For the last few years, we have been trying to put ourselves “out there” more. By “out there”, we mean making ourselves a little more vulnerable. This year was only the second year that we entered into the Shoot & Share Photography contest. This contest is one of the most highly anticipated events in the photography community (I’m not even kidding when I say there are copious Facebook groups and “watch parties” dedicated to this event). This year was the biggest yet! How it works, is everyone and anyone is allowed to participate. Here were the numbers for 2017: 10,000 PHOTOGRAPEHRS submitted photos, 330,000 PHOTOS were submitted, 60 MILLION VOTES were cast, 1 MILLION IMAGES were favorited, 10,602 DAYS (29 YEARS) spent in the contest, 156 COUNTRIES were involved. This contest is voted for by anyone, but there are tons of photographers who spend countless hours voting and getting inspired by others images. So, needless to say, we are ecstatic and so proud that 18 of our images placed in their categories. We are also thrilled to share that one of our images, which was in the WANDERLUST category, placed in the TOP 100! Thanks for sharing in our excitement!
Mike and Tay
We. Love. To travel. When I (Tay) was in college, I traveled abroad a few times a year and took road trips whenever possible. My entire college experience revolved around buying plane tickets and taking my camera, along with my backpack, to see the world. From Italy to France, London to Patagonia, Chile, Iceland to New Zealand, my heart has always been a jet-setting one. When Mike and I met, I was elated to find out that he too had a huge passion for traveling. One of our first and earliest trips was a cross country drive to West Virginia so he could meet me family. Since then, we’ve spent the last five years trying to do as many road trip and see as many states together as possible. Undeniably, the two hardest states to get to are Alaska (which we visited last year in 2016) and Hawaii. I figured going to Hawaii was a long shot, at least for another 5 years, but when we found a couple cheap tickets while the snow was coming down in Colorado, we quickly booked our trip and secured some heat and a little R&R.
As a couple, this was our first warm and relaxing vacation we had been on. All of our other trips (New Zealand, Iceland, and Alaska to name a few) revolved around road tripping to see as much as we could, and we always nailed a cold, rainy month. Don’t get me wrong, these places were so unique, beautiful, and amazing in their own ways…we were just ready for a little sunshine. Needless to say, some 80º temperatures, misty rain on our faces during some epic hikes, and relaxing by the ocean sounded incredible for this vacation! Some of our favorite places we visited and things we did were:
• Exploring the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park for amazing hiking and views (and where we’ll one day go back to finish the hikes we couldn’t this time around)
• Cafe hopping and finding Java Kai in Kapaa
• Hitting up endless farmers markets on the daily
• Enjoying the best hot dog we’ve ever had in our lives at Puka Dog
• Hiking at Waimea Canyon State Park
• Again, cafe hopping, and enjoying my first kombucha and some tea at Ha Cafe
• And enjoying the incredible hospitality from the folks at Kauai Shores
We are honestly already planning our next trip back to Kauai!
Mike and Tay
We’re a couple full of wanderlust. Our default gifts to each other always involve a plane ticket or trip somewhere, but those are also the scariest things to purchase before chatting with one another! When my (Taylor) 28th birthday came around this year, Mike surprised me with some pretty awesome gifts, but plane tickets to Alaska definitely took the cake!
We’d been chatting about going to Alaska probably since the day we met, but the opportunity never presented itself since we can only travel during the winter months and quite frankly, we were ready to go somewhere warm (see our blogs on Iceland and New Zealand)! When we realized that we had three complete weeks off this summer (which never happens), Mike took full advantage of our schedule and booked our tickets to Seattle and then to Alaska. We were in for an awesome trip!
Seattle may be one of our favorite US cities. We spent a few days in the San Juan Islands sea kayaking and relaxing with zero cell phone service in our adorable cabin on the islands. It was AMAZING folks. We headed from Seattle to Anchorage and spent a week in Alaska cabin hopping, hiking, exploring, kayaking, canoeing, insane wildlife, and we actually got to meet some of the folks on Alaska the Last Frontier! Needless to say, it was a much needed trip that brought a lot of R&R to the middle of our summer. Enjoy our photos!
Mike and Tay
Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands, a dream come true!
…and then I died. Orca whales have been my (Taylor) favorite animal since I was a child. Seriously, my bedroom had orca wallpaper all over it until I high high school! This was truly an unbelievable experience.
