from GR to SEATTLE

on january 6th, me, my friend ashlee, and my tiny car drove across the country to the great city of seattle. what an experience!

it was probably not the smartest decision to drive through many mountains in the middle of winter. we faced a few snow storms, a few rain showers, a patch of ice that so lovingly led my car into a collision with the curb. oh! and a steep, mountain driveway covered in ice that my tiny car could not make up. despite all of the stuff that went wrong on the trip, it was one of the best experiences of my life.

i never realized how big the country was. 3 straight days of driving. sometimes it was hours and hours before we saw civilization. but wow, this country is dang beautiful. i don’t think i will ever get over how amazing mountains are. i think i took a billion photos in the car while we were driving through them.

anyway, it was such a great trip filled with brilliant landscapes, friends i haven’t seen in way too long, a day trip to portland, typical touristy seattle stuff, and so many great memories.

p.s. how funny does my tiny car look next to those huge semis?

hilary + michael

hilary and michael are absolutely wonderful! i had such a fun afternoon hanging around with them on michael’s parent’s property. so beautiful. these two are such cool cats and they are currently working on opening their own bookstore in ann arbor! super super cannot wait for their wedding in june.

tons of great blog posts coming up! i just got back from a road trip to seattle and have tons of photos to share from that trip, along with a bunch of weddings, engagement sessions, and family sessions from this past wedding season. sit tight and STAY WARM…it’s freezin’ out there.

happy new year!

one of my new years resolutions is to start being more personal on this blog and also trying to be more myself. if a client were to hire me, i want them to know exactly who i am and love everything about me, not just my photos. which means, i have to start pouring myself all over this blog. so, i’m starting with my new years resolutions!

1. attend a photography workshop
2. travel very often (already have 2 huge road trips planned! more to come on that later)
3. run a 10k
4. eat paleo for a full year. or at least 80/20
5. get published on a blog
6. shoot a good handful of boudoir sessions
7. go camping at pictured rocks
8. climb to the top of a mountain. even if it’s a small mountain.
9. go kayaking at least once
10. shoot more film (i started a film blog, if you want to follow along on my daily adventures!)
11. be a lot more loving and caring towards others

what are some of your resolutions? i’d love to hear!

and what’s a blog post without a photo? the photo above was taken by my good friend, nima salimi, and is probably one of my favorite photos taken of myself this year. i hope you all have a good new year! party hard and be safe!