Solo trip to Bali: jumping back into shooting for passion


#Throughtheeyes: portfolio of travel sunglasses

Motion Reel 2018

Utah's First snow: Shot for Shred Fest SLC 2017

On the morning of September 16, 2017 my buddy and I made a sunrise mission to our nearby (1.5 hours) mountain range- The Uintas.  It snowed the day before and we wanted to capture "Utah's first snow" of the season.  This is a drone compilation I took that morning and edited, with the help of James Fleege, founder of Shred Fest.  Music: Echosmith (Surround You) Colin Parker Remix.

Photo: by David J. Phillip

Photo: by David J. Phillip

Going in. Two weeks after Harvey Hits Texas, I fly south.

Written September 5, 2017 about my journey to Texas Thursday September 8th to help in relief effort in collaboration with DMOS Collective.

The Shoe Diary: Field Trip Jerky's Trip Journal

Shoes take us to many places, and I don’t know that they’ve ever gotten the recognition they deserve. As a photographer, I’ve noticed that my feet help to take me to peculiar locations, meet amazing people, and have epic adventures. Over the past six months, I’ve taken note and documented the differences in my shoes (or lack of) and the earth around them, based on the adventure-shoot project I am conducting. So this is my ode to the soles that help me enrich my soul, and my favorite accompanying images from that particular shoot.

Two seasons-one day: fall longboarding + winter snowboarding

After the first snow mid-September in Utah, we HAD to go play and create.  This is a super playful and mellow video. It is not intended to be of high production value.  I shot using my Sony A7rii and DJI Mavic Pro.  Edit put together by James Fleege. Color corrected by me. Music: Siesta by Jahzzar.

Exploring with the drone

At the end of May 2017, I invested in the Dji Mavic Pro. With only two crashes and no losses on record, it adventured with me to Texas, Colorado, Nevada, California, and Utah.  Above is a one minute drone compilation video I recently edited from some of those places.  Music: Sylvan Esso (Hey Mami) Big Wild Remix.

Can Slacklining Save your Soul?: Country Archer's The Range

 I shot professional slackliner Michelle Griffith at a renowned highlining location called "The Fruit Bowl" in Moab, Utah. She encouraged me to get on the line over a 450 foot canyon.  I did.  Trying out someone else's hobby can expose you to an entirely different side of yourself, a new community, and what it feels like to  walk in another's shoes.

Drone Life Part Deux

This is the second drone edit I put out in the month of July.  My bud Andrew Muse and I took a road trip to Aspen, Colorado to shoot a project for Aspen Snowmass and Limelight Hotel (see gallery in my Pixiset Link).  After camping in the middle of nowhere to escape the ruckus of Fourth of July, the next morning we soaked leisurely in these roadside hot springs in Glenwood Springs, CO.  Music: ISLAND (Come with me. Live and Acoustic)

Adventure and Introduction to Bears Ears: So this is why they wanna save this place

The first weekend in May 2017, I visited Bears Ears National Monument for the first time in an effort to shoot marketing and awareness content for conservation organizations to help #DefendBearsEars.  I wrote a fun recap of the weekend shenanigans and my impression of Bears Ears.

Andrew Muse Productions

My buddy Andrew Muse, videographer and athlete, and I drove through the night so we could spend sunrise at the Mystic Hot Springs.  This is a video edit he put together.  Other videos I collaborated with him on as the talent, and they went for content to Maverik Inc, Aspen Snowmass, and Limelight Hotel.  I shot some of the drone footage on the Aspen edit.

Bike Polo? Salt Lake City has a scene: Slug Mag

In June 2017, I hung out with the Beehive Bike Polo team in downtown Salt Lake City, UT at Pioneer Park.  I wrote this lil' diddy and shot a photo gallery for Slug Magazine Online.

Hot Springs Hideout: Country Archer's The Range

We left Park City, Utah at 10pm after a long work day, to camp in the van 3 hours south at the Meadow Hot Springs.  The goal: to spend sunrise shooting and soaking in the Meadow Springs hot pots.  Created for Country Archer in April.

How to Stay Fit on the Fly: Country Archer's The Range

A fun and quick photo essay I contributed to Country Archer in March about exercising while traveling.

SLC BOULDER VANDALISM: Halloween Night in Little Cottonwood Canyon

On the evening of October 31, 2016 an unknown person attacked several boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon with what seemed to be a hammer.

The Frontier Project: Proof Eyewear in Baja

In February, two girlfriends and I hit the road from SLC to camp ocean side in Baja California, Mexico and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California.  Proof featured me as a photographer "friend" via The Frontier Project. I contributed this story and photos.

Taco Surf. A Baja California Road Trip: Country Archer's The Range

A directional photo essay on where to eat, stay and play for super cheap in Baja California, Mexico... just south of San Diego.


Dawn Patrol: Country Archer's The Range

I wrote this piece, with a little editing from CA, on a dawn patrol mission two photographers, a friend and I went on to photograph Guardsman Pass.  I used the photos to create this content for Country Archer.

Living the Dream. How to Master Life Work Balance: Country Archer's The Range

We took a girl's road trip from Salt Lake City to Baja California, Mexico.  All three of us worked remotely the nine days we adventured.  This is content I contributed to Country Archer's The Range e-magazine.

THROWBACK: 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower at Bonneville Salt Flats

Russ and I hopped in the Prius and went for a 24-hour camp trip to watch meteors fall from the sky in a desolate landscape.

Throwback: Salt Lake City Climber's Alliance Takeover Story

 January 2017 I did a takeover of Salt Lake Climber's Alliance Instagram to tell a story to further unite the climbing community by stirring up stronger feelings of stewardship for Salt Lake canyons.

ONE BREATH: Short Documentary

My first documentary project, we filmed and edited this story in six days in June 2016.  I met Kyle a few weeks prior to this project and thought his story would be the perfect fit for the six minute short documentary contest hosted by Salt Lake Film Society with the theme "Body is a Temple". 

Opening night of Night riding at Brighton Resort: Slug Mag

December 15, 2016 Brighton opened their night riding.  I did an online photo gallery and recap for Slug Magazine.  Click through to experience!


Katie Boue: Powerhouse woman of the Outdoor Industry

Unreleased Blog.  In January 2017, Katie earned the honor of being listed as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Outdoor Industry by Snews Outdoor.  She is a 28 year old outdoor advocate and industry influencer who is crushing it at life. I caught up with her to see what she is working toward now and what her future goals are.

Black Joe Lewis and the HoneyBears: Slug Mag

Black Joe Lewis is from my hometown of Austin, Texas.  His performance was grimy, soulful and rockin'.  Read the review I did for Slug Mag here!

California HoneyDrops: SLUG Mag

California Honeydrops are a soul, funk, r&b, jazz band out of Oakland, California.  They graced Salt Lake with their amazing sounds and performance.  Check out the review here.



January 20, 2017 an underground collaboration of 16 Salt Lake artists put on a three day interactive exhibit in an old slaughterhouse turned classy gallery.  Live music and local craft beer joined.

Grimes Show in downtown Salt Lake City: Slug Mag

One of my favorite artists, Grimes, played a huge show in downtown Salt Lake City.  I reviewed the performances and shot online gallery for Slug Mag.