See whether you aren’t a bit jealous of Richard Hallman.
An award-winning, self-taught photographer (and SU Model) he’s paid to pursue his passions, a small sampling of which include mountain climbing, kiteboarding and surfing.
He drives around in a customized, all-wheel-drive van with his company logo on the outside, a full-size bed inside, wide skis and extra layers arranged neatly underneath — totally prepared should a fit of backcountry skiing erupt spontaneously while he’s out and about.
The mountains are like his church, he says. He takes pictures to share what he’s found: “Some of the stuff I see, it’s just not fair if I keep it to myself.”
He won the mountain landscape division of the prestigious Banff Mountain Photography Competition last year for his picture of Mount Hood’s Illumination Rock. In 2004 he won the best-in-show award at the Teva Mountain Games photography competition; in 2005 he won the mountain-air division.
He’s also dating a flight attendant, (also an SLU Model) who can get him free flights.
But life wasn’t always this good…..