Top Five Places in America to
Snap a Photo
As many of you know, Todd and I are photographers and typically work with natural light. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to lug all the lighting equipment around or pay for studio space, but I feel it’s because we belong “out there.” We have been lucky enough to travel to a number of locations around the world but we are also spending more time thinking about our own backyard these days.
We chase light. We have done this in the streets of Venice and the allies of Paris. We have chased light in the Turks and in the streets of New York City’s Central Park. We have some top picks in our own back yard that we will explore in the years to come, and I thought I’d share those with you.
Chasing Light: Marfa, Texas
This tiny town has been on our radar for about 5-years (yes, before everyone else decided to Instagram their desert Prada shop stop.) I have a whole page dedicated to awesome stays on Airbnb and even feature various snaps of this Texas town on my Pinterest Destined Board. This city is artsy and known for its light. There is apparently something about how the light travels across the nearby landscapes that make this tiny town a top pick for this costar team.
Chasing Light: Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Surely you’ve seen the photos from this gorgeous landscape, even if you are now just putting a name with the image. It really is a remarkable intersection of where earth and weather meet to make amazing sights together. A good amount of homework will need to be done to learn about when and what time of day would be best to shoot these spaces because the light is known for changing all the time in this area. The jury is still out as to whether or not we will camp out and wait for the light or find a nearby airbnb and drive in.
Chasing Light: Lake Tahoe, CA & NV
This will be a no brainer since this is where I was born and raised. Now that I have my own photography and videography chops, I am looking forward to returning home to get some snaps of my home city. I have the fortunate luxury of already knowing the secret places to shoot since there aren’t many places I haven’t been in this region, but it will be even more fun to reveal those to Todd.
Chasing Light: Oneonta Gorge, Oregon
Near Portland Oregon, this gorge features an incredible waterfall tucked between lush forests and steep rock faces covered in moss and vegetation. It might be the closest visual to Ireland you’ll get in America. This trip will require some hiking skills and cold water runs to get to, which is obviously worth it right?
Chasing Light: Exit Glacier, Alaska
I have a slight obsession with glaciers which is unfortunate because most of them you cannot get very close to for obvious reasons. In Alaska, there are a few that are hikeable which is likely my best option if I ever want to stand on a sheet of ice. At Exit Glacier, you can apparently get pretty darn close to the glacier which might be just good enough to get some incredible snaps. Not to mention you can drive almost all the way to it and walk the rest of the way. Other glaciers will require a boat trip which we’d likely do if we were there, especially to see Aialik Bay.
There are going to be stacks of other places we want to see, but these spots certainly make the top of our list. Have you been to any of them? Make sure you leave a comment and let me know. Also, if you have a favorite photo spot, let me know, I’m always looking for aesthetic inspiration.