Memphis Botanic Garden!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I think today is the perfect day for this blog post. If you’re in the state of Missouri, then I’m sure you know about the severe storms spreading across the state. This blog post is full of bright and stunning floral/landscape photos! These moments were captured at the end of April, when I was able to visit the Memphis Botanic Garden while I was in the city for work. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and that you stay safe throughout this storm system hitting us!

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Erica & Mazzie!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I’m thrilled to finally be blogging again! Recently, I have been traveling for work, and going down to Memphis. Thankfully, Katie and I both have a friend, Erica, who lives down there! I’m sure you’ll remember her as soon as you see her, considering she’s been on the blog several times before!

As a thank you gift, I decided to take some photos of Erica and her cute little chihuahua, Mazzie (pronounced Maisie!). These photos turned out so well, and on top of a great thank you gift, it was a congratulations gift too! Erica just passed one of her hardest tests for her degree, so we wanted to celebrate! Check out all the cuteness below!

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Petrified Forest National Park!

Hello there! It's Liana, and I'm stoked to be sharing some images taken at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona! On my drive home from the canyon, I knew I had to stop and cross the last National Park in AZ off my list. Petrified Forest is the perfect drive-through park! From the Rainbow Forest Museum and Visitor Center to the Painted Desert Visitor Center lies 26 miles of gorgeous landscapes, and plenty of places to stop along the way! I wish I would have had more time to actually hike some of the paved paths, but I know that I will be back to do so at some point in my life! 

Just to give a little history of the park, it was established in 1906 to protect one of the world's largest and most colorful deposits of petrified wood. The fossil record contained in this geologic layer gives a closer look at the late Triassic Period. This color sediment, also known as the Painted Desert, spans the 28-mile journey through the park. --- Just a heads up, this was printed on my stickers I purchased at the park; not trying to get in trouble for plagiarizing! Check out the photos below! :) 

Trip to Sedona!

Hello everyone! It's Liana, and let me start off by apologizing for the late blog post! Yesterday I hiked over 17 miles to the Colorado River and back for my last hike at Grand Canyon. Last hike you say? Yes! I will be returning home this week! It's extremely fitting that my last blog post from this state features one of it's most beautiful cities, Sedona. With its towering red rocks, it's absolutely breathtaking. Granted, it is a tourist town, but it's amazing nonetheless. There are plenty of hiking spots, shops to visit, and great places to eat! I did four hikes while there, and stayed in the cutest AirBnB I've ever seen!

The first hike was Cathedral Rock, a big stop for hikers. The hike was in the early morning, which is honestly the best time to go. As I started my descent, there were plenty of people starting the hike up! This trail includes hiking and some free climbing, but it's a ton of fun!

The second hike was to Devil's Bridge! I was a little scared to do this one, but once I got to the top, I realized it wasn't that bad. The only issue is you have to park about a mile away and walk to the trailhead, unless you have an off-roading vehicle. Otherwise it was great!

After the two early morning hikes, a break was in order. Along 89, the main highway through Sedona, there is this little shop called Indian Gardens. It has a deli, coffee shop, and store to purchase any snacks or drinks you may need!

After Indian Gardens, I spent the majority of the time walking around and checking out the local shops until the AirBnB was available. There's a lot of different shops, including high end art galleries and boutiques. Next stop was the AirBnB, which was adorable! Her name is JoBud, and is a 1972 camper that is completely renovated! 

The next day I took a little bit slower, and only did two easy hikes. The first one was to Bell Rock, which also includes a little bit of free climbing. Since I started out later in the day, it got hot quick and made the hike a little harder. Definitely worth it for the views though!

The last hike was down the Huckaby Trail, which goes down to Oak Creek! It was a very easy hike, and provided gorgeous views. Lots of wading through the creek, and the weather was perfect! Complete cloud coverage, opposite of what the morning was like.

If you've never been to Sedona, I would definitely check it out! It has a little something for everyone :)

Saguaro National Park!

Good evening friends! Liana here, continuing my blogging about my travels to Tucson a couple of weeeks ago! Today's post is about my adventure in Saguaro National Park, which is actually divided by the city of Tucson. Mindy, Chelsea and I visited the east side of the park, which is the one they live closest too! Fun fact, Mindy's mom (basically my second mom!) married her husband in the park! Can you say goals?! 

Anyway, entrance into the park is cheaper than most, with a car being $15, and each individual person is only $5! We started off by walking along the 8-mile loop drive in the park. After about 2 miles, we turned back around and hopped in the car to hit our destination for sunset! We decided to drive to Douglas Spring Trailhead, which has a lot of great trails running from it. Sunset was coming fast, so we didn't hike too far on the trail, but we did get some amazing photos, and Mindy and Chelsea found a new hiking path! Check out all the fun photos below! :)

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum!

Hello everyone! Liana here, and I am so excited to share my travels with you over the next couple of weeks! I had a few days off, so I packed up my stuff and traveled down to Tucson to visit some of my best friends, Mindy and Chelsea! We decided to try some local foods and spots while we were together, and the first place we visited was the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! Mindy and Chelsea are members here, and absolutely love it. Plus, they had a guest pass so I was able to get in for free! 

The desert museum was way more than I thought it would be! Along with a walking path through native plants, they also have a lot of different animals that are found in the Sonoran Desert! They have wolves, coyotes, javelinas, river otters, and stingrays, among a bunch of others! Mindy and Chelsea even had passes for the stingray exhibit, and we got to pet them! If you've never felt one, I suggest seeing if you can! It's an awesome experience, and I'm glad I got to do it! 

