to the bikes.)

Throughout the months of April and May, you can follow our adventure on our skiing website, www.AdventureSkier.com or at this link HERE. Thanks and enjoy! – Brian and Emily

Camera Info: Canon 7D, 10mm, ISO 320, 1/60, f3.5

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SKI’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year

One of our images – captured while skiing along Iceland’s southern coast and in view of the mighty Vatnajokull glacier – was recently selected as one of SKI Magazine’s 2011 Best Photos of the Year. You can take a peek at the image online here and below. What a sweet day of skiing that was above the wild north Atlantic!

If you are interested in a print of the image(s) within this post or within our growing selection of fine-art photography, please contact us or take a look at our Print Gallery or Print Pricing pages, for more ideas and info. Thanks!

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Our Slideshow Series Wraps Up w/ March 31 Show

Our last scheduled slideshow of the season is coming up this Thursday, March 31 at 7pm at the historic Inn at Long Trail along Rt. 4 b/w Killington and Pico, Vermont. At the end of this show, we will do a final drawing on the four pairs of skis for which tickets have been drawn throughout the season. We will announce winners at the show, and ship the skis to any winners not present.

Thanks to everyone who has supported and turned out to our slideshows this winter season. What a winter it has been!
-Brian and Emily

Photo Workshop at Trapps with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)

Winter Photography Workshop with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)!

We are working with the CTA and Trapp Family Lodge this winter to offer an exciting outdoor winter photography workshop at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont January 14-16, 2011. The workshop will be conducted by the two of us, feature plenty of hands-on time in the beautiful winter landscape surrounding Trapps, and run from Friday evening through midday Sunday.

Some of the topics to be covered:
❅ Winter Light — Being comfortable and creative with winter’s challenging and ever-changing light.
❅ Creative Compositions — Exploring focus, perspective and composition with a variety of winter scenes and subjects
❅ Exposure — Understanding and balancing shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
❅ Camera Handling — Tricks to making winter photography easy in the face of winter’s elements.
❅ Advanced Techniques — Tricks to shooting action; Shooting at night/low-light; Macro-photography; Using a tri-pod;
❅ Digital Workflow — Advice on how to store, organize, protect, process and display your photographs.
Tentative Schedule
1/14 Friday pm — Welcome Dinner and Slideshow
1/15 Saturday — Breakfast, Indoor Discussion/Workshop, Outdoor Practice, Lunch, Outdoor Workshop, Free Time, Dinner, Nighttime Photo Session,
Evening Slideshow/Critique
1/16 Sunday am — Breakfast, Outdoor Workshop, Indoor Wrap-Up, Lunch and departure
The workshop will be limited to 16 people to insure an optimal intimate learning experience for all attendees. Outdoor photo sessions will be on snowshoes or backcountry skis – whichever on which you are more comfortable manuevering around in the snow. Equipment may be rented at the Trapp Family Touring Center or you may bring your own. The workshop cost will be $750 per person, which includes two nights lodging, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and trail fees. The workshop with meals and no lodging is $450 per person. You may download a registration form fromthe CTA’s websiteor call the CTA office 802-864-5794 to reserve a space. The last day to reserve a space for the workshop is December 20, 2010.

For more info, feel free to contact Brian and Emily at 802-496-5434 or email: info(at)emberphoto.com

Pedal-Powered Skiing: Norway Bound


(In the shed: Prepping the skis and bikes)

We’re making preparations for a month-long adventure, starting April 22, through Norway’s Arctic Alps. We’ll be working on assignment for WEND Magazine, Adventure Cyclist and others, and partnering with a long list of folks in the skiing and cycling worlds to document and share this adventure with others – through the outdoor media and our own Wild People, Wild Places Slideshow Series. Please look for our posts about the adventure at our skiing website, AdventureSkier.com.

Stay tuned for more!

-Brian and Emily