Back in the States!

July 6, 2015

Packed up

I took off across the pond just over a week ago with almost everything pictured in tow (no pup or husband, sadly). It was a whirlwind of a trip, filled with memories I will always hold close. Germany is in my blood, and I can’t wait to return someday very soon.

I’ve got a few photos to share (hah, duh) and stories to tell, and I PROMISE I will get to them. But for now, I need sleep.

UP IN THE AIR – Europe Bound

June 24, 2015

Airport Vibes

I feel like I blinked and it’s been two weeks since I last posted. Life doesn’t slow down for anyone! Jordan and I have been out on the road (er, in the sky) a bit lately for work, so I thought I’d share some film shots from up in the air.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air - California

Up in the Air - California

Airport Vibes

This crazy world keeps spinning, and my trip across the pond is here! I’m meeting my family out in London this week. We will spend a few days exploring the city, then fly over to Germany. My grandmother is from Germany, so we will meet some distant cousins and explore places from her childhood. And eat bratwurst!

Jordan will be staying home this time, which is a pretty big bummer. I feel particularly guilty about leaving him, since it is our 6-year anniversary the day I fly out :(. We’ve got some mountain adventures planned when I return to celebrate/make up for the fact that I am jetting off on our anni. Also, he has Kiko to keep him company while I’m gone :).

I love this kid more every day.

Airplane Vibes

Happy 6 years. Love you always, Jo!

Except the last shot, all photos taken with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Ektar film

Falmouth, Jamaica

June 10, 2015

Caribbean 2015

Thought I’d shake things up a bit and share our trip down south (way south) to the Caribbean. The ocean is a sight for sore eyes/dry eyes when you’re from a landlocked state.

Caribbean
Caribbean - April 2015

We got sent out here for work, and had the chance to visit a school and shelter for children in Falmouth, Jamaica. Though we had a bit of down time to explore and relax, visiting these kids was by far the highlight of the trip.

Caribbean

Caribbean

The school takes good care of the children, but the shelter was in dire need of maintenance. The building is actually an old, rundown rest stop, located in a dangerous area. At night, predators often trespass the grounds. It is a horrific thought, and it was all the motivation we needed to get to work.

Our main objective was to build a fence along the perimeter of the shelter, for added protection against trespassers. And man, everyone gave 110%. While the fence was being built, extra helping hands took to the walls of the building, scraping off old paint, cleaning, and painting a fresh new coat of yellow onto the walls.

This little one stole everyone’s hearts.

Caribbean

Caribbean

After a long day, we packed up and said goodbye. The shelter still has plenty of work to be done, but we were grateful we could contribute a bit of our efforts to the cause.

I posted this on Insta already, but I wanted to post it here, too. While visiting the children at the school, some became pretty curious about my camera. I would take photos, and show the children their faces on the camera screen. One boy wanted to try it out for himself, so I let him snap a few shots. He took this photo:

Caribbean - April 2015

Favorite photo of the trip, by far.

Caribbean

Caribbean - April 2015

Caribbean - April 2015

For those interested, the organization managing this project is called Tiny Hope. See our video here.

Kiko’s Adoption

June 5, 2015

Kiko, Australian Shepherd Mix

Didn’t take long to snap some shots on film of this pup. I had a few more frames I needed to use up on a roll of film, she’s a pretty good model for that!

Kiko is just about 9 months old now, and quickly maturing from her puppy stage. The folks we adopted her from said she is an Australian Shepherd mix, but they were unsure of what she’s mixed with. After spending the past few weeks with her, we are pretty sure she is mixed with a border collie. This pup has some spunk!

How we came to adopt her was a bit serendipitous. I had been perusing the adoption sites for months, keeping an eye out for dogs we could adopt. There were some I was interested in, but they would either already be adopted, or live too far away.

Then I found Kiko. Immediately after seeing her posting, I emailed the adoption center to find out more about her. She was scheduled to be spayed and vaccinated that weekend, and would be available following her appointment.

Jordan and I were a bit conflicted. We were moving that next weekend, and would be out of town for work the following week, and it was going to just be too hard to adopt her that soon. I told them we’d keep in touch in case she didn’t get adopted that weekend.

