Thanks to our way of traveling, we often find ourselves alone. Our trips bring us to dirt roads and dead ends, mountaintops and riverbeds, vibrant lakes and sandy deserts — and often we find these places empty. So what are two photographers to do when no one else is around to take the photo? We decided to start taking them ourselves, of course. It’s been a different kind of journey learning the art of self-portraiture. We’ve learned a lot, and with that in mind, here are some of our favorite images — and our best tips too.
Australia is vast and wild, save for pockets of civilization on the coasts. With everything being spread out, a campervan is the best way to view this beautiful country! We also spent a few days just exploring the larger cities and spending time with new friends too, so make sure you don't miss out on what this wild country has to offer. Check out our 9 day trip itinerary - starting with Sydney followed by a 6 day road trip from Cairns to Brisbane - with suggestions on places to go, cheap eats, hidden gems, and unforgettable bucket list experiences!
Milk Tea, Sushi, and Giant Robots. That is what you think of when you think of Taiwan and Japan right? Well this past Christmas break, we broke those stereotypes (well except the milk tea one) in our amazing Taiwan and Japan trip! Check out our itinerary below for things to do, places to eat, and tips for travel.
Letters read and tears shed on the mountains of the Canadian Rockies. Near our one year anniversary, we both decided to surprise each other with handwritten letters. With our letters in hand, we pulled off to the side of the road at Icefields Parkway and ran hand in hand down to the river for a little adventure just for us.
On our road trip through the Isle of Skye, we of course had to take self-portraits of ourselves with our Pulse remote! Luckily the weather cooperated with us as well, so I surprisingly did not freeze in this beautiful Asos dress that I was dying to wear. The epic landscapes of Scotland certainly made it easy!
"Isn't it going to be cold?" everyone asked.
"Not compared to the negative degrees we camped through last year in Arizona and Utah," we constantly replied.
As our new winter break tradition (in our efforts to combat high flight prices while still using vacation time to adventure somewhere new), we decided to take a road trip through the desert landscapes of California and Nevada. With our gear packed and our handy Pulse remote in hand, we caught the sunrises, sunsets, and cloudy days in between, while exploring my newfound love for couples photography and his newfound hobby for videography. Everyone always asks us, "Do you just have a third wheel photographer with you everywhere you go?" Nope - just our Pulse remote that allows us to not only take photos from our phone, but also set timelapses...long exposures...and more! So with our car piled high with equipment, we drove down for a week to take in that Southern California sunshine.
In honor of his birthday, I thought I'd dedicate a post to my husband's model endeavors (as I'm sure you're tired of all the cutesy, gagging couple photos right?!) In these never-before-released solo portraits, you can see the true mark of the (reverse) Instagram husband. Whether it's for a moody hipster portrait or a big-landscape-little-people shot, he always manages to steal the show. Time for a career change, right?
In all seriousness, I want to take this moment to say happy birthday to the sweetest, most amazing husband who makes what I do possible. Whether it's driving to a shoot, standing in for lighting tests before clients arrive, or picking up my favorite Rooster & Rice (if you haven't had it, you have to try this SF favorite) for when I'm done, he is the magic that makes it happen and the muse that inspires real, genuine, love - the kind of love that comes home from an 8 hour workday and a 4 hour final and still makes those Josey Baker Bread cookies you were craving earlier in the day (they were the bomb by the way). That's the kind of guy he is, and oh am I so, so blessed to have married up.
When your photographer gets sick and you already have the bouquet made and outfits ready...you make do with a tripod and remote! We had scheduled for a photo session with one of our favorite photographers - who happened to be in the Bay Area this week - and unfortunately had a fall through. But I couldn't bear to waste the beautiful bouquet that I designed, so instead, we woke up at 5 in the morning, drove up to SF, and shot in the (freezing cold) San Francisco Presidio. Loved the sunrise light - we definitely lost the magic once day began to break - but managed to capture some great shots with our Pulse remote!
With our national park annual pass in hand expiring in October, we knew we had to make a trip back to Yosemite. We had a good idea of what we wanted to shoot this time, having already traversed many of the main Yosemite photography spots. So this time, we went out to find unique views of this treasured park! With our new Pulse - which allowed us to remotely control our camera from our tripod - in hand and our new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens, we were super excited to share these photos!