From the Beach to the Desert to the Conrete Jungle

Another year down and we were able to mark some new places off our Bucket List! Here’s a look back at where 2015 took us!

S T .  L O U I S

We started the year with our annual trip to St. Louis for Schlafly’s Cabin Fever beer festival. It was our 8th year to go and…I think we may retire this trip for awhile starting in 2016. It’s always great fun, but I think we may give some other festivals a try!

C A R L T O N  L A N D I N G

In February I spent two days in Carlton Landing assisting with a photoshoot for Southern Living magazine! There was snow and ice on the ground, but you will never know it in the summer-styled interior photos (this shoot hasn’t been published yet)!

4 0 5  B R E W I N G  C O .  L A U N C H

At the beginning of March my husband and his business partner, Jonathan, officially released their first beer from their brewing company! Though this didn’t involve travel, it’s a huge part of our lives and has been in the works for years.

 S A N  D I E G O

In March we were fortunate to go to San Diego on a trip Trae had earned through his now-previous job. We were put up in a super nice hotel in Coronado, got to walk on the beach, visit a fave brewery, and tour the USS Midway.

L O S  A N G E L E S

We piggybacked the San Diego work trip with our own three day getaway to Los Angeles! Since this was my first time to LaLa Land I wanted to hit up some touristy movie stuff. We did a tour of the WB lot, went to the Griffith Observatory at sunset, visited iconic LA landmarks, and I even photographed a ballerina. I cannot wait to go back!


In April I assisted with another Southern Living photoshoot – this time in Arkansas. This was my first time to visit the college town of Fayetteville, and I got the full experience because we were photographing the Kappa Kappa Gamma house!

H O S T I N G  T R A V E L E R S !

My Mom and Grandma came to visit at the end of April! It was so great to have them here while I had so much going on because they could tag along! Mom even filled in to play bells with us one morning! Their arrival happened when Trae was in the thick of his unknown illness (we found out he has Crohn’s Disease) and I was reminded just how nice it is to have your Mom around when things are tough.


I photographed a gorgeous wedding in Austin the first weekend of May. My good friend Melissa lives there so she shot with me and we got to spend some time together (I also photographed her daughter in ballet attire. Squeal!)

K A N S A S  C I T Y

My sister and I decided to take a weekend trip together in July to Kansas City. We had a good time exploring the local scene and spending some quality sister time together.


My Aunt Bärli came to visit in August so I drove down to Durant to spend the day with my fam. Bärli made Sacher Torte for dessert and I got to pick out my quilt from Grandma!

N E W  M E X I C O  /  C O L O R A D O  /  A R I Z O N A

The Great Southwestern Road Trip! This trip was Trae’s idea and it will go down as one of our most favorite moments in our marriage. After months of Trae being sick, launching his brewery, quitting his full-time job to run the brewery and manage his health, we decided we needed some time away together. We took two weeks to road trip (and built in some chill time) National Parks and other awesomeness in the Southwest. Check out the blog post if you missed it!

C A R L T O N  L A N D I N G

I seem to be averaging two visits a year to Carlton Landing now! :) In October I drove down again to photograph a client and one of the rental homes. Turned out to be one of my favorite shoots to date!


Trae had a beer event to attend in Tulsa one weekend in October so I went with him to be his sidekick. We spontaneously decided to stay the next day to bum around Tulsa since we never stay there long enough to do so! We lucked out with a food truck festival happening that day and I drank a pina colada out of a pineapple :)

B E A V E R S  B E N D

For the second year in a row we rented a cabin at Beavers Bend over Halloween weekend! #HungoverHiking.

N E W  Y O R K  C I T Y

Once again my sister and I went on a getaway together! This time to NYC. This trip was made possible by ridiculously cheap airfares from Spirit airlines. Holy cow, guys. Check them out. I’m still finishing posts from this trip, but we walked The High Line & ate at the Chelsea Market, went to the top of 30 Rock, pretended to be Kathleen Kelly, and had some wonderful time with family. I also got to meet and film a video with one of my favorite ballerinas! 

We were going to finish the year in New Mexico, returning to the Angelfire ski slopes for the New Year’s Eve Torch Run, but a combination of blizzards, ice, tornadoes, and flooding kept us from attempting the drive. Gotta love that Oklahoma weather!


That wraps up our Travel Year in Review for 2015! We feel so fortunate for the experiences and for Trae’s health getting back on track. Cheers to experiences, love, and good health in 2016!

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