As 2015 was NOT a year full of blogging (apologies! excuses! regrets!), you may be wondering what exactly I’ve been up to. From fun fashion test shoots to editorial and advertising clients, it was a busy year. I did more travel writing than ever before, with stories about Hawaii such as the new-found popularity of taro and the best food trucks on the North Shore, and got out and about to Miami, Iowa, Kauai, New York City, and Uruguay. Those photos will just have to be shown in the nuevo año!
So here’s to a rollercoaster year of professional ups and personal downs – a year I must say will be difficult to leave behind. Though all one can do is move forward, sometimes all I want is to rewind. Looking uncertainly at the horizon of 2016 ahead, the only thing I can be sure of – and excited for – is it will be full of TRAVEL. Pack your bags!
I took the sun for granted when I lived in Hawaii, but now that summer is here in New York City I am thrilled with all the possibilities it brings. While all the hiking, biking, and picnicking have been wonderful, what I’m most excited about is finally being able to shoot outdoors again. I feel so inspired and wanted to share my last very successful shoot with you! Three weeks of planning + a hottie model (Ivy) + two of the best reflector boys = A little goth romance in Central Park. Enjoy!
A Dutch man we met who lives in the area wrinkled his nose at the mention of Maldonado. “Terribly mediocre” is how he described it. I beg to differ. Maldonado offered charming bakeries, the best cortado of the trip, and a liveliness lacking in the off-season resort areas. In a cobblestoned plaza in Rocha we feasted on pork chops and homemade pizza and were suddenly joined by a party of 30 locals on their lunch break, passing around whiskey and laughing as they waited for their steaks. In San Carlos we were given the opportunity to tour a beautiful old building in the midst of restoration by extremely friendly and talkative construction workers.
While it never fails to surprise me how differently people view the ideal vacation, in my opinion it is worth it to explore the less beaten path. Yes, we saw average people milling about what would most likely be called average towns, but the chance to see how people across the planet choose to live their lives – without having to cater to outsiders – is thrilling. And often photogenic!