About Me

Nathan Welton with an Ice BeardThanks for stopping by.

I’m a photographer based in the high mountains of Colorado, in a little town called Estes Park. Emerson was spot on when he implored us to “live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, and drink the wild air.” We have one life, it’s so very short, and there’s so much to explore. Hopefully these pictures will inspire someone to be more present, to spend more time doing what they love, to feel to what makes them tick, to embrace life to the very core.

From 2008-2012, I partnered with Sigma Photo, one of the world’s largest camera companies, as an Our World Photographer. Sigma used my images around the globe for camera and lens advertisements.

I’ve been shooting since 2000, and my work has appeared in countless newspapers, magazines, and books on five continents. These include the New York Post, the Huffington Post, the UK’s Daily Mail, Backpacker, Climbing, Rock and Ice, Escalade, Urban Climber, the UK’s Climb Magazine, Canadian Running, Germany’s largest fitness magazine Fit for Fun, and every edition of the famous Women of Climbing calendar since 2009. Britain’s largest photography magazine, Photography Monthly, featured my work for one of its Ultimate Technique issues a few years ago. I’ve also shot quite a bit of yoga and climbing images for the clothing company prAna over the last few years.

I’m available for editorial and commercial assignments worldwide, and have a stock collection of adventure and travel images from Nepal, New Zealand, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Oceana, Australia, and the Western United States. All those images, including the ones on this site, are available for editorial and commercial licensing, as well as for fine art prints.

When I’m not shooting adventure sport, I keep busy documenting the weddings of super cool couples. You can see that work at Dreamtime Images — it’s won more than four dozen awards from Fearless Photographers, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, the Wedding Photojournalist Association, and Brides Magazine.

As you might have guessed, I named Dreamtime Images after Fred Nicole’s Dreamtime, an iconic V15 boulder problem in Cresciano, Switzerland. Better still, Dreamtime is an idea from Aboriginal mythology that means “The beginning of everything.”

This site houses my portfolio of outdoor images, but be sure to follow my blog, too — it serves as a journal of my adventures in wild lands near and far. You’ll see sking and snowboarding, rock and ice climbing, bouldering, cycling, underwater worlds, and nature, wildlife and travel.

Have fun, poke around, enjoy the pictures, get psyched. Be sure to drop an email to say “Hi” or ask a question — I’m happy to help with beta on climbing areas, travel destinations, shooting tips, camera gear, or whatever else I can.

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