Category archives: travels

a few random photos from that time i drove to London...

…in a giant van.  Let’s just say that driving a van the size of my apartment on the wrong side of the road was quite the adventure.  Fortunately neither us, nor the van were injured during the journey across Germany, through the Netherlands, across the North Sea on a ferry, from Harwich to East London and back again. I was quite happy to turn that giant van back in at the rental car company and I decided I would take a nice long break from driving (which lasted about a week).  Even though my time in London was brief, and a lot of time was spent catching up on sleep, I really had the best time.  I photographed the sweetest couple with poodles! (check out the photos here), spent far too much time and money in the baby department at Liberty shopping for my dear friend’s new baby girl, and went wild shopping at Marks & Spencer stocking up on British and American-esque food (obviously had to take advantage of a trip without luggage requirements!).  The last time I was in London was over three years ago (and it was one of my very first blog posts!) and I am already planning our next trip back.  That city is all sorts of special.

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sisterMAG at the Baltic Sea

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For the new issue of sisterMAG (which launched today!!), I got the chance to join the team for a weekend at the Baltic Sea.  It was my first trip the the island of Rügen, and not only did I have the best time with the sisterMAG team, I fell hard for the charming beach town of Binz.  I photographed the darling Jasmine for the 8th sisterMAG cover and it is definitely my favorite sisterMAG cover that I have photographed so far.  Maybe part of that has to do with our beach shoot location (I love my job!), I also love the nautical style rope dress they designed for the cover and our gorgeous model.  The boat on the beach was the perfect backdrop, but it funnily enough is right next to the border of the nude beach, which definitely made the shoot more interesting ;) Make sure to check out the entire issue online or download the app for your tablet or phone!

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Cris shot the entire swimsuit fashion editorial in his teeny tiny shorts :)  When in Rome errrr… Rügen!

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We ate dinner at Fischmarkt and came out of the restaurant to the most incredible sunset!  Of course Cris and I grabbed our cameras and started shooting like crazy people.  That is also when we had our Dawson’s Creek moment on the beach.  If you plan on visiting Binz, make sure to read the travel guide that Cris photographed on page 234.

 

a day in Nantucket

In all the years I have visited Cape Cod, I had never made the trip to Nantucket.  This year my mama decided she wanted to celebrate her birthday a bit early while Andreas and I were on the cape and take the ferry to Nantucket.  The day we visited we were blessed with beautiful weather and since it is still off-season, the island was pretty quiet and free from the throngs of tourists that come in the summer months.  We spent the afternoon strolling the streets and exploring the incredibly charming town and later ventured out to Cisco Brewers to sample the island’s beer.  The brewery/winery/distillery has a lovely patio and we brought along sandwiches to enjoy with our beers.  Normally I am not much of a sunbather, but after our long winter, I was craving some sun on my skin and soaked up all the sun I could get!  Before catching the last ferry back the Hyannis, we had an amazing dinner at Black Eyed Susan’s, a meal I am still dreaming about.  It was such a lovely little getaway and I am already looking forward to our next trip to the cape and Nantucket.  Happy birthday Mama!!

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An afternoon in Strasbourg

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This month has been a pretty busy one.  The traveling started a few weeks ago when we spent a long bank holiday weekend with Andreas’s family in the Black Forest, followed by a road trip to London (post and stories to come!) and we are currently in Detroit, Michigan for a wedding I photographed yesterday and will fly to Boston later this morning to spend a week in Cape Cod.  I think I might have perfected the art of living out of a suitcase.

During our trips south to the Black Forest, we usually spend our time in Andreas’s home village relaxing and enjoying time with family and friends.  This trip was a bit longer than usual so we had the chance to take the train across the border (a whopping 10 minute train ride) to Strasbourg, France.  It was really fun to be back in a city we both love, even if it was just for the afternoon.  We picnic-ed in our old picnic spot along the river, walked the streets with Hazel and took a whole lot of pictures.  The city is particularly lovely in the spring time.

