Welcome to the Great Range Frames blog!

Exploring the outdoors and spending time in nature has always been important to me. Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to have had some incredible opportunities to live in different states, to travel, to backpack as my job, to observe wildlife, and to climb higher and higher. I’ve been lucky enough to stand on top of almost two hundred different mountains across several states and to have seen the views (or lack thereof) across the seasons. Hiking and backpacking provide so much more than just exercise in pretty places. It’s not just the physical and mental challenge of making a summit; it’s also peace, clarity, creativity, relaxation, and inspiration. Most of all, it’s the personal growth in myself and in those I share the experiences with.

Ted Letcher and I met on a college outdoor club backpacking trip outside a leanto at Marcy Dam in the Adirondack High Peaks on a cold February night. We became Adirondack 46ers and Winter 46ers together and braved taking on the Colorado Rockies 1,800 miles from home. He has pushed me to expand my comfort zone and encouraged me to take on new challenges, including this photography venture. It helps too, that he is great at weather forecasting and is studying atmospheric science. I’m also not a formally trained photographer; just a self-taught, avid hiker who likes to bring the scenery home with me.

The inspiration for starting this small business to share our adventures and photography comes from both family and friends, who love our images, and some of whom are often unable to venture out to see the views themselves due to time constraints, health concerns, etc.

Great Range Frames is named for the Great Range in the Adirondack Mountains, where I first discovered my passion for hiking and the great outdoors. My biggest supporter is my dad, who is an extraordinary self-taught woodworker with a lot of creativity and ambition. It was his idea to teach Ted some woodworking and to pair their custom frames with my prints to create especially unique works of art. I hope our work can inspire appreciation of the natural world in those who view it, and motivate people to find time to step outside, breathe some fresh air, and enjoy nature's beauty. Perhaps you’ll even join us for an adventure or two.

Stephanie Graudons