How to Elope: Helpful Articles & Elopement Planning Tips

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Moab elopement photographer with a bride and groom in Arches National Park near Delicate Arch in summer.

Moab, Utah Elopement Guide with Tips & Locations

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Moab elopements are some of my favorites because of the epic scenery, wide open spaces, cliffs, canyons, arches, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, & more. This Moab elopement guide goes over just about everything you need to know for eloping in Moab. As a Moab elopement photographer,…
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Under Canvas in Moab, Utah. The best places to stay in Moab.

The Best AirBnBs in Moab, Utah

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Are you looking for the best places to stay in Moab? Look no further! I’ve compiled a list of the best Moab AirBnBs to stay at while you are exploring the Moab area. Moab is home to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse…
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Malachi Lewis at Shell Creek Photography in Moab, Utah

Shell Creek Photography: the Story Behind the Name

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So why the name Shell Creek Photography? I’ve had many times over the years that I’ve thought about rebranding & completely changing my business name to something else. But I could just never let go why? The name Shell Creek Photography is about connection for…
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mountains in Moab, Utah

Where to Start with Your Elopement

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It can be a little overwhelming in knowing where to start planning your elopement! After all, you’ve probably seen a few weddings, maybe even helped planned some but elopements are just so different. I’ve put together my 6 best tips for eloping in this blog…
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elopement in a black dress at Loveland Pass in the mountains of Colorado in spring while practicing leave no trace

Leave No Trace & Elopements

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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast like me, you’ve probably at least heard of leave no trace. Leave no trace (LNT) is a set of guidelines for outdoors ethics set in place by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. According to their website, 9…
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fun engagement session in Moab with a dog in the mountains

All Day Adventure Engagement Photography in Moab, Utah

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When I first connected with Jon & Madeline, I knew we’d get along well. They’re both very laid back, they love their dog Japhy, travel frequently, & love the outdoors. Not to mention they are both landscape & nature photographers as well! They had only…
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ice climbing in the Ouray Ice Park along the wall of the gorge

Ouray Ice Festival & Ice Climbing in Ouray, Colorado

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The Ouray Ice Festival is an annual event held each year in the little mountain town of Ouray, Colorado, located in western Colorado in the San Juan Mountains.  Although I usually specialize in adventure weddings & elopements, I also love to occasionally photograph adventure sports….
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Tiffany & Scott | Colorado intimate wedding photographer

The Benefits of Having a Small Wedding

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As photographer specializing in small weddings & elopements, I’ve seen many benefits to the weddings with a smaller guest list. Elopements & intimate weddings allow you the chance to celebrate your love in a different way than a big, traditional wedding. Sometimes couples just aren’t…
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Montrose, Colorado wedding photographer

Seeing Light & Creating Feelings

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I have been shooting ever since I can remember, & I mean that quite literally. In the late 90’s I got my first disposable film camera when I was about 2 or 3, after going through a few of those, I got my first real…
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Alex Baptiste in his painting studio in Savannah, GA

Finding Inspiration in the Work of Alix Baptiste

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Recently I made a trip down to Savannah & stumbled across the work & paintings of Alix Baptiste. His work was very inspiring for me. If you take a look at his work, it is very colorful, vibrant, upbeat, & happy. But his life wasn’t…
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Fuji 400H film photography of some cacti in the desert

Arizona Road Trip!

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I was finally able to make my way back down to Arizona again when I shot Nathan & Janet’s wedding in Tucson. My best friends & I made a road trip out of it & were able to visit a few amazing places along the…
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All About My Albums

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I absolutely love albums! I think they are one of the best ways to show off your photos. You can have a large amount of photos in a smaller amount of space & you can leave an album sitting out on a nightstand or coffee…
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film photographer in Yosemite National Park

Film vs. Digital

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As a film photographer I get asked a lot of questions about how film works or what difference does it make, what’s the big deal about film vs. digital? I would love to fill you in on the differences of film and digital.  I am…
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film photography by Ashley Crawford Photography

About Me

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A lot of you have read a little about me, or maybe have even met me in person. But I wanted to go a little more in depth into film photography & my love of birds, orchids, & travel with this blog post. The San…
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fun and wild elopement on the beach at sunrise in Florida

3 Tips for a Less Stressful Wedding

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Your wedding day can bring a lot of stress, both before and during the big day. But I’ve been to enough weddings to know that as long as you say ‘I do’ everything will turn out fine. Just remember the most important thing about your…
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rose at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha

Why I am Getting Back into Film Photography

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Film photography is out, so you thought. In this digital, high-tech era, why am I and so many other photographers getting back into film photography? Isn’t digital easier (and cheaper)? For me it is all about slowing down to get the shot. You have to…
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Why Did I Become a Photographer?

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So why did I become a photographer? How did I start? I always loved pictures & anything artistic. I started out drawing. I didn’t have tablets or smartphones and I didn’t watch much TV when I was young. I was always outside & if I…
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