Salt Lake City's smog and air quality have been in the news lately. Last week, @thehunchbackoftemplesquare and I took pictures for about an hour around the Capitol building while it was surrounded by the stuff. I've never seen anything like it. It made my eyes sting and left a weird taste in the back of my throat. Icky stuff, but the pictures turned out stunning.
Variety is the spice of life. (And my Instagram!) It was fun trying out a studio shoot last week with the @byuphotoclub!
Good things on the horizon! (Swipe for some snacks 😎😏) . I have a zillion more photos from the Salt Flats, but I've also got some new stuff I'm excited about, so enjoy this photodump in the mean time. Featuring sunsets, salt flats, and some of the people I love.
FOOT WASH . Speaking of washing feet near a salty body of water, the New Testament is pretty cool. . It's also pretty cool that both Salt Lake City and Jerusalem were founded after a religious group claiming to be led by God wandered in the desert away from persecution and settled in some quality mountainous real estate with a nearby lake known for its salt content. 👀
Hi! It's me again! :) Thanks for being here. Thanks for being you.
Not to be optimistic or anything, but everything's going to be okay. You're doing better than you think you are. It's all going to work out. We'll get through this.
Someday, I want to hit the road in a van or a little RV and just drive all over the place. Go from coastal town to coastal town, then through Route 66, stopping at every roadside attraction and national park along the way (and out of the way!)
Because what would my feed be without a picture of glowing port-a-potties?
Tell me your ghost stories 👻
Walking the dog . This is actually like one of my favorite pictures I've ever taken. And I know I say that all! the! time! But seriously! This is a vibe!
The Salt Flats are such an otherworldly place. It really does feel like another planet there. 👽
Lost beyond the edge of the earth
It's not every day this shirt matches my surroundings. 🕺🏼 . PS: to exaggerate ur booty, put a camera lens in your back pocket. Works every time. Looks totally natural.* You're welcome.
🖤 black friday 🖤
Some night scenes. Which one is your favorite? I'm curious. (1 or 2?)
Ok I've gotta cool it with the train pics so here's one last one to tide you over for a while.
I'm heading back to Boise tonight!!! Looking forward to a week back in the Gem State.
*cue Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash*
Something a little different, but what else is new?
Control what you can, confront what you can't.
I just had a nap for lunch and it was delicious 😋
Having a train car to yourself is pretty cool. . (Also, does anyone else see the resemblance between @lyss.darling and Nancy from Stranger Things?)
The mountains are playing peek-a-boo and I'm as thrilled as a three year old about it.
Remember Cindy Lou Who? This is her now
Another picture from Oliver's favorite duck pond. 🦆🤗
losing a train of thought.
My idea of what November is looks something like this. Yellow trees, pale blue evenings, and ice on edges of ponds. . With that said, I'm perfectly happy with the 50 degree weather we've been having the last few weeks here 🙌🏼😭😍
I would never consider myself a wildlife photographer, but... I also don't think my Instagram feed would be complete without this picture of a duck. (Affectionately named Florence.)
Just vibin' on a train, ya know? As one does.
Sometimes I let the big things get in the way of noticing the small things. Other times I'm so focused on the small things that I don't see the big ones. It's good to step back and love both.
Catch me taking pictures on the train WAY more often 😍 These turned out so fun!
Purple mountain majesty, I get it, now!
Really this is just a glorified, aesthetic mirror selfie. With a sunset. And mountains. On public transportation.
Long-live autumn 🍂
Hey - didn't see ya there. . I thrifted this jacket over the summer. It turned out to be a women's coat. But you know? I kinda like it. And it matches the season, soo here I am ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Sometimes, the mountains are enough.
Hello, September. Wait, I meant to say October. Man, time just goes so fast. Can't believe it's October already. Wow.
👻 Happy Halloween! Read on for a spooky story! 🎃 . Urban legends tell of search and rescue officers finding staircases in the middle of nowhere leading to absolutely nothing. They are told not to talk or ask about them, and are strictly forbidden from going near them. While no substantial evidence can ever be traced to connect them to disappearances, people often describe weird auras and feelings when they come near the stairs. . Urban legends or not, Search and Rescue teams do have verifiable stories from across the nation of small children and others vanishing, and then appearing tens to hundreds of miles away. They are often found in places as though they had been dropped there, because they have to be carried out by helicopter after no one can reach them any other way. Sometimes they are missing shoes, but their feet show no sign of wear. Sometimes their shoes are never found. They're almost never able to recall how they got there. . Apparently, these disappearances occur in clusters, noticeably in National Parks. Yeah. Look up David Paulides, a guy who had spent a lot of time and resources collecting and mapping these kinds of stories out. Or don't. If you like camping, probably don't do that, actually. . Fortunately, I read those stories /after/ my family and I came to this hill to stargaze over the summer. . The staircase does lead to a flat place to overlook the land surrounding this hill. (So it's not that mysterious or random.) But it was completely covered in flying ants - layers thick. You could hear them as you got close. I gave up going for the top due to the gross crunches of each step and the constant bombardment of flying insects hitting your face and arms and hair. So that was a little spooky. After it got dark, though, the only flying things we saw were shooting stars, and that was much better. (Unless they were actually aliens.) . So anyway. Moral of the story: look out for flying ants, aliens, Bigfoot, etc., and never ever ever ever ever go camping/hiking alone, and tell people where you're going/what you're doing. There are still mysteries out there. Stay safe. Happy Halloween! 🎃
Everything you've been's not everything you'll be.
It's been a minute since I posted a picture of me! So yeah! This is me! (Well, actually, this is just a picture of me, I'm a person, not a combination of pixels on a screen. As far as you know.) But anyway! School is going okay. Utah is aight. I've been eating a lot of club-sponsored free pizza. Life is good. I've got lots to be thankful for. And there's always something good off in the distance to look dramatically at. . I'm trying to do more portrait photography as my part time job through school, so if you wanna shoot let me know! (I've got flexible rates right now, too, soooo 🤷♀️)
Look at my feed to see this same location just a few weeks before this picture was taken! . While a third picture of Bridal Veil Falls with snow from yesterday would have been cool... I'm glad the snow melted cause a.) I'm not ready for snow yet, and b.) it would've really thrown off my fall feed aesthetic I've been working on for the next few days haha.
Many of society's greatest problems stem from people not feeling seen, known, recognized or listened to. - David Brooks . I've been thinking about this quote a lot this week, since it was shared in our weekly BYU Devotional. Mostly trying to figure out how I can be better at seeing, knowing, recognizing, and listening to everybody more deeply and genuinely. If you have any ideas or advice, I really would love to hear it, and could definitely use it. . I hope you know I'm more than happy to be a listening (and increasingly caring!) ear. We're all in this together. Message me anytime. ❤️
Honestly the little lady with her dog on the park bench makes this picture. (The beautiful fall colors help, too.)