Traveling to Guangzhou, China to help my sister bring home my new niece was one of the most surreal, amazing experiences I've had. My niece adored exploring and walking around the city, so we were lucky enough to be able to visit several gorgeous parks, climb a mountain, see some temples, and even spent a day at a safari park. If you're looking to see more travel photographs, then my recent Iceland trip or last year's Peru trip would be the way to go. Just as a reminder, I’m always looking for an excuse to travel, so if you are planning a destination wedding or adventurous elopement I would LOVE to be part of it.
Once or twice a year I like to take a pause from weddings and elopements to share some images from my personal travels! This February I was lucky enough to explore Peru with Sara Pitt— my longtime friend, a wildly talented web-developer, and the reigning queen of the best post-tinder date reporting.
If you know me you might have noticed I'm a little bit of a planner when it comes to just about everything, so when it's time to travel I have to actively and intentionally plan to allow for spontaneity and general adventuring. It's a little backward, I know, but hear me out. I stay stress-free by booking all my transportation & accommodations ahead of time, then I choose one (and only one) activity for each day. Usually, I'll go with something like a hike or a museum visit and then I'll explore the surrounding area. This satisfies the "let's make an itinerary!" side of me but lets me relax and take things as they come as well. If you are a type-a person who strives to be more chill I cannot recommend this process more.
In the past, I've always traveled with my full photography gear, but this time I decided I wanted to focus more on the experience and less on taking pictures. I only packed my tiny Olympus OM-D, which was awesome since it fits in my waist bag. Admittedly there were a few times where I missed having a professional camera with me— a few shots ended up a little softer than I would have liked and other times the little thing couldn't focus quick enough— but overall I was pretty happy with my decision. My back and shoulders straight up celebrated my decision.
We met so many amazing people from all over the world, had tons of adventures, had some (now hilarious, but not so hilarious in the moment) misadventures, danced the night away with our Airbnb hosts for Carnevale, climbed more stairs than I can count, defeated scorpions and altitude sickness and sunburns, ate the most amazing food, and climbed some more stairs. Did I mention we climbed a lot of stairs?
Here are the spots we visited in chronological order: Lima > Cusco > Ollantaytambo > Aguas Calientes > Machhu Pichuu > Ollantaytambo > Salinas de Maras > Moray > Chincheros > Cusco > Lima
First few images of me are brought to you by my lovely self-timer and the last few by the lovely Sara Pitt.
The third and final post in the series of our epic two-week double date adventure in Japan! This one chronicles our adventures in three cities. By the end of the two weeks my back was tired of lugging around my Nikon, so this post uses iPhone 7 images, Instax mini and wide, as well as some from a disposable camera.
Part two in the series of our epic two-week double date adventure in Japan! This one chronicles our adventures on the island of Yakushima, Kagoshima. Photos come from a variety of cameras— including Instax mini & wide, disposable cameras, my phone, and of course the Nikon D4s.
Each year for our anniversary instead of gifts and flowers my partner and I plan a vacation. It's a model I highly recommend— it gets rid of any stress that comes with finding the perfect gift and it gives us a chance to get out of our comfort zones and experience something new together every year. For our fourth anniversary, we had the amazing opportunity to visit friends in Japan for an epic two-week double date. I'm so excited to share some of the images with you all— it will be spread over three posts since there are so many! This post features primarily digital images with a few from a disposable camera thrown in and later posts will include some instant film as well!
Part one covers three days in Takachiho, Miyazaki— Jason and Ruth's current home.