Outdoor and lifestyle photographer Jake Baggaley has a passion for adventure. As a competitive trail runner and keen mountaineer, he's also inspired by the rugged landscapes and dramatic scenery of the natural world. "I grew up in the New Forest [in southern England] and loved being outside," says Jake. "I've also always loved playing around with cameras. My dad is a photography lecturer – growing up we had a darkroom in our kitchen – so those interests came together quite naturally as I got older."
Trail running introduced Jake to new contacts and helped him to carve out a niche. "I never set out to be an outdoor photographer and most of my previous work had been social documentary, but that's how I started to get work in the outdoor adventure industry," he explains. Jake's clients now include The North Face, Another Escape and Adidas.
When an opportunity arose to photograph the snow-covered landscapes and frozen lakes of central Sweden on skis and ice skates for sustainable expedition company Do The North, it was Jake's dream project. "We visited the Dalarna region for skating and Fulufjället National Park for backcountry skiing. It was really secluded and I wanted to capture the sweeping ice and the vast, remote landscape," he says.
A lightweight camera was key, which made the compact Canon EOS M6 Mark II, with its 180˚ tilting touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi, 4K video and a 32.5MP APS-C sensor, an ideal companion. Paired with the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens, it offered a powerful specification in a small, portable package.
Here, Jake demonstrates how to make the most of your camera while adventuring, and shows that it's possible to capture breathtaking images of nature without travelling too far from home.