The Unconventional Guide to Taking Better Photos of Your Travels

Photos are my favorite souvenirs. Whether documenting a night out with friends or an international destination, I’m always thankful to have my photos to look back on the memories. Yet travel photography, or even photographing my own local surroundings, isn’t always an easy feat.

Even as a professional photographer, there are definitely opportunities I’ve missed, shots I haven’t taken, and moments I didn’t capture just because I was too self-conscious to whip out my camera or introduce myself to a stranger.

Improving my photography is an ongoing goal, but I thought it was time enough to share some of the more unconventional tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. Continue reading “The Unconventional Guide to Taking Better Photos of Your Travels”

Photo of the Week 07: Every Day is a Fresh Start

If there’s one thing I’ve learned thus far throughout my accidental path to being an entrepreneur, it’s that the most challenging aspect of following this path is the amount of self-motivation it takes to make it work.

Being a creative person is only half of the battle. It took me years just to gain the confidence to share my work with others (and I’m still working on this). But when you add on all of the other stuff on top of it? The paperwork, the legal crap, taxes, goal-setting, marketing…you learn pretty quickly that pursuing your dreams isn’t all unicorns and rainbows–it’s hard work.

Mentally, physically, emotionally.

It’s a roller coaster of emotions. And part of me wants to gloat about how it’s already been so rewarding, and I’m happier than I have been in a long time despite building my career from the bottom up, but I also have to address the other side of this venture that exists. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 07: Every Day is a Fresh Start”

Paradise Found in Placencia, Belize

Before arriving in Placencia, I worried I wouldn’t like it.

People offered up activities for John and me to do incase we got bored during our 4 night stay. I knew the village itself was small. I hadn’t visited last year, so a little fear of the unknown was at play.

Yet I still felt the pull of Placencia, my gut telling me it was worth going, so I chose it as our main beach stop in Belize.

I totally fell in love. Continue reading “Paradise Found in Placencia, Belize”

Photo of the Week 06: Belize Bike Riding is No Joke

I like to think I’m a semi-different person when I’m traveling. My inhibitions drop a little bit, I’m more open and willing to trying things that scare me, and I’m somewhat more adventurous.

This is how I ended up in a cave used by the ancient Maya for sacrifices, standing before a fully crystalized human skeleton.

This is how I ended up snorkeling around an island with a small school of barracuda in my line of vision. (Okay to be fair the barracuda were a surprise, but still I kind of kept my cool.)

Unfortunately, my fears do not disappear completely. Hence my subtle bike riding fear in Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker is a tiny island off the coast of Belize, along the barrier reef (the second largest barrier reef in the world). There are very few cars and most people get around via foot, bike, or golf cart. Our hotel, Colinda Cobanas, included two bicycles with every room–helpful since the hotel was a good 15 minute ride south of town. Upon check-in (and realizing we were super hungry) it was time to take my bike on its maiden voyage to Syd’s for some chicken rice and beans. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 06: Belize Bike Riding is No Joke”

Photo of the Week 05: On Selecting and Creating a Photograph

Enjoy Belizean themed posts this week! I’m currently in Belize for the week and am sharing posts and images from last year’s trip while I’m away. Look forward to more Belize travel info upon my return.

One of the questions I get a lot as a photographer is: “How do you select what to take a picture of? How do you see the world around you and create your photo from it?”

My initial response is to shrug and say it just comes naturally. But upon further inspection I’ve definitely noticed some patterns. Sometimes it’s a straightforward answer…maybe I have a photo I want to create in my mind before visiting a place, so my eyes are focused on finding that vision. Sometimes a color or pattern will grab me. Sometimes I am inspired by another image or style, and am attempting to recreate it. But most of the time, I think the images I create are a direct result of the sum of my life experiences, dreams, and my own unique interpretation of the world. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 05: On Selecting and Creating a Photograph”