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LOCATION OF THE WEEK:  Bouldering gym (Salt Lake City, UT)

This gritty bouldering gym is a favorite of Salt Lake locals. Its small and intimate space gives the impression of an underground climbing club. In reality, the gym fosters a large and vibrant climbing community. Not shown is a gear shop, pool table recreation area, and a small weight room.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK: Ski resort (35 minutes from downtown SLC)

The Wasatch Mountains are rugged, beautiful, and full of snow. The ski resorts near Salt Lake average around 500+ inches of fresh powder each winter. An easy drive from the city, these mountains are the reason I moved here AND one of the best reasons to shoot here!

Back in June I had the honor of working with The New York Times Magazine on a cover story shot by Martin Schoeller. We spent several days with the US Women’s Ski Jumping team both on and off the jumps.

Working with my favorite publication, an incredibly talented, world renown photographer, and a group of women who shattered one of the last glass ceilings in the Olympics was an absolutely dream for me.

Click here to check out the wonderful images and the written article.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK: Homestead Crater (Midway, UT)

This location is super unique. It is an underground geothermal spring covered by a limestone dome with a hole that allows sunlight to peek through. The water is 65 feet deep and used recreationally as a soaking tub and scuba diving area. It’s amenities and proximity to town make it a very film friendly location. In fact, it was used for this awesome scene from the movie 127 Hours.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK:  Little Sahara Recreation Area (2 hours from Salt Lake City, UT)

Lesser known than some of Utah’s other natural wonders, the Little Sahara Recreation area is a spectacular location which feels (as the name indicates) like a smaller version of the Sahara desert. Giant white sand dunes (as high as 700 feet) stretch for 124 square miles creating a beautiful, undulating sandscape. Only a two hour drive from Salt Lake City, Little Sahara makes for a stunning (and surprisingly convenient) location for production.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK:  Scenic road (90 minutes from Salt Lake City, UT)

Named as one of Utah’s scenic byways, this beautiful mountain road twists and turns through a lush forested landscape. There are no shortage of gorgeous vistas and breathtaking scenery on this drive. In addition, it is not heavily traveled and makes for a quiet and rarely interrupted shoot location.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK:  Motor cross track (40 minutes from Salt Lake City, UT)

On weekends this motor cross park is packed with kids and adults of all ages honing their off-road skills. The facility is only a few years old and super well maintained. The park is framed by gorgeous mountains and endless blue sky, making for a very picturesque shoot location.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK: Silo home (30 minutes from Park City, UT)

This may be one of the coolest homes I’ve ever scouted. Made from re-purposed grain silos, this one of a kind location has a cool cylindrical design and unique use of interior space. In the springtime, the silo home is surrounded by hundreds of daisies, making this already gorgeous piece of architecture even more stunning.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK: Music venue (Provo, UT)

This venue is the go to place for the thriving local music scene and simply oozes with personality. In addition to a lushly decorated stage, the venue also has a super cool front entrance, perfectly cluttered green room, and a fanciful waiting area. The eclectic yet well considered sense of style makes this one of my favorite locations in the Beehive state.

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LOCATION OF THE WEEK:  Downtown Salt Lake City, UT

Aside from the looming mountains, downtown Salt Lake City is not a very distinctive place. But that is exactly what makes Salt Lake City so distinctive. It is like a movie set for ‘any city America’. The streets are clean and wide, the architecture is generic and contemporary, and traffic is minimal. Not to mention the sunny weather guarantees no rain cancellations and working with the film office and police here is an absolute pleasure. It’s kind of a producer’s dream. Just sayin’.