The Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah

March 27, 2015

The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Jordan took a quick trip out to Zion National Park with his cousins last weekend. I wasn’t able to go (this time), but I wanted him to share a few shots from his trip. We are already planning a trip back down there in a couple weeks!

Here’s Jordan:

The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Hiking through the freezing cold mountain water, balancing over wet slick rocks you can’t see beneath you, and stopping to look up the steep red rock walls of the Narrows is breathtaking- literally from the cold water and the views.

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

There really is no substitute when it comes to getting out into the wild. I consider myself an outdoors enthusiast, but I still feel like I don’t get out enough. This trip to Zions/Southern Utah has helped me jump start my excitement and wanderlust!

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Reconnecting with nature is something I never regret, but find it hard to take time to get out there and do. But honestly, the effort is minimal compared to the payoff. Not only the epic pictures, but a renewed sense of connection with mother earth. The icing on the cake after a long hike is setting up camp in remote spots surrounded by grand vistas of red rock mountains, and getting lost in the deep blue night skies.

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Check out Jordan’s Instagram for more adventuring!

Seattle – Film Photography

March 25, 2015

I realize that in the winter months, my film photography is a bit less frequent. I had these rolls just waiting to be developed for MONTHS. For shame.

Here are some shots from our trip to Seattle earlier this year (pre-Superbowl XLIX).

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We took the ferry across the sound to Bainbridge Island just at sunset. As we left the port in Seattle, the seagulls swarmed in like crazy, and followed us out across the sound for a while.

Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film

I have shot from this location a number of times now, and I am pretty in love with the muted tones from the skyline. The clouds perfectly compliment the greyish hues of the buildings, as they blend into the sky.

It wouldn’t be a proper Washington post without some foresty shots! We took this hike early on a Sunday morning, if I remember correctly. It was brisk and sunny and perfect.

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Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film

Shot with the Pentax 645N, on Kodak Portra 400 film

Japan on Film

March 20, 2015

Last installment of photos from Japan! :) and :(. But thank you everyone for the kind words on the previous posts, I love to hear from you!

I saved the best for last. Hah, kinda. Well, yeah I think most of these shots on film turned out pretty darn good. I shot a few at sunrise that didn’t turn out quite as I had imagined, but I’m learning. Also, I took a shot at pushing film. I rated the film at a higher ISO, then pushed it two stops in development. I’ve heard good things about pushing Kodak Ektar, and I love the skin tones on that roll of film.

This post is best accompanied by the latest release from Death Cab for Cutie, their new song Little Wanderer. I love it and have listened to it on repeat for the past two days.

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Did you make it through the massive photo dump? Tell me your favorite! I’m a sucker for the headshot portrait of Jordan in the bamboo, but I may be a little biased. :)

- Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra 400 and Ektar 100, pushed 2 stops in development -

Final Days in Japan

March 18, 2015

Sunrise Japan

One benefit to jet lag in Japan is that it is easy to wake up super early. Those first few days, we’d wake as early as 2 or 3 in the morning, unable to fall back asleep. So, we were able to see the sunrise quite a few times. Sunrises in Japan are incredible, but that’s no surprise.

We drove out a few miles to watch (film) the sun rise over rice paddy fields. The light was beautiful.

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Now we can’t have a post without photos of food! We went to a soba restaurant for our last lunch in Japan. Jordan had a warm soba dish (similar to ramen), while I had the soba served cold. The protocol is to dip the noodles into the sauce and slurp them up (rather than my inclination to pour the sauce over the noodles. Made that mistake last time.) Slurping is a must, too.

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I even tried to recreate this meal at home. It was good! Not exceptional, but I think it’ll satisfy my cravings for now. The soba dish was probably one of my most favorite meals we ate, second only to the incredible homemade meal we were served at Karino’s. Who am I kidding. The food was just amazing every single day.

A bit more exploring here and there:

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Here’s our hotel!

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The short amount of time we did spend here, we were most likely sleeping. Or eating.

We got just a bit of shopping in before we left, so we loaded up with some Japanese food + Ultraman memorabilia to bring back to the states. Oh I wish I would have gotten 10 bags of those black crackers. They’re a sesame cracker, flavored with soy sauce. And they are delicious.

At the airport, they sell sushi to-go with some cold packs to keep it fresh so you can eat it on the plane! Ingenious. I only wish we could have loaded up an entire suitcase with the stuff.

It was a sad goodbye at the airport. Karino’s son had gotten pretty attached to Jordan that week (and was especially fascinated by his beard). Until next time.

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Flying over Tokyo Narita

P.S. Stay tuned for just a few more shots of Japan on film.

Fukuoka, Japan

March 16, 2015

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We did quite about of hopping around Japan during our stay, including an early morning domestic flight over to Fukuoka. We grabbed a quick bite at the airport before boarding. And I can’t help but love the packaging and presentation of the food here. It just seems so thought out and perfect.

It turned into quite the overcast, rainy day. But we managed to tour the historic part of Fukuoka, and got our fortunes at the temple. And more cherry blossoms! I guess spring is here, after all.

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We walked through a fresh market to duck out of the rain. We came to this place selling fresh fish, and Jordan asked that man if he could take a picture with him holding the fish bucket. He said “Oh let me get dressed up!” and tied that rag on his head, posed, and then smiled.

I just love Japan.

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We also had the chance to see the LDS Fukuoka Temple, tucked away neatly on a busy city street.

And we met Ultraman!

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I need to work on my pose.

