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Arizona Adventure Elopement Photographer - 2018 Year in Review

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a year in review…

Welp….this is it, the last day of 2018! I always spend the last few days of the year to review the year and make plans for the new year.

I must say HOLY COW what a year!!!

The first part of the year I prepped for opening business and moving to Arizona. I drove across country with my two cats in my car arriving to my new life on Valentine’s day.

I jumped right in full force, my first week here I photographed an intimate wedding in Northern Phoenix and and in home maternity session. As the year went on I worked on building a portfolio of adventure elopement and anniversary sessions to show clients just some of the amazing options for their wedding day. I met A LOT of new people in the industry and outside of the industry, got to know my new city, did some intense continued education within the industry, determined a style and a brand and traveled a lot. In between it all, I even launched a wedding dress rental program for all of my elopement and intimate wedding brides. The year was BUSY and not at all what I thought it would be, but does anything go as we plan???

If you have ever moved out of state you know that the first year is usually….odd. Lol. It is a year of adjustment, change, learning and reworking relationships. It was not a easy year at all for me emotionally and I must say I am very excited for a new year. I think 2018 was my year of change, growth, grounding and wonder. I am hoping 2019 will be my year of growth, blossoming and success. I am so grateful for the clients I had this year, the new friends I have made here in Arizona, to live somewhere with mountains and for supportive family and friends.

I’m also so blessed to have found the path within photography that I am extremely PASSIONATE about!! Graduating college with a BFA in Photography only 4.5 years ago I had no idea what I was going to do to with it. I knew I liked working with people and helping style photo shoots, but that was it. I went to work for an RV company photographing product to then a studio and golf photography job. While I loved my job and doing the work the all-around passion was missing. I truly think I have found my home in photography and couldn’t be more excited to go into the next year with further knowledge I gained this year to help couples pick a location for the elopement, help them plan, give them tips on awesome local vendors, be able to help them with a wedding dress if they’re eloping on a shorter time frame and document the most special day of their lives.

Cheers, ya’ll to 2019!


2018 Accomplishments:

I consider my first accomplishment of the year to be moving to Phoenix, Arizona. I can tell you first hand it really makes a huge difference to love where you live. Then would come the official launch of my business! I took a leap of faith and went from working at a commercial photography studio that mainly focused on golf to turning my focus to couple’s in the wild and photographing elopements!! I feel so honored to have been featured in my first year of business by Looks Like Film, Wandering Weddings, Tacari Weddings and interviewed by the Phoenix Voyage. I also launched a wedding dress rental program for all of my elopement brides!! I offer designer wedding dresses from size 0-10 that brides can select from without the time lines and stress of shopping at a store, not to mention saving closest space later. Of course, the overall achievement of surviving my first year in business.


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Locations of 2018:

In 2018 I visited, scouted and photographed at the following locations: Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Anacortes, West Palm Beach, Flagstaff, Sedona, Hanging Rock State Park, South Carolina, Louisville, Southern California Sand Dunes, Arizona Rim Country and Coal Mine Canyon.


Upcoming Travel for 2019:

In 2019 I will be traveling to the following locations for elopements and intimate weddings: Lake Powell, Asheville, North Florida, Sedona and the list is growing. Some places on my travel list for the year not yet scheduled would be Smith Rock, Oregon, Grand Tetons National Park, Yosemite National Park, Colorado, Alaska, Mt. Rainer and of course Iceland (it is always on the list!)

I can’t wait to see where all 2019 takes me!


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I am also excited to bring in the new year with a new logo!!

Be on the look out for some big things and new changes on the website. I'm so EXCITED for the new year!

Special thanks to the following folks for helping make 2018 not too shabby for my first year in Arizona: South Mountain Films, AZ Fleuristas, Ruthanne, Lauren Yvonne Design, my PHX ladies hiking group, Ashly, Shane Baker, Everardo, Jen Maclay, I Do Rentals, Platinum Medical Group, the Southwest PGA Section, ALL OF MY AMAZING CLIENTS, all the ladies that modeled my wedding dresses for launch, of course my handsome significant other, Shane Simmons and many more.

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An adventure that starts the rest of your life..

Meet Tori and Matt, a truly adventurous couple. They moved to Phoenix from Pennsylvania several years ago. Together they are a smart power couple and lovers of the great outdoors. I couldn't help but smile behind my camera at their sweet giggles to each other.

The North Algodones Dunes are located in Southern California, and while it is typically being torn apart by off road vehicles, we had an entire day almost to ourselves in its beauty. I absolutely love my elopement couples! The memories, stories and dreams of future adventures are always awe inspiring to me. From the first look to the challenge of conquering the "trail" to breathtaking photos, elopements are like any other day in their lives together. Eloping allows the couple to start the rest of their lives together stress-free and experience a meaningful day completely their way.

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Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
— Pico Iyer
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When you're planning your elopement, it is important to understand what exactly the day will entail. For example, if you're eloping in the North Algodones Dunes in the summer months, it is very hot. You will need breaks for water and food and the proper shoes for the hot sand. The photos above give you an idea of expectations versus reality. Yes, it is beautiful and you're going to have an amazing day, but it is not easy. If you're thinking of eloping do not hesitate to ask me as your photographer to help you plan the day, it is important to know the location/trails, the limitations on permits, access within the park, the weather conditions, and tips on leaving no trace behind!

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You can imagine my excitement as an avid hiker and believer in what REI provides for the outdoor folks when Matt parked on location, opened the trunk and said “So, we brought all of our hiking and camping gear and we would like to take a photo with it.” Matt explained that they were always prepared for an adventure when they were doing road trips, so they threw everything in the car even though they were prepared to spend the next couple of nights in San Diego at a hotel. Even though their packs were filled with books they're reading, rather than things needed for survival on the trail, it just reminds me of how precious it is that adventurous couples have the option to get married in their most natural state together, outdoors exploring. Outside of the experience, it also really warms my heart that couples can leave their wedding day knowing they will receive images that they would be proud to print and have on their walls.

 

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If you are planning to elope I would love to hear from you!

Thank you to Make Up Artist, Bonnie with Blush Artistry out of Phoenix, Arizona!

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