I spent a good majority of my growing up years in Colorado and California, during which my family went on many road trips throughout the southwest. I knew that the beauty of the area was something I wanted to share with Graeme someday.
After a busy summer of weddings, we needed a change of pace. We photographed Kate & Alex’s magical wedding on Galiano Island, came home to pack up our car and headed south. The car was packed–the border guard actually asked us why we had so much stuff. I didn’t see any harm in bringing along a couple of pillows and down comforters to outfit our tent as we camped along the way. Crawling into a tent and meeting a soft down quilt and your own pillow instead of an old sleeping bag and a thermarest with a fleece rolled up for a pillow? Deluxe.
It was a beautiful three weeks. After shooting so much, we needed a little break from our usual gear. We inherited this old 35mm Nikon film camera from Graeme’s grandfather which we took along and had a lot of fun experimenting with. We also busted out my camera for some of the stops, but it stayed buried at the bottom on the car for the most of the trip, which was so refreshing. Sometimes, I find that putting the camera down and really soaking in the moment is the best way to get re-inspired.
“Life… it has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath:
I’ll tell you how the sun rose
A ribbon at a time…” -Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts