Jay Goodrich has developed a reputation as one of the top action photographers in the industry, and he’s now a regular byline on covers of ski and bike mags like POWDER and DirtRag. The Jackson, Wyoming-based father of two got his start shooting architecture, and says his early outdoor photos were dismally bad (luckily he has come a long way). After moving west post-college, Goodrich worked hard to combine his passion for the west and mountain sports with his photography. He started honing his skills as an outdoor photographer by studying Light on the Land, by Art Wolfe, and ultimately ended up traveling the world with Wolfe for four years.
What sets Goodrich’s images apart from others is his ability to make photos dynamic. His photos don’t just show an incredible ski shot, what you see is an extraordinary ski photo with a jaw-dropping background. His advice for aspiring photographers? “The key is, no matter what, follow your passions. If you are too dumb to quit, you will probably succeed at some point.”
Simply put, Goodrich is cutting edge. He’s found a niche in the adventure sports industry and become one of, in our opinion, the greatest adventure photojournalists. He loves shooting the landscapes of Patagonia and mountain biking and skiing with his family. Jay Goodrich was bound to end up in Jackson Hole, WY taking photos of his passions.
Here are a few of our favorite Goodrich images, with a bit of background from the photographer himself (who you need to follow on Instagram, at: @jaygoodrich).