A lot of rad things going on this summer! I’ve settled down back in Hood River, Oregon and have been photographing a lot of elopements (among other shenanigans) in the Columbia Gorge. It has been an awesome process helping couples shape their elopement day. Many are flying in to Portland, soaking up the quirky city life and then tying the knot in the gorge. Others are packing up their car, road tripping to the Gorge and doing the same. Whatever the case, it has been an incredible season jumping on board with couples who are looking for something a bit different and adventurous. It always seems to involve some good hiking, getting ready behind large boulders and of course, sharing good local beer amongst the giant trees and waterfalls.

Hope your summer has been rad. Cheers!

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Will our paths cross? I hope!

To help give some context of place and possibility, I have a number of dates and locations listed below. They’re based off of future photo assignments and explorations. It is very common for couples to jump on board with a location below that excites them. Get in touch! Who knows, we might be able to make that wild dream of yours a reality.

*I just added Iceland to the calendar for July of 2015. Contact me if you’re interested in adventuring out there for your elopement. Limited space available.

*Although I won’t be able to show up in a DeLorean I will be going at least 88 mph.



March 26th – 31st  //  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

April  //  Aspen, Colorado

May 3rd  //  Moab, Utah

May 20th  // Blacksburg, Virginia

May 26th – June 1st  //  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 21st  //  Colorado Springs, Colorado

July  //  Hood River, Oregon

July //  Portland, Oregon

August 10th  //  Yosemite, California

August 30th // Carbondale, Colorado

September 13th  //  Hood River, Oregon

September  //  Aspen, Colorado

October 1st – 4th  //  Yosemite, California

October 6-8  // Palm Springs, California

October 11th  //  Yosemite, California

November 6 – 10  //  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

November  //  Hood River, Oregon

December  //  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


January 21st – 24th  //  Salt Lake City, Utah

January 31st  //  Los Angeles, California

March 25th  //  Hood River, Oregon

April 25th  //  Carbondale/Aspen Colorado

May 9th  //  Paris, France

May 29th  //  Mt Hood, Oregon

June 6th  //  Yosemite, California

July  //  Iceland

July 25th  //  Seattle, Washington

July 27th  //  Mt Rainier, Washington

August 1st  //  Newport Beach, California

August 4th  // Hood River, Oregon

August 15th  //  Lake Tahoe, California

September 16th  //  Aspen, Colorado


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  • April 17, 2012 - 11:32 pm

    Rog - there’s no friggin effin CA on this list. This list is dead to me.ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Annie - Come to Australia! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2012 - 4:19 am

    Janet J - Hey , Carl , I wanna set a date for a fam photo session ! Email me .
    Thanks J .ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    Alexandra Jordan - YAY! I am so excited you will be in OKC during May and June. I am going to be interning with Aaron during the summer. I hope I get to meet you! I love your work.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2012 - 5:33 am

    abby - If you make a stop in Colorado, I’d love to know! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

    Rich Ware - No London on your list, that’s a shame….ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    carlijean - Come to Alaska!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    heaven - giggle rog.. that made me laugh… ;) thanks for that.ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2012 - 7:40 pm

    Don Derosier - need to shoot in AK bro!ReplyCancel

  • March 18, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Jonny Morton - Hey Carl,

    I am in Moab for a skydiving trip on April 20th! Unfortunately I can’t afford any photo shoots but it would be cool to just meet you! Are you climbing or anything, would be awesome to get a belay buddy! (i’m on instagram as j_mort if that rings any bells haha)ReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2014 - 1:15 am

    Chelsea - I am so thrilled to be part of that Los Angeles date! Your work is phenomenal.ReplyCancel


“If you could live anywhere, wouldn’t you want to live everywhere?” This is one of my favorite lines from my buddy Brendan’s book. It’s also a statement I deeply identify with as I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, “home” is nothing short of a mosaic of people and place.

I’m not the type of person that becomes deeply attached to my belongings. But when I sold my things and moved into my Honda Element, the rig naturally grew on me. After all, it was home. Fast forward years later with many adventures and shenanigans in between, the Element was eventually totaled out with beyond-needed repairs. It was time to bid farewell.

I was swapping life on the road stories with a friend of mine recently and had some good laughs. I decided to share a few of those stories and images here. It seemed fitting as my chapter with the Toaster (Honda Element) recently came to a close.

Here’s to following your dreams and opening yourself up to the journey.



Banff, Canada – I was parked on the street a few blocks from Banff Ave. It was 4am when I was woken up by some drunk dude trying to steal my bike. He was on top of my hitch-rack violently shaking my bike back and forth. Unknown to him, I was sleeping just a few inches away. I subconsciously woke myself up by making some sort of disturbing growling noise from the back of the car. He freaked out, fell off the back and did the drunken run across the street. I laughed, rolled over and caught a few more hours of sleep before continuing my journey.

Point Reyes, California - One of many times I made dinner in the driver seat. There was a crazy rainstorm so I was left to my limited indoor options of preparing onions, peppers and avocados on my dashboard. I then migrated the veggies to my camp stove, which sat between my feet near the gas and break pedals. It was laughable, a bit claustrophobic yet not a bad case scenario. After all, my car smelled like stir fry for the next week. Better than the scent of Corn Nuts, right?

Lee Vining, California – A late night jam session at the Mobile Gas Station near Yosemite. We were under the stars with 30 other people and my buddy Steven was rocking out on the Element rooftop with a guitar.

