I love adventure and am very inspired by those who follow a life of adventure! I met Sabra back at the start of 2013. I wanted a climbing guide for Joshua Tree National Park, and found Cliffhanger guides to be highly recommended by Yelp. When I met Sabra, I loved her and her story. She was about to leave on an adventure to paddle the Amur river through Mongolia and Russia with 3 other women, the expedition was called Nobodys River Project. The film from the trip has gone worldwide and next week on April 2nd is screening here in DC at National Geographic, How awesome is that?

I was really pumped to get back to Joshua tree, see her again, get some epic climbing in and meet Seth (Sabra’s husband and co-owner of Cliffhanger Guides). Earlier this month, after some time in Vegas, I needed some fresh air, rented a car and headed to the desert.

Joshua Tree is like no where else in the world. It has this simplicity and peace to it. Beautiful rocks ready to be climbed out in the middle of fields and field of these crazy unique trees. This was my third trip out, and definitely will not be my last. For two days, I climbed with Cliffhanger Guides in the desert, then after climbing until my fingers hurt, I sat back over a giant burger (with special sauce) at the local pub, and heard more stories of adventures from Sabra, Seth and their friends. These two, the climbing and my little adventure with them in Joshua Tree was just unforgettable. Here are some of my favorite pictures.



I am so excited to speak to the DC photography community in a few short weeks! The DC area photo community has helped me grow in so many ways (personally and professionally), and I have made some of the closest friends of my life through them. I am so grateful for the DC photogs, and love that I am given the opportunity to give back a little bit. Come out and join us, its a great group, and hopefully I can share some useful information that can help any photographer grow.

I put the information and description below. I would love to see you there! A big thank you to Nikon for helping us keep our community strong and by bringing these events to life!

What It Takes To Win Awards with Kristi Odom

Kristi Odom is a wedding and nature photographer who is based in DC. Photography has taken her all over the world for assignments on 6 of the 7 continents.

Kristi’s wedding work has been highly awarded by Fearless Photographers, Junebug Weddings and WPPI. Her photojournalism and nature photography has been on exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, featured on, in the courtyard of Nat Geo and on the billboards of Times Square. She is a volunteer for Photographers without Borders and her public speaking credits include Georgia Institute of Technology, Adventure Always, Women’s Wedding Network, SmugMug, Lifetime and REI.
Join us on March 16th 2015 for a an amazing seminar where Kristi will talk on the world of photography competitions; what to enter, how to prep, and how to use
competitions to improve your craft.

To see more of Kristi’s work click here:

Join us for drinks afterwards at Daniel O’Connell’s Bar and Restaurant across the street!

There is metered street parking right near the Torpedo Factory until 9 pm. There’s also a Colonial Parking garage on N. Union Street directly across from Torpedo’s entrance. Otherwise, parking is free if you’re willing to park 2-3 blocks away! Here’s a link if you need help:

For Metro, you can take the blue or yellow line to the King Street – Old Town stop and cab/Uber to Torpedo or enjoy a nice walk!