At first glance, Philbrick Photography — a company consisting of Jay Philbrick and his wife Vicki — seems like any other photography company you might stumble across online. With a nice portfolio of high-quality portraits, wedding shots and more, Jay and Vicki don’t initially come across as the adventure-seeking types.
But if you delve a little bit deeper, it quickly becomes clear that the Philbricks have a taste for adventure and a passion for the outdoors. For those willing to conquer their fears, Philbrick Photography will gladly take photos of you while standing on the face of a cliff standing 350 feet above the ground. Not your thing? Well not to worry, they also take portraits of subjects on steep snow banks, inside deep wells, caves, and any other place most other folks dare not go.
In an interesting interview with DIY Photography, Jay Philbrick briefly touched on the work that goes into a typical photoshoot.
I almost always work with my wife, Vicki, on any session so I have someone for off camera lighting. I’m even happier with two or three people assisting. I’ll often use a Phottix Indra 500 in an octobox or umbrella depending on how much I want to limit the light spread, as well as a kicker, hair, or rim light as well as possibly a reflector, scrim, or flag. So, the more hands, the better. For something like the cliff sessions we also have our mountain guide, Marc Chauvin of Chauvin Guides International, as well as a third photographer, Justin Macomber, who has worked with us for years. He captures different angles as well as a lot of the behind the scenes shots.
And because a photo is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes, below are a few of the most jaw dropping and harrowing shots Philbrick and co. have taken over the years.