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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!
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.
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!
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.
Arizona Based Adventure Elopement Photographer
Wild Hearts On Fire
Recently, I had the chance to do a mentorship with Ruthanne, a fellow elopement photographer, which brought me to the stunning views of Lake Tahoe! We took some time out of our grind on business talk to photograph this beautiful couple, Claire and Wilson! These two souls are madly in love with each other and prepping for their venture into Van Life. I could not get enough of their sweet giggles, admiration and that red hat!! I love their excitement to take photos together. I am always for couple’s pictures especially before any life change; who says you need to be engaged to enjoy each other and have beautiful images to show it!
This duo even opted in pose as a bride and groom. Claire slipped into one of my wedding dresses for rent for a some styled elopement images! Claire is wearing the ‘Death Valley’ dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. These beautiful flowers were provided by Love & Lupines Floral Design who are also based in Lake Tahoe. I’m head over heels for this bridal look with the red hat and feather, the sexy jeweled dress, romantic floral arrangement and let’s not forget all of those pines! If you’re thinking of eloping I can ensure you that it will be an experience you will never forget and stunning images to last a lifetime!
Let’s get your elopement or couple’s session on the calendar!
Couples Session - In Home - Phoenix, Arizona Photographer
Tell me how you met...
It all starts there and now you're a couple that just bought your first home together. In home couples sessions are so much fun. They are playful and meaningful. I got the chance to photograph Tyler and Rhiannon in their new home in West Palm Beach, Florida while down South for a golf tournament. I arrived to their new home as they were painting the walls and unpacking the kitchen. In home sessions can be simple, but beautiful. They can be some of the first memories you make in your new home where you will have many, many memories to come. My favorite part of Tyler and Rhiannon's session was towards the end when I said that's a wrap and asked if there was anything else they wanted to do Tyler said 'Airplane!" I was so excited it was like they read my mind! Printing images like these to put on your walls to see everyday can remind you of the love that builds the foundation of your home.
Let's get personal for a second! I have always felt with love and in relationships there should be no rules. I have always thought each couple should have their own way of 'coupling' with no outside shoulds and should nots influencing how you love each other. You may have already guessed this from my love of elopements!
This gets me to the topic of couple's photos. If you love someone, why should you wait to take pictures with them until you get engaged??? If you are like me, then you live with your partner, but that does not always mean you're engaged. I personally like to decorate my walls (a lot lol) and I like having great pictures of us to do so. Couples pictures do not always have to be formal either! You can simply call me and say, me and my partner are going on this awesome trip near by and we would love to have a few photos done! This would literally make my day and you two would have lovely images to cherish that moment together for a long time.
Now let's get romantical and book a couples session :)
So you have heard me bring up elopements several times now. What exactly do I mean when I say elopement? By definition to elope means to run away secretly in order to get married without consent. Although, in the world of Traci Edwards Photography it means getting married on your own terms, a day with just you and your partner somewhere meaningful to you or simply somewhere gorgeous. Your wedding day is the start of your life long commitment together, something so personal and important. Why has this become something you must share with lots people and spend a ton of money on? An elopement offers the opportunity for your wedding day to be more intimate, relaxed and personable. The couple is not always alone when they elope, many times close family members or friends are there to support you or celebrate with you after. Elopements are also not always in a grand national park or state park, but they can be in your backyard or even a different country. Where ever you decide to go and who ever you decide to bring I can not define what elopement means for you and your partner, but as your photographer I can help you a long the way.
Scroll below to see more information about elopements and how they relate to to my work.
Several years ago two amazing people got married in Hanging Rock, North Carolina. We spent the day just the two of them taking pictures throughout the park and ended the day with an emotional ceremony with closest friends and family.
First Out of Country Elopement:
Iceland in the winter of 2017.
The couple brought a few family members from London and got married outside by a waterfall. They choose this option for their wedding day because it was the first place they had vacationed as a couple. They got to spend a few days showing their family around some of their favorite places and experiencing places in Iceland.
My last elopement:
Was a one year vow renewal in Watson Lake & Sedona.
Places I would like to photograph an elopement at:
Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Sedona, Vik (Iceland), Big Sur, Torrey Pines Beach, San Fran, Olympic National Park, Quaint Airbnbs around the USA or other countries, family farms
Why I am passionate about photographing elopements:
Truly, I believe in the intimacy of the day. There is no fuss, it’s just simply a day of love. I am also an adventurer and I can’t wait to share more experiences with clients where we are discovering a new place on this special day, or you’re showing me places that have shaped your relationship, or standing in places that take your breathe away or even having to complete that really hard hike to get to where you will vow your self to your partner. I also find the imagery to be more of an art and much more appealing for your wall. I think it doesn’t get more special than having these beautiful memories, but also having images that you can print huge on display on your wall the same as a fine art print!
Comment below! I would love to hear about your ideal wedding day or thoughts on elopement!
There is something beautiful about discovery.
Standing in the cold windy night waiting for the northern lights for hours thinking 'Am I going to see them tonight?' It is such a rush of a feeling. Even though I did not see them sitting there freezing and watching the light of the lighthouse and listening to the waves break in the night is such a raw experience. Wondering if I am going to make it off of the closed road alive only to come over the hill and see the largest lake in Iceland at day break took my breath away and gave me that extra push to just go. Stopping in the rain to see a horse that's full of curiosity of my camera making me laugh out loud while completely alone. The worst of a weather day adventuring to the secret lagoon and never wanting to get out because the warmth engulfed me. These are all things that will truly stick with me from this trip. It is so hard to explain all the experiences and how they make you take a step back and just say 'wow.'
So, I went to Iceland, kind of on a whim! I personally do not feel that there are words that can describe this magical winter wonderland. It was truly an experience I will never forget from the scariest moment of my life accidentally driving on a closed mountain road to a romantic dinner for one followed by wine and listening to poetry in Icelandic at the hostel. For a couple of years now I have taken an "end of year self-trip" where just me in my lonesome go somewhere new and experience life while reflecting on life back home, and never in a fancy hotel or on a tour guide express, but always (pretty much) phone-less. I must say that this trip was a little overwhelming being my first trip alone to a different country and I am so glad I did it! I think this was one of the most humbling experiences of my life for a huge list of reasons. I encourage anyone and everyone to visit this gem. If you're not a strong-hearted soul maybe do not visit in the winter the icy roads, sidewalks, short daylight hours and intense wind gusts can be intimidating :)
I have to give a huge shout out to Jon, who runs the Norður-Hvammur farm in Vik. The Southern part of Iceland was for sure my favorite and I wish I could have spent more time there. Part of the reason I enjoyed it so much was the amazing breakfast provided, fantastic suggestions on what to do during my time and of course all of the farm animals that I got to spend time with and photograph. If you ever get the chance to visit please book here.
Please enjoy the imagery. You can click on the images to make them larger and scroll through. If you scroll down you can also see how to purchase my book or prints!
You can purchase a book of the Icelandic winter landscapes through the links below. Each book is a little different. One book is a small square with many images for the shopper on a budget and one book is large with beautiful lay flat pages.
Don't want a book, but still would like to have one of the images? I will be offering for a very limited time the option to purchase a print of some of the selected images. You can visit the link below to order your prints which will be shipped directly to your door.
If you ever want to sit with coffee and chat about my trip or get advice for planning your own Iceland trip let me know, I would be more than happy to do so!