Nevada City, California – The driver side door was jammed and wouldn’t close. It quickly turned into a laughable situation which required me to hold the door with my left hand and drive with my right. This proved to be difficult (and hilarious) when making right hand turns, where the door naturally wanted to fly open. It’s one of those things you kind of get used to. Kind of.

The evolution of the keyhole breakdown. It went something like this:

In short, all of my locks but one stopped working. It started with my passenger door lock, moved to the driver side and ended with the ignition. 

Any time I wanted to lock my vehicle, the only way back in was through the back door of the Element. It was annoying but definitely worth doing instead of paying the $1500 I was quoted to fix all of the locks, including the ignition.

THE IGNITION! Eventually, if you pulled the key out of the ignition it took at least 20 minutes to wiggle it back in. The internals were failing. It was a scary situation in terms of being stranded somewhere. So the equation looked like this: never, ever, EVER remove the key. Ever. Seriously. At any point, anyone could open the door to my car, turn the key in the ignition and drive away with everything I owned. Luckily, that never happened. A big high-five and chest bump to you, Karma.

Yosemite, California – On a crisp morning I woke up in a parking lot of a gas station just outside of Yosemite. I heard a little kid ask his father, “daddy is that a man sleeping in his car?” Dad responds while slightly shielding his innocent child’s eyes, “No son, there’ isn’t anybody in there.” BE CAREFUL KID WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS! I’m still following them and get to wake up in awesome places like gas stations! But seriously, I hope your eyes are shielded less often than more. And by that I mean I hope you land a sweet rig to live on the road one day.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – My hope for the Toaster’s life to continue was gone. It needed to be sold for whatever it was worth so that I wasn’t buried more into a situation than I already was. A dealership told me that there was too much hail damage on the roof so they wouldn’t be able to give me nearly what I was asking for it. I laughed inside and thought “Hail damage” was actually “Carl walking around on the roof of his car to get a good angle for a campsite-photograph.” It was worth the rooftop gallivanting as the image ended up being licensed to an outdoor company. But seriously, who cares about a roof that is just as functional as a non-dented one? I don’t see dents anyway, I see opportunity.

Carbondale, Colorado – Finally, that time I drove the Toaster to 5 Point Film Festival last April. I came to the festival to meet a buddy of mine, not really knowing what I was getting into. In short, my drive into Carbondale, Colorado would proceed to connect me to lifelong friendships, my partner in crime and a place that I’m psyched to forever add to my mosaic of what “home” means to me.

I took this the day I moved out of the green house and into the Toaster. Hood River, Oregon. 

Making adjustments to the platform bed. Yes, that’s a tripod holding my door open.

Laundry day in the Sawtooth Range. Idaho.

Nightlife in the mountains.

Rooftop Jams in Bishop, California.

Evening chores.

The Pacific Northwest delivering again in the sleeping spot department.

The best part of waking up.

Cooking options are limited on rainy days. The Sriracha helps. And so does the sling shot, obviously.

Desert life.

Evening rituals. #nom

Sleeping spot near Banff, Canada.

Climbing rest day at Mammoth Hot Springs. California.

Gearing up. Yosemite, California.

The endless I-70. Somewhere, Kansas.

Rooftop (dent making) views of Brett cooking dinner in the desert.

A lot of this welcomed. Everywhere.

My little brother took this shot. I was so psyched that I could reach everything to make coffee without getting out of bed. Winning in the Cascades!

Mt Saint Helens through the suicide doors. Sarah making dinner on the tailgate.

Practicing my architectural photography from inside my house.

Top of the morning to you from the Mobile Gas Station hotel!

Morning nectar of the gods. Washington.

Charging gear off the grid somewhere in the desert.

Another tailgating night. Cast iron style on the bike rack.

The Toaster meets the Buffalo River. Arkansas.

With the right tools in your arsenal, you can work from “home” pretty much anywhere. Yosemite, California.

Nowhere Utah. La Sal Mountains in the distance.

Nightlife in Post Canyon. Hood River, Oregon.

The awesomeness known as the Oregon Coast.

2am Mobile Gas Station Jams. Steven rocking it out from the Element’s rooftop.

What life looks like when your key doesn’t work in any lock but the rear. Bend, Oregon.

Home for the night.

Hashtag selfie. Canada.

Galavanting along those dirt roads. Searching for home for the night in the Sawtooth Range.


All good things must end… or at least become immortalized as a film festival’s poster child. RIP Toaster, you were good to me.



See more of life on the road at instagram.com/carlzoch
Check out 5 Point Film Festival at 5pointfilm.org

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  • April 18, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Garnold - Love it. A life well lived :) RIP to your rig, but I’m certain it won’t stop ya from livin’ the dream. Keep going brotha.ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Peter amend - Such fun images and memories, reminds me of road trips in my scion (which I called ‘the toaster’ as well!)

    Hope you find a suitable replacement!!ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:25 am

    Darren - I can’t tell how inspiring your photos and stories are. Keep on man.ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Randy Braley - Carl: Loved all of it. Oh yeah, Honda called and they are ready to campaign this :-)ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    alisha - Awesome post and amazing photos, as always :)ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    Jeff Hester - Honda should donate a new Element to your next epic road trip. GREAT photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2014 - 7:44 pm

    josh - so many grand adventures! bummer it finally gave out on ya.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Ravyn - Love this post, Carl! Good for you for following your heart all over the road. Inspiring for sure!!ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Austin - Great story! It is always amazing how many memories can become attached to a car.ReplyCancel

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    Nueva camiseta barcelona 2014 - Nice…thanks for this.ReplyCancel