A couple weeks ago, I took a trip back to Alaska (quickly becoming one of my favorite places). As always, I’m thankful that I have a job that allows me to travel and work with awesome brands on my trips. Equal Uprise sent me a few products (two hats + a purse) to photograph - I love getting to combine my passion for adventure with my love for fashion photography. Special thanks to my dear friend Paige, who is a stunning model + talented photographer.
Last week, I spent my days exploring around LA - hanging out with old friends, taking a lot of photos, eating delicious food, wandering along the beach and meeting new friends. Darien (seen in the photos below) and I have been “instagram friends” for a couple years and finally got to meet while I was in town. There is something so wonderful about meeting people who you immediately have a connection with. We very quickly realized we are extremely similar in personality (both Type 2 on the Enneagram) and also have experienced similarities in our life. It felt like we had known each other for way longer than a couple hours. She kindly agreed to model for me for a shoot I had planned with Koolaburra, so we wandered around Venice and up the coast to Point Dume, an overwhelmingly beautiful look out along the ocean.
I love that I have a job that allows me to shoot in new places and meet cool people. I am also super thankful for clients like Koolaburra who trust me to capture their brand and have allowed me to be creative + travel with their product. Traveling always allows me to refill my creative cup while experience new places. It helps to remind me why I enjoy what I do and challenges me to try new things. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!
Strength + vulnerability - so many times society and our culture today tries to tell us these two things are mutually exclusive; that being strong means not opening up too much and not letting people see that you have a story that has wounds or insecurities. I am starting to realize through reading books and observing wonderful people in my life, that vulnerability is one of the strongest characteristics. Sharing your story and your experiences of pain or joy is inspiring and has the ability to connect us as humans. I love the confidence that comes with accepting ourselves and trusting that we have experienced things for a purpose and maybe that purpose is to help someone else get through something. I say all of this knowing that maintaining boundaries is also important. Not everyone has earned the right to hear your pains and insecurities - this is what community is for. We get to surround ourselves with people who encourage us through hard times and celebrate with us during the good times. I am so encouraged by the people who have shared their stories with me - who have been vulnerable and allowed me to learn from them.
These photos are from a collaborative shoot I did with two dear friends - Caryn + Danielle. Caryn is an extremely talented photographer in town and Danielle is the beautiful owner of Joy Organics Austin. We wanted to do a simple shoot that inspired all three of us to create some magic. We were focused on raw, natural beauty and skin because Joy Organics just launched their new skincare line. It was so wonderful to create alongside these talented, beautiful friends.
I truly have been so overwhelmed with how much beauty I have gotten to witness this year. The passion that I get to call a job has allowed me to meet such wonderful people and travel to some of the most stunning places on the planet. I met my dear friend Paige 5 years ago at an “instameet” - we definitely laugh about this now, but Instagram has been such a cool platform for me to meet some of my dearest friends. We traveled to Seattle together in 2014, so another adventure was long overdue.
I can’t believe that this year I have been on two trips I would consider “once in a lifetime” trips. Paige and I explored Alaska by car, boat, and plane and I was in awe the entire time. It was amazing to be driving along and see a random overlook, park or lake, look at each other and say, “we have to pull over!”. It was a photographer’s dream and to be traveling with someone else who also loves photography was so inspiring. Fall in Alaska is probably the prettiest fall I have ever witnessed. The yellow trees mixed with evergreens, mountains and glaciers is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Traveling and getting to see so much beauty that this world has to offer always reminds me to be thankful - thankful for the wonderful people I know and for the experiences that I get to enjoy with them.
*Photos were taken with my Canon Mark iii + 50mm lens and my Leica Q. Any photos of me were taken by my talented friend + travel partner, Paige Becker.
Drive to MATANUSKA GLACIER
Drive to SEWARD
Photos shot on my LeicaQ
On our way to Seward we stopped to explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
As we were driving to Seward, we stumbled upon the most beautiful, peaceful lake (Upper Trail Lake). We were the only ones out there and the fog rolled in to create the perfect diffused light for photos. This is one of those magical places that wasn’t on our list, but I’m so thankful we pulled off to check it out!
Alaska by boat
We drove to Seward where we stayed in a cute cottage AirBnb and took a boat tour around the Alaskan Gulf. We saw so much wildlife including killer whales, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, and seal lions. We also got up close and personal with a beautiful glacier.
Drive Back to anchorage
As we headed back to Anchorage, we decided to stop at Upper Trail Lake again to see how different it looked in the morning sunlight. I am so glad we did because the photos look completely different from the ones we had taken just two days before.
Alaska by Air
Photos shot on my LeicaQ
Flying around Alaska in a tiny little plane was an absolutely amazing, slightly terrifying at first, but AMAZING experience. There is something about seeing a beautiful place from the air that makes you feel so incredibly small. We saw glaciers, landscape that we had driven through a few days before, a pod of beluga whales, and the sun setting over the mountains. Special thanks to Ryan + Jared for being the best pilots around.