We had the good fortune of connecting with Get Dirty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Get, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Our photographer, Niki, was taking photos on all of our travels through nature and we thought they turned out amazing. We thought about how cool it would be to travel the world to take pictures of the things we love and share them with everyone, and figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Outside of our love for nature we both share a love of baseball, and that’s how Get Dirty got its name. “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game. -Rickey Henderson”. This quote stuck out to us because it felt like the perfect description of spending time outdoors. If we didn’t get dirty, have we done anything?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Most photographers in our area don’t focus on the beauty of the nature and landscape we are surrounded by. While everyone else may see a bland desert landscape, falling water levels, and extreme heat, we see the beauty in all of this. We travel the western United States hitting as many National Parks, National Forests, lakes, and rivers and photographing the whole way. Our photos are minimally edited which we believe also sets us apart. We haven’t been able to quit our day jobs and commit full time to Get Dirty so we haven’t had much growth but as of recently, we are featured in a calendar and had the opportunity to do this article. The small growth we have had has made us ecstatic and driven us even harder to commit to traveling and sharing our photos and experiences. The photography aspect was the hardest to transition from shooting with a phone to a professional camera but our desire to succeed made it a small bump in the road. We learned that things don’t happen over night and we need to be patient with our growth. The small steps we have made have gotten our name out a little more and allow us to get a bit more interaction on social media but our ultimate goal is to be able to sell prints and merchandise online and locally. We are just two friends with a dream and if we can make it happen, anyone can.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would spend our time outdoors. First we would start by camping at the Edge of the World, the views offered at this campground are unlike any other and we believe everyone should experience waking up to that view. Our time spent at dispersed camping grounds is spent hiking any trails we can find, making coffee at our campsite, and just enjoying the slow pace away from city life. After a few days in the wilderness we would make a stop in Flagstaff at our favorite restaurant, Diablo burger, before heading west to kayak the Colorado River on the Arizona/Nevada border. No Nevada trip is complete without a visit to the Hoover Dam, a drive through Red Rock Canyon, and a night of camping in beautiful Mt. Charleston. We aren’t ones to venture into the city and partake in the night life and prefer to share the more natural beauty of the west with our guests.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We couldn’t take the photos we do without the support of our National Park systems and free dispersed camping areas. This has allowed us affordable access to the beauty of our country.
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