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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.

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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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It’s no secret I have three great loves. The first, obviously, is photography. And the second–traveling–is no secret. My third favorite thing in the world is snowboarding. I have tried a countless amount of ways to get my adrenaline fix, but nothing compares to the rush I get while I’m on a mountain with a board strapped to my feet.

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a trip to a place I had never snowboarded before, in Utah. The snow in Colorado, my heart’s home, is amazing, but man oh man is the snow magical in Utah. It’s light, like pixie dust, and because it’s so fluffy the slopes seem to have an endless amount of snow that just keeps giving and giving to its peak-conquering ski bums.

Needless to say, I had a wonderful time in Utah, where I was able to snowboard at the Park City and Canyons resorts and ski at Deer Valley Resort. Here are just a few photos from my trip. I really should have taken more, but even I am not crazy enough to bring my camera down a snowy mountain.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah from the Sky

I stumbled upon a graveyard buried in snow on our first day in Park City.

Believe it or not this is my favorite shot (complements of the iPhone) from the trip.

We had a layover in Denver on the way back, and I was pretty excited about this gorgeous view right before the sun set over Colorado.

Rachel and me wearing our mustaches in Deer Valley.

There was so much powder our first day in Park City, we had to hike out. Nothing to complain about though!

Photo creds go to Rachel for this sweet shot of me spraying her with that magical snow.

I want to specially thank my best friend and roommate, Rachel, and her fun and adventurous parents, Susan and David. Thank you all for an unforgettable experience that I will always cherish.





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February 6, 2013 - 2:43 am

Gary Kilgore - Looks like you had great conditions! My sons and I skied Park City and Deer Valley last March, but it was a little warm. Heading to Aspen next week, but it doesn’t look like the snow will be as good as you just found.
Take care!

February 6, 2013 - 2:50 am

Sydney - Hi Gary! Thanks for posting! I’ve never been to Aspen. Have fun!!!

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