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Hi, I’m Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less debt and more freedom. Want to follow along? Sign up below to receive new posts straight to your inbox.

You can find my wedding and portrait work at www.oncewest.com.

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Silver Linings

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{Me, Lexie & Garrett savoring a quick and unexpected hour together before they headed home to Nebraska} I am a loner at heart, not one to run in large friend circles or seek community. I adore my friends but am most comfortable one on one. Stick me in a large group and I look for the nearest place to hide. Never in my life have I felt like I fit in or belong. This all changed last year when I...

The last days of summer

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I’ve been soaking up every last minute of record-setting highs these last few days since it looks like Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be sitting tight and riding out the season’s first snow storm. Seems as though Colorado is making a point of reminding me why we don’t live here full-time anymore.

The little things

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{In this age of social distancing, I’m so grateful that all our people are just a phone call away.} It’s the little things that are giving me so much comfort and joy lately… A hot cup of teaAn evening stroll around campA sweet text from a friendA tight hug from MarkA warm breezeThe full moon rising So many things may not be possible this year. So many things feel heavy and hard...

A delightfully unplanned hike

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{Watching the shadows grow as the sun sets. My favorite time of day.} The endless stream of information we have at our fingertips these days is incredible.  Want to go camping?  You can find a spot with an app before you ever leave your house.  Want to go hiking?  You can choose a trail, know all the specs and see a gallery of photos before you get to the trailhead.  Want...

I absolutely love our little home on wheels but…

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{Camp, lit up by the full moon.} I absolutely love our little home on wheels but…man is it ugly on the outside.  I was hoping I’d get used to it but that has yet to happen.  It’s serving us so well in so many ways, in fact the 19 fox heads and checkered flag decals are really the only complaint I have (and it’s a petty one, I know).  Every time I step inside I’m so...

Comfort in Familiarity

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Moving day: same home, new view. Kremmling, Colorado. As much as we have had the good fortune of camping at some incredible spots around Colorado this summer, it feels really good to be hanging out around Kremmling for the next few weeks, our old stomping grounds.  With several jobs this month in Steamboat and Summit County, Kremmling is the logical middle ground which is exactly why we lived in...

it feels damn good to be back

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Two years ago when we walked out of the DMV with our new Idaho plates, I felt sick to my stomach. While I was open and ready and excited to experience a new state, leaving Colorado behind was tough. I was born in California and raised in Arizona but nowhere else has felt like home the way I feel at home in Colorado’s high country. But I knew we’d be back. I just never could have...

Raw life

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Photographing each and every day this year has challenged me to seek the real and raw, the simple and the mundane, the ups and downs, the beautiful and boring… rather than only looking for what’s most photogenic.  Today,  I was about to go for low-hanging fruit…the sunset.  But as I walked around our friend’s cabin, delighting in the visual splendor that is Kate’s one-of-a-kind...

Weddings & COVID

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Aside from the handful of outdoor micro-weddings I’ve photographed this year, weddings in general just don’t seem like a good idea right now.  Put a group of people, emotional and intoxicated, all in one room together and social distancing goes out the window.  Make it a group of people that have all traveled from out-of-state to be together and the risk of transmitting the virus, I...

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Hi, I'm Michele, a nomadic wedding photographer and lover of the great outdoors. I live on the road full-time and document my adventures daily. This is my personal blog where I share and record my thoughts on living simply and intentionally with less debt and more freedom. Check out my wedding and portrait photography at http://www.oncwest.com

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