Stephen Shelesky

Outdoors and Ski Photographer

Hometown

Fairfax, Virginia

Current

Jackson, Wyoming

Stephen Shelesky is a commercial outdoors, ski, and landscape photographer and videographer based in Jackson, Wyoming. As an openly gay man, he hopes to uplift the stories of other members of the LGBTQ+ community through his lens. He’s built his portfolio through journeys across North America, Japan, and Europe with a drive to produce striking imagery that shows landscapes in their most wild and natural state. Through his photography Stephen hopes to help others gain an appreciation for the natural world through the stories of locations and athletes.

Top Adventure Bucket-list Objective: Bike packing the Lofoten Islands of Norway or skiing the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Life Motto: Relentlessly pursue the uncommon. 

Accolades: Work seen in FREESKIER, Power Magazine, and National Geogrpahic.

At Stio we believe balance is the key, how do you practice balance in your day to day life? 

Balance can actually be tough for me, because work and play often meld together. But first and foremost I love the outdoors, so I make sure to maintain time in nature without my camera and without others, I will always cherish the feeling of solitude. In my day to day life, healthy food and gym time are key, even during ski season I find myself in the gym 3-4 days per week and that time has become a part of my life I'm unwilling to sacrifice, it keeps my mind in check more than anything.

What does "Let The Outside In" mean to you?

The outdoors are where I thrive, where I feel most present, and have been the driving force behind almost any major life decision I've ever made. Following the outdoors is the reason I've been able to craft a life I enjoy living.