I’m Jeremy and I like to take photos.

-Mount VanHoevenburg overlooking the ADK High Peaks

I never had a real camera growing up (that I remember) but I do remember having a lot of disposable film cameras over the years. What happened to all the photos will always remain a mystery but I do have a box of photos starting from around senior year in High School.  

I’m not exactly sure how it began but I know it involved my lifelong friend Chris. We’ve been friends ever since we ran into each other in the hallway in Kindergarten. I was running around a corner; so was he.  His teeth ended up in my forehead. This was the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

About 4 years ago, Chris and I started going on hikes around the area. We discovered part of the North Country Trail that goes through Canastota. We hiked part of it one day and came to someones backyard with a gate. The gate went into a cow field and all the cows were staring us down. We both looked at each other like uhhhh, hmmm, uhhh, is this right? Screw it, lets go. We had to hop around cow pies and took some selfies with some cows. A great time was had by all.

To make a long story short, I started hiking, kayaking, going on adventures, and I started taking more photos. I bought a Nikon DSLR, discovered Instagram, and found a website called CNY Hiking. This all inspired me to discover and explore the Adirondacks.  I put 42 thousand miles on my car in one year. I hiked and spent time with countless friends while launching many new friendships. I seriously was obsessed with the Adirondacks and I discovered the Adirondack Firetower Challenge.  If I wasn’t adventuring, I was watching photography videos and learning as much as I could about photography techniques and editing.

Over the last couple years I have hiked over 40 Mountains in the Adirondacks, 9 which were part of the 46 High Peaks. Some of them I have hiked 2, 3, 4, or 10 times. I’ve hiked countless other trails to lakes, lean-to’s, waterfalls, and went kayaking on lakes and rivers all over the Adirondack Park.

I love sharing the beauty of the world with friends and family. The first time I hiked a high peak, I felt like I was on a different planet. I never knew that these amazing views existed and that they were only a couple hour drive from home. I was in love with my life. I AM in love with my life.

This past summer I took the ultimate plunge and booked 3 weddings to photograph. I was nervous, anxious, excited, and scared. After the first one the other two were much easier. Maybe not easier but I wasn’t freaking out as much before each one. I have been doing a lot of family, children, and portrait photography for the past two years. My niece is basically annoyed with me because I have photographed her so many times to practice new techniques. I currently shoot a high end Nikon camera with pro series lenses.

When I’m not hiking or practicing photography, I am going to shows with friends, enjoying some craft beer, singing alone in the car, and trying to be the best uncle / godfather that I can be to my 6 year old niece. My current goals are to keep hiking the 46 high peaks, keep going to shows with friends, travel as much as I can afford to, and document it all with my camera.  

As they say, a picture tells a thousand words. I hope my pictures can speak to you for years to come.

Jeremy Ackerman.

Photographer. Music lover. Adventurer. 

Lover of life.