Our AspenRealLife Team

Our AspenRealLife Team

This is an enormous thanks to our local photographers, videographers, writers and graphic artist designers who have joined our team and are working out in the field to capture the Roaring Fork Valley scene for you via positive and inspirational organic content, images,on-the-fly interviews, music and restaurant reviews, video edits, and the written story.
As brand ambassadors, digital marketers and social media professionals, we endorse brands through intimate, insightful, informative and humorous organic content including; local interviews; hotel and restaurant reviews; and family and adult experiential adventure reviews.
If you are interested in joining our team as contributors, please email us: aspenreallife.com

Jillian Livingston – Founder/Editor of AspenRealLife.Com

Jillian studied Broadcast & Film at Boston University. Writing was always a passion of hers and she began her writing career in New York City working for Simon & Schuster as a publicist, and then as a Merchandising Editor for Seventeen Magazine. She moved to Aspen in 1990 and worked for what was then called Aspen Film Festival, DanceAspen and IDCA. Her last job before having her three boys was working in film production with real people Casting Director, Dede Brinkman, at Aspen Production Services. The blog began in 2009 as an outlet for stories, videos and pictures of raising three boys in a resort town. In 2013 AspenRealLife was getting 40K page views a month without any marketing and so she decided to monetize the blog and start telling the local story.

Jillian became a travel writer traveling around Colorado with her family and reviewing hotels through the eyes of a mom with three boys. She also wrote for luxury travel sites such as; Inspirato, Quintess, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine, and she was the Roaring Fork Examiner.

If there is adventure involved Jillian wants to cover it, whether it is a romantic weekend at Aspen’s “Secret” Hotel in Aspen, a girls’ getaway weekend at the Sorrel River Ranch in Moab, or an eight hour drive over treacherous passes for a family ski trip to Wolf Creek.

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Photo Credit: Michele Cardamone Photography

Alex Blanco of Alex Blanco Photography – Photographer

Having been raised by a Mother who studied fine arts, and a Father who was both an engineer and a musician, gave Alex a sensitivity for the arts. He discovered photography in 2001, pursued the certification of a professional photographer, and has taught several courses and workshops in Australia, Argentina and United States.
His work to-date includes fashion, sports, events, weddings, products, advertising and more in Spain, Argentina, Australia, Hawaii, and Aspen. Alex is now based in Aspen, Colorado, and is available for work anywhere. His goal is to create unique images that generate feelings in people.
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Alex Blanco – Photographer

Rob Hollis – Writer/Photographer/Pro-Snowboarder/ Mountain Biker/Green Architect

Rob is an Architect, mountain biker, pro snowboarder, entrepreneur and the founder of CEDC (the Colorado Environmental Design Company). His connection with nature has led him to study Biology where he is wrestling with the large issue of the degradation of natural environments and ecosystems.
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Rob Hollis, Architect, Pro-Snowboarder, Mountain Biker, Writer, Photographer

Winslow McCurdy – Writer/Photographer

Winslow McCurdy is a travel photographer and writer from Seattle who has spent extensive time living abroad in Latin America. He attended Colby College in Maine where he majored in Latin American Economics and History as well as Spanish. He currently splits his time between Aspen, Colorado and contributing to his own travel blog through his travels in the Spanish-speaking world. Winslow spends many afternoons fishing, mountain biking, hiking and generally enjoying the beautiful places where he happens to hang his hat.

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Winslow McCurdy – Writer, Photographer

Dipika Rai – Author/Writer

Dipika is the author of Someone Else’s Garden (published by Harper Collins USA). Born in India, Dipika schooled in the foothills of the Himalayas and earned a BA in mathematics and an MBA in finance. She has written for over 25 magazines including Vogue, Marie Clair, Arts of Asia, Aspen Magazine, and now AspenRealLife.com. I currently live in Aspen with my husband and children.

AspenRealLife Marketing and Sales Director – Website Designer/Ghost Writer/Copywriter

Lee Junkin – Writer

Lee studied history at Colorado College where he also played lacrosse and club hockey and wrote for the school paper, satirical newspaper, and sketch comedy groups. After growing up outside of Boston, Lee now lives in Snowmass Village, though he is still a die-hard supporter of Boston sports. In his free time Lee enjoys writing, playing sports, playing guitar, attending concerts, and fishing.  

Stephanie Hirsch – Website Designer/Ghost Writer/Copywriter

Stephanie Hirsch is a full-time mother, blogger, and ghostwriter who has spent the her career in copywriting, blog and website design, ghostwriting books, and even running a nutritional tea company.

Stephanie has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2014 and enjoys the family-friendly down-valley scene in her home of Basalt.  When Stephanie isn’t clicking away furiously at a project on her keyboard, you can find her hiking Arbaney Kittle trail with her 22-month old son Hunter and standard poodle Enzo.

 

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Stephanie Deluca

Bear Matthews – 2017 Summer Intern

Bear Matthews, 16, was brought up in the southeast countryside of Kent, England until he was ten, before moving to live in Brooklyn, NY, where he was mentored under Zackary Davis in organic sculpture and abstract design. It was with his time spent at Zack’s side, that Bear found his true love for organic environmental design, of which he took with him upon later moving to Pacific Palisades, CA at the age of fifteen. Since then, Bear has experience working for Snapchat, Looksery and is the founder of several successful teenage run startups all across the U.S. Bear’s greatest joy is split between his time hiking and skiing with his younger brother, Zander, and his team brainstorm sessions.

 

 

AspenRealLife Past Interns

Christopher Gsell – College Student/Writer/ARL Intern

Christopher was an awesome intern – never afraid to put himself out there for the story. We loved his energy, intelligence and confidence, as well as his excellent journalistic capabilities. We were sad when he left us to galavant around Spain through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Junior year.
Christopher was a member of the school’s squash team, competing against teams throughout the East Coast, eventually helping the team to its first ever national tournament birth. Christopher played bassoon in the school’s symphony band and has attended master classes at the Aspen Music Festival. He is a close follower of current affairs, specifically in regard to the United State’s role in the Middle East, and has travelled to Israel and the West Bank to experience first-hand the confluence of religions and cultures he has studied. In the summer of 2016 Christopher covered Wanderlust, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Booker T Jones, Slow Groovin’ Barbecue, The Trashmasters, and more…  He hails from Houston, Texas but resides in Snowmass, Colorado during the summers.