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Yosemite - Adventure Elopement Location

Yosemite Adventure Elopment Photographer

Yosemite National Park as an Elopement Location - Adventure Elopement Photographer based in Arizona

Yosemite Elopement Photographer

Yosemite is pure magic.

Yosemite National Park is an absolute dreamy place to elope. We often see the same photos of this park, couples on the edge over looking the sunning El Capitan or Half Dome. Even though these images are amazing there is so much more to this place! Every little nook is a piece of solitude and amazing views. The couple of days I was there the park was mostly submerged in the clouds. I can only imagine Yosemite as the perfect place for private vows and adventure as fantastic no matter what weather condition. There is even the sweetest little church for those couples that want an in between of an intimate ceremony and the private photos after. If you are a couple moved by water falls, look no further than Yosemite! I am telling you each hike I took and drive through the park I almost ran off the road or simply just stood motionless just gawking at the parks beauty.

Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir
Half Dome Yosemite National Park
Bears in Yosemite national Park

Let’s take a second and talk about bears…

Please remember when you are visiting the beautiful National Parks you are also visiting the homes of many wildlife. Please remember that any second one of these beautiful animals may cross the road; keep your eyes on the look out and your speed down. Also, I know you may really want that photo of a bear close up, but do not chase the bears to get that photo, observe from afar. Respect the animals and their space. Remember to practice No Trace Behind while visiting the park for the well being of the ecosystem and the animals that live there.

Traci Edwards Photography - Adventure Elopement Photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona

Hey, hey it is me! I hope you enjoyed this blog post on Yosemite National Park. If you have any questions please reach out. If you are thinking of eloping in this stunning National Park please contact me. I would love to help you in your planning and be there to capture your adventure!

If you are interested in any landscape prints click here :)

Vetur

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winter

black beach iceland
iceland photography book

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. 

vetur - small book                            vetur - larger book

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. 

prints

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!

horses in iceland

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. 


traveling female photographer

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!!


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.

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!