How Does A Professional Photographer Tell A Story? Overland’s Luke Madden in the Rockies

In this post, we’ve asked professional photographer, Luke Madden, to tell us a bit about some of his favorite Overland photos in the Rockies. For anyone who aspires to be a professional photographer, these photos and comments can show you how a seasoned pro does it.

“Teaching moments are key to telling Overland’s story and impact on students. I love map tutorials, and the backdrop on this photo from Rocky Mountain Adventure was hard to beat. “

“There is a lot of time spent at camp on Overland trips, especially with younger students on trips like Rocky Mountain Adventure. Those moments and interactions are just as important for me to capture, and when I see students physically comfortable with each other, that is what I want to get. The lighting was just right for this one, and it is also unmistakably in a state park. “

“I have always thought rock climbing on Rocky Mountain Adventure is really fun, and the photos are pretty amazing. While I don’t have the interest or experience to get shots on the big climbs that get put on magazine covers, Overland students can still give the same elements of determination and pushing physical boundaries. The focus on this student’s face says everything we want for an Overland image.”

Lake Haiyaha on Rocky Mountain Explorer is one of the most stunning bodies of water I’ve ever seen. The bright milky turquoise color is a result of a landslide and nobody knows how long the color will last. I hiked up in the morning with a group, hiked up again in the evening alone to take this photo, then hiked up the next morning with another group. I couldn’t get enough of it. “

“To me, this is a quintessential Rockies image which I captured on Rocky Mountain Expedition. The jagged peaks, the green meadows and the bright blue sky with perfect summer clouds. People have been stopping to take in views like this out West forever, and sometimes students taking in a scene is just as powerful as them hiking through it.”

Luke Madden Biography

Luke has been photographing for Overland since the role was created in 2010. Working with the Overland team, the role of Overland photographer has evolved into a critical means of sharing the Overland story with families, leaders, and the outdoor community. Luke has traveled across the country and around the world to capture the Overland experience. During the rest of the year, Luke lives in Maine and does freelance work for a number of nonprofits which specialize in education and research / conservation.

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    Tom Costley

    When Tom Costley founded Overland in 1984, he sought to create experiences for young people that were fun, where new friendships could grow, where natural beauty was embraced, where there were real and varied challenges, and where Overland’s students would achieve something of importance to them. Overland’s focus on small groups, carefully crafted trips, and superlative leadership has made it a leader in the summer camp world. Overland’s commitment to excellence in everything it does has led to its success: over the past four decades, Overland has served 40,000 students and 5,000 trip leaders. Tom writes about the outdoors and travel from Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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