A Job Without a Snowday

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Owens who has an interesting job as a Ski Photographer in Aspen.   Initially, he worked as a backcountry ranger for the U.S.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Owens who has an interesting job as a Ski Photographer in Aspen.   Initially, he worked as a backcountry ranger for the U.S. Park Service.  He found the mountain landscapes to be inspiring and began photographing them. His love of nature led to his current job where he is able to freeze that exciting, happy moment when people are skiing.  Jim taught himself how to photograph while hiking through the mountains.  On a typical day, he straps on a 40 pound backpack, clicks on his skis and rides the chairlift to the top of the mountain which is his office!  He will photograph as many as 20 families to capture their special memories to treasure forever.  He has even photographed Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Ringo Star, LL Cool J, Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Richard Gere, Sylvester Stallone, Kid Rock, Dustin Hoffman, Don Johnson, Pamela Anderson, Bon Jovi, John Denver and President Carter, just to name a few! He even saw Michelle Obama!

The best part of his job is getting in a few powder runs on a snowy day.  The most challenging part of his job is trying to get the perfect shot when the mountain winds are howling and the temperature sits at 18 degrees or below.  The most unusual thing that ever happened on the job was when a man clicked off his skis, went down on his knees and proposed to his girlfriend and he clicked the shot.  When you like what you’re doing and doing what you like, it doesn’t even feel like work!