Richard Hallman: SLU Model + Photographer

February 8th, 2010, on the topic of Lifestyle Models, Sports & Fitness Talent, Talent Features

Story Written By: Peter Frick-Wright, The Oregonian

illumination-rock.jpg This shot of Mount Hood’s Illumination Rock was the winner in the Mountain Landscape category at the prestigious Banff Mountain Photography Competition in 2009. Richard Hallman was on his way back down from the summit when the eerie lighting caught his eye. Photo ©2009 by Richard Hallman

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.
25810_32228He 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.

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Richard Hallman 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.” 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…..

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