Adventure Photography

Jennifer & Tyler // Iceland Adventure Engagement Session // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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How do you narrow down two days of photos from a road trip across the southern coast of Iceland with a gorgeous, adventurous couple? By taking lots & lots of time and being forever conflicted about your choices... at least that's how you do it if you're me. It took me six weeks to finish this blog post, but I'm so excited to finally share the magic with you all!

Jennifer explained things best: "For a good while after we started dating, Tyler was living in Germany and I was in Kentucky. This meant meeting up 'in the middle' sometimes, and one of those times was Iceland. So when we had the chance to return and take our engagement photos there we jumped at the opportunity. These past three years have been an incredible adventure and I'm excited for many more."

Iceland was one of the most magical places I have ever been. I can't wait to get back and hopefully photograph an elopement or intimate wedding in that otherworldly landscape. Now that I've spent some time exploring on my own, I've got a few lesser known places lined up for the most magical background for your adventure... just let me know if you're interested and we can make some magic happen together!

I'll soon be posting some personal travel images from our visit, so keep an eye out on the blog in the next few weeks. You can also check out past couple's sessions here as well as past travel posts here.

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Maggie + Corey // Adventurous Hiking & Bookstore Engagement Session //Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky

Maggie and Corey met as English majors and are self-proclaimed book nerds. They also love hiking and exploring the outdoors, so naturally, we decided that Carmichael's and Cherokee Park would be the perfect locations to visually represent their relationship. It was so nice getting the chance to talk about favorite books and favorite hikes— both are topics I love. Maggie is a high school English teacher (note to self: have someone proofread this before posting 😂) so it made me smile that she picked up the same Rupi Kaur book of poetry I was reading before they arrived. 

When we got to Cherokee, I was pleased to see they were both wearing hiking boots. After all the recent rain there was quite a bit of mud on our path and if they had worn dress shoes we wouldn't have been able to get to many of the best spots. Maggie also brought a jean jacket so we could mix up her look a bit. For any of you that are planning your engagement session outfits—  comfortable, practical shoes and layers are your two best friends. 

Maggie's parents brought their two adorable dogs to join us after we had a chance to take photos of just the two of them exploring. I love getting the opportunity to include your pups in your photos, but it can be stressful for you to have them there the whole time— especially while we are trying to get photos of just the two of you. I always recommend that a friend or family member bring them for the last twenty minutes of our session to cut back on stress while still allowing them to be part of your engagement session. 

Another great way to include pets in your photos is to do an in-home session— just like Alex and Collin did with their very good boy Sirius for their anniversary photos

Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Crossing Stream
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Hugging
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Hiking Boots - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Walking Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Hugging by Creek
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Playing Fetch with Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Playing with Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Playing Fetch with Dogs
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Hugging by Creek
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Adventurous Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Cherokee Park Hike - Louisville Kentucky - Exploring
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky - Reading
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky - Reading
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky - Engagement Ring
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Carmichael's Book Store - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky
Maggie + Corey Engagement Session- Sarah Katherine Davis Photography - Highlands Bardstown Road - Louisville Kentucky

Peru Adventure // Sacred Valley // Travel Photographer // Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Once or twice a year I like to take a pause from weddings and elopements to share some images from my personal travels! This February I was lucky enough to explore Peru with Sara Pitt— my longtime friend, a wildly talented web-developer, and the reigning queen of the best post-tinder date reporting. 

If you know me you might have noticed I'm a little bit of a planner when it comes to just about everything, so when it's time to travel I have to actively and intentionally plan to allow for spontaneity and general adventuring. It's a little backward, I know, but hear me out. I stay stress-free by booking all my transportation & accommodations ahead of time, then I choose one (and only one) activity for each day. Usually, I'll go with something like a hike or a museum visit and then I'll explore the surrounding area. This satisfies the "let's make an itinerary!" side of me but lets me relax and take things as they come as well. If you are a type-a person who strives to be more chill I cannot recommend this process more.

In the past, I've always traveled with my full photography gear, but this time I decided I wanted to focus more on the experience and less on taking pictures. I only packed my tiny Olympus OM-D, which was awesome since it fits in my waist bag. Admittedly there were a few times where I missed having a professional camera with me— a few shots ended up a little softer than I would have liked and other times the little thing couldn't focus quick enough— but overall I was pretty happy with my decision. My back and shoulders straight up celebrated my decision.

We met so many amazing people from all over the world, had tons of adventures, had some (now hilarious, but not so hilarious in the moment) misadventures, danced the night away with our Airbnb hosts for Carnevale, climbed more stairs than I can count, defeated scorpions and altitude sickness and sunburns, ate the most amazing food, and climbed some more stairs. Did I mention we climbed a lot of stairs? 

Here are the spots we visited in chronological order: Lima > Cusco > Ollantaytambo > Aguas Calientes > Machhu Pichuu > Ollantaytambo > Salinas de Maras > Moray > Chincheros > Cusco > Lima

If you are visiting Peru I LOVED the Airbnbs we stayed in in Cusco and Ollantaytambo. If you haven't used Airbnb here is a $40 travel credit. 

Need more travel photography? Japan and Joshua Tree are gorgeous.

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First few images of me are brought to you by my lovely self-timer and the last few by the lovely Sara Pitt.