being a bad mom at the valley of fire, nv

January 30, 2019

Moms aren’t supposed to go on trips like this. Or at least that’s what we’re told.

Who is watching the baby? How long will you be gone? Won’t you miss him?

His father, 5 days, and of course I will.

Nobody ever asks my husband any of those questions when he travels. But in spite of being pummeled with society-inflicted mom-guilt (if it wasn’t over this, it’d be over something else, am I right?), I headed out west for a photography trip anyway. And guess what? My kid is totally fine.

It’s important to me to hone my craft and creativity. It’s important to me to spend time with my dad, who is also a photographer, and went on this trip with me. It’s important to me to be Jamie, and not just Mom sometimes. And it’s important to me to put myself first once in a while, and do things simply because I want to. Maybe that makes me a bad mom, but I figure anything that makes me a happy mom is probably just fine.

Here is the first destination of our journey, the aptly named Valley of Fire. If, like me, you’ve never heard of it before—it’s a state park about an hour outside of Las Vegas, and it is absolutely stunning. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them, though I suspect you likely won’t (sorry!)


landscape with red rocks and green brush at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a red rock and a green bush balance each other at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a red 2019 jeep wrangler sits on a dirt road at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic blue shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic blue shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic blue shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
red rocks sit against a blue sky at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a photographer hikes through valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
red rocks sit against a blue sky at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
red rocks sit against a blue sky at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a photographer hikes through valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the textured red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
the sun sets over a dramatic landscape of red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada , photographed by jamie bannon photography.
red rocks sit against a blue sky at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a photographer hikes through valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a photographer hikes through valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the textured red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts the long shadow of the photographer on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the textured red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a photographer takes a picture as the sun sets over the red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada , photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts a shadow of two photographers on a large red rock at valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
the sun sets over a dramatic landscape of red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada , photographed by jamie bannon photography.
the sun sets over a dramatic landscape of red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada , photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunlight casts dramatic shadows on the red rocks of valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a small arch in the red rocks at valley of fire state park in nevada at sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dramatic sunset turns the landscape bright pink at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dramatic sunset turns the sky bright orange over a field of sagebrush at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a dramatic sunset turns the sky bright orange at valley of fire state park in nevada, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a small pond reflects the sky and mountain landscape at valley of fire state park in nevada at dusk, photographed by jamie bannon photography.

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