Category archives: Personal

  • Backpacking Grandfather Mountain - Boone, NC

  • We parked our camper in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Spring had arrived in the mountains and I suddenly found myself with an urge to hike up Grandfather Mountain. I wanted to capture rugged landscapes, ones not easily viewed out a vehicle window. And so I set off on my first backpacking trip of the season. One would [...]
  • Hiking in the Smokies | Tennessee

  •   This Spring, we were lucky enough to be able to spend 4 nights camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We love the moss, the little wildflowers, and all the wildlife we get to see each time we visit. We ended up staying in the Smokies through the weekend, so we as [...]
  • Camping in the Smokies | Tennessee

  • We love photographing in Great Smoky Mountains so much. This was our very first time camping in the Elkmont region just outside of Gatlinburg and it was very nice. The scenery on the trip in was stunning. And while the campsites in the Smokies were private and wooded, they did not have any hookups. In oth [...]
  • Camping at Jordan Lake| North Carolina

  •   Anna and Kevin are some of our very first house guests! After spending some time in Grayson Highlands and Mount Rogers, we returned to Raleigh to camp and photograph a wedding at the Leslie Alford Mims House. We posted on Instagram that we would be camping out at Jordan Lake, when Anna and Kevin [...]
  • Hiking Mount Rogers | Virginia

  •   Mount Rogers is the highest peak in Virginia and its located within the Grayson Highlands State Park. Its a few hours from Boone and Roanoke/ Blacksburg areas. This day, we hiked all the way to the summit of Mount Rogers from Massie Gap after visiting with the Ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park. The r [...]
  • Hiking in Grayson Highlands | Virginia

  • Grayson Highlands State Park is a truly magical place. Josh and I have been here countless times in all seasons. Every time it looks different, but every time just as breathtaking as the last. What surprises us, is that few people really know about this place. Its closer to Raleigh than Ashevil [...]
  • Our Transition into Camper Life

  • Photos by Dustin Cantrell. Last winter was a crazy whirlwind. Shelley and I were selling our condo, preparing to downsize and live in a camper, and had to get rid of almost everything we owned. We didn't know if this move was going to pan out or if we were out of our minds. On top of that, Shelley and I were too bus [...]