Colin Rex is a commercial photographer and creative director based in Colorado’s Front Range.

Colin’s career has been shaped by natural landscapes, far-flung adventure, and a deep love for wild spaces. His bold, elegant images capture serenity in the most desolate environments, where he works largely with negative space to demonstrate the starkness of the landscapes he visits and document man’s humble place within nature. Colin’s contributions have provided a foundation for commercial projects ranging from product launches and brand campaigns to environmental awareness exhibits for NGOs such as Rainforest Alliance and The Climate Museum.

From cycling through the Icelandic highlands to snowmobiling across glaciers in Patagonia, Colin’s travels have exposed him to hostile conditions around the world where his proficiencies in backpacking, bikepacking, ski touring, and off-road driving expand possibilities and enable self-sufficient backcountry productions. He strives to work with partners whose priorities align with his own, and believes that exposure through exploration is an important part of educating future generations on the impacts of climate change on our planet.

Following a four year marketing career at Arc’teryx, Colin transitioned to freelancing, directing his industry knowledge and technical expertise toward visual storytelling in the harshest environments on Earth. In 2019, Colin’s love for outdoor recreation and moving through mountains culminated in the founding of Coyote, a media agency focused on creative storytelling for outdoor brands and tourism boards. As part of a small team at Coyote, Colin combines his photography and creative direction to craft comprehensive deliverables for industry leaders including Sea to Summit, ENVE Composites, and The Radavist.

In 2021, Colin and art director Christian Van Os Keuls launched the creative studio Village to bring a mixed media approach to the CPG space through art direction, graphic design, and photography. Across a two-week trip to Iceland later that year, they partnered with mineral water brand Found Bubbly and The Nature Conservancy to document fragile ecosystems and shed light on environmental impacts affecting glacial ice on the island.

Colin spends his time in Denver and on the road, surrounded by the high mountains and twisting canyons of the American West.




"I have hired Colin for a number of projects now, and he's always able to use his expertise, guidance, and creativity to to make our vision a reality. He lives an active and outdoor lifestyle and therefore understands what is needed and wanted for a variety of different settings (including outdoor shots, indoor events, and product training videos)."

— Leigh Gray, Gore-Tex

"From initial conversation to final delivery, Colin has been easy to work with, an effective communicator, and adaptable. He leaned forward for a quick turnaround of deliverables and throughout the process was proactive with creative solutions to fit our content needs. Thanks, Colin!"

— Isabel Hewgley, Eagle Creek

"Shooting with Colin is an absolute joy. Right off the bat, his calm presence and detail-oriented organization make for a fun, relaxed environment – perfect for creating authentic images. He pairs that with a seriously creative eye, adding shots and angles that are unique while not being too novel. If you want to take your brand to the next level, Colin is the guy you want to hire."

— Connor Koch, Coyote

"Colin is adaptable, talented and collaborative. He’s great to work with — good energy, open and honest communication, meets deadlines, wants to do great work. No matter the need, Colin applies his creative approach to give us something fresh and new yet always within our brand guidelines."

— Lauren Cosenza, Señor Lechuga

"Colin has a terrific eye and attention to detail when it comes to product photography. Our team frequently compares metrics to determine which product images generate the highest ROI in our advertising and drive the most engagement on social – we are now not surprised when his content outperforms. His work has been integral to our growth as a brand."

— Bryce Jones, Rocky Talkie

"Colin Rex Creative in a first in class service for photography and content creation. We have built our working relationship on trust. I would recommend working with Colin and his team as they are nimble, talented, and super responsive, providing thoughtful updates throughout the project."

— Mario Burciaga, Arc’teryx

"I've worked with Colin for years and will work with him as long as we can. He has a unique ability to listen to what our needs are, understand a brand/project/product, and create images that strike a balance between art and advertising. He seeks out interesting places and is willing to do what it takes to make great photos. I couldn't recommend hiring him more."

— Victor Lytvinenko, Raleigh Denim

"No matter the conditions, lighting, or movement happening, Colin's shots are always exactly as requested: beautifully framed, and wonderfully and professionally exposed. Colin is a true joy to work with, and his travel-based packages are always easy to understand and completely reasonable!"

— Tanya Lyn, Pocket Tripod


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