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  • Sydney Prather

    Sydney Prather is the owner and photographer of Crowded Elevator Photography. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Alabama with an interdisciplinary concentration in Photography, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies and has been pursuing a career in photography since then. Sydney has lived all across the U.S., doing freelance work for various companies in order to experience photography in the most versatile ways possible. In addition to shooting weddings, engagements, and family portraits, she has also worked as an extreme sports photographer and a night life & live-music photographer. She is currently living and working in San Diego, California.

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Ramblin’ (wo)Man

Since my last post, I have made a lot of changes. For one, I am now across the U.S. I went from Delaware to California. In between, I also lived in Colorado and worked as a lift operator for Breckenridge Resort. I got to snowboard down from my spot on the mountain every single day, and it was pretty rad.

Now, I am living in San Diego, working as a surf photographer in Pacific Beach. It is a blast. Snow to sand, snowboarding to surf…there are no complaints.

My business is back on Groupon, but this time, here in San Diego. I am doing beach-style photography, shooting family portraits and engagements on the beach and the bay. If any of you are planning on a vacation out here, please give me a call! I have a new California number. It is (661) 487-1545. I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and definitely some new ones as well!

The title of my blog, “Visions of Fernweh” could not be more appropriate. Instead of being normal and having that homesick feeling many people get, I more often have farsickness, the desire to just get as far away as possible from the place I currently am. I have been thinking a lot about this, and I have decided I am going to give California a fair chance. Instead of moving every few months, I think it is time to find my settling ground. This state might be it. It has everything I love about a place… except sweet tea obviously. I will keep ya posted.

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Kat + Kiwi

Sometimes a girl (or a guy) doesn’t meet the love of her life in high school, or even college. When the world around her is saying now is the time to love, instead she finds herself winding down roads she has never driven and climbing up hills she has yet to conquer.

But of course, the second she stops thinking about why she has been wondering down roads less traveled and if she will ever meet “the one,” that is the second when the stars align and she finds her soulmate standing in front of her.

And had she not listened to her heart, she might have filled it with the wrong man’s love, and had he not followed his feet, he probably would not have met his gorgeous bride.

Thank God for our feet and our hearts.

This is Kat and Kiwi’s story. Basically. (Okay, Kiwi’s real name is Terry, but everyone knows if you have a friend from New Zealand, you call him “Kiwi.”) These two prove to be a couple made for each other. For goodness sake, everyone calls him Kiwi, and she’s from Georgia, so… she’s a peach. These two fruits were obviously made for the same bowl.

Congratulations on something rare and something beautiful. I enjoyed every minute of getting to know you both, and I look forward to your wedding day!!!


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I know Kung Fu and I know Love

Some people try so hard to be different and unique, and some people are just born that way.

Debra and Bruce didn’t want the tradition wedding ceremony. Instead the chose to take a few bridal party photos in the place they call home, a Kung Fu studio! I asked Bruce why not a church or a park, and he said at the end of the day, a park would just be a park, but this particular Kung Fu studio meant something to him and Debra. Then Debra laughed and said, “We’re big nerds.”

Here are a few of the photos taken of the newly weds in the place that makes them happiest, with each other.

Game nerds!

Congratulations Debra and Bruce! May you have all the happiness you need.

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