Mike’s dream come true : we had the honor of meeting some of the Kilcher’s who initially founded Homer, AK from Europe. Mike was speechless when we met Otto from the show Alaska the Last Frontier. We stayed with one of the Kilcher’s at her bed and breakfast on the ocean.
Reading and knitting : two things we do very well on vacation!
Our totally off the grid house on a hill overlooking the ocean.
Our 2016 wedding season is already over halfway booked and our heads are exploding with excitement and gratitude for the amazing couples who have invited us to be a part of their wedding day. Our love for Colorado weddings is bigger than we ever could have imagined. It was merely 5 years ago that I (Tay) started telling people in West Virginia that I was moving to Colorado to be a wedding photographer in the mountains, not having any idea what that would look like, what the future would hold, or how blessed I would in fact be.
As we move forward into the 2016 season, Mike and I have been chatting about what our future will look like and have decided that we would love to extend our wedding coverage to even more of the Rocky Mountains: specifically, Montana, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and even up to Alaska if we are so lucky to be given the opportunity. We have no doubt that 2016 is going to bring some amazing adventures with our awesome career and we are so excited to pursue more of our love for the Rockies and mountain weddings! For any couples interested in having us come celebrate with them and help us meet our goals, we’d love to WAIVE OUR TRAVEL FEE for weddings that truly fit our Rocky Mountain style.
If you or someone you know is tying the knot in one of these states next year and are looking for an adventurous couple who will climb mountains with you (figuratively and literally) on your wedding day, let’s chat!
Mike + Tay
What started out as a joke about what we wanted for Christmas soon became one of our most memorable adventures. Mike and I love to travel and Iceland had always seemed like an appealing but unobtainable destination. However, after a little research and a lot of planning, we decided to book our plane tickets as our Christmas gift to each other! We went in May 2015 and experienced some of the most incredible terrain on the planet, some of the harshest weather conditions, and some of the best moments of our marriage on this trip. We’re so excited to finally share photos (both camera and iPhone) of our excursions in our tent, on the Arctic ocean, whale watching, and cafe hopping (my personal favorite thing to do in new countries).
Mike + Tay
Mike setting up his shot at Jokulsarlon Glacier.
There’s something so humbling about being in the mountains, but the same can be said for the desert. We just spent last weekend in Moab, Utah, one of our favorite places in the world, camping and running our first half marathon! It was so nice to get a break from the 4′ of snow in our front yard and get some sweet tan lines in 80 degree weather! Feel free to follow us on Instagram for more of our travel photos (@taynfisher). If you’re reading this and are getting married in Moab, we’d love to chat with you about being your photographers!
Enjoy our travel images!
Mike said it best when he said, “If Hawaii and Alaska had a baby, it would be New Zealand.” Before we got engaged, Mike and I were totally sold on heading to New Zealand for our honeymoon. However, as many of you know, weddings add up fast. Once we budgeted our honeymoon in we were about $15,000 over what we were planning on. No thank you! We refused to go into debt for our wedding or our honeymoon.
After some serious planning and pact making, we decided that we were going to create a plan of a very strict (and very conservative) wedding budget and continue searching for a way to New Zealand. This took some intense diligence and preparation. Our search ended quite quickly when we discovered an insanely awesome package deal to NZ which revolved around a road trip on the south island, a 3 day layover in Laguna Beach, and a 2 day layover in Fiji. We were elated and booked it immediately! While we were pretty spaced out from jetlag in Fiji, once we got to Christchurch, NZ, we were ready to hit the wrong side of the road in the wrong side of the car and travel this awesome country! We are so thankful to have had this experience and it definitely lit a fire under us as we are already planning our big trip to Iceland in May 2015 (photos to follow)! Enjoy our favorite shots from our epic adventure!
Mike and Taylor
Honeymooning Highlights || 6 THINGS TO DO WHILE HONEYMOONING IN NEW ZEALAND
• See the Remarkables in Queenstown and/or ride the gondola to the top of the city of Queenstown
• Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Tekapo
• Rent a car and watch your husband learn to drive in a roundabout on the wrong side of the road and car
• Horseback ride in Glenorchy and/or Christchurch and hearing about the filming of The Lord of The Rings
• Hiking in a rainforest or visit the glacier in Franz Josef
• Eating amazing food for 10 straight days!