About Ethan James Rivera

— Travel and Adventure Photographer

Lets slow it down…

we’re living in an information rich and time poor society. For many of us, nature has been the outlet in our lives with its ability to slow things down and be present. Our worries tend to dissolve after experiencing its beauty (I’m sure you can recall a moment like that without hesitation). Over the years I’ve grown a deep love and respect for the great outdoors, but it wasn’t always like that.

Photography has been a part of my life for the last 10 years, taking me all the way back to my days at Disney and my galavanting travels. It was the vehicle to so many adventures over the years, but as time went on I came to learn that the fuel needed to keep that spark going was found in the mountains – and in a connection to nature.

For me this type of work is the opportunity to live in the present while simultaneously preserving a moment in time. To share that love and passion with anyone interested in the outdoors is something that just feels, natural.

Has nature ever moved you to tears?

Not in the literal sense, but I still remember cresting over the mountains and coming into the Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park back in 2016. Dumbstruck and eyes tearing up, I couldn’t believe it – the magic and the sheer awe of the landscape was dreamlike, but so, so real.

I was hooked.

…who woulda thought, some rocks and a few waterfalls would hit me like a landslide?

My experience in Yosemite Left me speechless…

The kind of speechless that propels you to leave behind the 9-5 life and move across the country to start a new life near the wild.

It didn’t matter where since my standards were based off the suburbs of Chicago – where the only peaks I was used to were skyscrapers.

I chose Colorado for so many reasons. Not far from the urban areas lay back country roads, scenic byways and the winding trails of the state and national parks where natural treasures of Colorado truly flourish.

Since taking that leap of faith I’ve come to learn a few things over the years.

Living in a “you should do this” society has a funny way of silencing that gut feeling that’s been trying to guide you your whole life.

Nature has better connection than WiFi ever will.

There’s no road map to life, no cheatsheet, no how-to, but there are connections to be made, experiences to learn from, and a whole lot nature to love.

This is the land that inspires songwriters, poets, painters, photographers, mountains guides, lovers and countless others to celebrate the wonders that life presents.


Trails explored


Years of photography

Endless memories created

Some Quick Facts

I live near Denver, Colorado

with my partner Victoria and our our cat Shaggy.

I care about the planet

and spend a lot of my time giving back to the lands that have given me so much life. That’s why in addition to being a Leave No Trace Aware Photographer, I volunteer my time with the Headwaters Trails Alliance & USDA Forest Service in Grand County, Colorado to maintain one of the many beautiful trails Colorado has to offer.

I’m a bit of a nature nerd

I love learning about the landscape I consider my “office”. Expect to hear some dad facts.

Have a question?

I’d love to hear from you!

Please provide as much information as you can so I can best serve you.

You can also reach me directly at info@ethanjamesrivera.com.

Happy Adventuring!

– Ethan