About Brendan Caffrey
At the beginning of the summer of 2009, I had surgery to fix a ligament I had torn in my wrist while mountain biking in Moab, Utah. I was in some pain and had 4 pins sticking out of my hand, but overall, I was completely fine. The worst part was not being able to bike all summer so some boredom quickly crept in. At some point, a friend of mine just said, “You should buy a ‘real camera’ to give yourself something to do.”
And my addiction began…
My name is Brendan Caffrey and I’m a landscape and travel photographer based in the incredible Vail Valley of Colorado. I was born in New Hampshire and as a kid, I spent three amazing years living in the Netherlands where I was lucky enough to travel around Western Europe a lot – I got to visit the Louvre, the Tower of London, Vatican City, the Eiffel Tower, the French Riviera, the Alps… and all that other good stuff. But it was all places and experiences that I didn’t appreciate at the time… I had a tantrum at the Palace of Versailles, I spent my time at Notre Dame on my Game Boy, and ran around Stonehenge chasing my brother.
When we got back to the states, my family landed in Westford, Massachusetts, “right outside of Boston,” before I went to join the hippies in the mountains of Vermont getting all smaht at Saint Michael’s College. That was my introduction to the mountain lifestyle so after college, when I found myself working as a cubical monkey, wearing a tie every day and enjoying the miserable Boston traffic, it didn’t really work for me. I decided to go get my head right for “one ski season” out in Colorado with a buddy and figure out life…
That was 12 years ago now.
It only took one Colorado summer to shift my priorities away from just ski-bumming. Life became more about adventure and exploration by road and trail. Not only was my backyard an incredibly beautiful mountainous playground, but I quickly realized that I was a quick long-weekend road trip from some of the most gorgeous places in the world. Once that summer of 2009 came around and I got my ‘real camera,’ my adventures to amazing new places became intertwined with that photography addiction. Photography became an incentive to explore deep in to wilderness areas even when the weather might be better suited for a Netflix marathon from my couch. It became a reason to wake up at cruel hours of the morning that shouldn’t even exist. It became my motivation to drive thousands of miles over the course of a long weekend. And it became motivation to continuously learn and create.
In addition to traveling around and working on One for the Road, I manage Brendan Caffrey Photography, focusing on architectural, interior, luxury hotel, and real estate photography. I’m also the Assistant General Manager & Director of Marketing for Creekside at Beaver Creek, an upscale ski lodge in the heart of Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Colorado.
Whats Up With 'One for the Road?'
These days, my I've personally laid off the heavy IPAs, but I'm still hoping that the places I visit and the shots I create can inspire others to go enjoy their one for the road.
Back in 2009, I started shooting with a Nikon D60 before spending waaaaaay too much money on a bunch of other cameras, lenses, and miscellaneous other gear while I was trying to figure this whole photography thing out and what setup worked best for my needs. My current main gear setup consists of:
- Sony A7RIII
- Sony A7RII
- Sony Vario-Tessar T*FE 16-35 mm f/4
- Sony FE 24-240 mm f/3.5-6.3
- 100mm Format HiTech Firecrest ND Filters
- MeFoto RoadTrip Classic Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Really Right Stuff Pocket Pod, Clamp, & BH-25 Head
- DJI Mavic Pro 2