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 began her writing career in New York City writing for Simon & Schuster as a publicist and 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. In 1995 Jillian met “Baddy” and got a job in film production with real people Casting Director, Dede Brinkman, at Aspen Production Services. She worked until she popped out her first boy of three. The blog began in 2009 as an outlet for stories, videos and pictures of raising three boys in a resort town.

Jillian became a family travel writer traveling around Colorado with her boys and reviewing hotels through the eyes of a mom with three boys. One thing lead to another and she became a freelance writer for luxury travel sites such as; Inspirato, Quintess, Bespoke Concierge Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine. Jillian also was the Roaring Fork Examiner. In 2013 AspenRealLife was getting 40K page views a month without any marketing.

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

Kelby Strohm – Photographer/Videographer AND AspenRealLife’s Marketing and Sales Director

Kelby is an adventure, action sports and outdoor lifestyle photographer and marketing and sales guru. While attending Western Washington University he was faced with a choice between conforming to a traditional career path or making his career conform to the life he lives. Having been fortunate enough to travel a lot at a young age, and growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and downhill mountain biking he chose to pick up photography and videography as a way to share with the world his passion for all the incredible experiences life has to offer.

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AspenRealLife Marketing and Sales Director

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

Brian Bitterfeld – Professional Videographer

After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Brian somehow found himself working in the film and video industry in the little town of Aspen. When not immersed with the Aspen82 crew, Brian finds time to explore the lifestyles and cultures of the Roaring Fork Valley with AspenRealLife.
Brian Bitterfeld


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.