Corey McMullen ↟ Mountain & outdoor lifestyle photographer
↟ White Mountains, NH 48/48
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Corey McMullen (@coreyoutdoors) Recent Photos and Videos
Morning’s in a different shade | Another favorite summer sunrise. Another summit. I often go back and forth between trips and even delay what I share photos from. Which is funny because I usually edit all my photos as soon as humanly possible. I’ve debated sharing all my favorite photos from a trip right away. Maybe some would like that better. But, I’ve concluded differently. Not only is it a great reminder for me, personally, of these hikes, but it is also a chance for me to reflect by spreading them out over time. Reflect on the memory itself, and reflect on everything I’ve done then and since. Lots has changed over time. Me, life, work, perspectives, thoughts, relationships, and experiences. It’s all changed. The memories don’t, they are a constant. They are my constant. Over time, and over days, these memories are my constant.
248229 hours ago
When the sun finally rose | It had been a fairly sleepless night. I tucked in pretty early in the tower. Spent an hour or so reading a book I had brought along. The wind was shaking the tower; large icicles also breaking off and shattering on the ground below. I usually like falling asleep to white noise, but the wind was a little bit more than that at this intensity that night. When the sun finally rose the next morning, it warmed the air quickly. It covered the tower in a warm glow, as I made breakfast and relayered into warm clothes. Seeing that glow was so special, despite having seen it so many times before. It’s always anticipated, and it always makes my heart feel so full.
29661 day ago
@twdbella323 and I met through Instagram and got out on our first hike together a few days ago. I’ll always be thankful for this app introducing new people to me, and for the opportunity to share a love for the outdoors with them. The sunset we caught was truly remarkable, and it’s safe to say we are still talking about it. I can’t wait to share more photos from this one.
21261 day ago
In the valley | Sometimes landscape photos draw me more than others; taking them that is. It’s a calming precision, looking for the shapes and the layers. Looking for artistry in things that just exist. Some of it is easy, some of it is hard and requires a challenge. A landscape is often refreshing because it hardly demands any attention, but there is so much to admire.
31831 day ago
Mount Adams and Star Lake as seen from Mount Madison | Places like this are exactly why I could spend all day up in the mountains. If there were calm winds, and even temperatures. Sitting on a rock, content not even moving.
305162 days ago
Ascending in the clouds to get above the clouds | I remember in this exact moment, we were uncertain if we would truly get above them for sunrise. We were above treeline, but thick clouds surrounded and enveloped us. We kept looking ahead and above, waiting for it to break. We were doing good on time. It was still blue hour. We didn’t have far to go either; one final push left.
20873 days ago
I love moments on the trail when a section glows with sunshine. Whether it is cold or hot, sitting in that section is for some reason one of the most magical things. Feeling it on your skin, looking at all of the forest come to life around you. It’s truly quite something to revel in.
20633 days ago
Point and shoot | Spending quiet mornings on small, unexplored mountains. Never been more comforted by such an activity.
23284 days ago
The most crucial part | The most crucial part of any life is making the decision to go forward with what gives you happiness. Ignoring that, or not choosing to do it will never lead you down that road. It actually can be simple. Choosing something like a sunset hike, however limited time you have. Choosing something that lifts you up; that’s what matters. I’ve learned, one way or the other, to do just that.
I almost didn’t expect much of a sunset last night. It seemed possible, the clouds would just consume it. But, instead, after some time, we were gifted with a warm, orange glow through the layers in Franconia Notch and westward. Pictured here is the AMC Greenleaf Hut, and in the background, the Cannon Mountain observation tower for scale.
652475 days ago
This little pupper (Willow) is 10 months old, and did her first 4K yesterday with @twdbella323 and I; and for sunset at that!! I don’t think she lost her energy until getting home, and then she hardly moved.
398125 days ago
Quiet mornings in the notch a while back | I’ll forever be drawn towards a quiet lifestyle. That’s partly why I moved to the mountains. Whether it be seeing the sunrise, or spending the day in a coffee shop, midweek, it’s how every part of me yearns to live. It may not be for everyone, but I realized pretty early on in my life, it’s definitely for me.
Into the alpine and the untouched ground | Since I took this while out on a solo hike, we’ve received a whole lot of rain and warmer weather up in the mountains. I hear that’s soon changing back to conditions more like this, though. So, naturally, I’m excited.
36341 week ago
In the right place at the right time | A lot of sunrise hikes is getting to the right place at the right time. That split point in time when the sun is just barely glimmering over the horizon, and all the dark fades away. I’ve made it, sort of, my personal quest to see endless amount of these moments. I don’t know if there will ever be enough to fully satisfy, though.
36051 week ago
The need is no longer relevant | Choices disappear. Over complication is governed by choices. Up here, surrounded by granite, these choices disappear. You have morning, and night. You wake up, and you fall asleep. You move, and you rest. There’s no choices of what to have for dinner, or for breakfast. There’s no choices for how your spend your money, or manage your relationships. You have only what you carry in your pack. I brought instant oatmeal and instant coffee, so that is what I had. Choices become irrelevant. Living and breathing comes to the forefront. You use your eyes and your heart more because your brain is not muddled down with the multitude of choices. The need is no longer relevant. This is why I go out to the mountains. That is the only choice I need to make.
250131 week ago
I almost didn’t take this photo, I remember. The contrast in light and shadows, even with the natural eye, was too extreme. I thought it not worthwhile. But, I went for it anyways, and now I’m glad I did. There was a small break in the clouds on the ascent, and we all turned around almost synchronized to take a picture of the foliage below.
484181 week ago
A view I got all too comforted by | I sat here for many hours the following morning after my arrival. I sat here enveloped in the clouds, but also enveloped in how simple life was up here. No distractions, no routines, no need to over complicate anything; often the descriptions provided when in the mountains. Leaving that day proved to be pretty tough, even with a cloudy stay. “I’ll be back soon”: a phrase I often say with places I visit in the mountains.
47631 week ago
After witnessing one of the most amazing sunrises, we sat on the summit above the clouds as our “break”. We were still pent up with excitement from what we had seen, so we didn’t sit long. We stood, put our packs back on, and began the descent home.
While on assignment with @easternmntnsports#goeast