Teddy Roosevelt National Park |Adventure Photographer

Teddy Roosevelt National Park (TRNP) is by far the hidden treasure of North Dakota.  In this 2-day, 14 mile backpacking trip we only saw 3 other people, and that was within a quarter mile of the trailhead as we were exiting the park.

The beauty of the badlands lies in its geology and soil.  Extensive water and wind erosion has stripped away the soft softer sedimentary rocks and clay soil leaving behind the harder rock and soil that appears as hills and buttes.  Hiking on the trails at TRNP is easy, they follow the contours of the land with easy rises and falls.  But to make camp we had to venture off the trail where we decided to venture straight up some of the hills.  We ended up with a beautiful secluded camp site, with a wild horse we named “Ed” for the night.  The sunset was beautiful and the next morning we enjoyed coffee as we watched the fog lift over the rugged terrain.

Past trips we have been lucky to see elk, but this trip that was the only large animal we didn’t see.   Bison, antelope, turkey, and prairie dogs were all seen on this trip.  I only carried my wide angle lens for landscape, so they didn’t all make it on film, but the memories are vivid!  Following TRNP the boys enjoyed a day of great walleye fishing and some time cooking out and campfires!

Looking for a unique place to have your wedding?  Check out TRNP – see a post on the badlands bride HERE.

Adventure. Photography. Love.

Amanda is a highly sought travel wedding photographer, where no destination is to remote.  Based in Palmer, Alaska with a satellite location in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley in Southwest Wisconsin.  Amanda is available to travel to your destination wedding, elopement, or engagement. Recent wedding and engagement travels to New York, Virginia, Jamaica, Mexico, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin showcase her adventurous spirit to capture love in remote and unique locations.  

Playing with toy cameras before she could walk, Amanda was soon using a fisher price 110 mm film camera.  She found herself spending her teenage and college years with her 35 mm film camera, rarely leaving her side, Amanda spent six weeks in Iceland and Europe capturing environmental justice with her film cameras before entering graduate school and the digital age.  While still enjoying 35mm and medium format film for personal projects, today Amanda uses digital technology for documenting her clients biggest day.  

 Photography the Feels Natural

Ensuring her clients enjoy their wedding day is the most important element for Amanda. Thus Amanda is unobtrusive, capturing the day as it happens. Amanda does not work from a shot list, but instead reacts to events as they unfold.  This form of photography creates a visual story organic in nature.  Amanda has an eye for capturing real moments.  Her style of photography sets her apart from other wedding photographers.  

Throughout the day Amanda uses nature to help enhance her beautiful subjects.  Using natural light, shadows, and reflections Amanda ensures the bride and groom stand out.  Amanda is drawn to the magical light occurring at sunrise and sunset where she lets her creativity run free.  While Amanda prefers to work at venues that accompany her free spirit including backyards, farms, ranches, barns, wineries and secluded getaway, her talents allow her to work in most any setting.

Amanda loves to meet new people email {amanda@amandacrowephotography.com} to connect.