(wrote this 6 months pregnant with Jade :) )
Photographer, Outdoor Lover
“The other night I was watching Remy rearranging her stuffed animals to be perfectly lit while using her toy camera to ‘click,’ and it hit me that this girl has changed our lives for the better,” says CARRIE. When she’s not running a photography studio with her husband, Josh, Carrie makes the outdoors her priority, hiking, running and exploring with her two-year-old daughter (daughter number two is due in a few weeks!) in tow.
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On how her daughter has influenced her work:
My husband and I have always seen our photography as an art form and having a daughter has brought up emotions we couldn’t have dreamed of. Capturing those vibes through our work has only strengthened and enlightened us to so many more real life moments and emotion. I think this helps to set our pictures apart. There are times we need to find a sitter for Remy for different shoots but for almost all of our travel photos she tags along in a pack.
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On ditching the white picket fence:
In our first couple of years of marriage, we bought a home, a golden retriever, we even had a picket fence in our home for decor. Cliché, right? It was then we realized, while we were happy, we needed to do something different. We had the itch to travel. We decided it was time to make some drastic changes so we sold our home and everything in it, packed one bag each, and took to the trails and began exploring. This is when our wanderlust began. Our travel took us around Europe, living full-time out of an RV and a move out west where we were able to find some incredible mountains to hike.
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On her most treasured moment outdoors with Remy:
One of the most incredible moments was when we reached the first viewpoint of Yosemite’s Half Dome. As we walked up, there were many tourists at the top, but it was unnaturally quiet. When we reached the edge, Remy —at just a year and a half — let out a dramatic, toddler squeal: “Wow, Mama, Dada!” It made many chuckle around us but it also brought tears to my eyes. The things she gets to see from this young age will impact her for a lifetime.
On the challenges of travel with a toddler:
Sometimes our energy is drained after traveling. We have learned we need a few days to recoup as a family after our travel where we plan nothing and eat tacos (and then leftover tacos).
On learning her personal style:
Learning what my style is has taken years— it’s a work in progress. I tend to gravitate towards comfort, sporty, and cute, which is ambiguous term simply meaning it has to pass the “Care test.” If things don’t match, I feel on point. What others see as junk, I can often find as treasure. What you wear speaks to who you are as a person, so that means I must be pretty darn random!
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On the quality she wants to have as a mother:
I think knowing how to show love is the most important quality. It is something I have tattooed on my arm as a reminder. If I teach my daughters nothing else but how to love others, I’ve done my job.
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On living the Teva life:
I have been a fan for a while! My Teva sandals work in just about any situation. Walking out the door for a concert, I grab our Teva sandals. The next day packing for a hiking trip? I grab our Teva sandals. Ten-day camping trip? You better believe I have my Teva sandals. Just recently I was hiking in some lava caves with ice and slippery rocks. A passerby saw my sandals and said, “Looks like you’re wearing the wrong footwear.” I said: “Nope, chose these specifically for this.” And it’s true—the high-quality comfort and grip match any hiking shoe I own.