Travel Edition: Top 10 Reasons Why I Miss London

I miss London. All the time.

There are always places while traveling that call my name that I know I will return to, or even have returned to, because I can't stay away. The Scottish Highlands, Italy, and London are the top ones I always go back to. 

London is the most extraordinary city I’ve visited. It is vast, diverse, and rich in history.

Moreover, London is simply one of those places I feel homesick for even though it’s not my home.

I last visited London this May and am already planning to go back next year. Missing London is my part time job.

My brother-in-law asked me the other day what was the thing I missed most about London and my first answer was “pubs!” but he wanted a more serious answer so I had the idea to create this list to show why I’m always homesick for a city that I haven’t even lived in.

The top 10 reasons why I miss London:

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Travel Edition: London is Colorful and Magical and Rivals NYC

London is a massive city and it's the best city. In here you'll discover my love for London versus NYC with a Buzzfeed quiz on which of those cities you belong in as that is of the upmost importance, my own walking tour I created based on London's color, Harry Potter locations I visited in London, and parks and other photogenic scenes of this incredible city. 

I decided to make myself my own walking tour on my first day in London. I only had two days for zone 1 and 2 so I wanted to see as much as I could in the beautiful city I hadn't visited for three years.

I made a color tour. I love unique perspectives and I figured if I really want to see London in a different way then I should seek out its color. That's why so many pictures in here are colorful and I didn't even add half of them and even more are included in the next blog. I like colors, can ya tell? Brooklyn might have better street art but London wins when it comes to colorful charm.

 

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Editorial Photoshoot: Fashion Inspired Lake Day

I shot as if it were an Editorial photoshoot by choosing a set location and a specific outfit for the model, working with a chosen mood, and utilizing a variety of poses and visual references such as a boat, sand, and water to embellish the summer-to-fall transition theme. However, it was a low budget shoot with no team to prep for it like Editorial shoots have. Also, unlike a true Editorial photoshoot, we didn't choose a specific clothing or fashion brand but we chose the fashion based on the visuals and created an illusion as if the shoot were representing a brand. I was more interested in the visual aspect and what the clothing, model, and environment was capable of narrating to the viewer. 

Basically, it was a much more relaxed and inexpensive version of an Editorial shoot but I definitely planned for the outcome to look Editorial.

For the shoot, I decided to capture a fusion of fall colors and summer wear as autumn starts to creep in, but let's be real, it's Texas and still pretty blazing hot. The romper we chose is perfect as it has sleeves with a fall color palette and pattern, but it is also thin and airy for a warm lake day. Basically, it is the perfect fashion piece to transition from summer to fall. 

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Summer Sunset Shoot in Marigold

Folksy, bohemian, free-spirited portrait sessions in nature during the late summertime are what my photography dreams are made of.

Texas is wonderful to shoot for that flat horizon and sunset sky. Not to mention that cornfields, yellow sunflowers, pink crepe myrtles, and a marigold dress sure do make my job easier.

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Brixton Film Preset Edits for a Stylish Film Look | Portraits

In this blog I cover:

How I find subjects and models to shoot with while traveling / What said shoots look like with Brixton Preset edits / Compare & Contrast VSCO and Brixton / A step-by-step visual example using a Brixton preset  / Using different styles of Brixton presets on shoots with models and couples / A comparison of multiple Brixton presets amongst one photograph / A curation of my portraits with different Brixton presets / The conclusion = cons + pros + why

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Brixton Film Preset Edits for a Stylish Film Look | London + Scotland

Brixton Film and I teamed up so I can present their presets and bundles to photographers and I'm super excited to show them off because I'm in love with the results. I curated travel photos from a recent London and Scotland trip I took that I've been meaning to edit so why not use Brixton Film?! The ones I used the most are so beautiful and moody with rich shadows and cool highlights. They change the image from RAW and flat to a whole different dimension of depth and the perfect mixture of warm and cool. I love warm photos, rich blacks, and color color color. I had so much fun editing with two specific presets. What are they you ask?? You'll find out at the end of the blog!

