photo diary | Alaska (& a video)

Our trip started with adventures in Seattle, Washington. From reaching the top of the Space Needle to getting lost in the Pikes Place Market, I was intrigued by all that Seattle has to offer.

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The very first stop in Alaska was Juneau! Never in my life have I seen such glorious mountains and waterfalls. The weather was gloomy and rather cold, but the views that I was surrounded by ultimately made up for it.

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We took a cable car tram to the top of Mount Roberts. Even at the end of May, snow completely covered its peak.

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The wild flowers and animals made my heart dance with happiness. Everywhere I turned there were tulips springing up from the ground and Bald Eagles soaring overhead.

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Next stop: Skagway, Alaska. This was a day I had been looking forward to for months. It held a lot of firsts for me. Lifting away in a helicopter, I was speechless and in complete awe. I can’t even put this experience into words, nor do my pictures do a justice. A birds eye view of Skagway, Alaska is a visual I will simply never forget.

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Upon landing on top of the glacier/mountain, we were greeted by hundreds of Husky barks and howls. These were some of the sweetest dogs I have ever met in my life.

Getting pulled on a sled.. by a pack of Huskies.. on top of a mountain.. in Alaska- IT ALL SEEMS SO SURREAL. This is easily the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced. Again, I have no words.

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The next destination was Victoria, British Columbia. Blessed with warm weather and blue skies, I gained back some momentum.

This place is BEAUTIFUL. Wildflowers speckle the ground with color. Hummingbirds speed past you, drinking the nectar from these flowers. The grass is green, the mountains are massive and the weather is refreshing. Never in my life did I expect to visit here, but I’m so thankful I did.

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One of the last stops before returning to Seattle was a slow cruise through the Tracy Arm Fjord. It was damp, misty and a bit eery- I WAS IN LOVE. The dark water was covered in bright blue icebergs. Every now and then you’d see a seal pop its head out to say hello. The only sounds were the humming of the ship, subtle crashing of the current and the water gushing from the massive waterfalls. The moment was eery, yet blissful.

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The slow cruise through the Fjord ended once we reach the glacier. A great example to show the perspective of just how massive this was is to look at the boat in the water. This was easily a 200 ft boat. This photograph makes it look like a spec on my camera lens.

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Wrapping up this post, I am feeling so thankful for everything I’ve experienced. My parents are blessings- none of this would have been possible without them. This is just another chapter of my lifelong book of adventures. I’m utterly thrilled to see what all life has in store for me.

photo diary | Alaska (& a video)

photo diary | photographing a wedding in Key West

On May 4th, 2017, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Key West for the weekend to photograph a wedding! My best friend Jessie, her mom and soon to be husband came to me in hopes that I do my part in capturing their special moment. Humbled and absolutely floored, I accepted the offer and headed south towards the Keys. Not only was the destination gorgeous, but I got to spend time exploring this gorgeous place with one of my best friends!

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The wedding ceremony took place on a sail boat, which was a first for me! I’ve been on many boats in my life, but never a sail boat. I was in awe from our gorgeous views and just being able to feel the wind in my hair.

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Here’s a few wedding photographs.

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photo diary | photographing a wedding in Key West

photo diary | Savannah, GA (& a video)

For Spring Break, Monica, Emiley, Kendall and I decided to take a spontaneous road trip to Savannah, Georgia! While it was just an overnight trip, we made the most of it and were simply inspired by the beautiful scenery that surrounded us.

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photo diary | Savannah, GA (& a video)

photo diary | foodies take NYC (& a video)

