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”

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”

Photo of the Week 04: Photogenic Food in Ft. Lauderdale

Lobster Mac & Cheese at Sweet Nectar in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

I think I’ve finally figured out the secret for the perfect Instagram flat lay: just go to a restaurant that’s already done all the work for you. Case in point: the beautiful setup above at Sweet Nectar in Ft. Lauderdale, a cute open air restaurant serving up tapas on Las Olas Blvd in the heart of everything.

When I heard that my best friend Candace was going to be in Ft. Lauderdale for a week, I immediately made plans to go visit for a weekend. Since she lives in Pennsylvania, we make a point to see each other anytime we’re within 4 hours of each other.

This trip was special for two reasons: 1) I’ve never driven further south than Jupiter and was ready for an adventure, and 2) Candace and I have always talked about doing some type of girls weekend but never got around to it. This was the perfect opportunity to spend some good quality time together. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 04: Photogenic Food in Ft. Lauderdale”

Photo of the Week 03: Orchids Galore and the Art of Patience

I’ve been talking a lot lately about my grandparents – they spent the winter in Florida this year and I am so thankful for all the time we got to spend together. My grandma, being grandma, found an orchid show in town in no time flat. I’ve definitely inherited her love for orchids, along with my own love of photographing them, so I traveled to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens with my mom to see the show for myself shortly after.

The show was wonderful as evidenced by this week’s photo, and the gardens themselves are immaculately kept. The entire waterfront property on the Sarasota Bay was donated by Marie Selby herself, who wanted to share her gardens with the general public.

When my grandma left to head back home, she left a piece of her here with me: not one, not two, but three of the orchid plants she’d purchased to make her and my grandpa’s vacation rentals feel more like home, along with a beautiful orchid my grandpa gave me for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t expect them to bloom again, but in the past few weeks new growths have been popping up on all four. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 03: Orchids Galore and the Art of Patience”