I was backing up some of my external hard drives (yes, that’s how careful I am with my images! I backup my backups haha!) and I found some of my personal travel photos from 2016 that I thought I would share. I’m going to make it more of a priority to share more photos like these throughout the year! I get to see some really fantastic places and those photos shouldn’t just sit on a hard drive!
David and I are big fans of traveling. Each year we carefully think through the places we want to see, the destinations we’ve been longing to visit. We love all types of traveling…road trips, international vacations, planes, trains, backpacking through forests, camping on the side of a mountain…if it means we get to see a new place and explore a beautiful area, we’re all in! Thankfully David and I travel remarkably well together. We usually have the same priorities (hike! watch pretty sunsets! eat yummy food!) and we rarely get tired of each other’s company. I’m so thankful to have such an awesome travel buddy!
Traveling is also an awesome way for me to do some landscape photography, which is a huge passion of mine. Landscape photography forces me to slow down. I have to be a little more methodical in looking for the right light, waiting for the clouds to get to a certain spot and seeking out the right angle. It’s a great way for me recharge my creative batteries!
2016 was an interesting year for us. Between selling our old house, buying a new one, grad school, photographing 62 weddings and elopements and David having some health scares, I don’t know how we found the time to travel as much as we did. Come to think of it, the hectic pace of life was probably the exact reason we traveled so much. Travel is a little escape for us so anytime we felt stressed and had the opportunity get out of town, we took off! We are so fortunate to have the time and flexibility to see as much as we do!
Next up for 2017: Outer Banks, Vermont, Montana, Banff, Jasper National Parks, and we’ll probably go somewhere in Utah because we always wind up in the desert at some point during the year! 🙂
A few favorites from last year…
My usual setup for travel photography. I’m a minimalist at heart so I only bring the bare necessities like a tripod, remote shutter trigger, filters and 3 lenses. And of course, I have to bring my awesome F-Stop backpack to carry everything in!
Great Sand Dunes National ParkWe spent an entire week in Capitol Reef National Park. We are basically obsessed with Utah and the desert and this Park has been on our list of places to see for a long time! We spent theentire time camping, hiking, taking photos and soaking in all the warm sunshine that Utah has to offer.The area above is called Cathedral Valley and it is this gorgeous valley full of huge rock spires. We spent 2 full days exploring this spot, it was absolutely amazing! If you ever have a chance to go here, do it!
We took a really random and spur of the moment trip to see Devil’s Tower National Monument in Wyoming. Such a cool place!
We spent a lot of time in Crested Butte this past summer. Altogether we were there for over a week as we location scouted for Rachel and Sam and then photographed their beautiful Crested Butte elopement in August. I just love this place! We’re heading back here for more elopements this July and I’m already counting down the days!
Of course, everywhere we go David’s fly fishing rod tags along!
And finally we wrapped up our travels with a 10 day trip to Great Exuma in the Bahamas to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I think marriage is a big deal and it deserves to be celebrated! Even when you’re smack dab in the middle of wedding season and you’re so busy you can hardly see straight! This trip was my favorite…I can still feel the soft white sand between my toes and taste the pina coladas! 😉