Category archives: travels

Rome

Back in March we took a very spontaneous trip to Rome for a long weekend of exploring and lots of pizza, gelato and wine. Andreas had a few vacation days from last year he needed to take before the end of the month so we played a game of skyscanner roulette, aka where can we fly for relatively cheap that will also be warm(ish) in the month of March. We did that last year and ended up in Lisbon which was amazing (even if it was definitely NOT warm).  This trip was equally wonderful and just as in Portugal, we ended up trapped in a sudden downpour on our last day and ended up soaking wet. At least we can laugh about it now, we obviously never learn to travel with umbrellas. We got lots of great food tips from friends before we left and we definitely ate VERY well during our three days in Rome. If you go I can highly recommend downloading Katie Parla’s Rome app and checking out her blog for the best foodie spots around town. Now looking back through these photos, I am dying to get back to Italy sometime this year!!

All of these photos are Fuji 400h scanned by Carmencita Film Lab

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California Road Trip

If I am not working, 99% of the time I am shooting film. I find that if I am not taking photos for a job, I rarely spend the time in Lightroom to edit the raw digital files and I started crazily hoarding unedited raw files on my harddrive. It also meant that we would go these amazing places and the photos would never see the light of day. Which makes me sad. Shooting film also just feels a bit more soulful (even though writing that makes me cringe) and is a fun way to document the everyday. Like most years, we spent the holidays in California with my family. This year though we spent an extra week there and had the chance to actually do some exploring and lots of relaxing. Andreas and I spent a few days in Oakland and San Francisco, escaped to downtown LA for a night and another day drove up highway 1 for lunch at Nepenthe. Looking back through these images I get a giant pang of homesickness, I think no matter where I live, California will always have my heart.

scans by Richard Photo Lab

Sardinia

 

Well, it sure has been a LONG time since I blogged here. Weddings sort of took over after May and then poof! somehow it was the end of 2014. That is life. It was a pretty incredible year. I was looking through film scans from my trip home to California at Christmas when I found these scans from Sardinia. We planned a very last minute trip to Sardinia to celebrate my 30th birthday. Which was exactly what the doctor ordered. We rented a little fiat 500 and spent three days driving down the east coast of the island, stopping to swim and eat pizza along the way.  The wild pigs roaming around the beach still make giggle. I followed them around for a good 20 minutes taking their photos.  <3 Also, right now as I am cuddled up in a blanket next to the heater, these photos make me want to book a flight somewhere warm. I miss the ocean.

All images Fuji 400H scanned by Carmencita Film Lab


a weekend at citizenM London Bankside for Blogtacular

Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in London for Blogtacular, along with my friend Anne, who was speaking at the conference.  We stayed at citizenM London Bankside, which was the perfect home base for our time in the city, close to Borough Market and a short tube ride from the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Mayfair where Blogtacular was held.  We had the best time exploring the city together, did some shopping, and walked a ton (which is not the best when walking in new shoes, ouch). We treated ourselves to a “Smooth Wavy” blowdry at Hershesons Blow Dry Bar – which looked great until the wind and rain attacked my poor hair (darn you London weather!!!). It was lots of fun having two stylists work their magic on my hair at the same time, I only wish I could have someone come to my house and blow dry my hair every week, someday hopefully I can afford to make that happen.

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I loved the giant atrium in the middle of the hotel and the bright colors in the design.

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The rooms are all modular, so every room is the same.  Even though they are on the smaller side, they are super well designed so even with a ton of bags, the room didn’t feel small or cramped at all.  The beds are massive and super comfy and the lights, TV and Music were all controlled by a samsung tablet, which was awesome but it took me a bit to get used to as it is so different than my ipad. They have a huge selection of free movies to watch, which we tried to take advantage of, but both nights fell asleep in the middle of the movie :-|  After doing a fair amount of travelling these last few months, I have had a lot of hotels to compare to one another and my most common complaint has been hotel rooms without enough outlets to charge my computer and phone. citizenM not only had a lot of outlets, they had outlets for the US, Europe, UK and a USB port all lined up, which made me oh so very happy. :) It also made it so Anne and I didn’t have to fight over adaptors or outlets.  If only other hotels would get the memo.

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Yes we are the weirdos who take selfies in reflective surfaces, example 1 & example 2

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The hotel caters to both hotel guests as well as locals with free wifi and lots of desk space in the restaurant.  It looked like a great space to spend the day working and I love staying places that give me a feel of the neighborhood and city.  They also had really beautifully designed conference rooms for guests or Londoners to conduct meetings.

