Travel Photography: Macau, China

Thursday, March 25th my husband and I arrived in Macau, China where we were met by our soon to be good friend Britney and her daughter. They met us at the airport thanks to a prearranged meeting by our mutual friend Shaunessy. Britney and Shaunessey are both expats living in the same complex in Macau. Britney is a trainer and her husband is a professional high diver. Shaunessy has been a friend of my husband's since they were in grade school. I'm the lucky lady who married someone with a friend in China. :) 

From the airport, Britney led us to the Venetian (as in the casino) where we met with Shaunessy at a restaurant called "McSorley's". A place where Mexican food is served on Thursdays, which is hard to come by in Macau making it a favorite amongst our American friends. It was quite the Western beginning to our exotic Asian vacation.

After lunch, we parted ways and went to Shaunessy's apartment for some r&r. Later that evening, our group met up again to take a evening hike. We were promised a temple and night views of the city, which sounded good until we started walking. Let me tell you, a hike up a steep hill after 20+ hours of travel by plane, is DIFFICULT. We made it to the top of the hill, however, and I have to admit it was pretty rewarding. The views were great and I got to see a pack of stray dogs! Its funny how something so mundane can be so interesting when you don't experience it regularly in your own life. 

Friday, March 26th my husband and I awake very early to catch a ferry to Hong Kong for a photography session we had that morning. You can read more about this in a separate post, which I will have a link to... soon. 

Cut to Friday afternoon. We are on the outskirts of Hong Kong in an area called Sandy Bay. It is much less condensed than downtown. There you're reminded Hong Kong has a tropical climate thanks to the abundance of greenery and the sound of the water close by.  My husband and I are on a bus in Hong Kong. We just wrapped an incredible photography session and were feeling elated, hungry, delirious and unsure of exactly where we were headed. Our friend Dena, from the photography shoot paid our fare and put us on the bus. She gave us suggestions of places to go, but due to the emotions stated above, we were very confused and did not follow everything she said. All we knew was if we got to Kennedy Town we could make it back to the ferry. So we hop off the bus and find ourselves surrounded by multitudes of skyscrapers. It felt like being back in the Grand Canyon. 

Travel Photography: Eugene, Oregon

Last month, I went to Eugene, Oregon, to see my one and only sister graduate from University of Oregon with TWO master's degrees. It was a very immersive experience as I followed Lindsay everywhere. We partied non-stop in true Eugene fashion. My parents were there, you'll see several pictures of them in this post. Take a look at a week in Eugene, Oregon!

Road to Hana

The Road to Hana is a trek in Maui known for its gorgeous scenery. There is no other landscape like it on the mainland. I was fortunate enough to take this journey a year ago and would be remiss if these photographs were not shared. You must see this in your lifetime.

Until you make the trek for yourself, you can take the journey with me. Enjoy!

"It's not about the destination, it's about the journey."

Chi-tecture

Recently, I put together a series of photos for a cafe. These photos feature some of my favorite parts of Chicago, so I thought I would share them with you all. Enjoy!

Portland, Oregon

Portland is my favorite place to travel by far. Every visit is filled with art, love, laughter and lots of coffee. Matthew Tomas (also a photographer) is half the reason I traveled to Portland last weekend. We've been best friends since high school and share a love for visual art. His photographs are true works of art (a few are featured below) you must check out his flickr page!

 Lindsay, my beautiful, talented sister is the other half reason I traveled to Portland. She is getting her masters degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and I couldn't be more proud. Aside from being a brilliant architect, Lindsay is also an incredible water color painter. Check out her masterpieces here.

I am immensely grateful for the time I got to spend with these two. The opportunity to learn and grow creatively with people you love does wonders for your craft and soul. Check out our weekend in Portland!

The Road to Hancock County

I spent this past weekend down at 'the farm,' as we call it in my family. 'The farm' is the farm my mom grew up on in Hancock County, most of her family still lives down there. I was there to celebrate my cousin Mary's bridal shower. The drive from my apartment in Chicago to Hancock County is about 5 hours. In that time I got to know 2 new podcasts: The Candid Frame & Tips from the Top Floor. These photography podcasts made great travel companions on my solo drive. They were interesting, not too long and most important, inspired me to get out and shoot. Take a look at what I saw: