Solo traveling China this week 🤘🏽 . This trip has been a rowdy one filled with off road scooter adventures, thief’s, phone crashing at the worst times, bad translation, cop car rides, new German friends, being sick, getting caught up in a scam, defeating the scammers with the help of a friend thousands of miles away (thanks Matt!), FaceTime sessions, and lots of hiking. Life is adventurous and I’m exhausted. . . . #wildme #hike #natureshots #instagoodmyphoto #naturephotography #moodygrams #toneitup #artofvisuals #aov #aov5k #visualscollective #china #instagood #trustthewild #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #worldrtravel #theadventurehandbook #havecamerawilltravel #solotravel #travelgram #whyihike #morningvibes #travelingphotographer
Last year this time I was struggling to know what steps to take next. It led to investing in new skill sets, re-investing in old ones, managing a super busy schedule, and ultimately a lot of growth. Now I'm waiting on a plane to Shanghai (then Guilin) after a few weeks in Utah. Super thankful for all the opportunities that have come up and all that are about to. . . . #lifeofadventure #wildme #wildernessculture #hike #ighikers #discoverearth #earthpix #glacierpoint #yosemitenationalpark #mynps #yosemite #getoutside #california #theoutbound #500px #visualcreators #adventureunknown #liveunscripted #greatnorthcollective #stayandwander #visualprovider #untoldvoyages #createscenery #wildernessmakesyoubetter #wildernessnation #vsco #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #havecamerawilltravel #thebestplaces #mountains @losttribemag @theoutbound @natgeo @natgeotravel
It's easy to fear what might hurt you, but braver to live in a way where you know for sure what won't. . "Many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know. I might be tempted to envy people who live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid." - JK Rowling . . . #wildme #mytinyatlas #vanlife #redwoods #california #instagood10k #aov5k #whyihike #neverstopexploring #natgeo #natgeotravel #ourplantdaily #outside #instagram #theoutbound #wildernessculture #tahoe #sierranevada #traveler #explorationvibes #welivetoexplore #exploreheaven #earthofficial #theimaged #artofvisuals #lifeofadventure #discoverearth #earthpix #beautifuldestinations #earthfocus
What's your favorite memory out in nature? . I always run into a huge buck on my super early morning walks out to the Narrows. Right before this picture I told the two guys I was hiking with about him. I like to think it's the same one. Normally, I see him across the river or running through the trees but this time he was trailside. I love the moments in nature when you get eye to eye, sometimes figuratively and in this case literally, with things that make you happy. Returning to specific mountains, canyons, and even bucks time and again gives me the same feeling as when I go home to see old friends. . . . #wildme #hike #morning #natureshots #instagoodmyphoto #naturephotography #moodygrams #toneitup #artofvisuals #aov #aov5k #visualscollective #zionnationalpark #animals #instagood #trustthewild #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #utah #theadventurehandbook #havecamerawilltravel #zion #travelgram #mynps #morningvibes #travelingphotographer
Whoever said "nothing good happens after midnight" probably wasn't into night photography. It's also quite possible they were boring and didn't have a cool imagination. . . . #wildme #nightshooters #longexposure #longexposure_shots #instagoodmyphoto #nightshoot #ig_color #aov #aov5k #visualscollective #whatasunset #instagood #trustthewild #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #utah #theadventurehandbook #havecamerawilltravel #zion #travelgram #mynps #visitutah
