Day Trip To Sedona, Arizona

Do you ever live inside of moments and think, "These are the days of our lives."?

I do, almost every single day. Through the good, bad, come hell or high water I realize that these days are a true gift.

But even MORE so on days like THIS one, I reflect and am so thankful for this adventure life and this family that we created together. Every day is a true gift.

We went up to Sedona, Arizona for a little day trip. Jay wanted to hike Westfork Trail with the kids, and I knew they would love it. We've photographed many shoots there (like THIS one, THIS one, and THIS one, to name a few!) and we have fallen in love with it through the years. We knew our kids would too.

So we spent the day up there! We left Phoenix around 9:00am, had a picnic lunch right outside RESORT NAME and threw a frisbee. The kids loved chasing the lizards and bugs. We rested in hammocks and romped through the peaceful labyrinth. 

After lunch we packed up the car and drove about 15 minutes north of there to Westfork, where we hiked, checked out the apple orchards, the bugs, romped in the creek and got our shoes sandy and muddy. We laughed, we snacked, we spent the entire day outside.

My favorite days are ones spent entirely outside.

After we hiked the trail, we headed to Dairy Queen and had ice cream before dinner. Then we headed to dinner and then we were on our way home. We were walking back in the door by 9:00pm and tucked everyone immediately into bed.

If you ever get a chance to sneak away to Sedona to hike Westfork, or to spend time up there, DO IT. It is a gift. It was a day or retreat, calming and being with family.

Here's a few shots from the day. It was a day to remember for us, and a good reminder that if you can't plan an epic vacation, there's a lot to explore only a couple of hours away. We packed food and only spent money on gas, ice cream and dinner. It was affordable and MUCH MORE memorable than we ever could have hoped for. Was it a lot of work? Well, ya kinda. But all good things take hard work and the memories we made together was worth it times a hundred.

Arizona is pretty cool like that. But it's not COOL, if you get what I'm putting down. #hotterthanhell

To see more photos we took during the day, check out our Stories on Instagram! You'll see the highlight there labeled, Sedona. It's all there!

Who We Are

We are a fun bunch.

A family who loves hard, plays hard and lives loudly. We are adventurous in that we love the open road, traveling to new places and seeing new things. We live in the city but love the mountains. We live in the desert but love places that are greener.

We have three kids who we love more than life itself. They make life fun and an even bigger adventure! People always said that kids would tie us down, and to some extend, having children DO ground you a little bit. BUT, we have found that the opposite has happened. Life truly started once these wonderful little humans joined our lives, and while it's not easy to be parents, we love every aspect that they have changed our lives. They make life exciting, fun and seriously exhausting, but we wouldn't change a single thing. We love adventuring with these three.

Jason and I are photographers and have graciously transitioned out of photographing weddings full time. We still plan to do a very small handful every year, but we are no longer desiring to photograph weddings every single weekend. While we loved the wedding industry, there was something deep inside us that desired more. We desired evenings and weekends WITH our kids. We desired to take photos of OUR family, and to make time to actually see them. To be photographers more so on our terms than on the calendar that weddings provided. To travel when we wanted to and not just for work. It wasn't an easy decision; we walked away from photographing 30+ weddings a year, a "stable" income, clients galore, traveling opportunities, and we created beautiful images that people around the world love.

What we wanted, was to create a life that we were really passionate about, and that is our family. Starting to pave this new path hasn't been easy, but when our kids cheered to hear that we weren't photographing weddings any longer, we knew we were on the right path. 

Sometimes the path less traveled really is worth it. It's scary as all get out, but as soon as we stepped into our new normal, we knew it felt right and we knew this is where we were supposed to be.

So we are journeying a new path with our family. Creating adventure in the daily mundane and in the wildest of opportunities too. Taking this opportunity to remind all of you that you CAN pave a new path if you are unhappy where you are. Or even if you're not unhappy, if it doesn't fit for your family anymore, there CAN be a new way. Life is an adventure. Every single day should be treated as that, and we are taking every opportunity to see it as that. 

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Traveling With Your Kids

Teach them to love adventure.

From the first few weeks of all of our kiddos lives, we made it a point to start taking road trips. We LOVE to road trip and we knew from the time that they were itty bittys, that we would begin fostering a love for travel into their little spirits.

And it has worked.

They LOVE to travel. We head up north as much as we can to play in the woods, climb on tree trunks, find pine cones and just breath the fresh air. Escaping to cooler weather and creating memories along the way.

We've heard people say for years that they are going to wait to travel until their kids are bigger. And we say, take them NOW. Yes, it's more work. Yes, it's exhausting. Yes, it's hard. We have some crazy stories about how challenging it was to get everyone packed into the car and onto the road, about how the all got sick mid trip or didn't sleep at all. But even in the times that it didn't FEEL like it was worth it, looking back now we realize that it always was.

We have amazing photos of ALL of the moments captured- good and bad. We have memories of our times together and they have grown up learning how to be flexible, roll with the flow, and how to be bored in the forest.

We have no regrets.

If you have reservations about traveling with your kids, take it from us. Get up and go, don't wait another minute to live your life with your family. Even if it's only an hour or so away, DO IT. Create those memories and those family bonds that only you can do by adventuring together.

Your kids will love it and will grow to love it even more.