Backcountry Skiing Northern Michigan

Back-Country Ski Trail

The back-country pulls at my soul.

It’s not just the un-tracked lines, the first descents, or the chutes that fill in undisturbed.  It’s also the quietness, the solitude and pureness of this world.   It’s the realization that we can go wherever.  No ropes or boundaries to limit us.  And like all good things, the only limits that exist in the back-country are in our minds.

When I started cross country skiing back in 1979 I never thought that I would ware out the love of this sport, but only after four years into it I knew there was more to this then skiing on groomed trails.  The more I went out the more I would look into the woods and see lines that I wanted to ski.  In 1984 I purchased my first pair of Telle skis.  After that I was hocked on the back-country.  I have four different sets of back-country skis and gear that allows me to ski any conditions.  It is a passion and the love that allows me to ski and photograph the real nature life in the back-country.

I started a back-country ski outing once a year in February with my brotherfriends back in 1986.   Were in our 24th year and leaving for our week ski the same day the Olympics starts.  Let the games began.

If you are looking for a photographer to document your winter event anywhere in the US, including Alaska, especially on skis, my calender is open most week days and weekends thru March.

-10 on a Blue Sky Day

The winter looking glass.

A little bit about  your truly:

As a Wedding and Freelance photographer, I have developed a unique & deep appreciation for the real nature of life, which has incorporated my own style of Artistically Photo journalistic Photography in the past 20 years. I have a way of presenting this style after 30 years behind the lens. As a member of the ISP (International Society of Photography), I have been honored with two awards in 2003 and 2005 in Washington D.C., for best achievement in Outdoor Photography.Winter photography is fun but extremely challenging. The constant challenge is what I enjoy so, if you are looking for the pure essence of artistically creative photography this is ‘Blair’s forte’.

Welcome to my Blog.

I moved to Northern Michigan in 1968, then to Traverse City  in 1977 which has been my home for over 30 years and spend most of my summers on Mackinac Island. The beauty of this area and the surroundings landscapes allow me to bring out my artistic talents in Freelance and Wedding Photography.

Twelve years ago a good friend, a seasoned photographer in his own right, offered me this suggestion. While viewing my photography he was amazed on the detailed, clean, artistic, but modern language that he experienced while viewing my compositions. “Your passion shows in every picture you shoot”. To entertain is a big part of a your event and celebration. I look for the challenge of the moment. The passion of people. The smiles that transpires from a celebration.

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Notice: After 22 years and over 900 weddings I am retiring from the wedding industry. If there are any bride and groom's that are still considering purchasing their copyrights to their pictures. Please message me or email and pass this on. It has been a "Spactabulas" amazing adventure and I met so many beautiful & wonderful people on my journey photographing one of many special days of your lives. I'm humbled to have had this opportunity to be a part of your special day. I will continue to sell my freelance work online & on Facebook. Another chapter with magical, music memories from beautiful Mackinac Island, MI. To all my family and friends, I miss you all so much. PL&H.