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 mountain bike all summer so some boredom quickly crept in. At some point that summer, a friend of mine just said, “You should buy a ‘real camera’ to give yourself something to do.”

And the real 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, wearing wooden shoes, living in a windmill, and hanging out in the red light district of Amsterdam. While most of that isn’t true at all, we did live in Holland so my family 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 Reviera, the Alps… and all that good stuff, but it was all places and experiences that I clearly 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 each 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 10 years ago now.

Teneya, the adventure partner.

It only took one Colorado summer to shift my priorities away from simply ski-bumming. Life became more about adventure and exploration by trail and road. Not only was my backyard an incredibly beautiful mountainous playground, but I quickly realized that I was a short road-trip away 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.

On top of traveling around and managing One for the Road, I also 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 a luxury ski lodge in the heart of Beaver Creek Ski Resort. (Let me know if you’re looking to plan a ski vacation!)

Please visit my blog to read more about my latest adventures, check out my photography portfolio, and follow my latest posts on Instagram and Facebook.