Kiko, Australian Shepherd Mix

I soon got another email from them, telling me that Kiko had fallen ill. She had contracted kennel cough, and wouldn’t be able to make it to her spayed/vaccination appointment until she was fully healed. While I was sad to hear she was sick, I was hopeful she would not get adopted before we were able to come see her (she was located three hours south of us). They said they would contact me once she was better.

Weeks went by, and I heard nothing. I emailed them again to check up on her, but I got no response. I was worried her illness took a turn for the worse. Or maybe she ended up being adopted by someone else. We got sent out on another work trip, and I started to accept the fact that she was no longer available.

We were waiting in the airport, heading home from our work trip, when I received an email from the adoption center. Kiko was better! She had her spayed/vacc appointment set up for that next weekend. Jordan and I had already planned a camping trip down south to Zions, and Kiko would be and easy stop on the drive back up.

Kiko, Australian Shepherd Mix

We have had her for just over a month now, and we are so happy! It is the BEST to come home to a wiggly, smiley pup after a long day at work. She keep us on our toes, and we love her. She sure brings a lot of joy into our lives.

Here’s to the many adventures ahead with this pup!

Kiko, Australian Shepherd Mix

All photos shot with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Ektar, pushed 2 stops

Zion National Park, Utah | On Film

June 3, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah

We visited Zion National Park a few weekends ago, and it rained almost the entire time. BUT as the locals pointed out to us, it was a pretty unique sight to see the red rocks covered in rain. The sun made an appearance intermittently throughout the weekend (jeez I sound like a weatherman). Anyway. It was wet, and beautiful.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

The morning view from our campsite outside of Zion:

Zion National Park, Utah

Highlight detail brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Kodak Ektar film, pushed 2 stops! I’m constantly amazed with the amount of detail preserved in the highlights with film photos. Hashtag shoot film not megapixels, film is not dead, etc.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

^^I told Jordan he looked like the actual hiker icon on the trail signs. Know what I mean? The backpack, the walking stick, the stride. He’s got it down.^^

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Man, that blue is vibrant.

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

More highlight detail goodness.

Zion National Park, Utah

Summer looks good on ya, Ektar.

Shot on both the Pentax 645N and Canon AE-1, with Kodak Ektar film pushed two stops.

British Columbia, Canada | On Film

May 27, 2015

BX Trail, British Columbia

I got sick a few months ago, I think it was some flu bug going around. All I ate were saltines and cautious sips of Sprite. And somehow, I fell in love with saltines.

I don’t know how this happened. Usually, whatever you eat while you are sick only reminds you of the sickness. Not to mention, they are dry and plain, with only a hint of salt. Yet I can eat a whole sleeve in one sitting, no problem. I try not to. But I can.

What does this have to do with the photos, you might ask? Hm. Nothing I suppose. I’m munching on them now, and that’s about it.

BX Trail, British Columbia

I shared a few shots from our brief stay in British Columbia, and here are some photographs we shot on film! (Putting the saltines away).

BX Trail, British Columbia

BX Trail, British Columbia

BX Trail, British Columbia

Oh hey there, eyes.

BX Trail, British Columbia

Even shooting on expensive film won’t stop me from shooting my feet. I don’t care.

BX Trail, British Columbia

We finished the hike right as the sun was setting. The trailhead was just across the street from a farm, so our view as we emerged from the woods was quite the sight.

THIS IS WHY I have a love/hate relationship with film:

BX Trail, British Columbia

MID-BLINK. Ugh.

And this shot I look like I just stole candy from the gas station store.

BX Trail, British Columbia

Ah, oh well. You can see the lighting/location was beautiful. That’s what I get for having a photo taken of MYSELF. Lesson learned, narcissism never was happiness.

This roll was Kodak Ektar, rated at 400 and pushed one stop in development. Shot on the Pentax 645N

B.X. Falls in British Columbia, Canada

May 20, 2015

BX Falls, British Columbia

We were in Canada for a work shoot last week, and had the chance to do a bit of exploring during our down time. So we hiked!

