Blake Headshot

Hey, I'm Blake.

I'm an environmental portrait photographer who loves capturing the essence of people. I work with individuals, couples, and athletes to create visual records of moments we wish to remember forever.

about my journey and the origins of exploreofcourse

It all started with a Note...

In 2011 I made the decision to get my first smartphone, drawn by the allure of a personal computer I could pack into my pocket and potentially replace the Moleskine notebook I lugged around everywhere. Enter Samsung's Galaxy Note, the largest phone on the market at the time. Its size proved to be the source of an endless stream of unsolicited commentary. Strangers would stop me in grocery lines to offer opinions on how absurd my cellphone was. I found it funny how people who had never even heard of the Note before were so quick to offer criticism! Especially when they weren't aware of how the thing was being used. By combining apps like Simplenote, Pocket, Flud and the built in semi manual camera I had found a tool that allowed me to write, read, listen to music and capture imagery in a way that was more organic than I had previously imagined. Suddenly I could document my experiences with a fidelity that made the effort worth while. And with a camera that I was committed to carrying with me everywhere. 

On the recommendation of a friend I signed up for Instagram and began to share my work, both images and words, with the world. The rest is history. A few feature accounts began to re-post my images, next magazines, and then (after upgrading to the Sony A7 series of full-frame cameras) it wasn't long until I was getting hired to shoot everything under the sun to make a living. Some of my favorite projects have been portraits and editorials sessions for private clientele as well as organizations like Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Meals on Wheels, and Arc'teryx.

Along the journey I learned the value of living my truth regardless of extraneous pressures. I realized that if I continued to combine my passion with productivity that I could establish a way of living that was sustainable, fulfilling and helpful to others. And that's what I try to do. Walk gently on this earth and leave each situation a little better for my having been there.

 

Email Blake at hi@blakerupert.com for inquires or more info

or connect with him on instagram @exploreofcourse where he posts regular updates on his adventures