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Paris in Autumn

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a day in Granada

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My first visit to Granada was almost ten years ago.  One of my best friends was studying spanish abroad for a few months and another friend from California and I flew to Malaga to meet up with her and start our month long backpacking trip around Europe.  I had never been to Spain before and really didn’t quite know what to expect.  I was 19 and had a backpack overloaded with film and was filled with excitement to explore Europe with two of my best friends.  The weekend we spent in Granada was perfectly timed during a religious festival. I vividly remember dancing in a square surrounded by people of all ages, from grandmas to children.  It was raining and everyone was soaking wet, and while we must have been freezing cold, no one seemed to mind the rain one bit as we danced into the wee hours of the morning.  Maybe I have romanticized my few days in Granada as time has passed, but my memories of our time there are sort of magical.  Needless to say, I was both excited and a little scared to go back to the city I fell in love with almost a decade ago.  I was scared that I would return and see nothing of the place of my memories.  Fortunately that was not at all the case.  We only spent a day there, and I wish we could have stayed longer, but walking through winding streets of the Albayzín took me back to that place ten years ago, at the beginning of our adventure, completely mesmerized by the charming little city.

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After what was said to be the darkest winter on record in Germany, I was craving sunshine and needed out of Berlin. Fortunately I had a trip planned to the south of Spain for the BodaF wedding photography conference, and I was lucky to have Andreas join me for a weekend in Malaga before the conference started. While it wasn’t exactly warm and we found ourselves shivering from not wearing enough layers, we soaked up all the sun we could get.

I had visited Malaga for about an hour almost ten years ago, when a friend and I were catching the bus to Granada.  This trip we explored the streets walking aimlessly (my favorite way to get to know a city) and were charmed by the small city’s architecture and lovely people. At one bar the older men sitting next to us bought us a glass of sparkling wine for no apparent reason even though they didn’t speak a lick of English, and another night out, a nice guy struck up a conversation with us and then proceeded to offer us some of his cheese plate. After 4 1/2 years in Germany, that sort of thing is slightly shocking to me now- and to Andreas as well.  No offense to my German friends, but I have grown pretty used to not striking up conversations with strangers (which is much more common in the US) and cannot remember a time a random stranger bought me a drink. Our first night in town we got caught in a rain storm without umbrellas and got completed soaked and of course it stopped raining the minute after I bought an umbrella :) but I now have a 3€ rainbow kid’s umbrella in case I ever need one.

As someone who comes from one of the most perfect climates in the world, winter loses its appeal for me after the snow melts, or after the forth month of darkness, I am not sure which. I think next year we need to find a way to escape for at least a couple weeks in February so I don’t risk turning into a grumpy old lady like I did this year. Thankfully it seems after a few days of sunshine and now with a hotel balcony with a view of the Mediterranean (where I am finishing this blog post) I am back to my old self.

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If you make it to Malaga, make sure to stop at La Tranca for some beer, tapas and people watching. We got there early and snagged a seat at the bar and watched the place fill up with locals, who were singing louder and louder as the night went on. Order the empanadas and toasts, you will thank me.

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pismo beach

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Surely most people think of snow and frosty weather when Christmas comes to mind, but for me, Christmas means time with my family and walks on the beach.  I always cook up a big breakfast (with my cinnamon rolls), open presents, and then get some fresh air and exercise before preparing our Christmas dinner feast.  This year was no exception with an afternoon walk along Pismo Beach, somewhere that holds a special place in my heart because I spent so much time there growing up and still remains one of my favorite beaches.

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Christmas in CaliforniaReturning back to Germany after two weeks in California, I am feeling all kinds of blessed.  Being able to spend the holidays with family and friends in such an incredible place as the central coast of California, was the greatest gift of all.  I feel so very lucky to call this my home.

Here are a few shots from an afternoon hike up Madonna Mountain with Andreas and my mama.  After a week of almost non-stop grey days here in Berlin, I could really wish I could teleport myself back.  Oh sunshine, I miss you.

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we were missing miss hazel so much that we had to kidnap one of my best friend’s dog, Emmy Lou, for the afternoon

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winter in the black forest

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We spent the weekend with my in-laws in the South of Germany, where Hazel will be enjoying Christmas while we are in California.  Their first big snow fall of the year fell the day before we arrived and I was completely in awe of how beautiful the Black Forest looks covered in snow, which meant I had my camera in hand for most of the weekend.

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We visited one of my favorite Christmas Markets, the Gengenbacher Weihnachtsmarkt (I posted about it last year too), and don’t let this sweet looking photo of Hazel fool you… She is no fun at all at the market- we call her the vacuum cleaner because she literally cleans the street of everything that even mildly resembles food, and drags you along as she “cleans”. Little fatty, but we love her so. :)

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