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Carlotta : An Italian Goddess

Carlotta. Before I introduce you to her, I did a little Google search on the meaning of her name.

Free & Strong.

This is pretty accurate.

Carlotta is a goddess as you'll see from her photos. She reminds me of Venus with her hair and classic, strong features.

She's got an aura like fire. The kind of fire you want to be near because it warms you up and suddenly the current moment turns timeless and beautiful.

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Milan Fashion Shoot

The energy was real on this shoot y'all.

3 artistic, traveling, free spirited women met in Milan.

Quiana can  s l a y.  She isn't camera shy, she has energy like the sun, and her strong personality was like a magnet for me. She made the photoshoot so easy.

 

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Traveling Napoli + Amalfi Coast in 6 days

A month ago I visited Naples + Sorrento + Positano + Capri + Pompeii and hiked Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods). I only had 4 full days of touring as 2 days were flight days.

I read so many blogs and spent hours trying to get this trip just right. And guess what?! It paid off!

I found the best way to hike the Path of the Gods without wasting time & I found the the best way to see as many beautiful cities as I could before I left.

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10 Online Travel Hacks I Use on the Daily

Technology for the win! I know many people have qualms with technology and social media. I totally get it and you do you. I've met travelers who don't even have phones. For me, I put a lot of trust and information into my phone for smoother travels. 

In no particular order, these are 10 apps I use either daily or weekly while traveling. 

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Portrait Editing : VSCO & Sleeklens

So I took it upon myself to test out these Sleeklens tools by comparing my original VSCO edits with Sleeklens edits.

With my VSCO edits, I select a preset, adjust as needed, and retouch in Photoshop.

With my Sleeklens edits, I rarely had to open Photoshop for more retouching because the brushes could do everything in Lightroom.

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Desenzano, Italy

The lake was so blue and clear that I kept thinking it was the sea. 

It was one of the first amazing days that felt like spring. The sun was out and the sky was clear and it felt uhhhhhhmazing. 

A large market of white tents lined the blue lake that was framed with stones. Across sat restaurants, sculptures, and people sunbathing while eating their lunches. 

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Zagreb's Magic

Stop what you're doing right now and quickly Google in this order:

1. Where is Croatia?

2. What are the Balkans?

Ta-Da! You have learned something new today. And you know what? Now I think you should start considering traveling here. Because it is uhhhhhhhhmazing here!

Oh and you know what else is awesome? Croatians invented the necktie. Pay your respects Don Drapers of the world. You wouldn't be half as swag-a-licious without this Croatian tradition.

 

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Abroad {week 11 & 12}: Croatia and Montenegro

Once again I am combining 2 weeks worth of iPhone photos. These last two weeks have been incredible but I have been traveling like crazy. On the road. Touring. Partying. Booking hostels. Missing WiFi and work but busy as a bee and I've been so happy. I feel like I'm becoming the person I've always wanted to be. (Now how to maintain this lifestyle....)

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Why Do I Travel?

There’s this concept that those who travel have hit an identity crisis or have lost a loved one, maybe even themselves, and have to travel to heal and to find their true soul. This is not true. So, like Tolkein says, just because you’re a wandering soul does not mean you are a lost one.

With that being said, I often get asked why I travel.  

They say, “Why do you travel? To find yourself? To become a better person?”

And if you’re curious why I travel then I’m afraid you will not get a direct answer.

I don’t travel to find myself.

 

 

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Abroad {week 10}: Spain

Next, you'll see fish photos. The Au Pairs and I stopped by the fish market before hitting up the beach. We wanted to see what it was like. It's a very popular market in A Coruna. The fish and seafood here are amazing! Tatiana and I bought uhhhhmazing sushi at the fish market. The second fish photo is actually really hilarious. We can't decipher if it's true or not because some locals told us this isn't true but many locals told us that it absolutely is true.  The pile of weird looking things on the table are fish penises. Yes. And it's a delicacy. This provided us much amazement and laughter because we were shocked that this was an actual thing. 

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