The Outbound Collective

Good Morning Party People! It’s a beautiful summer morning in Boulder and I am trying to get through this morning so I can get out of this office, finish last minute packing and head to the #ORshow in Salt Lake City.

However, I wanted to take a few minutes and show you a new project I’m working on… I am now writing content for The Outbound Collective, a resource to help make outdoor adventures easy and accessible for everyone! Head on over there and search your local area for adventures, and while you are there, don’t forget to check out my posts here. The first of which is about Fly Fishing in Crystal Lakes outside of Leadville, Colorado.

Have a great day and stay tuned for more adventures to be featured on The Outbound Collective!



Outdoor Retailer Summer 2015

I was sitting at an adventure photography workshop last fall getting inspiration and learning new ways to market myself and my photography business and all I kept hearing was, GO TO OR, you MUST go to OR, you won’t regret it… Well here I am, almost a year later, the day before arriving in Salt Lake City for 2015’s Summer Outdoor Retailer trade show.

First, I have to say that I can’t even believe that I am going to OR. I have been following it for years from the outside, each show watching the twitterverse blow up with outdoor industry excitement. So, the fact that I am even writing this is surreal.

For the past couple weeks I have been working on projects like a crazy man trying to prepare for this event. I’ve been working on a special OR webpage on my site, OR marketing materials (which I’ve uploaded here for your viewing pleasure), and trying to blow my social media channels to engage in the conversation, network, and plan events to partake in at OR. Special shout out here to my dear friends John and Tiffany for letting me bounce ideas off of them and providing their input and expertise.

The best piece of advice I’ve seen about OR can be summarized as stay hydrated (and ready to drink beer), wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared for something awesome to happen. Well, I am not short on water bottles, 5x5.Square.front2.finalhave some badass new shoes (thanks Ryan and Ani for putting up with me in our shopping endeavors over two days…), and am ready for something awesome to happen.

Looking forward to reporting back in a few days about the experience and everything that I’ve been able to learn! Here’s to new friends, acquaintances and hopefully some new connections and opportunities for Matthewbe Photography!



The Universe Is Always On Our Side

“Hey, have you ever had any yoga portraits taken, Sarah?” I inquired one day after she lead a butt-kicking yoga class. With a big smile, “I have thought about it, but not yet…” Sarah responded.

When I asked if she would be interested in a yoga portrait shoot, Sarah jumped at the opportunity and we agreed that we would have an absolute blast. You see, Sarah Shafer is one of those people will incredible energy, full of life and laughter, and I was absolutely stoked to get the chance to photograph her beautiful yoga practice.

Over the next few weeks we tried to get a time set, but for one reason or another, challenge after challenge kept preventing our shoot. Eventually we got the date set for a Friday afternoon portrait session, outdoors in a wheat field, with the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop, and I couldn’t wait to get out there.

Two days before the session I checked the forecast and was horrified when I saw that there was a 70% chance of thunderstorms for Friday… surely, after all the time spent to get to this week, the universe wouldn’t shut us out. Friday afternoon came, and when I looked out the window towards our location, all I saw were rain clouds as dark and ominous as any I had seen. At that exact moment I got a message from Sarah, “Should we go for it? It looks pretty nasty outside, but I’m game if you are!”

There was no way we weren’t doing this and we decided to take the adventure, against the odds, and figured that if nothing else, we could always just go have a glass of wine. Driving to the spot was rainy, windy, and I think even a bit of hail dropped from the sky; the universe was trying to scare us away, but we pressed on, and I could not be happier that we did!

Knowing this was an outdoor shoot and that we wanted to be shooting right at “golden hour,” we had scheduled some buffer time, which I have learned is always crucial for success. It drizzled on us for 30 minutes or so, then all of a sudden the atmosphere decided to cooperate and the weather moved away. Over the next 45 minutes, the sky kept getting better, provided a vibrant double rainbow, and culminated with one of the most amazing sunsets that I have seen in Colorado.

So glad we didn’t cancel that day… I hope you enjoy some of the shots from Sarah’s yoga portrait session and that Friday adventure.

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New Toys For A Weekend Of Fun

I’ve always been the instant gratification type. I typically don’t like to wait around for something that I’ve ordered; if I’ve paid for it, I want to be able to play with it… now! In fact, I rarely purchase items online if I can find them locally, for this reason. However there are times when it’s necessary and I had been wanting a lens that isn’t very common, and I reluctantly placed the order online. So when my new wide angle lens, the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, arrived last Friday, I couldn’t wait to get it out in the field and play with it. This isn’t a review of the lens (if you would to read on the specs, click over to B&H here), but rather a quick entry on a fun weekend, filled with laughter, camping, stars and night photography with my new lens.


A photographers best friend is light, so photographing night scenes comes with a few special challenges as there is very low light available. But the rewards are often great, with beautiful shots of the moon, stars and milky way. There are a few rules that must be followed, and I won’t bore you with those, but with this 14mm f/2.8 lens and an exposure time of 30 seconds, I did manage to get a few shots that I enjoy. I only had a few minutes to shoot the stars as the moon came out pretty early which made all but the brightest stars disappear, so I cannot wait to get back out and set up some additional scenes. But I wanted to share what I was able to capture so far! I hope you enjoy these.



Have a great start to your week!