Meet Lydia and T owners and operators behind Mountain Magic Media!
Mountain Magic Media helps their clients bring their creative ideas and visions to life through photography and videography.

Check out my interview with them, and discuss all the behind the scenes of what inspires their work and why they have created such a dynamic and thriving business in the Gunnison Valley!

How did you get into photography and custom media? Tell us what drives your business and passion for what your work?

“We have a real passion for what we do. It brings us so much joy to connect with amazing people and to witness the beautiful bonds of relationships. When we started our business together, it sort of evolved naturally. Lydia had been working for 7 years as the Crested Butte News photographer and photo editor, while Terren (T) had been a commercial and residential painter… He has painted many of the finest homes in the Gunnison Valley! We started dating, and Lydia needed an assistant for her increasingly busy schedule of freelance photography gigs. T was eager to learn, and he ended up being the very best assistant that Lydia could have ever asked for! Luckily, we continued our dating relationship along with our working relationship and were able to both go full-time with photography a few years ago. It was a scary leap to take at first, but it was easily the best decision we could have made, and we just love the life we’ve created together. We were married in 2020, and we’re still going strong with growing and expanding Mountain Magic Media.”

What are a few things we may not know about you, personally, and your business, MMM?

“As an in-love married couple, we truly understand the love dynamic. We LOVE love! And we love all love (yay, inclusivity)! We have 15+ years of experience exploring the mountains in our expansive backyard and 6+ years of working together. Our personalities complement each other well, and we each bring uniquely important qualities to the team. Our photography style is one of bright, colorful images with a true-to-life appearance and warm tones. We love creating a timeless look for our clients using a blend of candid, natural moments with some organically posed photos using action prompts that highlight true emotions. We have been working hard on launching our new website, so stay tuned for some exciting updates coming soon!”

You’ve built a very successful business and recognizable brand throughout the Valley, and have a very loyal following! Tell us why people love working with you?

“With 80+ 5-star reviews, our clients compliment our entire process from start to finish: how we are readily responsive, helpful with location scouting, fun to work with, patient, creative, and ready to go with the flow. Our consistent feedback includes how comfortable we make people of all ages feel in front of the camera and how everyone always loves the resulting images. We are completely passionate about having your photography dreams come to fruition. We’re sentimental and nostalgic, yet we tend to enjoy ourselves most when living in the moment and going on amazing adventures. How cool is it that we can make both happen by capturing all the magic moments for folks to relive again and again!?

Truly, what we enjoy most about our job is helping to create a stress-free and seamless experience. Aside from capturing all the heartfelt and fun moments, we also love helping figure out all the details that will perfectly align the photos with the client’s vision and style!”

There’s a million reasons to love living and working in our beautiful Valley. Why do you guys love calling Gunnison/ Crested Butte home?

“Each of us discovered the Gunnison Valley at different times, and we each fell in love with the beauty of the place as well as the people that live here. It’s honestly difficult to describe in words, but we aim to express our love for this place through the photographs we create. Plus, it’s as picturesque as it gets! We love the open areas to explore and all of the fun activities that are right on our doorstep. There are so many uniquely magical things about this valley that just drew us in, captivated our hearts, and keeps us with our roots firmly planted. We were lucky enough to purchase our first condo/starter home in 2016 (thanks to Jenna’s amazing real-estate skills!)”

In your opinion, what are the best recommendations, highlights, and activities that folks should explore and see while visiting Gunni/ CB?(outdoors, dining, special events, local secrets, etc.)

“Rooted Apothecary is an absolute GEM of a place to visit and has locations in both CB and Gunni. Especially if you’re still looking for that perfect holiday gift for a special someone. Gunsight Bridge (and really any Crested Butte Land Trust area) holds a very special place in our hearts. The views are spectacular there any time of year! Favorite dining: Patcharee’s Kitchen… We’re OBSESSED!”

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