THE LONG WAY HOME - PART ONE

 

 

 

Work equals life. Work provides the dollars for a roof over our heads, food, clothes, etc. This wonderfully strange line of work we’ve chosen of photographing weddings provides all that basic life stuff (which we still count our blessings for daily) but the part we didn’t realize when we chose this career 14 years ago was that this particular line of work equals LIFE. A life worth living, a life we could have never imagined, a life that is a roll of the dice each year. Every year as our wedding season books up, each wedding provides for our boring life stuff (dollars) but more importantly provides a new opportunity to DO life on the front or back of wherever that particular wedding takes place.

 

This trip is case in point of how two weddings drastically altered our summer. 

 

In the last post (Going Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali) we flew to California for a couple weddings and some road tripping fun between the two weekends they fell on. On that trip, we rented a car we happened to like and it just so happened that right before leaving for that trip, our trusty old Prius’ battery had exploded (which was going to cost more than the car was worth to replace). Booshit. So while we were on that trip we had the ol' “cuss, we have to figure out what do for another car when we get home” on the mind. Well, it just so happened that the car we rented (Mazda 5) on that trip was actually surprisingly perfect for our little family. So on the last day of our trip we found one in San Diego and bought it. This is where it gets tricky. We had a wedding (Bailey and Jordan's Wedding at The Cordelle) back in Nashville we had to be back for, then a wedding back in Joshua Tree, CA a couple weeks later and a wedding in Flagstaff, AZ the week after that. Over a couple of whiskeys and a campfire towards the end of our California trip we hatched a plan…we’d buy this car, leave it in California, leave our kids in California with their grandparents, we’d fly back to Nashville to shoot our wedding there, have two weeks of alone time at home (!!!) where we’d do things we shouldn’t mention on this family blog…and finally have uninterrupted time to fiiiiiinally finish this website, then we’d fly back to California where the car we bought before leaving would be waiting for us, shoot our wedding in Joshua Tree (Meredith and Charlie's wedding at The Mojave Sands), then yada-yada-yada-roadtrip-yada-yada-yada and end up in Flagstaff for our wedding there, then road trip back across the country (for the 2nd time in 6 months) back home to Nashville. Perfect, Let's hit the road!

 

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Joshua Tree, CA

The morning of our wedding in Joshua Tree we took some time to just be together in our favorite place on the planet. We were engaged here, we had our ten year vow renewal here, and countless memories before, in between, and after that have been made here.

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* Hasselblad X-Pan + 45mm f4 / Leica M6 + 35mm f1.4 Nokton / Nikon F3 + 28mm F2 and 50mm F1.8 / Nikon Action Touch / Contax T2 / Hasselblad 500cm + 80mm f2.8 Planar

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon / Kodak Gold 200 / Kodak Portra 400