About Ethan James Rivera

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 working at Disney and Apple along 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.

Has nature ever shoot your soul?

I still remember cresting over the mountains while driving into Yosemite National Park back in 2016. Dumbstruck by the magnitude of my ignorance, I couldn’t believe it – the magic and sheer awe of the landscape was dreamlike, but so real.

originally from the midwest

The idea of the natural world being so awe inspiring was a foreign idea to me. Who woulda thought, my first trip to a National Park would hit me like a landslide?

MY time in yosemite left me speechless

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

Portrait of elopement photographer during sunset

I chose colorado for so many reason

Not far from the urban areas lay backcountry roads, scenic byways and the winding trails where natural treasures of Colorado truly flourish. A stark contrast from Chicago – where the only peaks I was use to were skyscrapers.

MY work & Style

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..

Since taking that leap of faith I’ve learned 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.

10 +

Years of photography experience


Trails explored


Miles hiked and endless memories made

Portrait of photographer Ethan James Rivera

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!

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

Elk bugling at sunrise while over looking dream lake in rocky mountain national park