Tommy Elbrecht is a freelance outdoor adventure photographer based out of Park City, Utah, but you'll rarely find him there. Originally born and raised in the small town of Putnam Valley, just outside of New York City, you could find Tommy out in the woods from sunrise to sunset. Spending the majority of his childhood summers camping in the preserves of southern NY, backpacking in the Catskills, or camping in the Adirondacks, the outdoors have always been a second home to him. After graduating college from Manhattan College in NYC, he knew that the city life was not his calling so off he went to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After 2 years of working and exploring just about everything the North East could offer, the decision to move west was made. Having never been west of the Mississippi River, the call of the West was undeniable. Arriving in Park City, Utah, he wasted no time getting acquainted with his new home. Spending the weekdays exploring the Wasatch Mountains and weekends in Southern Utah, it was evident that the west was where he belonged. Over the next two years, he would go on to travel all over the west, often living out of his small Subaru Hatchback hopping from National Park to National Park.
What started out purely as a hobby and a way to take photos of his adventures to show family and friends, photography quickly grew into a passion. Whether it was staying out late into the night to take photographs of the milkyway, snapping photos in 70 mph winds and -20*F temps, or lugging camera gear to remote peaks to capture the aurora borealis, getting the shot has always been a priority. Tommy has come a long way since first picking up a camera and in recent years has transitioned into turning his hobby into professional career, so keep an eye out for his work in the months to come.