Meet Emanuel Smedbøl: Outdoor and adventure photographer

Meet Emanuel Smedbøl: Outdoor and adventure photographer


I’m Emanuel and I’m an outdoor adventure photographer. I first got started in photography when I just picked up my dad’s old film camera and I fell in love with it pretty quickly. It took like two weeks get your film back but as always the anticipation was very exciting. Megan I work as a team. Often, I’ll think of a photo that she won’t think of or she’ll think the photo that I wouldn’t have thought of so we get a pretty good well-rounded visualization of a trip that we share. Also it’s really good to have someone in your photos so just give some scale, a sense of place. Last summer we went on a three-month road trip. The car served as our mobile studio, a refuge from the rain. Just little home away from home. The Subaru was our first car we’ve ever owned. It’s a 2011 Forester. Buying a first car was a pretty big decision so we had to do a lot of research but it helped that a lot of our friends had Subarus. And some of the first trailheads I hiked up to we got to in my friend’s parents’ Subaru. For me some more about the outdoors, it’s about getting outside, it’s seeing new places. One of the main things of inspiration for me is just looking at maps. There’s so many places we haven’t seen, so many place’s names that are unfamiliar. So many trails we haven’t yet hiked. Photography is a good reason to get outside. You always want to see something new. It pushes you to see new places and explore new trails and being able to share with people it’s a really big bonus. We’ve always wanted to come to Olympic Peninsula It’s so close and it has beaches, forests, beautiful mountains and it gets a lot of bad weather. Like I wouldn’t want to camp if it’s raining or if there’s thunder but with photography it looks better when it’s bad weather so in that way it’s a lot of fun. For sure, it has a lot of space. A lot of times we’d have to edit photos on the fly while around the road it’s and it’s really nice to make a warm beverage, pop open the trunk and review the images of the day. If nothing else has helped my photography it’s probably the connection to the outside world to the fragile places that need out protection.

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