It might not seem like it, but Emily Johnson and Brian Mohr are on their way to work. Today -- their office is at the Mad River Glen ski area.
The married photographer duo captures nature's beauty through their lenses -- and on their skis.
"We love to explore and much of our work stems from our explorations around Vermont and the northeast and to some extent, around the globe," Mohr said.
Their business, Ember Photography, started 12 years ago. "Ember is Emily and Brian -- our names combined," Johnson said.
They sell original photos, prints and cards. The snap shots even end up in magazines, ski area web sites and national campaigns for companies like Patagonia and Mammut.
Pictures like theirs do not come easy. Challenging terrain and the weather constantly pose new daring adventures. Johnson has dealt with frost bite already a few times this year, but nothing seems to stop this power couple. "It's incredibly rewarding -- we love to ski," Mohr said.
"It's what we love to do," added Johnson.
Climbing, tucking into trees and skiing down some serious terrain -- often using each other as models. And it's not just photos -- they even take videos while they ski. No poles -- no problem. "A lot of our ski days, people think we're crazy. We'll get to the car right as we need to turn on our head lamps because we leave the top of the mountain right at sunset," Johnson said.
When it comes to who's a better photographer, they say they compliment each other. Emily's good with details. Brian shines while capturing quick movement. The tougher the terrain, the edgier the picture. Exploration might be their middle name and they admit they push it. "It's easy to interpret what we do as extreme or dangerous or crazy but we feel that we're extremely safe," Mohr said.
"It's good to have the woman's intuition in there too because I put on the red light before he does," Johnson said.
A couple capturing adventurous Made in Vermont moments in the great outdoors.
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