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Farewell Florida

Traci Edwards Portrait for Montana Pritchard Photography

I know I have you wondering what I am doing in Arizona, but before I tell you all about it I must give a proper goodbye to Florida. My time at Montana Pritchard Photography did not disappoint. I have learned so much over the last two and half years and been to some amazing places and met some very inspirational people.

There are lots of images from my time in Florida I did not have the chance to blog about. Check them out below!

Studio

Maternity/Portraits/Weddings

Here are some of my favorite memories from my time working in West Palm Beach and from work trips!

Although, I may be in Arizona now I will still be around Florida quite a bit! I must say thank you to Montana Pritchard, everyone who let me photograph them, all the amazingly talented make up artist I worked with, the friends I made a long the way and to my only good landlords in Florida, Dan & Rene. I can not wait to see what the future holds!

Girl, Get Outdoors!

cathedral rock at sunset

Yes, I am a female and I camp/hike alone..

and yes, it is scary sometimes! As females in our society we are stamped with ideas of limitations that we can't or shouldn't do some things. We are filled with fears of being in society alone. As a person I should not have to worry about any horrifying things happening to me, but I do have to think about these things and so does every other woman. I will not let these worries and expectations worry me and stop me from living my life. When I tell people that I am going to Sedona to hike the first question I get is "oh, who is going with you?" The answer is no one. Why is this a surprise to everyone? From my experience challenging yourself and accomplishing something on your own, in fresh air surrounded by beautiful places and solitude is an amazing experience.

There are a few tips that I have for the female hiker that goes alone, or with a group of her girl friends, or just for any average Joe hiker in Sedona or anywhere:

1. Pick your camp site and set up camp for the night in daylight before you set out if possible. When picking your campsite read reviews and consider if you feel you will feel comfortable there and read their rules and regulations before booking. While in Sedona I camped at Avalon because of the amazing views and reviews. I highly recommend the spot above the old root house.

2. Look up your trails before you go and determine how long it will take YOU to do the trail. I hiked Cathedral in double the time it should take just to take my time and be safe (remember I am alone) and I hiked Devil's Bridge Trail in fast-forward time because it was a lot easier for me. I recommend hiking Cathedral in the morning hours because in the afternoon in the fall the light is in your eyes on the way up from about noon to 5pm. Cathedral was not an easy trail and I thought about turning around at the first part you had to really scramble. Most trails I find to be the most rewarding once I see the amazing view from the top or finish the trail. I found this one to be most rewarding when I was able to encourage other climbers to proceed at the point I thought about turning around. I imagine the view from Devil's Bridge amazing at sunset and I imagine the hike beautiful in early AM hours. I did the hike around 11am on a beautiful day.

3. Do not be afraid to meet new people and hear new stories! I learn and hear the most incredible things while on the road, but be smart about it. Never tell someone where you are camping if you are camping alone.

4. Speaking of safety, I always leave a family member with a schedule of my tripand check in often with dropped pins of my location. I leave trail head information before setting out and once completed I send a quick photo. I try to stay off of my phone and all social media while hiking and camping outside of that to get the most out of my trip and soak it in purely alone without seeking 'likes' on what I am doing.

5. Hesitant? Get out there and do it!

To read more on my story of getting outdoors and spending time with yourself click here! To view photography work from this trip click here and stayed tuned!

 

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Photographing at Desert Mountain Golf Club for Montana Pritchard Photography.

Please Note...

these images were taken with an iphone :)

London

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Across the ocean..

I found myself soaking in the beautiful city and countryside views around London. Below are some images I had the chance to take while on a work trip. These images are from Windsor Castle and the streets in the heart of London. I love all things rich of the past, so of course I fell in love with the architecture of London. Some of the buildings around the castles are still standing from the late 1500s.

PGA Cup

is a special event that PGA of America holds where American PGA Golf Professionals play against Great Britain and Ireland Professionals every other year. It is the Ryder Cup for PGA Professionals. This year it was held at the gorgeous FoxHills Club. I am so thankful that I was able to attend this event working under Montana Pritchard Photography.

Smith Rock, Oregon

Finally in Oregon, a place I have wanted to visit for several years now! As the Montana Pritchard Photography team headed out to Sunriver, OR for a PGA event we stopped for a camping adventure in Smith Rock. I decided to bring along my old school 35mm Canon to step away from digital and the "right now" to the enjoy the moment and a lite on the trail camera. My relationship with photography first started with a 35mm Minolta and I occasionally like to shoot a roll of film to go back to the basics of design with black and white imagery. The images in this blog post show detailed moments and views during our trip. Smith Rock is known for what the state park offers rock climbers, but I must say it offers just the same to your average Joe who likes to keep their feet on the ground (this is not an insult, for I am one of those average Joes!). Our time in Smith Rock was spent drinking new wines in our tents and spots we chose to picnic at, eating delicious cheese, hiking Misery Trail and watching two adult eagles feed their 8 week old at an eye level view of their nest. Even though I had to wait two weeks to see these images, I greatly appreciate their simplicity.