To get to photo locations in the high country during the winter, it takes snowshoes or backcountry skis to navigate the deep powder. Before purchasing snowshoes, I rented a variety of snowshoes including the top ranked MSR Lighting Ascent, and eventually selected the innovative Fimbulvetr Hikr snowshoes. They are manufactured in Norway, where they know snow.
Like the MSR snowshoes, the Hikr snowshoes have heel lifts which you can elevate to making climbing steep slopes easier. They float much better in deep powder than the MSR Lightning Ascents. Outside magazine gave it their top snowshoe ranking for that reason. They have other advantages including: light weight, indestructible plastic, minimal parts, slope biting crampons front and back, ergonomic design (just 24 inches long).
The strap system is simple and has gotten mixed reviews on line as being too basic and straps that are too long. More sophisticated straps systems from manufacturers such as Crescent Moon are out there. However, after months of use, I have steadily grown to admire the strap system. The snowshoes are quick to get on and off and stay snug during use.
I weigh 165 pounds, 185 lbs with a pack, and these snowshoes have performed well in the powder. There are few outdoor activities harder than trudging uphill in snowshoes but these shoes make it easier.