A turn of the century era cabin complex just east of Eagle, Colorado that apparently used to be a stagecoach stop on Highway 6 is the home and base of operations for photographer Mike Crabtree. The main cabin, right on the Eagle River, serves as home for Mike who is currently now an empty nester. Another structure serves as a frame shop. The other cabin serves as his Gallery and office with about a hundred photographs on display. He prints most of his own photos on inkjet printers using archival papers and inks.
Mike Crabtree acquired the property in 1993 and saw the potential for what is now his dream come true. As a professional photographer back then with about 5 years in the trade he started out consigning his work to numerous galleries locally and in several other states and doing many one man shows in various places. This helped develop a loyal clientele and much word of mouth publicity that has resulted in a good portion of his current income from those who purchase his fine art work. The Vail Trail did a feature article on his work in 1990 and this resulted in some regional magazines contacting him to get on their stock call list. He began to be regularly published in these magazines. Mike has numerous cover photos in the Vail Valley Magazine, the Aspen Magazine, Mountain Places, and work published in Estates West, The Avid Golfer, American Photo and Popular Photography magazines.
He currently sells his own stock photos and does assignment work as well as building his stock nature images plus weddings and portraits along with selling his work out of his gallery and to designers. A recent development is the privilege of displaying his photos at the fabulous Ritz Carlton in Bachelor Gulch, next to Beaver Creek, Colorado. He is starting his 9th year there as of the fall of 2018.
He also had a great time as a mentor for American Photo and Popular Photography magazine till they switched to only Nikon shooters. All Canon shooters were dropped as mentors.
Mike Crabtree started shooting photos back in the late sixties while traveling with the Navy. A neighbor in the Chicago area gave him a Baby Brownie, a little box camera that was indestructible, and that started his love of making his visual statements on film. He’s pretty much self taught along with help from respected photographer friends and artists that gave him honest critiques and pushed him to hone his craft. Mike is currently shooting with Canon digital cameras and is quite proficient in Photoshop to correct and sometimes enhance his work. Lots of backpacking in the Colorado Mountains and travels elsewhere have been an enjoyable way for him to make photography an ongoing adventure. If you have time to visit his Gallery, give Mike a call at 970-390-9500 for directions and or to make an appointment.