When I reflect on my photography journey, I think about how all of the little things I picked up along the way shape the photographs I take today. The biggest lesson I haved learned is that although technology undeniably improves capability, it doesn’t matter how great your camera is if you don’t know how to use it, have terrible lighting, and/or no composition skills. I also learned that it takes a lot of practice to get better and you really have to push yourself. Many decisions can go into a single image. Some photos/edits are simple, yes, but others require tremendous thought, coordination and patience. It gets even trickier when you become the subject of the shot you envision. And editing? Editing is an art form in itself! Continue reading “An evolution of passion…”
Duck, North Carolina
Spanning 200 miles along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, a string of islands known as the Outer Banks attracts visitors from all over the world in search of expansive beaches, subtropical climate and American history. Native Americans originally inhabited the area with English settlers first setting foot there in the 16th century. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, piracy became rampant in the Outer Banks as Spanish and British ships carrying gold, silver and other riches were often intercepted. In response to numerous shipwrecks, both accidental and intentionally caused, the state built several lighthouses on the islands. The Currituck Beach Light Station, completed in 1875, is among them. It offers 365 degree views from 158 feet off the ground. But first, you must climb the 220 steps of its spiral staircase to get to the top.
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Promthep Cape, Phuket
Beach, ocean, palm trees… sounds wonderful right? Don’t forget the hot and humid weather that comes with! Packing clothing that is both functional and fashionable for a vacation in this type of climate can be a practical and stylistic challenge, especially if your home base is Fargo, North Dakota!
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I felt the delicate fingers of the small monkey climbing up my arm, around my back and before I knew it, I had a new friend sitting on my shoulder nibbling my hair. This little monkey was so cute but I didn’t want to scare him or piss him off.
Courtesy Meghan Bunchman
It was my first experience seeing monkeys in Thailand. We traveled by longboat that first day in Koh Phi Phi to Monkey Beach and observed a handful hanging out near the water. They were completely unphased by us, as if entertaining tourists was part of their daily routine and I’m sure it was.
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When we relocated to Fargo, North Dakota, I wondered where we’d actually be able to road trip other than Minneapolis. What were our options? I used to think the edge of the world was at the northern border of North Dakota because if Fargo is that cold, how could life be sustained even farther north? I didn’t even know what the closest city in Canada was until we moved to Fargo. To my surprise, Winnipeg, a city of 700,000 people, was just three and half hours away. No one we had met since moving to North Dakota mentioned traveling there before we planned our trip so I was a little suspicious of venturing “north of The Wall.” However, the chance to visit an area of Canada I’d never been to was extremely appealing. I also thought it would be fun to take our three-year-old daughter on her first international holiday.
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