Meet the Photographer

Seeking 2021 CWWR Photographer

We are currently looking for a photographer for the 2021 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo season from June 3rd through August 19th. Sam Lipscomb our 2019 photographer is not able to commit to the 2021 season as her family grew fall of 2019 with the addition of a new baby boy much to the joy of his older sister and parents. The newest addition isn't quite ready to join the rodeo circuit on a weekly basis.

It has been the goal of CWWR to work with up and coming photographers that are getting their career started or attending college or trade school with the goal of making photography a part of their career and worklife. We have worked with CMC in the past and are reaching out to them as well. However, if you or someone you know of might be interested in being the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo photographer for the 2021 season and potentially a year or two beyond that, please contact Mike Kennedy, CWWRA Board President at 970-379-3907 or [email protected]

There is compensation and we provide free pizza and drinks each week to rodeo staff and volunteers. Our goal is to provide experience and help a student or beginning photographer build their portfolio. Or if you just enjoy photography and the rodeo give us a call too!! If you fit this category please give us a shout.

Meet our new Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Photographer -- 2019.

Sam Lipscomb-- Sweet Arrow Photography is now the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Photographer beginning June 2019

A big thank you to Sam Lipscomb for becoming our new photographer starting in the 2019 season. It has been the goal of CWWR to work with photographers studying at CRMS and give them the opportunity to photograph the rodeo for around three rodeo seasons. That way allowing for aspiring photographers to get experience while providing photographs for our contestants and fans alike. Cody Griebel was our first photographer to do this.

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

Sam has been capturing rodeos for the last 2 years. A few rodeos she has been the official photographer for include but are not limited to the 2018 Maverick Stampede College Finals, 2018 CSHSRA High School/Jr High School Finals, Cokeville Barrel Race, Barrel 4 Bucks.

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.