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Boone Speed

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Home Base / Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Overview

Photographer | Climber | Product Developer

Adventure Photography Brand Photography Landscape Documentary Photography

Activity

Climbing Mountaineering Adventure Travel Backcountry Pursuits

Biography

Born and raised in Utah, the photographer and climber Boone Speed was always encouraged to be creative by his father Grant Speed, an artist renowned for his sculptures of the American West. “I was never told I had to be a doctor or lawyer,” says Boone. “So I studied graphic design and photography.” A few years before leaving for college in 1987, Boone got into rock climbing. “The group that I was climbing with included Conrad Anker, and people like that and we sort of put Utah climbing on the map in the late 1980s,” he says. In 1991, he took a job in the marketing department at Black Diamond. Throughout the 90s, Boone worked as an athlete, photo editor, and both graphic designer and product designer for Black Diamond. In 1996, he left BD to design shoes for Fila. In 2000, he left Fila to go out on his own, helping found Pusher, a company that manufactured training equipment for climbers. “We had to make all of our own imagery, so I started taking photography more seriously,” he says. “It started my photography career.” Commercial and editorial shoots for outlets such as Nike, The North Face, Adidas, and ESPN, followed. Boone has a recognizable style—his images blend art and aesthetics with an edgy athletic vibe.

Boone prides himself on being able to handle all facets of a shoot. “I can be the art director, creative director, and photographer,” he says. “If you’re a company that needs to hire somebody who can take on all aspects of a job, I can do that.”

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Boone gets it. His progressive thinking has enabled him to break new ground as a professional climber, and that same approach is why he continues to provide brand-defining photography that sets the pace for our communications. He consistently captures perfect moments for us, authentic to the endeavor and always to the point. Even amidst uncontrollable environmental and human variables, Boone delivers.

Beaver Theodosakis

Founder of prAna

“The client needs to understand what makes a good photo and set the photographer up for success. A good professional photographer should be able to get you images that are far better than an iphone. It should be standout work. The finest quality images. It’s hard to get a good cover or hero shot. One shot that tells story is harder than it seems.” —Boone Speed

Career Storyline

Statistics

25+

Years of Experience

100+

Commercial Assignments

36+

Magazine and Catalogue Covers

Work Experience

PAST

11/2012

Tokyo, Japan

03/2018

Brazil

09/2018

Lebanon

11/2022

Mexico

Awards and Recognition

Apr 2011

First Place. "The Shot." Photo District News

Nov 2008

Covers of Climbing Magazine Photo Annual

Apr 2011

First Place. "The Shot." Photo District News

Nov 2008

Covers of Climbing Magazine Photo Annual