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Craig’s Roadtrip last days

The last 2 days were less about monumental places and more about taking pics of whatever was interesting.

Complete photographic freedom.

So there is less coherence and more randomness – old signs, long roads, broken cars, police, chili peppers, VLA’s (thats Very Large Arrays of radio telescopes) amazing skies and of course the star of our trip – The Barracuda

 

The longest straight road I have ever seen. Over 50 miles long.

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Poby shooting the above picture

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about 30 very large radio telescopes in the middle of nowhere…….

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Poby gets on the ground to shoot his fab car

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Poby doesn’t normally stand like this but we thought it would be a fun pic.

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 I wasn’t speeding, officer.

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signs and chili peppers…..

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This was our route. 5 days and 1500 miles. What a blast.

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The Journey Continues

This just in from Craig & Poby yesterday:

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We got up at 5.30 this morning and drove back to the Grand Canyon for sunrise shots-simply stunning and I can’t wait to process the film. 

The next drive was along the south rim towards Cameron, and then to Kayenta where we stayed the night. This was conveniently about 40 minutes from Monument Valley- so we arrived there about an hour before sunset to claim a good spot to shoot from. With the car and all of our old school equipment we got lots and lots of attention.MonumentValley_CraigPaulson005MonumentValley_CraigPaulson

We sat here for about 2 hours watching the sunset over Monument Valley. Note: the shadow of the first monument falling on the second one only occurs a few weeks of the year. We were lucky to have this and a clear day. Poby took a time lapse which will follow.

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Today we slept in a bit and are now on the way to Pagosa Springs Colorado, where they have 23 different mineral springs by the river.

Craig’s Roadtrip

Craig and his friend/photographer Peter Poby are currently driving all over the south and midwest in a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda on a photographic adventure. Equipped with large format cameras and lots of film we’re sure these two will come up with brilliant work and fulfilling personal projects.

After spending the night in Phoenix during record breaking rain, they’ve stopped at Flagstaff, Sadona and now the south rim of the Grand Canyon. They caught the sunset just in time and Craig whipped out his 4×5 film camera to capture some awesome moments. We’ll be sure to upload the film once it’s processed, so more photos to come as the trip goes on.

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Here are some updates as of this morning:

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Meg & Dan’s Party in Ridgewood, CT

You might remember these two from their epic portrait session in Manhattan with Craig last October after their official wedding. We were so happy to reconnect with them and their families in July for their official reception, hosted at their home in Ridgewood. Craig captured some pretty awesome portraits of Meg & Dan on his motorcycle during their rehearsal dinner the night before. The next day, Courtney headed out to capture their fun party surrounded by everyone they love. Meg wore the same gorgeous dress and Dan sported a more casual yet handsome cream suit. The two had a ceremony in the lawn before heading inside the tent for lots of food, dinner and of course dancing!

Photographed by Courtney Dudley with Emily Kinsolving.

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Marissa & Nathaniel’s Wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Marissa and Nate had one of those weddings where every angle you turned there was something beautiful and loving happening. With a backdrop of non other than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, planner Sarah Glick from Brilliant Event Planning, Ellie Connell from Reeling Films and the most important thing, a fabulous couple completely in love with each other, you really couldn’t go wrong. They both chose the Conrad Hotel in Tribeca to get ready and the park across the street to see each other for the first time. Marissa, with help from her sister and mom, put on her gown by Romona Keveza. Nate put on his suit and puzzle shaped cufflinks, signifying his sweet codename for Marissa as his “puzzle piece”. After their first look, some amazing portraits in the area, we all headed to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for the formals photos, some champagne and the ceremony. Their beautiful chuppa was perfectly placed under the giant willow tree by the Palm House, a nice breeze complimenting the perfect day. Marissa planned out a surprise for Nate-a dance down the aisle by the entire bridal party! She also surprised him with a thistle during the ceremony, special meaning between the two for everlasting love. After the ceremony it was time to eat, drink and dance and there was no shortage of any! Their energy and adoration for each other just radiated through the night as Creations Band kept the crowd dancing and having a great time! They ended the night with cake cutting and party favors-custom labeled Seattle Chocolate (which was delicious).

Photographed by Craig Paulson with Kim Espinosa and Mekina Saylor.

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