National parks are pretty much my new favorite vacation destination and Zion just might be the best of them all (at least of the parks I’ve been to thus far)! Truth be told; prior to a year ago, I didn’t know much about Zion. I’d heard of it, but I certainly couldn’t have pinpointed it on a map and I didn’t know about it’s grandeur. Then, I happened across a blog post on a fellow photographer’s site (ah, the magic of social media) and I fell in love. (I mean, her pics are pretty darn stellar!!) I think I scrolled through the photos a dozen times. Right then and there I promised myself I would go! Zion happens to be pretty close to Las Vegas, and luckily for me, there is an annual photography convention in Vegas! Perfect excuse.
Fast forward to March of 2014. I attended the conference, and had a blast with my photographer friends. Afterwards, my travel-partner-in-crime, Laura, and I headed out for a road trip through Utah, with Zion being the highlight. Zion is absolutely breathtaking. Early March is quiet around the park, so you won’t see too many cars on the roads or hikers on the trails. We enjoyed serenity, nature, and gorgeous views from every vantage point. The highlight of Zion was definitely hiking up to Angel’s Landing. The trail is 5 miles round trip, with a 1488 ft elevation gain, but it the last quarter mile of the trail that features the most stunning views. It’s treacherous and requires hikers holding on to chains to avoid dropping off the 1000-1488′ cliffs. Literally. Some areas are so narrow two hikers can’t even pass each other and since you’re following a ridge, there are dramatic drop offs on BOTH sides. Needless to say, my camera was safely tucked away for the majority of the hike- I only snapped pics in wider areas of the ridge and at the summit. I didn’t create this video, but if you want a 3-min consolidated version of the hike from the safety of your home, check out this video.
I say this about every place I travel too, but I really, really want to return to Zion. It’s such a special place.
Photos captured on a Contax 645 with Fuji 400H film, iPhone and a couple on Laura’s Canon MkIII.
Congratulations to Kirsten & Carlos, who were recently featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine!! I had such a fun time working with this lovely couple at their engagement session and on their wedding day and I’m so excited for them as they venture out into this world as newlyweds. Shortly after their wedding and European honeymoon, they headed off to Boston where Carlos is getting his MBA at Harvard and Kirsten is teaching yoga- what a duo! Love that they are both chasing their dreams!!
They planned the most gorgeous wedding and I was so honored to work with some of my favorite industry friends, including the ladies at l’atelier couture, who outfitted Kirsten in her Romona Keveza gown and Nelle clutch!
Other fab vendors included:
Hair & Makeup: Emily J
Florist: Munster Rose
Caterer: Bon Appetit
Cake: Cocoa & Fig
DJ: Midwest Sound
Ceremony Chairs: Apres Party & Tent Rental
Linens: Linen Effects
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
Thanks, as always, to the ladies at MN Bride for the feature!! Sending lots of love and appreciation your way!!