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Anne spoke about valuing and respecting yourself and your work.  She has been such a supportive friend these last few years and she always pushes me to know my worth as a professional.  She definitely brought some fresh conversation and motivation to the conference.   They just posted a fun highlight video from the weekend and you can buy the virtual conference to watch from the comfort of home in case you are interested.

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Thanks so much, citizenM for a great stay in London.  Andreas and I are already planning our return later this year and I will definitely stay at the hotel again.

citizenM London Bankside Hotel

20 Lavington Street
London, UK, SE1 0NZ

Paris in March

Last month I made a spontaneous trip to Paris to celebrate my dear friend Anne’s birthday and meet my long time blog friend Susan in person while she was in town from Philly.  It was the most beautiful spring weekend which makes the city even more charming than usual. Susan asked me to take some portraits of her and we had the best time strolling around together taking photos. She and I first connected a few years ago leaving comments on each other’s blogs and meeting in person felt more like hanging with an old friend, rather than the sort-of-stranger that she was.  Which is typically how it always is when meeting online/blog friends in person for the first time. The weekend left me feeling so thankful for the amazing friends I have connected with over the last few years blogging.  Lindsey wrote a really lovely post about friendship and my thoughts on online turned real life friends are very similar.  I would have never imagined that most of my friends living abroad would be made online in some way or another, but I LOVE technology and the connections I have made online. Actually as I type this right now, I am sitting between Thea and Toni Neubauer, who are also two amazing online turned real life friends and we spent the day photographing Emily here in Dublin, another blog friend who we connected with at the Hive Conference two years ago. Which just goes to show yet again that the internet is amazing. We are all set to meet up at Blogtacular in London in a few weeks and I am super excited to hang out all together again for the first time in a couple years.  Are any of you guys going to Blogtacular?  I haven’t been such a great blogger as of late, but conferences are always lots fun and pretty inspiring.

A peek at one of my favorite images from my shoot with Susan, I will be sharing the rest soon :)

Susan hosted the loveliest brunch and had picked up a large selection of macarons from Ladurée and Pierre Hermé, we managed to put together a little taste test between the two Parisian macaron giants.

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The coffee “revolution” of sorts in Paris means you are never very far from amazing coffee.  We stopped by The Boot Café on our way back from Susan’s brunch and I love that the teeny tiny cafe kept the original facade of the old cobbler shop.

When Susan, Lindsey and I all showed up to brunch with our ONA camera bags, we just HAD to take a dorky photo of us carrying them.  ONA just released a few new spring styles and I am currently lusting over the leather capri tote.

I only wish their women’s bags were large enough to carry my 15″ macbook pro AND my camera + a couple lenses.  Short weekend trips on budget European airlines are mighty tricky when you try and bring cameras, lenses and a computer.  Most of the time lately I just leave my computer at home.

It was Anne’s birthday while I was in town and we started the celebrations off at the Used Book Café at Merci.  Those perfect hard boiled eggs and the giant hunk of butter served with the perfect dipping-sized slices of bread are basically my favorite breakfast ever. Anne’s bread/butter ratio is perfect.  I heart french butter <3

 

A few other favorite places from the weekend without photos:

Dinner at Semilla, particularly the shitake mushrooms and scallops (drool!).

Lunch at Tuck Shop, where we ate an amazing lentil tart I have been trying to recreate at home (sadly not super successfully)

Filter coffee at Foundation Café

Ich weiß ein Haus am See

Way back in September, Andreas, Hazel and I rented a little mini cooper convertible and skipped town for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. I had read an article about a little bed and breakfast (with a michelin star) north of Berlin and had been itching to check it out ever since.  The bed and breakfast, called Ich weiß ein Haus am See (which translates as I know a house on the lake), is literally in the middle of nowhere.  You drive along a dirt road, through a campground for a few miles before ending up at the understated b&b. The rooms are simple, and what you would expect from a lakeside bed and breakfast, but the dinner service was definitely something special.  I also give them bonus points for allowing our sweet little pup to join us. We arrived in the afternoon and spent a few hours before dinner walking around the lake and surrounding farmland with Hazel and took a bunch of photos.

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a weekend at the sea

Way back in July, we rented a car and drove back to Binz with my parents and Hazel in tow.  I am quite sure it was the best two days of Hazel’s life- that dog went absolutely bonkers for the dog beach.  As much as I love the lakes that surround Berlin, it felt really good to be at the seaside.  I didn’t even realize how homesick I get for the ocean.  Growing up a 10 minute drive from the Pacific might have spoiled me forever.