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetAhh, yes. Another visit to the ever-so-magical New York City. I was given the opportunity to go with my friend and business partner, NateDoesFood. We spent four days scouting the city for the finest food spots and coffee shops. This was a unique experience for me, as I’m particularly used to Starbucks and corner hot dog stands.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetThe snow-covered scenery practically took my breath away. CollageWe started off our trip with a 5-course lunch at Bouley. The first room you entered was filled with beautiful flowers and a wall stacked with fresh apples- the smell was indescribable. Processed with VSCO with g3 presetThis is the main dining room. It immediately transported me to a castle in France- from the smells, to the architecture, to the paintings on the walls. The men were required to wear suit jackets and I felt disrespectful if my pinky WASN’T in the air every time I sipped my beverage. Needless to say, it was a very classy place.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetFresh green apple sorbetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetLater on that day, we had reservations for a 15 course private Chefs Table at Empellón Cocina. Processed with VSCO with g3 presetInverse Taco al PastorProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetIce Cream TacosProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetThe following morning, we beat the sun rise and ran to the hotels roof top to catch some spectacular views. I was sleepy, but completely in awe of the golden morning views of the city skyline.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetThe first stop of the day was at Devoción Coffee Shop in Brooklyn. The vibes were inspiring, from the brick walls to the giant plant walls. I definitely felt at ease here as I sipped my beautiful Latte. Processed with VSCO with g3 presetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetThe next stop was a small hole-in-the-wall place called Sweatshop. We filled our bellies with yummy Avocado Toast and Acai Bowls. Processed with VSCO with g3 presetThis was easily the coolest plant shop I’ve ever been in. We came in here simply to warm up from the frigid temperatures outside and found ourselves inspired by the aesthetics.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetRoberta’s Pizza in BrooklynProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetvsco-photo-5Mountain Province Espresso Bar in Brooklyn. I was a happy gal sipping on a warm Chai Tea Latte. Nate ordered a Taro Latte, which had beautiful purple tones.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetD.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn; The transition from day to night absolutely blew my mind. What was once a pastel orange sky, quickly faded into deep, dark tones, illuminated by sparkling city lights. I will forever be in awe of this view; this view is what keeps me going.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetvsco-photo-4 2Ludlow Coffee SupplyProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetStopped at the Chelsea Market for some tacos! It was my first time here, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the neighborhood and looking to try new foods.CollageeThe Solomon R. Guggenheim museum. Another first for me! I enjoyed walking around this spiral museum and being delighted by the some of the worlds most famous pieces. I was particularly taken back by this letter written by Vincent Van Gogh. While museums are typically filled with artwork, it’s not every day you see handwritten letters from the artist.  Processed with VSCO with c1 presetA Beet Juice Latte from Bluestone Lane Coffee. I was a bit nervous to try this, but new it would be extremely photogenic. To my surprise it was actually delicious!Processed with VSCO with g3 presetWe spent the last day meeting up with Jae NYC eats- Janice de Castro who is a Queens-based pastry chef and creator of ‘Cakies’. She took us to New Territories- an ice cream place known for their monstrous creations.

Overall, I had an overwhelming, but wonderful experience. My taste buds were enlightened; I will forever have a newfound appreciation for food.

photo diary | foodies take NYC (& a video)

an intro to astrophotography

As a little girl, I’ve always been fascinated by the stars and moon. My nose pointed up at the night sky soon became my nose in books- reading about and memorizing planets and constellations.

Flash forward a few years and I’m sitting in a college Astronomy class, wide-eyed at the plethora of information being presented before me. I fell in love. My professor, Dr. Mike D. Reynolds happens to be just as passionate as myself, if not more. I formed an immediate appreciation of his passion and took it upon myself to email him some of my Lunar photographs. He instantaneously responded, discussing how much he admired my work- even sent the photographs to the President of the college.

After much thought, my Professor decided to launch an Astrophotography class for the following semester- and here I am. Once a week we come together with an army of DSLR cameras, tripods and telescopes. Us nerdy Astro-folk find ourselves getting chills by the views that we witness and are fortunate enough to photograph.

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Waxing Crescent Moon. Taken with Celestron telescope; ISO 400, 1/400

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Prior to this class, I used a telephoto lens (300 mm) to photograph the moon. However, I have recently discovered that you can literally mount a telescope onto a DSLR camera to counteract as the lens. This allows for crazy details and incredible deep space photographs.

While this is just the beginning, I am quite proud of the photographs that I’ve achieved. I hope to do another update by the end of this course to showcase further work.

 

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The Orion Nebula. Taken with Celestron telescope; ISO 1600, 15″

 

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Captured movement of the International Space Station. ISO 100, f/4, 30″
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Long exposure taken from my backyard. ISO 2500, f/5, 13″
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Daytime lunar photograph. ISO 400, f/9, 1/1000
an intro to astrophotography