Showed friends around one of my favorite places in the world, had a phone call with a client about her wedding, wrote an article, got back to emails, had a phone call that made me smile a lot, created a couple graphics, cooked dinner over a fire. Happy Monday 👌🏽 . . . . #wildme #nightshooters #longexposure #longexposure_shots #instagoodmyphoto #nightshoot #ig_color #aov #aov5k #visualscollective #whatasunset #instagood #trustthewild #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #utah #theadventurehandbook #havecamerawilltravel #zion #travelgram #mynps
It's been rad doing a lot more portrait/wedding work lately but I'm not gonna lie... getting back in my comfort zone on trail, shooting rocks, and natural beauty has been so nice. This is the U.S.'s 6th longest natural land bridge. Insta frames couldn't get the whole thing in but maybe I can show you a little more accurately in my story! . . . . #wildme #mytinyatlas #vanlife #moab #utah #dogsofinstagram #instagood10k #aov5k #redrock #whyihike #neverstopexploring #ourplantdaily #outside #theoutbound #dirtytraveler #unitedstates #traveler #explorationvibes #welivetoexplore #exploreheaven #earthofficial #travelphotos #theimaged #artofvisuals #lifeofadventure #discoverearth #earthpix #earthfocus #moderndayexplorer
Adding "Top Notch Dog Sitter" to my LinkedIn. . My friends @abbihearne & @callenhearne of @thehearnes adventure weddings are super busy/awesome with what they do, so I'm getting to take their super grumpy old man of a dog @blackandwhitepup on hikes for a couple evenings while they work. . . . . . #wildme #dogs #mytinyatlas #vanlife #moab #utah #dogsofinstagram #instagood10k #aov5k #redrock #whyihike #neverstopexploring #ourplantdaily #outside #theoutbound #dirtytraveler #unitedstates #traveler #explorationvibes #welivetoexplore #exploreheaven #earthofficial #travelphotos #theimaged #artofvisuals #lifeofadventure #discoverearth #earthpix #earthfocus #moderndayexplorer
Last night I drove through Las Vegas right after 10pm. I didn't think anything of it, but I could see Mandalay Bay a quarter mile to the right along with all the other hotels. Then two cop cars flew past me on the highway, a couple more on an overpass, and on the next overpass a line of three or four speeding towards the strip. I’d guess I probably saw 100 or so police cars and ambulances in the next few minutes of driving. Their lights and sirens came from every direction, shutting down exits, going faster than I’d ever seen cops drive. "There must be people dying” I said out loud in the car. I thought about trying to drive downtown in case I could help if it were a bomb or something, but then remembered the exits were all shut down and knew wherever it was would be locked down. I started praying, knowing damage was done in some way, feeling extremely helpless. . I texted friends that something bad was happening in Las Vegas and learned of the shooter. I spent all of today driving, thinking about what happened. Thinking about all those people who were so close last night. I’ve thought about the shooter too, how he got to the point where he was so sure of something that is so false, that this was the best option for his life. And as helpless as I feel about things like this the only thing I can come up with is that I still get to choose if evil and death will make my heart hard, or soften it. I thought about how this will cause people to become more kind or become more defensive, using this as another point in a future argument, or as a personal challenge to be the love we wish happened instead. . I'm not done processing this but I know that loving the world even when it hurts is as much love as loving when it feels good. Kindness in the face of tragedy can be one of the wisest choices we make. And the best thing I can do is never to let my heart grow hard, my mind pessimistic, or my ability to lend a hand to my neighbor to be forgotten. . Love to all that were lost last night and their families. May the rest of us seek out the beauty and see the good that's out here. Let's be kind to each other and use this as a good example of human brokenness. Love you all.
