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The Olympic National Park

Elopement Photographer - Olympic National Park
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Everyone has a story....


You have read my blogs about Smith Rock, Iceland, California and other travels, but I wanted to share where all this started.


During the Summer of 2016 the MPP team took a trip to Olympic National Park to camp and hike for three days after the Women’s KPMG Championship. During this trip we spent time car camping and hiking in the rainforest, hiking along the coast in La Push to Hole-in-the-Rock and trekking around with deer in the snowy mountains of Hurricane Ridge. We enjoyed local ciders we bought form little local nooks, watched sunsets from the coast, stopped to see the rainbow going across the clear lake and hugged trees larger than you could imagine! I can honestly say that this trip changed my whole life, it was the first tilt to many small shifts to come over the next three years. It sparked this intense desire to spend more time outdoors hiking and camping. It gave me this longing to go see the National Parks and learn more about these places and ther history. Being surrounded by this park’s natural beauty made me feel more at peace than I ever had in my life. It blossomed this wonder I already had for traveling and exploring to a full blown need.

Soon after, I learned about modern day elopements and boom another small shift! I saw a these stunning photos of couples in these massive mountains, along beautiful beaches and having these beautiful emotional ceremonies together. I enjoyed my job with the MPP team, but I was missing connection and working with couples. I decided to check this out and found a couple still looking for a photographer for their elopement during my time in Iceland. I photographed a couple from London’s intimate elopement on my first day in Iceland was hooked! I absolutely love elopements; not only because they are often in stunning places in the world like the Olympic National Park, but also to give couples a chance to have a wedding that is just what they want, stress free and a space to really share a special day together.

I hope you enjoy these images from what started it all for me!

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General places I am available for hire for elopements: Arizona, California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Iceland, etc.

Specific places I a available for hire for elopements: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Horse Shoe bend, Smith Rock, Vik, Olympic National Park, Joshua Tree, Sand dunes in southern Cali, Torrey pines, etc.

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Vetur

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winter

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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!!


Girl, Get Outdoors!

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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.