Hi there, I am Traci! While I have been blogging my work for over a year now I have not properly introduced myself, so lets do that! :)
Me the Photographer...
My passion is adventure elopements and in home sessions. I love photographing elopements! There is something so amazing that happens when you get to be outside in the wilderness, in places that take your breath away, for that special moment of intimacy. I love to connect with couples and see their strong rooted love in front of my lens, everything feels so raw and real. This gives me the freedom to be really creative and produce imagery for them to have as fine art prints on their walls that they will cherish forever.
I try not to ever limit myself! I also photograph golf, portraits, senior portraits, maternity, boudoir, and intimate weddings. I officially opened my business this past Feb. after moving from FL to AZ, but I have been doing photography for over nine years. I have a BFA from UNCG and got my 'masters' from working with Montana Pritchard Photography. You may be asking why go from being on a commercial photo team and photographing huge golf tournaments to shooting adventure elopements and lifestyle shoots? Well that is simple, a lot of my work stems from my beliefs. I strongly believe that couples should have the wedding day they want, no matter what that means to them. Couples can have their dream wedding without all the wedding drama and without spending a down payment on a house.I find it truly inspiring to watch couples hike together on their wedding day and share the most intimate day of their lives together, just the two of them. This is no different than me believing in women doing boudoir sessions, which I have found leave them feeling sexy, peaceful, and empowered. I am also a huge advocate for having art on your walls, especially art that means something to you. I find that elopements and adventure sessions are a fantastic way to do this. Nothing warms my heart more than a client ordering a huge print for their walls. I like to explain my style as earthy, dramatic and artistic. Outside of photography I offer complimentary planning sessions for my couple's elopement, designer wedding dress rentals to my brides and I am an ordained officiant!
..but who is Traci Edwards??
I was raised in a very small town in North Carolina, but I have now lived in five states and traveled all over! Texas is my second favorite state I have lived in so far and probably because of its amazing horse culture. I have a passion for travel and exploring new places. I also really enjoy a good cocktail and a chef's choice meal where ever I go. I have you covered on any Mezcal recommendations or a good plate of duck. Outside of camping, hiking, and eating, I am a cat mom to Indy & Sophie, who also hike! I spend my spare time not on the trail volunteering with animals, riding horses, reading a mystery or business book and planning my next trip. Besides photography my background in the arts goes from dance, printmaking, and theater. I am extremely passionate about doing things to your own beat, mental health, understanding other cultures and strong relationships!
Three random facts:
- I have always wanted to hug a cow
- My speciality is dark chocolate fudge brownies with peanut butter chips
- My dream dog is a German Shepherd
My first adventure elopement was in Iceland back in December of 2017. It is now my career goal to photograph an elopement in Iceland each year <3
Besides Iceland some of my favorite places I have been to are Australia, Washington, Oregon, London, California and of course Arizona (hello, I moved here I loved it so much!). Photographing elopements is a passion that is just as strong as my passion to travel and hike. I can never plan a trip without wanting to also photograph a couple, it's not work it's my natural desire.
Here are some of the places I am currently dying to go explore:
- Grand Tetons
- Mt. Rainer (I am not sure how it is possibly that I've been to Washington four times and not hiked here)
- Valley of Fire
Places I have already been and highly recommend visiting or eloping at: Joshua Tree National Park, Olympic National Forest, Big Sur, Top Secret Private Family owned farm in NC, Vik, Smith Rock, Anacortes, Micanopy, San Fran, Sparks Lake and a few less traveled places in Arizona!
Tell me where you want to go in the comments!!
I am here to answer your questions! Any thing from work to personal, just drop them in the comments!