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

Our shoot was in Vernon, B.C., on the north side of Okanagan Lake. For those familiar with Washington, it feels a lot like Lake Chelan, which is pretty much directly south of Vernon.

There is a slower pace to the town, with an outdoorsy vibe. And PLENTY to do. They get good snowfall during the winter, and nice, warm sunny days in the summer. The people I’ve met from this area tell me that living here is basically like being on vacation 24/7. Sounds good to me!

This hike was a relatively easy four miler (roundtrip) along B.X. Creek, down to B.X. Falls. It took us just over an hour to reach the falls, and around three hours total to complete the hike. We love getting out and hiking anytime we are up in the northwest. The crisp, damp air is a relief to our Utah lungs.

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

This is what I get when I ask Jordan to be my model for a photograph. Model = arm over the head pose.

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

Side note: my film camera was giving me trouble during this trip. Film in general has been giving me trouble as of late. And I’ll admit there have been some frustrations. But! I refuse to give up! It is just a hobby of mine as of now, and if I am just treating it as a hobby, I can’t expect spectacular results. With the warmer weather and longer nights, I hope to get out and shoot a lot more film, and figure some stuff out. And hey, it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. I’ll share my film shots from this trip after I chill out a bit. :)

Oh one more thing! My friends over at The Collaboreat asked me to share a favorite place to eat in the Salt Lake area. If you eat food, you should check it out.

Weekend Adventures // Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

May 13, 2015

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Exploring the red rocks in Utah has been a long time coming for me. I’ve only been in Utah for a few years now, and the adventure to-do list is long. We trekked down to Zions recently, and checked out some beginner slot canyons (no rappelling, just hiking). I was a bit nervous about heading down the slots, as it had been rainy off and on all weekend. Flash floods are a big unknown for me. But we played it safe and stayed mostly on high grounds, and the rain held off just long enough for us to get a few dry hikes in. (Seriously, it started raining minutes before we got back to our car. Twice!)

Those red rocks are magnetic, and Jordan and I are already feeling the pull to get back down there. We’ve barely scratched the surface. Including this hike down in Buckskin Gulch. It stretches 20 miles, which could be done in one day. We just had a few hours, and hiked in and out two miles, making it a four mile roundtrip. It was completely overcast and a bit chilly. I can only imagine how hot it gets in the dead of summer. On to the photos!

We just camped out of our car. It was a bit cramped, but tolerable for a short trip :)

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Can’t be a complete post without a Go Pro selfie to take us out-

Go Pro Selfie Buckskin Gulch

A Little Update! Meet Kiko!

May 11, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing. Work always picks up a bit in the summer time, especially when it comes to traveling, so we’ve been back and forth on the road a few times already this month. We’ve had a few adventures along the way, but we are happy to be home for now, mostly because we get to spend time with our new pup!

Kiko Australian shepherd mix dog

Meet Kiko! She’s an 8 month-old Australian Shepherd mix (not sure what she’s mixed with), and we adopted her a few weekends ago. I LOVE her so much. I have wanted a dog my entire life. With every birthday candle wish, I’d always wish for a puppy. I’m glad I finally found my pup! She’s the best. And though I anxiously await the day we have kids of our own, this pup sure brings a lot of joy into our lives.

Kiko Australian shepherd mix dog

We got the name Kiko from our recent trip to Japan. Kikoh was the little boy that took to Jordan pretty quickly, and he became our little buddy for the time we were there. We both love Japan, and thought it would be a nice way to always remember the time we’ve spent there.

I feel a bit silly about it, but I DID make her an Instagram account. Check it out if you need more dog photos in your life.

Weekend Adventures // Kanarra Creek Canyon, Utah

April 28, 2015

Kanarra Creek Canyon

Just outside of Zion National Park is a town called Kanarraville. Off of main street, you’ll find a trail that takes you in to some gorgeous slot canyons through Kanarra Creek Canyon. Prepare to get a bit wet, we hiked through some spots where the water was up to our knees (water socks saved my feet. That water was cold). We were a bit worried about flash flooding, but the rain held off just about until we made it back to our car.

Utah is RAD, guys.

Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon

More shots from a rainy day in Zions coming up next!

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