Meet the Photographer

2021 CWWR Photographer

We are pleased to announce our 2021 co-photographers Tenley Steinke and Paula Mayer.

Thanks for all who contacted us and if you are interested in being a CWWR photographer in the future please reach out to us and we will keep your info in our files. We thank all of those who reached out and were interested in capturing the action and thrills of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo.

Meet our new Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Photographer -- 2021.

Tenley Steinke and Paula Mayer will share the duties of the official Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Photographer beginning June 2021. We also feature the generous donations of photos by other area photographers and visiting photographers. We appreciate those who contribute in this way as longtime contributor George Hendrix frequently does.

A big thank you to Tenley and Paula for becoming our new photographers starting in the 2021 season.

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Welcome Tenley Steinke

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tenley found her love for the mountains while taking annual family trips to Big Sky, Montana. “One day, I am going to live in the mountains,” she would say, again, and again. Among many things, she loves the outdoors, her camera, spending time with her dog (Bergen), riding her dirt bike, and has a passion for horses; she is one who was obsessed with horses when she was a little girl, and never grew out of it. With her relatives being heavily involved in the rodeo industry, she was exposed to what it entails, and jumps on every opportunity possible to bond with these amazing animals.

Starting at a young age, Tenley developed an eye for design and photography, which carried her through to 2016, when she graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. With a Bachelor's of Science degree, she studied Entrepreneurial Science - seeing the importance in not only art, but also the business-aspect that intertwines the two.

After traveling around the Rocky Mountains from 2016 to 2017, Tenley landed in Aspen. In 2018, she joined Engel & Völkers Real Estate, and soon after became an extremely important member of the staff; her creative application from her experience as a graphic designer, photographer, and branding consultant, earned her the role of Marketing & Design Director. Her ability to create eye-catching collateral and develop target marketing strategies for E&V’s clients to achieve top dollar for their product is invaluable. You can contact Tenley for info on obtaining photos at [email protected].


Welcome Paula Mayer

In 2015, Paula rode out on horseback in search of wild mustangs in the San Luis Valley. Little did she know that this trip would change the course of her life. A native New Englander, this was her first exploration of the American West. And she never looked back.

Paula and her husband moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2019 where they live on a small ranch. She enrolled in the Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography program and she specializes in landscapes, environmental portraiture and photojournalism. She is a regular contributor to the Sopris Sun.

“Discovering the quiet, stoic beauty of the American West is my passion. Capturing it in an image is my obsession.”

Website information to be updated in the near future. Contact Paula to find out how you can get up to 5 images for free from what you see on the CWWR Flickr and website, for only a social media credit. Phone 617-974-1148

Sam Lipscomb was our 2019 CWWR photographer.

In 2019 Sam had been a professional photographer for over 3 years. She had made the decision to return to college to earn her Associates Degree in Professional Photography.

Along with capturing the images of the CWWR, Sam also was the official photographer for the 2018 Maverick Stampede College Finals, 2018 CSHSRA High School/Jr High School Finals, Cokeville Barrel Race, and Barrel 4 Bucks along with others.

Along with the passion for photography, Sam has a passion for horses. Sam states, "Owning my own ranch and competing in rodeo events in the past have helped me in my career as a rodeo photographer. I have a strong drive to get the best photograph in all events. I also feel strongly that every contestant deserves to have a quality photo of their run."

To learn more about Sam Lipscomb and Sweet Arrow Photography visit

Welcome aboard Sam!!

Cody Griebel -- Griebel photography was the CWWR photographer from July 2015 to August 2018.

Thank you Cody!! Cody had been photographing the rodeo for several years before she became our official photographers. She was kind enough the first half of the 2015 rodeo season to serve as a guest photographer.

Cody grew up in a rodeo family and is helping her daughter Bailey with a new barrel horse prospect. Bailey won the Junior Barrels season buckle two years ago.

Cody explains her love for ranching and photography - "As a Documentary photographer, I give the viewer a glimpse into a lifestyle that is steeped in tradition and a passing way of life. A life of simplicity, a world filled with integrity, compassion, and beautiful moments, that I have the privilege of living. I capture the heart of the cowboy, a heart that time has not changed. I transport the audience to a place where a celebration of this organic culture with their connection to the horse, earth, and tradition is better understood. I feel a desire to show the world these images in an effort to preserve this fading way of life.The culture that helps feed the world."

Cody lives with husband Travis and her family on a local ranch, where she can be found with her camera slung across her shoulder, horseback and looking for that shot that portrays the ranching culture.

Cody is currently working on a project photographing and documenting ranch women. Cody was selected in 2015 as one of the one hundred photography students for the Eddie Adams workshop that was held in New York state in October 2015. Students will be taught by photography professionals. The workshop website states, "The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios." Cody is a recent graduate of Colorado Mountain College. See to learn more about the workshop Cody will be attending.

For more of Cody's photographs visit Facebook at or her website

Carson Weller -- Fuel Infected Films -- Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Photographer 2015 through July 9, 2015

Carson Weller served as the CWWR photographer from June 4, 2015 to July 9, 2015. Carson has been involved in the rodeo over several years capturing the rodeo contestants on video and showing at venues such as the Pour House and The Black Nugget. Carson will be capturing the thrilling action of the rodeo both on video and still shots. Whether rodeo contestant or spectator you may find yourself on the CWWR website or facebook page. Carson's photography will allow contestants and participants alike to re-live the action of the rodeo. Below you will find the history of Fuel Infected Films and contact information on how you can purchase a quality image for your keepsake collection. We will be posting videos to the CWWR website throughout the rodeo season.

Carson Weller writes about Fuel Infected Films

Fuel Infected Films was established in 2007, focused and dedicated to filming extreme sports. As the snow would melt every year we looked for more extreme sports to film during the summer. Bull riding was the first thing that came to mind. At that point we decided to start attending the rodeo every week. As the weeks continued more people grew interested in watching the rodeo at their own leisure, and were very supportive of someone recording weekly. We are entering our 6th season of recording the rodeo in full. This year we are also taking all the still photography. Our goal is to make sure that everyone big and small can enjoy the rodeo through pictures, video or in person. We are very excited for the up and coming rodeo season. Good luck everyone. We thank the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo for this opportunity.
Carson D. Weller
Fuel Infected Films
P.O. Box 563
Carbondale,CO 81623

Past Photographers and Images

We thank Larry, "Shorty" Williams for his many years of dedicated service and extend thanks to Irma Sanic, our 2014 CWWR photographer.

See previous year's photographs on our Rodeo Galleries Page.