Road Trip Through Patagonia – Adventuring in Puerto Natales and Torres Del Paine

I’ll just start by saying I love these two so much.

Patagonia. Wildly windy, intimidatingly beautiful—an unreal landscape filled with crazy animals like Guanacos, Huemuls, Pink Flamingos, and Ñandus (go look all these up, it’s mindblowing). Turquoise rivers snaking through dry meadows, mountains that look like they were drawn by Dr. Seuss, rivers falling down cliffs—it’s otherworldly. Because of its remoteness, it’s not the easiest place to get to or travel within. So to convince someone to buy the expensive flights and deal with all the logistical problems to go on a trip there with you, that’s when you know they’re good friends and they’re up for a wild adventure.

We shot Alison and Garrett’s wedding last winter in Zion National Park. The day of their wedding, we drove our to an overlook in the park for some portraits and were killing time in the car waiting for sunset, and I mentioned wanting to hike the Zion Traverse. Alison quickly chimed in and said “I’m in!” and three months later we were back in the park, hugging our husbands goodbye as the two of us took off down the trail together. During the time we were on the trail, Nate and Garrett climbed an 800 foot big wall in the park. Later that summer, they visited us in Colorado and a couple months after that, we hired Garrett to build the cabinets in our Airstream. And from there, we convinced them to tag along on our trip to Patagonia. To say these two are dear friends would be quite the understatement.

In planning our trip with them, I asked if they might be okay with me taking candid photos of them on the trip. I wanted to experiment with what it might be like to photograph a couple with very little direction to no direction at all. So I took all of these photos just while we were doing the things we would normally do, without worrying about getting the perfect shot. It helps that these two are probably the most naturally affectionate people I’ve ever met, and it was fun to photograph the ways they express love and experience adventure candidly, without me interfering too much.

These photos were taken over the course of a week. Sport climbing in Puerto Natales, road tripping through Torres Del Paine National Park, staying at the most rad hotel ever (EcoCamp), and an overnight backpacking trip to one of the most iconic viewpoints in Patagonia.

And if you haven’t figured it out by now, if you hire us for your wedding, don’t be surprised when a year down the road we’ve convinced you to travel with us. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

Hope you’re in for the ride ;)

Cedar & Pines is an adventurous wedding and elopement photographer duo made up of Nate and Megan Kantor, a married couple living in their Airstream and traveling the American West. They believe in honest wedding photography, capturing the small candid moments to the epic landscape views. They travel to photograph adventure elopements and destination weddings in Colorado, California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington, Patagonia and the ends of the earth.