With the recent completion of the fastest time anyone has ever hiked all 900 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Benny Braden is always busy hiking trails across Tennessee and capturing what beauty the tri-star state has to offer. This record breaking hiker/photographer isn't shy about laying down the miles and sharing what he sees when he's out on the trail.
"LIFE SHOULD HAVE MORE MOUNTAINS AND LESS STRESS"
Originally from East Tennessee, Sierra now calls Knoxville home. She loves the outdoors, hiking, tubing at the lake and finding new places to explore. She recently graduated from the University of Tennessee and loves cheering for the Vols where she was part of the two time National Champion Dance Team.
A lifelong East Tennessee native, Adam discovered hiking
A few years ago as a means of recovering from issues of life and reconnect with faith. A contractor by trade, “Dad” being his most important title, hiking and photography are his passions. Completing the “Tour de Leconte” (44.3 miles, Three trips to the top on a single day utilizing all open trails) on the Fourth of July 2018 is his greatest hiking accomplishment to date.
As a photographer from Sparta, TN it was only natural to grow up spending most of his youth in the rolling hill and caves of Tennessee. A love for the unusual and unknown has influenced his unique brand of photography that highlights the abandoned of Appalachia. Through each shot he hopes to shed light on conservation efforts, appreciation of nature and inspire others to get out and explore the world around them.
R Jay Prusik
A husband, father, and photographer from Knoxville, RJ enjoys shooting landscape and portraits. His favorite thing about photography is the joy it brings to others. He enjoys traveling around Tennessee photographing the states beautiful landscapes, flying his drone, and he is often found set up with his equipment waiting to capture the perfect sunrise.
Is a hobby photographer born and raised in Knoxville, TN. He enjoys urban and city photography, but the Smoky Mountains hold a special place in his heart. You will often find him out chasing sunrises, sunsets, or the stars. He loves exploring new places,getting outside to enjoy nature and meeting the great people of our state.