Wanderlust | Utah + Arizona

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.





And a black and white view of probably one of the most colorful cities in the country. Such a contrast from the first part of our vacation, but still an adventure nonetheless.

Your Everyday | 5 Ways to Document the Ordinary Moments

What makes a single moment in time ordinary? Ordinary moments happen so often that they just become a part of who you are as a family. These are the moments that make up a life. These are the moments that, when strung together, tell a beautiful story. Years down the road when you ache for times gone, these photographs and pieces of life will bring a smile to your face as you remember exactly how it felt.

I know that I want to preserve as much of that as I can, how about you? Here are 5 ways that you can start documenting those ordinary, everyday moments now.


1. Stop asking them to look or say "cheese". There is a better way to capture your children’s beautiful smiles than asking them to “say cheese” for every photo. Their natural expressions are who they really are, capture that.


2. Catch them in the act. Always keep an eye out for interesting moments. Below you will see my two girls, bored to death, at the laundromat. We were in the middle of a big move and this was one of the ways that they entertained themselves, so you can bet I got a snap of it.


3. Watch for connection. Both physical and emotional connection are things that photographers look for when making images. There are always moments of connection with people, pets and even nature. Look for it, these moments happen more than you realize.


4. Take a step back. pull back and capture the surroundings. The result might be an opportunity to record a memory of the location as well as your children within it. This will add so much more context to your photograph.

5. Get in the frame. Yep, you are a part of the family too, so give the phone to your kid or husband and get in the photo. Most cameras even have a self timer, so set it up and see what magic happens.


All of the images in this post were shot on my iPhone, not my professional camera. Because sometimes, that is what is available at the moment. The most important thing to me is that these moments are documented, not if they are as "professional" as my other images.

Interested in learning more about how to take better iPhone images? How EXACTLY I do it? Click the link below to download the "Guide to Taking Better iPhone Photos" pdf.

Wanderlust | Iceland

My recent adventure in Iceland was one that I will never forget. Partly because I had only ever been to Mexico at this point, but mostly because I was able to see so many amazing things, and ate some of the best food I have ever had. As a matter of fact, I am still working that off a little...but it was totally worth it. We made it all the way around the Island in about eight days.

iceland map

Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Heydalur Guesthouse | Westfjords, Iceland

Westfjords, Iceland

Dragon Rock | Northwest, Iceland

Godafoss Waterfall | North Iceland

Dettifoss Waterfall | Northeast Iceland

On The Road | Iceland

Hotel Aldan | Seydisfjordur, Iceland


Jökulsárlón | Southeast Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur | Southeast Iceland

Skógafoss | South Iceland

Harpa Concert Hall | Reykjavik, Iceland

Sólheimasandur Beach Plane Crash | South Iceland

One of Iceland’s most iconic & haunting photography locations. On Saturday Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach in the south of Iceland after experiencing some severe icing. Luckily all crew members survived the crash, but the airplane’s fuselage was abandoned.

Northern Lights

All images COPYRIGHT KRISTEN GILES PHOTOGRAPHY (Images taken of me Jessica Alvarado Photography)