Bridal Adventure Session in Santa Cruz, California
Camping in Joshua Tree

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most busy times of the year for any National Park. But, it was the time we had off. So we set out for Joshua Tree with a flexible plan and had an amazing time.

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Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab in One Weekend

Some Thoughts on Chasing Dreams

Do you ever look at the images a friend posts on Instagram and think, “damn. I wish I could be there right now!” Well, a few weeks ago, my friend Megan from Cedar and Pines was posting incredible content from their airstream home base in Moab. When I commented in awe and jealousy, she suggested we visit. So, we did. We only had three days but managed to drive the 15+ hours there, explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, and sneak in a sunrise edge-of-a-canyon photo session, before driving the 15+ hours home. Instead of thinking about the million reasons why it would be impossible to leave our responsibilities for a weekend, we thought about all the reasons we should do exactly that.

I spent a day thinking: If my job is what prevents me from visiting friends in a beautiful place, do I really want this job?

I believe strongly that our careers should support our ability to live the lives we want. I’ve had a poster on the wall of my bedroom chock full of great advice and one line says, “If you don’t like your job, quit.” Plain. Simple. I look at that poster every single day. That line has been standing out recently. Other bits of advice have been relevant during others times in my life, like, “Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them.” Or, “Stop over analyzing, life is simple.” But recently, I can’t stop thinking about the freedom that comes from quitting a job.

What might happen if I made my mantra during this discovery phase of my life: If you don’t like your job, quit.

Why don’t we follow that advice immediately when we feel the itch to go? I believe resenting your job is enough reason to find another one. I was resenting the jobs Dillen and I had because they have held us back from doing things we really want to do. So, we drove to Moab and cut our losses in exchange for a beautiful weekend of friendship and adventure!

Megan’s invitation to Moab was the catalyst that drove us into the next stage of our lives, and I can’t wait to see how far we go. Since visiting Megan and her husband Nate, so much has changed. Dillen quit his job, bought a van in Tennessee, drove it back to California, we went to Paris and Morocco, and I am more actively than ever before trying to making photography my full-time profession. Sure, I haven’t quit my day job just yet. But one of us did. My goal is to be out of retail by a certain date that I am holding close to my heart. With a bit of determination and a lot of hard work, I’ll make the leap soon.

But for now, look at some gorgeous photos of our Moab weekend. Hopefully they will inspire you to take a leap into what dream you’ve been wanting to run toward.

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Adventure Session in North Lake Tahoe

A cellist, a badass, an incredible friend. This photo session with Jillian in North Lake Tahoe highlights the strength and beauty of one of my favorite people.

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Engagement in Anacortes, Washington

A chance encounter through work led me to five years later take engagement photos for these two incredible individuals. On this day we explored the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest on a beach in Washington.

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