Photos: A Day in Chicago

Chicago is one of those great American cities that I didn't quite get until recently. It's likely because my first visit almost six years ago was in the dead of winter. This time around, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to assist with photographing a large conference. After shooting hundreds of images a day for four days, I had about a day and

Photos: Glacier National Park in Montana

Arguably one of the earth's most gorgeous places is the wilderness area of Montana known as Glacier National Park. Encompassing 1,583 square miles, the park contains over 700 miles of hiking trails and is crossed by driving the scenic and mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. As a child, I recall a family vacation to Glacier National Park with my parents, younger brother, and grandmother in which we spent

Eightmile Lake Backpacking in Washington

Ever since my boyfriend and I first met in 2012, we've made it a tradition to spend the 4th of July on a road trip adventure to celebrate being American citizens and truly enjoy our place of residence. Since then, we've adventured to Glacier National Park, Bend, the Oregon Coast, and Gabriola Island in British Columbia. This year, we returned to our outdoorsy roots by

Whidbey Island – Spring 2011

Whidbey (Whidby) Island (nicknamed "The Rock")  is located about 48 km north of Seattle in the Olympic Peninsula.  It is one of nine islands, and especially gorgeous in the spring and summer.  We took a day trip up to Whidbey, beginning early in the morning with a stop for brunch at the famed Patty's Eggnest in Mukilteo, before boarding a ferry to the

Words: SXSW Survival Guide for Concert Photographers

This year, I’m gearing up for my first-ever experience down in Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW music festival.  Attended by thousands from around the world, Austin becomes a mecca for anyone who’s anyone in the entertainment business.  Personally, I’m going for the music part, and can’t hardly wait for the free flowing booze and music that everyone raves about.   Despite having only spent a

Pleasure, Happiness, and Travel

"....Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure.Ours is an entertainment seeking-nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one....This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype- the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but who cannot relax...But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one's life, is

Wrapping Up 1 Month of Travel

 A huge leafy green salad. That is the one thing my body is craving when I touch down onto US soil in Houston after my 9 hour flight out of Amsterdam Schipol.  The nutella-peanut butter sandwich and stroopwafle had definitely worn off, so a Wendy's chicken salad leaves me contented, and thus, my one month of traveling is coming to an end.  I can hardly

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