Currently saying hi to friends in San Diego but I can't wait to get back to Utah for some real adventure! Also, finally got an aeropress so my coffee game is about to go up tenfold ☕️👌🏽✌🏽️ . . . #rainyday #california #travel #adventure #vanlife #vanlifejournal #vanlifediaries #vanlifers #sprintervan #sprintervanlife #sprinterlife #instagood #lifestyleoverluxury #genuinepeople #moodygrams #morningvibes #aov5k #artofvisuals #coffee #coffee #adventurecoffee #folkgood #heatedtones @vanlifers @vanlife.journal
"You say I turned out fine. I think I'm still turning out" - AJR . Got an email yesterday from @natgeo telling me my application for a photography/videography grant exploring the evolution of empathy was not being recommended for funding. Not my first rejection, not my last. . The great thing about this is knowing I'm not good enough. A lot of the time people are all about "you're good enough" or "you can't care what people think" because a lot of time we can beat each other and ourselves up over not being good, pretty, thin, smart, athletic, creative, or whatever enough. And there's a time and place for accepting yourself, finding healthy levels, and having confidence. But sometimes it's good to know what's wrong, what work is not good enough, what people think as a way to guide yourself to better places/production, and understand why you are not good enough in the way that lets you say "I am not good enough yet, but I can be". . I always tell people I strive for perfection, knowing I won't attain it, but as an attitude it takes me to my limits rather than some appeasing area of low level success/trying to feel good enough as is. I'm always a work in progress and I'm fine with that, I just want to be constantly improving my work/craft/life is all. Sure, it makes me a little serious at times but is also the reason I've gotten to go see, do, learn, accomplish, and help so much. . That being said, I think the acceptance part comes from not having to earn relationships or love, constantly perform, from keeping high standards in check and remembering to have grace more than anything (but not using it as a way to make excuses for yourself). Relationally, it's about more than "earning it". No matter what I do in life though what keeps it fresh and fun and exciting is that it's something I get to do, not something I have to do. When I lose track of that is when I become tired or disappointed, but most of the time I just stay pumped on life, relationships, and asking for more even when it means a lot of rejection. Plus, how rad is it that I even got to the point where I got to be rejected by National Geographic... I'm pretty sure they'll say yes someday 😉
*turn up the volume* Not my normal post, but my brother is a rad dog dad and awesome at training them... and now this video is going viral with something over 14 million views (edit by @goldenretrievers go check them out). Link in my bio to see the whole video on YouTube! . . . #goldenretriever #dogs #dog #portrait #portraitphotography #havecamerawilltravel #fall #goldensofinstagram
So excited for fall! Just a friendly reminder that it's a really good time to get some family portraits done (dogs strongly encouraged)! I'll be in San Diego, Utah, China, Florida, and Michigan now through November with some dates available for a session! DM me if you're interested! . . . #goldenretriever #dogs #dog #portrait #portraitphotography #havecamerawilltravel #fall #goldensofinstagram
From the journal: Care less about style or status, because those mean nothing in terms of who we'd like sitting next to on a mountain waiting for elk to pass by or who's gonna show up when you can't make everything in your life look perfect. Value in others and put effort yourself into a cool heart over the best style or fad. Only one of those things never goes out of style. Invest in what is timeless. . . . #lifeofadventure #wildme #wildernessculture #hike #ighikers #discoverearth #earthpix #colorado #mynps #rockymountainnationalpark #getoutside #rockies #theoutbound #500px #visualcreators #adventureunknown #liveunscripted #greatnorthcollective #stayandwander #visualprovider #untoldvoyages #createscenery #wildernessmakesyoubetter #wildernessnation #vsco #roamtheplanet #wildernessculture #havecamerawilltravel #thebestplaces #mountains @losttribemag @mtn.folk @natgeo @natgeotravel
This month was crazy. I don't think I've ever taken so many photos and definitely not of such a diverse amount of events (weddings, real estate, sitting on a mountainside waiting for elk to walk by, corporate stock footage, headshots, stage side for a ton of bands... I said yes to everything). This type of busy is my favorite. . Was a super fun/rewarding moment out surfing on Lake Tahoe for a little fun last Wednesday after the storm broke and these rainbows popped up mid surf session. I couldn't stop smiling and had the best set of my life. Haven't had that much fun on the water since cruising around a lake at the foot of Mt. Fuji while clouds rolled in a couple years ago! . . . #wildme #mytinyatlas #vanlife #tahoe #california #instagood10k #laketahoe #aov5k #wakesurf #wakesurfing #neverstopexploring #natgeo #surf #surfing #ourplantdaily #outside #theoutbound #instagood #traveler #explorationvibes #welivetoexplore #exploreheaven #earthofficial #theimaged #artofvisuals #earth #lakelife #discoverearth #beautifuldestinations #moderndayexplorer