alaskan adventure

where do i even begin?!

Kristian & i met from instagram, per usual, because we're both from Ohio. i found her account a long time ago & remember thinking that her photos were so amazing & i didn't understand how she was from Ohio as every picture seemed to be from somewhere in Europe or the west coast. we tried to plan a time to meet up but she had just moved to Alaska -- so we decided to try to plan something when she was back in town for a visit.

the last week of December 2015, she was back in Ohio so i messaged her & somehow we were both free the following day! so my good friend Evan & i drove down to columbus & met up with other good friend Alex as well & we all spent the day together shooting & hanging out. then, as Kristian & i talked, she said she was visiting Portland the following week -- which was a funny coincidence because i was moving to Portland the following week!

so we planned to spend more time together when we were both on the west coast in a few days. she ended up staying with me & we had a big four-day sleepover & she instantly became one of my favorite people. then after her time ended in Oregon, i promised i'd come visit her in Alaska -- so i promptly found a plane ticket & counted down the months.

& now i am finally here! i absolutely love instagram for fostering these friendships that never would have come to fruition on their own. i'm so thankful for the little light that Kristian is & for her hospitality & the adventures that she brings.