 

a first roll of film

I had been itching to replace my Nikon 35mm film camera with a Canon for ages, but somehow always made some sort of excuse not to buy one.  When one night I was cruising ebay and found a EOS 3 for super cheap, I impulsively snapped it up and had my dad bring it with him when he visited in February.  This was the first roll of film that I shot, and because I wasn’t even sure if the camera functioned properly it was a roll of 1€ film from the drugstore (I also had it developed and scanned at there, which is probably to blame for the wonky color).  Fortunately the camera seems to work just fine and I suddenly remember why I have always loved shooting film.  There is some sort of magic shooting film possesses.  Clicking the shutter and not being able to check the back of the camera and just trusting your equipment and exposure is refreshing. It forces you to slow down. I first fell in love with photography shooting film.  I actually didn’t even own a digital camera until my second year of photo school, because we only shot film for the first year.  Also, and this might age me, but digital SLR cameras were just coming out back then.  Then I fell in love with photoshop and by default and convenience, my poor film cameras started collecting dust.  These images are surely not masterpieces, but I am definitely being romanced by film photography once again and have started bringing my medium format camera along with me to weddings.  I am not quite sure I am brave enough to shoot exclusively film at a wedding, but huge huge props to those who do.  For now, I am loving leaving my digital cameras at home when I cruise around town so expect more film here on the blog to come.  Obviously it took me a while to finish this roll of film, with some images from one of the last snows of the year, and some from our trip to the Baltic Sea with my parents this summer, but forgetting what is on a roll of film makes it even more exciting when you get scans back.

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This is what I wake up to most mornings.  Hazel and Andreas all cuddled up melts my heart.  I love my little family so much.

Thea and I location scouting at the Botanical Garden for the cover shoot for sisterMAG 7

more to come from our trip to the Baltic Sea soon.  We had the best time, but I am pretty sure Hazel had the best days of her life so far. :)  I have some video footage of her running wild on the beach I need to edit together, I promise it will make you smile.

 

Bruges

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I know things have been super quiet on the blog here lately, but for good reason!  I have been mighty busy this summer and in turn have loads of photos to share.  Right now I am in the middle of wedding season and completely LOVING life, but today I finally got the chance to sift through my photos from Bruges.  When my parents asked me if I wanted to join them for a few days during their trip to Belgium, I immediately said yes.  Bruges has been on my list of places to visit ever since my dear friend Kala visited on her honeymoon and told me that it was amazing and I HAD to go there.  It was a super short day and a half trip, but I was totally charmed by the little city and could not stop taking pictures of all the buildings.  I don’t really know why I love brick buildings so much, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that we don’t really have many in California, but I always find myself drawn to them.  Hence there are a lot of photos of brick buildings in this post.

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Usually when Andreas and I travel, I take the reigns and find a few places for us to visit.  This trip it was so nice to let my dad do all the work, and since he has become a total beer nerd in recent years, his must see spots all revolved around Belgian beer.  I for one am a big fan of Belgian beer, and it felt like such a treat after 5 years living in the land of Pilsner and Weizen. Sorry Germans, I am not a huge fan of either :-|  The first stop was De Halve Maan, the only brewery within Bruges and we toured the brewery, and obviously had to sample the goods as well.

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During the very little research I did for this trip, I discovered a New York Times article recommending Chez Vincent and their fries.  It was certainly the most unhealthy lunch I have had in a while, but it sure was delicious.

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Before we took the train to Brussels, we stopped at Café ‘t Brugs Beertje, which my father tells me has one of the best Belgian beers selections in the world.  It is a really charming little beer bar, and the owner, along with the other patrons (a mix of tourists and locals) were really sweet.  My dad got there as soon as they opened and got us seats at the bar which made for great people watching.

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 Have you been to Bruges/Brugge?  If you have any other tips, do share!  I want to take Andreas back with me and spend some more time exploring the little city.

Last week I was the featured blog on Internations, click here to read a few of my tips for expat life in Berlin.  Internations is an expat network with dedicated pages for pretty much every city around the world, make sure to check it out as well!

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

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When my parents told me they had found a new favorite lobster roll on the cape, I was skeptical.  We are longtime fans of our local byob establishment, Friendly Fisherman, which has long been my favorite.  We stopped by Sesuit Harbor Cafe on our way to our house in Eastham after a flight to Boston from Detroit, where I had photographed Michael and Lindsey’s beautiful wedding.  I have to admit I was only half awake after our early morning flight, but the lobster roll (and the view) was definitely impressive.  I almost felt like I was cheating on Friendly Fisherman, but we made up for it by stopping by a few days later and stuffing our faces with fried fish and lobster rolls (soooo good).  Now as I type this, I wish I wasn’t 3000 miles from Dennis, MA, because I am craving a lobster roll like nobody’s business. :(  Maybe I can find a way to get back to Cape Cod before next year, fingers crossed!

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