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I am a freelance adventure photographer based in Ouray, Colorado.

My work covers adventure in the San Juan Mountains and that can look like many things.  From skiing to rodeo and anything in between.  The rugged souls that call these mountains home are big on life and adventure and my obsession is to capture the action in an artistic way that tells a story.

All of this happens in a big mountain setting that often shows scale but also tells a story of its own.  The San Juan are tall, rugged, steep, and stunning.  My landscape images often convey how moody Mother Nature can be but also the details that round out our forests and ranges. 

Combine these two subjects of photography and you can create immense beauty.  I love working with forward-thinking individuals and active brands and with a deep background in content marketing, together, we can tell your story.   


Colorado Tourism Office // Visit Ouray // Visit Montrose // Denver Life Magazine // Skijoring Magazine // Adventure In the San Juan Magazine // The Wright Opera House // KJ Wood Distillers // USA Today // San Juan LEADS// Colorado Traveler Magazine // Telluride Ski Resort

Representation by Agency Access

If you have a project you would like to collaborate on or want to license or purchase a print, reach out.

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My Vision -To inspire people to connect with their inner adventurer to seek out nature’s wild places and create experiences that make life fulfilling.

I believe photography is a process

I shoot with a purpose

I love collaboration


Markus Van Meter Photography

PO 803

Ouray, Colorado 81427


C: 970.708.1513

SAT: 8707.7675.5165