Category archives: travel

getting out of my comfort zone | adventures in joshua tree

i can hardly believe it’s december! this year has truly been a whirlwind– i’m so excited to blog all the weddings i’ve been photographing this season, features with some of my favorite vendors, as well as personal and other fun projects! november was a month full of travel for me– i was in a different city every weekend! one of those weekends, i ventured out to joshua tree national park with my boyfriend tyler. he took me camping and rock-climbing for the first time! both of those things are pretty out of my comfort zone (heights, eek!), so it was fun experiencing new things with my guy. we went for a night climb and took some long-exposures of the desert night sky.

if you’re in southern california and have been wanting to go on a fun weekend getaway, i would highly recommend joshua tree! it’s absolutely beautiful and just far enough away from home that it makes you feel like you’re on vacay.

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many of these photos are available as fine art prints in the print shop!

xo

a walk among the cherry blossoms

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this past weekend, my friend yasmin & i made a trip down to the tidal basin to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, at their peak. the cherry blossoms were more and more beautiful as we walked along– i was enthralled.

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that final weekend of the cherry blossom festival, hundreds if not thousands of people sat under the cherry blossom trees and picnicked, laughed, danced, napped, and celebrated their love for each other. we even saw a guy propose to his girlfriend! it was so sweet.

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i’m so grateful for these photos yasmin took of me =).

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 yasmin mentioned to me that cherry blossoms are meant to symbolize the ephemeral nature of life. i let her words sink in as i realized that lately i’ve felt that life has been getting away from me, somewhere outside of my grasp.

i was excited each time the breeze picked up and sent the cherry blossoms falling through the air.

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at the end of the day, the wind blew a cherry blossom petal towards me and i walked away with a piece of life in my hands.

 

wanderer

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How you find a place to call home?

You know, the place where you descend a plane or drive around the corner on the street and think, ah, this is it: this is home. 

For me, right now, it’s Los Angeles.

But lately… I’ve been thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could survive thrive in New York. Or Barcelona. Or… pretty much anywhere in Italy. I don’t want my work to be confined to any one place. Maybe my home can’t be confined to one place either.

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I want to wake up in a loft apartment on the twelfth story and see the beauteous grunge of skyscrapers. I want to open the door and find myself among the delicately faded buildings of old European cities. I want to perfect the art of walking on the cobblestoned road. I want to be a quick drive away from the ocean. I want to feel the dry heat of the hot, hot desert in the summer.

It feels like I want everything and nothing all at once. Everything, because I’m making the impossible demand that there is a perfect locale where I can experience all of these things simultaneously. Nothing, because when it comes down to it… all I want is to surround myself with beautiful things. And these things: cities, old textures, cobblestones, modernity, and bountiful, bountiful, sunshine are elements I find beautiful.

No matter where I am, I want to look out beyond expansive, glass windows so that I can see the sun. I want to live where the sun shines.

There’s a deep part of me that wishes to call each of those places “home.” And maybe someday, I’ll be able to.

boston & new york | travel

Who goes somewhere cold for Spring Break?

My friends and I each asked ourselves this question as we piled into the car and headed up north from DC. Our destination? Boston, then New York.  It was my first road trip with friends, and let me tell you, it was quite an adventure!

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boston portrait photography

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This one is a favorite =).

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boston city photographer

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New York Cityyyy.

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There’s just something about the magic of a city that delights my heart =). I am planning on visiting both of these cities again, so if you are in Boston or New York and would like to be photographed by me, contact me and we can start planning! =)

boston & new york | travel

Who goes somewhere cold for Spring Break?

My friends and I each asked ourselves this question as we piled into the car and headed up north from DC. Our destination? Boston, then New York.  It was my first road trip with friends, and let me tell you, it was quite an adventure!

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boston city photographer

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New York Cityyyy.

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There’s just something about the magic of a city that delights my heart =). I am planning on visiting both of these cities again, so if you are in Boston or New York and would like to be photographed by me, contact me and we can start planning! =)