Yokohama, Japan

March 13, 2015

We were pretty busy shooting video this day, so I didn’t take too many photos. It was harder than I thought to switch into photographer mode after shooting video all day. But! I just got my film scans back, so I have some shots from Yokohama on film!

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Yokohama, Japan
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Cherry Blossoms in Yokohama

It was a pleasant surprise to see some cherry blossoms this early in the year! And now for some non-film, mostly-iPhone photos (with one GoPro still thrown in for good measure).

We took the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line to Yokohama, which is a bridge that turns into an underground/underwater tunnel that takes you across Tokyo Bay. Before this bridge was built, you had to drive around the bay, through Tokyo. So, what used to be an hour-long ordeal got trimmed to a short, 15 minute drive. It stretches across the water, then dips under the surface and disappears underneath. UNDER THE WATER.

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Tokyo Bay Aqua Line from Airplane

We flew over it the following day on our way to Fukuoka. So you can get a birds-eye view of that thing. Insane.

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There were a ton of bridges we crossed in Japan. With just a little bit of research, we figured this one was the Tsurumi Tsubasa Bridge, on the west side of Yokohama Bay. San Francisco’s got nothing on Japan. Ha, jk. Can’t compete a city with a country, that just ain’t fair.

And of course, we had sushi.

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Japan Trip 2015

Ha ok I guess that was kind of a lot of pictures. And still a few more Japan pics to come!

Film photos shot with Pentax 645N on Kodak Portra 400, pushed 2 stops

Chiba, Japan

March 11, 2015

First stop- Chiba!

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Breakfast in Japan

We traveled around Japan quite a bit, but our home base was in Chiba. One thing I’ve realized traveling outside the States is that not a lot of cultures eat sweet stuff for breakfast. Salad and soup? For breakfast? But that miso was so delicious, I didn’t miss my frosted flakes one bit.

We filmed at this beach, which in the middle of February, was pretty deserted. And pretty pretty.

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Japan Trip 2015
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Japan beach
Japan Trip 2015

Our mode of transportation for the week was that massive van (complete with racing tires). It fit us with all our gear with room to spare. We put a lot of miles on that thing.

After our first shoot day, we finished it off with hot bowls of udon and tempura!

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I miss that food SO MUCH. And the people. And just everything. More pics to come.

home!

March 4, 2015

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Radio silence on this blog was due to being out of the country + limited wifi + being just so dang busy. But we are home! We have been in Japan the past 8 days (photos on Instagram!), and words cannot describe how much we love that country. It feels good to be home (kinda), but this trip was one for the books. I’ll share photographs and stories from our trip soon, but for now, here’s a shot (from the airplane) of the snow-covered landscape we came home to. Ya look good, Utah.

The Day He Asked

February 20, 2015

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On this day in history, in the year 2009 (seriously how is that six years ago), Jordan asked me to marry him.

I’m honestly not sure if I would remember the exact date, except he chose a day that already stands out to me, since my favorite Backstreet Boy also celebrates his birthday today (Happy Birthday, Brian!). OK my 14-year-old self is showing. (I should mention my embarrassment at the fact that it is also Kurt Cobain’s birthday. My taste in music was shameful. What can I say. I WAS 14.)

I know I’ve written about it on this blog before, but I’ll give you the reader’s digest version:

It was a cold Friday night, and we were at an indoor pool party. Jordan was being quiet, and I thought he was mad at me for taking him to a pool party in the dead of winter. But we didn’t stay too long- Jordan had some other plans in mind.

He took me to the same burger place we went to on our first date, got some hot chocolate, and continued reliving that first date. I was completely and entirely oblivious to the idea of him proposing that night (despite the whole first date reenactment, which is usually a pretty big tell). We had been dating for 4 months, and had yet to even mention the ‘M’ word. I really had no reason to suspect.

But I still knew already. I knew I could marry him. And barring any weird, dark secret Jordan was withholding from me, I knew we probably would get married. I just didn’t know he had already bought the ring.

I realized he wasn’t mad about a mid-February pool party. He was nervous about asking this girl to marry him. He told me he had a surprise for me, and the surprise was a big adventure. Hard at times, but worth it in the end. (His proposal was a big inspiration on the naming of this blog). I said yes, and we stayed up until 4 in the morning talking about what life will be like together. And it’s better than I could have even imagined. Cheesy and I don’t care. I love this kid.

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Photo cred: Miesh Photography

Weekend Review // Valentines Edition

February 18, 2015

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Been a while since I did a nice weekend round-up, but this weekend was pretty rad!

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\\ As you may have seen on Instagram, my sister had her baby! Everyone is in love, especially the big brother. Makes my heart melt.

\\ Climbing! And food! We had an awesome triple-date with some of our best buds. We checked out the climbing gym out in Salt Lake and did a bit of bouldering before stuffing our faces at an all-you-can-eat Mongolian grill.

\\ Jordan and I had a romantic Valentines on the slopes. Felt like a warm spring day, and we rewarded ourselves with a delicious helping of sushi. I guess we reward ourselves with food pretty frequently these days. I also made Jordan a ‘Love You’ banner (thanks for the awesome DIY!)

\\ We took advantage of the day off and went skiing again on Monday. I got to take my 4-year-old nephew out skiing for his first time, too. It was pretty hilarious/adorable. It was my first time teaching someone that young to ski, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. There was really only one meltdown the entire day, and with a child, that’s a win in my book.

We are gearing up for a big work trip next week to Japan! I have been twice before, Jordan once, but this is the first time we will be traveling there together. I CANNOT WAIT.

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