today is Oct 01, 2022

The door to “pro ski photographer” officially began when the door to “pro skier” shut with a bang. Yep — I’m that guy. Uncle Rico in the flesh. I couldn’t have cared less about being the square behind the lens until a rash of injuries in my late 20’s had me rethinking what the future looked like. Turns out ER visits take their toll on both your bank account AND your marriage. Ha. Skiing was actually the LAST pursuit I dedicated myself to professionally with the camera, as it was just that hard for me to shoot pow and not ski it. But I soon found that it was far easier to tell my wife I was headed to work than headed to play. Come to find out those lines are often blurred…by design.

But let’s not kid ourselves, ski photography is work. On both ends of the lens. If you want to create images with lasting impact, images that stop those page-turners…images that aren’t just another quick powder click, it takes work. I’ve been fortunate to see incredibly talented skiers through my viewfinder. These are more than great skiers, however. These are great people. After all, isn’t that why we do it? No friends on a powder day??? Whatever—we’re ALL friends on a powder day. Hope you enjoy this selection of great people doing the things we skiers all dream of…

— Adam Barker

Marcus Caston. Alta Backcountry, Utah

Photo Credit: Adam Barker

Marcus Caston. Alta Backcountry, Utah

How do you take an activity as multi-dimensional as skiing powder and translate that into a two-dimensional medium??? Find rrrrreally good snow, a big skim of light, and an absolute savage of a powder skier. I’ve always loved the energy this image conveys.

Julian Carr. Alta, Utah

Photo Credit: Adam Barker

Julian Carr. Alta, Utah

One of the first pow shots that truly showed me how the camera can freeze moments that we as humans can’t quite process in real time. Julian Carr sampling some Alta magic.

Forrest Coots. Alta, Utah

Photo Credit: Adam Barker

Forrest Coots. Alta, Utah

As a ski photographer with roots in landscape photography, my obsession with unforgettable light has always been hard to satisfy. To me, the perfect ski image combines legit ski action, a composition that won’t let the viewer look away, and light that makes you want to live in that frame forever. This one has it all for me.

Julian Carr. Brighton, Utah

Photo Credit: Adam Barker

Julian Carr. Brighton, Utah

This image is the consummation of a ridiculous athletic feat meeting photographic fortuitousness. Yep—mouthful. It won me and Julian Carr an X Games gold medal. And it’s one of my proudest images to date.

Marcus Caston. Wasatch backcountry, Utah

Photo Credit: Adam Barker

Marcus Caston. Wasatch backcountry, Utah

This image scored me my first ever spread in Powder. It’s a classic Wasatch shot with an unmistakably Euro feel. I still give Marcus Caston a hard time for being late to the trailhead on this particular morning. He played catchup and then nailed this shot. This was the first of many moments with Marcus in front of the lens.

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