Even though monsoon season hasn't hit yet, there were still quite a lot of flowers blooming, but they said it looks even better after it rains. Hopefully I'll have a chance to get back down and check it out in the Spring/Summer! Check out the photos below!

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A Big Move!

Hello everyone! It's Liana, checking in with a short, sweet, and to-the-point blog post. Many of you who read the blog, follow our page, and like our posts on Instagram, are good friends or family and have seen this announcement. However, for those of you who don't know, or aren't my friend on facebook, here we go! (well, after a little bit of backstory!)

Back at the beginning of November, I was looking for something new. This year has been rough, especially career wise (not talking about K&L Photography!). I work several jobs to make ends meet, and I wasn't feeling very challenged/fulfilled with them. As many of you know, I love to travel, and the National Parks hold a special place in my heart. I regularly check Xanterra's website (a hospitality company that operates out of several national parks) for anything that I may be qualified for. Well, a posting from October was up for the Grand Canyon, a retail associate (full time, with benefits). I thought, "Well, what the hell. Let's go ahead and apply and see what happens." So I went ahead and applied! A week later, I received an email for a phone interview. After that interview, I waited a week to hear back. The Monday before Thanksgiving, I received the job offer! Of course, I weighed this for a while, and spoke to Katie about it before moving forward with the acceptance email. 

All in all, what does this mean? This means that in January, I will be moving to The Grand Canyon for six months! Why only six months you ask? Well, because I have a lot of family and friends back here, and of course my lovely puppies! I can't leave them for too long. I decided that six months was the perfect amount of time to decide if this is something that I would consider doing full-time. I'm very excited to start this adventure, and you can bet there will be a lot of posts involving my travels! Don't worry though, this is not going to take away from the business. Katie and I will still be running the business, blogging every week, and taking photo sessions! Please wish me well with this new adventure!

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Happy 101st Birthday, NPS!

Hey guys! Liana here tonight, and I'm thrilled to share these photos with you! Last year, I decided to go on vacation and visit a few of the national parks in honor of their 100th birthday! I visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park! It was a whirlwind of a vacation, with each day starting early and ending late, but it was definitely worth it! Being reconnected with nature, not having cell service (so thankful for that!), it was a truly great feeling. I can't wait to visit more in the following years!

The first park we visited was Rocky Mountain, which was stunning! I loved hiking the trails, seeing the mountains, and of course all the wildlife! While in Colorado, a stop was made at the famous (infamous?) Stanley Hotel for breakfast. SO. WORTH. IT. It was awesome to visit this iconic hotel and have one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. 

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The next destination was Yellowstone, which is massive. I wish I had more time to spend there, so I could truly hike it! It's a great place, and the first place where I ever successfully set up a tent and camped! (It was a big deal, still is honestly lol) I loved being that much closer to nature, and the plus side is I never once saw any dangerous wildlife! Well, unless you count buffalo/bison, but that's only if you get too close to them. It was an amazing stop on the road trip, and I will definitely return!

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The last stop on the tour was Glacier National Park, which sits just below Canada. This small but expansive park doesn't have too many roads, but there are plenty of trails to take! It's a gorgeous location, with the clearest water I've ever seen. This was by far my favorite park, and one that I can't wait to get back to. The mountains, the glaciers, the lakes, everything about it was absolutely perfect. 

I hope you all enjoyed visiting this blog tonight! I encourage everyone to get out and explore the parks. There's a park for everyone, you just have to find it first! :) 

Mindy&Chelsea: Sneak Peek

Hello everyone! Liana here with a little late night, sneak peek of my best friends wedding! About a week and a half ago, I made a super quick (read:30 hours in Tucson) trip out to Arizona to visit my first and bestest friend, Mindy. The occasion for this short trip? Her and her fiance, Chelsea, decided to get married! It was a very quick decision (I purchased the airline tickets 2 1/2 weeks beforehand!) and I knew I couldn't miss it for the world. Mindy and I met on our first day of high school, wayyyy back in 2006, and since then have been inseparable (even over her moving several times!) and we always try to see each other once or twice a year. 

Back in October, I actually flew out to photograph their engagement, at the Grand Canyon, no less! Chelsea and Mindy have been together FOREVER and have moved across 3 (maybe 4?) states for each other. Chelsea and I actually share the same birthday, so we get along swimmingly. :) There is no better match for Mindy other than Chelsea, and vice versa.

I only have a few photos edited, so here is a sneak peek! Chelsea and Mindy got married in an intimate courtroom ceremony, with their families with them. <3

Full blog post will be coming next week, so make sure to check back!

Spring is in Season!

Good evening all! Liana here, and I had such an amazing day today! A few of my co-workers and I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather and take a photo outing to the Missouri Botanical Gardens! This is such a great place that's right inside St. Louis! It has a large variety of plants, flowers, trees, etc. Not only is it a perfect location for taking photos, it's also great for learning about new things! The Botanical Garden is huge on education and always has classes going on. The tulips are in bloom right now, so that's what a lot of these photos will be, but I also tried to get some variety with different plants and locations! 

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I absolutely love being creative when it comes to editing these photos! I can use different actions to change the colors around, and overall just be a little bit more artistic. I can't wait to visit the Garden again; I try to go about 3-4 times a year. They always have events taking place, including the Chinese Festival coming up next weekend! If you live in the STL area, I HIGHLY recommend checking this place out, if you haven't already done so!