2017 in Review

2017 was good to me. Here's a brief rundown of the "hits" this year... 

 Began the year with a roadtrip to New Mexico. Ate not-enough green chili, but briefly explored the  Organ Mountains  and camped out in  White Sands National Monument .

Began the year with a roadtrip to New Mexico. Ate not-enough green chili, but briefly explored the Organ Mountains and camped out in White Sands National Monument.

 Returned to  Tucson  with my parents in early February for the big ol’ gem show… and naturally visited Saguaro National Park. Love that place!

Returned to Tucson with my parents in early February for the big ol’ gem show… and naturally visited Saguaro National Park. Love that place!

 Attempted a winter summit of  Quandary Peak  in March, but got turned around in a serious blizzard… the sunrise going up made it totally worth the effort.

Attempted a winter summit of Quandary Peak in March, but got turned around in a serious blizzard… the sunrise going up made it totally worth the effort.

 Visited  New Orleans  in early April. Ate too much food, watched a lot of live music, and paddled through the swamp.

Visited New Orleans in early April. Ate too much food, watched a lot of live music, and paddled through the swamp.

 Had a ball shooting photos for  Wenzel  in late April. It snowed one of the nights, but we had a blast anyway! 

Had a ball shooting photos for Wenzel in late April. It snowed one of the nights, but we had a blast anyway! 

 Picked up a couple of amigos and went backpacking and camping in  Capitol Reef National Park  in May. Super underrated National Park in Utah!

Picked up a couple of amigos and went backpacking and camping in Capitol Reef National Park in May. Super underrated National Park in Utah!

 Enjoyed some “ winter in May ” on the Long’s Peak trail. Anytime you’re above the clouds for sunrise is a mega win!

Enjoyed some “winter in May” on the Long’s Peak trail. Anytime you’re above the clouds for sunrise is a mega win!

 Drove high in Rocky Mountain National Park in June for an  epic sunset .

Drove high in Rocky Mountain National Park in June for an epic sunset.

 Later in June, I spent some time hiking and camping in the  San Juan Mountains .

Later in June, I spent some time hiking and camping in the San Juan Mountains.

 Bought a mountain bike in July and got hooked.

Bought a mountain bike in July and got hooked.

 Spotted a fox during a wedding in Aspen.

Spotted a fox during a wedding in Aspen.

 Did some solo camping in route to Outdoor Retailer in Utah.

Did some solo camping in route to Outdoor Retailer in Utah.

 Visited the Great Salt Lake!! So beautiful, but so, so stinky.

Visited the Great Salt Lake!! So beautiful, but so, so stinky.

 Later in July, I got paid to play in Wyoming for  Visit USA Parks ! 

Later in July, I got paid to play in Wyoming for Visit USA Parks

 Hiked up to the stunning Arapaho Pass in Indian Peaks Wilderness (without the crowds!)

Hiked up to the stunning Arapaho Pass in Indian Peaks Wilderness (without the crowds!)

 Watched the solar eclipse in the Wyoming backcountry in August. 

Watched the solar eclipse in the Wyoming backcountry in August. 

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 Had a couple of different epic backpacking trips in the Wind River Range.

Had a couple of different epic backpacking trips in the Wind River Range.

 In early September, I found myself on the other side of the camera with Colorado State Parks for a 360 film shoot.

In early September, I found myself on the other side of the camera with Colorado State Parks for a 360 film shoot.

 Convinced a bunch of my girlfriends that it would be fun to go camping for my bachelorette party. It was way too much fun!

Convinced a bunch of my girlfriends that it would be fun to go camping for my bachelorette party. It was way too much fun!

 Married my best friend <3  PC:  Amber L Photography

Married my best friend <3

PC: Amber L Photography

 Enjoyed a brief “mini-moon” in Buena Vista, Colorado – our future home.

Enjoyed a brief “mini-moon” in Buena Vista, Colorado – our future home.

 Photographed my parent’s cabin where we were married. The collection of photos was crafted into a book for them as a gift.

Photographed my parent’s cabin where we were married. The collection of photos was crafted into a book for them as a gift.

 Kicked off our honeymoon in Vienna for a few days (November).

Kicked off our honeymoon in Vienna for a few days (November).

 Spent the following weeks in  Sri Lanka &nbsp;riding trains, eating food, swimming in the ocean, hiking, biking, whale watching, watching elephants, and exploring everything!

Spent the following weeks in Sri Lanka riding trains, eating food, swimming in the ocean, hiking, biking, whale watching, watching elephants, and exploring everything!

 Explored Death Valley National Park in December.&nbsp;

Explored Death Valley National Park in December. 

 …then traveled to Bishop, California for Visit USA Parks to explore wintertime in the valley.

…then traveled to Bishop, California for Visit USA Parks to explore wintertime in the valley.


Once again, the year has come to an end. I had the pleasure of working with many new and existing clients in 2017, and I am forever grateful to them for allowing me to pursue what I love.

Moreover, thank YOU for being and fan, and keeping an eye on my work. Your words of praise are motivational and truly mean the world to me.

Happy New Year!
Emily