Many of us are hitting the road (or sky) this summer and venturing out on much needed vacations. While we will inevitably snap a gajillion photos to commemorate the experience, I’ve discovered another way to keep the memories of travel fresh in my mind long after returning home…
When I was planning the final project for my digital photography class, I knew I wanted to shoot at the coast. I chose Pensacola Beach Pier because I had never been, but thought it was sure to attract more visual interest than the deserted beaches I love on lazy weekends. So, on a chilly and gray Saturday morning I hit the road, a little nervous about getting my shot. What I discovered was a pleasant surprise…
As soon as I arrived at the beach, I bought a walking pass onto the pier. It was sunny and I loved watching all the people with fishing poles line the edges of the pier. I walked to the end and looked for potential shots for my project. We were asked emulate a photographer of our choosing. I chose Max Wanger, a longtime favorite of mine.
I think I’m going to turn this one (above) in for my final. I love the simplicity and the composition mimics Wanger’s style perfectly. I took it from the very end of the pier, squeezed between fisherman with thick southern accents listening to country music.
I didn’t look at my watch while I was on the pier, but once I figured it out, I walked up and down for about three hours total. The changing light and never-ending movement of beachgoers proved inspiring and I couldn’t walk away. Unfortunately, my extended day on the pier led to a nasty sunburn (only on my wrists, back of my neck, and tops of my feet though!). But, the burn will fade, the photos will remain.
I finally called it quits after I ran out of water and the blisters on my feet burned as bad as my fresh sunburn. I walked over to The Stand for the best chicken taco I think I’ve ever eaten and an ice-cold Corona. I people-watched while I refueled and wished I had brought my bathing suit to enjoy the rest of the day.
Shortly after a stroll down the coastline, I decided to head home. I was almost sad to leave this vibrant, bustling beach. It was so beautiful and the people were so nice. I plan to go back for a longer day next time, maybe without my camera, most definitely with sunscreen.
I love love love staying at boutique hotels. There’s something so cool about local art on the walls, unique installations in the lobby and impeccable styling at the hotel restaurant. I stayed at The Line in L.A., and it was the perfect reflection of uber-trendy Koreatown. I’ve been looking to visit a few other cities around the country this summer, one of which is Richmond. After finding the Quirk Hotel, I’m even more inspired to stop in and stay.
The lobby is bright and colorful with delicate details. It was constructed in 1916, which is why it has those gorgeous arches. Looks like the perfect place to people watch while enjoying a cup of the hotel’s signature blend coffee.
A few days in to our Cali trip, Victor joined us, and I was especially grateful that he insisted on driving. We kicked the day off with coffee and the super touristy attractions: The TCL Theatre and Walk of Fame, and ended the day at the Griffith Observatory.
As a Christmas present this year, I took my sister to Los Angeles. It was a somewhat impulsive decision, but those are sometimes the best. Last week, we boarded a plane and said adios to Florida for a whole week. So many important things happened on this trip! I learned (some) of the words to Hotling Bling, I found out why you want insurance on a rental car, my suspicions that everyone in L.A. is beautiful were more or less confirmed, and I saw Lisa Ling while eating a shrimp po’ boy at the Santa Monica Pier. I can’t wait to share all of the good times that were had but it’s going to take more than one post. Here is the first in a series of Cali posts, documenting our first few days in Los Angeles…
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I took this photo at the top of the Arc de Triomphe in 2013. It wasn’t until last week when I took a closer look and noticed the touristy folks that were all around me. I’ve been editing photos from this trip (it only took me 2 years!) and thought this one was really pretty. Just for fun I couldn’t resist labeling the typical touristy archetypes…
The last time I went to Alligator Point, I was a freshman in college. I lugged a bunch of towels and coolers across the sand and set up shop with my roommates and stayed until we were as red as lobsters. Or, in my case, as brown as a raisin. It was a fun day and one of the reasons I wanted to go back for a visit. I’ve been on a bit of a quest to find the perfect beach spot in the panhandle and this memorable spot was in the running.
The morning is my absolute favorite time of day. Right after the sun comes up but the world is still quiet, it feels like there are nothing but possibilities. One Saturday morning I took a drive (a weekend indulgence here lately) to St. Marks Lighthouse. It’s Florida’s second oldest lighthouse and a North Florida landmark I’ve surprisingly never seen. I left my place at dawn and drove 25 miles south with the windows down and the radio up.
Happy early/holiday/long weekend! I’m headed home for a few days to spend a mini-vacay with family. I’m excited to wrap up a few home decor projects with the help of my mom, go out to dinner with my dad and sister, and join my aunt and her gal posse at the movies Thursday night. I’m sure grilling and sunning and swimming will be mixed in there too! Hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth of July! Xx
A few weeks ago, I joined my dad and sister for a day in St. Petersburg, Florida. The highlight of the trip was a return to The Dali Museum, which I had not visited in several years. Surrounded by palm trees and sunny weather, I enjoyed some HQ time with the fam and snapped a few shots along the way…