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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!

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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!

A day on the Reykjanes Peninsula...

Iceland Model/Photographer

Iceland landscapes are stunning and even though I visited in the winter I was not going to pass up photographing with a model. I found Iceland's best, Miss Johannsdottir to photograph for a day around Reykjanes. I have to give her mad props for knowing great locations but also for bearing the freezing temperatures and strong winds. We shot on the rocky coast, alongside active geothermal areas and on the outskirts of the Blue Lagoon. 

To see more please visit my Natural Coexistence page. 


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Sedona, Arizona Engagement Session

Engagement Session in Sedona, AZ

Where there is love, there is happiness.

During my road trip in Arizona, I stopped in Sedona to photograph a past client, this time with her lovely fiance! You could hardly say we settled for the Red Rocks as our backdrop on this desert engagement session. We had gorgeous morning light on a chilly day which was nice for our short hike to make some beautiful images. We even ended the shoot on a jolly note taking some fun holiday portraits, you know my favorite!!


Devri Strong

Meet Devri! One of the cutest little girls who is ready for life, has a love of puppies and will give you the biggest smile for a chocolate chip cookie. Devri has a brain tumor and is scheduled for surgery November 13th. Your thoughts and prayers for Miss Devri are greatly appreciated by her friends and family. This is a risky surgery, but Devri is strong and has such an amazing support system behind her we know she will get through this and move on to great things in her life. To stay updated on her story or purchase a Team Devri shirt to help support her medical care please click here

family portrait in field of flowers in belews creek, nc

"Fear Not,

for I am the one who helps you." - Isaiah 41:13

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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.

California Dreamin'


 I decided to go to California for a week alone to hike, explore and photograph for my Natural Coexistence series after a major change in my life. This shift in my life made me realize how important it is to spend time with yourself so that you can learn more about who you are. When I decided I wanted to go somewhere for a week to take some time alone the goal was to push myself in photography, push my body and mind. I wanted to go somewhere where I could be outdoors, see unique cities and somewhere that had different landscapes for my series. As one can imagine it would take months to see all that California has to offer and based on some of my previous favorite trips there, I wanted to see more!


 A year prior to my trip I flew into SFO airport, touching down in California for the first time while on a work trip in Monterey. I started my adventure with only 48 hours to spend in the city of San Francisco. For me the most important part of being there was the photo shoot that I showcased in the first blog. I still took time to be a tourist seeing the Camera Obscura at Cliff House restaurant, the seals at Pier 39 and hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse. Then I headed down to Carmel, CA to camp at Saddle Mountain Ranch among the Monterey Pines. While this stop was more so a pit stop on my long drive to San Diego, it was also about seeing a town I fell in love with during my previous work trip. There is something so simplistic about pitching a tent then heading out to the west coast sunset with no one and no plans. After a solo quaint dinner in the town it is back to the tent for a bit of reading and writing in the dark of the night. The following morning I took a short detour to take in the views of Big Sur and wave hello to the hundreds of seals and a whale in distance while on a hike.

After many hours of driving, my next stop was a camp site outside of San Clemente. Once I arrived and my tent was up and ready, I was able to enjoy yet another beautiful sunset and dinner in a new place. While on my trip I ate at all local restaurants and enjoyed local coffee shops, rather than the mainstream options. I had the best cup of coffee in San Clemente, Caramel Lavender at Bear Coast Coffee. I had one stop to make in Valley Center for a photo shoot before going into my final route for San Diego. Once I arrived in the city and had explored a bit (yes, this also included a sunset) I sat down to relax at the Adventure Hostel in San Diego. The time difference, many hours of driving, hiking and exerting a ton of energy during the shoots had finally caught up with me. I had no time to rest for the next day was going to be one of the biggest days on my trip! I set out at 5am for Joshua Tree! A place I never thought I would go; I was there and I was hiking, but also photographing. I spent one day there partly by myself hiking and reflecting. The other part with a model photographing for my series. The following day I explored La Jolla and prepared for another day of photographing in Torrey Pines. After a hike down the majestic cliffs I quickly realized this shoot, my simplest one on the trip, was quickly going to become my favorite just by the views and color palette in the images. I had saved the best meal for last, Kettner Exchange. I have had the privilege to travel to a lot of states and eat at a lot of restaurants, but for some reason (it could be all because of the duck meatball) Kettner Exchange is by far my favorite. The following morning I packed my bags and drove another scenic few hours to the airport to head home.

I could tell you ALL the details about my trip, but that is better for a chat over coffee I believe. What I can tell you is that if you ever get the chance to go somewhere alone to explore and spend time self reflecting it will change you. Being in another culture eating different food, seeing the way new people react to you, the quiet moments in a tent alone for a night, a sunset by yourself or just taking a drive for hours in views you've never seen are experiencing you will never forget. It teaches you about yourself and takes you out of your everyday life to reflect on it all the while learning about a new place. There is something about the unknown that makes creativity spark and something about the new and unusual to your eye makes you look at things around you and wonder, rather than take things for granted.

Below are some images from my photo shoots while on my trip. If you would like to see images from my series please check out my Natural Coexistence page and if you would like to know more about my trip or have questions do not hesitate to contact me!


San Francisco


San Francisco, the first stop on my weeklong adventure in California! Although I booked my flight, my stay, and my models, I often wonder how I ended up on Baker Beach. Getting to California is a story for another time; this particular blog post is here to welcome you back into my world. A world filled with vintage love, strong women, creative souls, somewhat strange imagery, travels, life stories, and ultimately my journey through a photography driven life.

While spending just a short time in this city full of color, expression, beautiful lines, and vintage vibes, I had to photograph near the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to create a vision of a heroine that was slightly offbeat, but bold enough to be juxtaposed against the structure of the bridge. The graphic 1960's inspired shades, dynamic poses, bold black statement pieces, iconic background, and obscure points of view help to create the mood of the images.

In the year of 1937, when the Golden Gate Bridge opened, women were feeling a small push towards their rights. By the 1960's, women were starting to gain the rights and salaries that they deserved, but still had a long way to go. These images remind me of the women of the 1960's and those of our generation that are now working towards bringing women together to take a stand. These are women that are moving forward and coming into their own with class at the beat of their own drum. The images with two women together speak the strongest to me. They exemplify women’s relationships with each other, whether it be sisterhood, friendship or mentorship.

Check back every Wednesday for a new blog post. I am very excited to share with you the rest of my time in California and many other shoots to come!