Episode 42 Documenting The Hunt With Steven Drake

Steven Drake is a photographer and videographer who makes his living working with brands and personalities in the hunting world.  His career has brought him all over the world and through pretty much every situation you can imagine.  When I started following Steve's work, it became very apparent that he is no stranger to pushing himself to that next level and somehow finding a way to document it while doing so.


I wanted to bring Steve on to talk about his journey with not only his career as a photographer, but also as a backpacker and hunter.  Sometimes I can't believe that I'm lucky enough to talk with people like Steven Drake and learn as much as possible from them in the short amount of time I have them on the phone.  


If you own a camera, enjoy pushing yourself in the backcountry, and want to know how to pair those things together in a way that makes sense, this episode is for you.  


By Land,

Emory Ronald



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Show Notes

  • Introductions
  • The background on Steven Drake and how he came to do what he now does
  • Steve’s intro into backpacking while working with Mystery Ranch
  • Steve’s experience with a smattering of backpacking cultures - mountaineers to hunters
  • The transition into professional   photography
  • What it’s like being responsible for portraying the culture of hunting 
  • Steve’s advice for us amature photographer/videographers traveling the backcountry expecting to get incredible images.
  • Steve’s learning curve to capturing images as a professional
  • Tempering photography and  video expectations
  • Planning imagery themes before you head out
  • Documenting the BC Goat hunt
  • Calorie management in harsh winter conditions
  • What happens to your body when you’re calorie deficient
  • Steve’s advice to new backpackers
  • Bucket list dreams 
  • How to reach Steven Drake
  • Bonus round - Steve’s moving to IG TV!