Utah + Wyoming

I am not good at keeping up with blogging at all. I know I should be better about it - it's a huge resource for me as a photographer to get my photos and words out there for the masses to see. But it's never really appealed to me the way it should. I love to write and have been a lowkey poet for years - however, I rarely share that side or the person behind my business which I don't think is fair to anyone that wants to hire me.

So, I am going to try and be better about being honest and blogging more often, especially with personal things and not just weddings/elopements/couples/etc.

The first full week of August I was lucky enough to shoot my first destination wedding in Jackson Hole, WY for the sweetest couple Sam + David. They are from my hometown and know my older brother, William, who introduced us and the magic just went from there. I always have a second shooter for weddings (unless it's an elopement or a custom package and they aren't needed) so I was super excited to bring my best friend Skyler along for the ride.

We flew into Salt Lake City two days before the wedding to visit some friends and hopefully shoot at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Everything sort of went to shit when we got there the first day - well, almost everything. I couldn't get a rental car at first (omg ALWAYS pre book your rental car y'all), the motel was in a semi sketch area, it was hotter than I expected, our model for our sunset shoot bailed on us last minute and so did one of our friends we were planning on seeing. It was not going well and we weren't happy (until we had lunch at Red Iguana, got a cheap rental care, and had dinner at The Copper Onion). Skyler hopped on good ole Instagram and found Rachael Bernstein through hashtags (see they work!) and she agreed to meet up with two total strangers at 5am to drive an 1 hour and 15 minutes (one way) for a sunrise session on the Salt Flats. Dear Rachael, we love you. Thank you for bringing your boyfriend Colby too. Y'all rule for real. Sometimes people suck - sometimes you meet people like Rachael and Colby and it makes you feel things again. After that we met up with a long time friend of Skyler's at The Rose Establishment for coffee and brekkie before heading out. The morning of the sunrise shoot was also the day I had to drive us up to Wyoming (5 hours away) and I ended up driving a total of 7.5-8 hours that day. I was excited and exhausted all at the same time.

Needless to say, it was a whirlwind of a trip and I had the time of my life. I have a bad case of wanderlust, so getting to travel for work is the greatest thing for me. I am so excited to shoot more and more destinations weddings across the states and across the world.

 Here are way too many iPhone and camera photos from Utah + Wyoming




Chelsea Clayton