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Eights years ago I took a trip that changed my life. In the spring of 2009 I discovered the city of Venice and it was clear I would never be the same. I have been traveling for many years but never really took many pictures until after moving to Amsterdam the previous summer. On that Venetian getaway I found my self consumed by the beauty and ambiance like never before. I simply couldn’t put my camera down as I felt I had to capture every moment. After arriving back home I quickly started going through the thousands of images, expecting to share a small selection with my friends and family back in The US. I was very disappoint as I felt none of them could capture the feelings I wanted to portray. I decided I wanted to buy a new camera and learn photography. Later that fall I began to start working on all my travel photos and I thought one day it would be really fun to gather all my best images and make a portfolio. I had no idea how long it would take but now that my ballet career is in its final years and I am freelancing full-time, I wanted to devote some time to my passion that is traveling and photographing it it all. Of course this is only the beginning but it is time to share with everybody my little project. Here is my 8 years of traveling. Thank you all so much for being with me in person and in spirit. Hope you enjoy!









Time-lapse Movies





- A still photograph taken while filming Amsterdam Skies -



For years I have been dreaming of making a time-lapse video. Having tested it out several years ago with my friend James, I finally took the opportunity this past fall to do it. I was out doing my usual fall photography when I decided to put my new GoPro to use. I put it down below my main tripod as I was shooting long exposures. After checking the results sever times I found my self picking locations based on doing time-lapse clips rather than stills. I also started putting the little GoPro on the big tripod and the DSLR down below. After learning a few tricks in Imovie it was time to put it all together. Mt first movie was done and I was so happy with the results I employed it as my main strategy to capture my subsequent trip to Mexico, The US, and Spain. On the second video I included a lot of stills to try something a bit different. Hope you enjoy and thanks for watching!


Amsterdam - A City On Glass





Seven years ago this summer I purchased a camera and began to study the art of photography. I had been living in Amsterdam for almost a year at that point and the urge to illustrate to my friends and family outside of Europe how beautiful this city is lead me on a mission. Now after 8 years I still love living here. The idea that I will one day make the perfect picture of this city is “mission impossible” but like many great quests I have enjoyed the journey and rarely thought much of the destination. I’m look forward to continuing for many years to come. One thing in particular that I find interesting to photograph is reflections in the canals. The idea is an obvious one as there is water everywhere; it's difficult to take a picture without a canal in it. I wanted to try something a little less common that would highlight the city in a subtle way. There are a number of ways to get unique images of the city but the most accessible wasn’t to change location, it was to look at it differently. 





Andalusía - Seville to Malaga





After years of planning and 3 previous attempts, I finally made it back to Andalusia! My first trip to the region was a quick stop in Seville with Nadia in 2010. We were on our way from Madrid to The Canary Islands and I have been dreaming of returning ever since. While Nadia was busy with other obligations I decided it was time to go for a fairy tale road trip through one of Europe's most famed regions for history, culture, architecture and landscapes. Renowned for its medieval history Andalusia is bursting with sights, sounds and flavours of one of Spain's most influential periods, The Reconquista.

Light Trails




After learning about long exposures we quickly realised how much fun it can be to capture light from objects traveling through the frame. As we briefly touched on in Motion In Stillness and Night Photography; with the shutter open any movement passing through the frame will leave in imprint on the film or sensor. If the camera is still and the objects passing through the frame are emitting light and moving in a repetitive motion they will look like rivers of light.


 - The I-5 Mercer St Exit - Seattle, USA -



Details




When we observe the details of any subject we are better informed as to how to deal with its challenges or take advantage of its opportunities. "Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details" - Heraclitus. It would be good for each of us to have our eyes on the big picture, but it is frequently small things that add up to big things. “The details are not the details. They make the design” - Charles Eames.


- Venetian Bust - Venice, Italy -

Sacred Architecture




The history of architecture is very much the history of sacred structures. The importance of religion in most historic cultures made the church or temple or mosque, etc, the most influential building in any community. Religious and sacred buildings are amongst the most impressive, expressive, and enduring ever created.

Sacred, religious and holy structures often evolved over centuries and were the largest buildings in the world, prior to the modern skyscraper. "Few people who worked on them expected to see them finished during their lifetimes. Being involved in the construction of a cathedral, even as the building patron, required a willingness to be part of a process that was larger than oneself."
(durhamworldheritagesite.com)


- Cathedral Nave - Amiens, France -

Night Photography




Our love affair with night photography started almost from the beginning. As we traveled around, snapping pictures of amazing places, it quickly became clear that low light photography required a new set of skills and some new tools. Many places around the world offer a type of beauty in the day light but quickly turn into something completely different once the sun goes down. The beauty of the city lights and the mysteries hiding in the shadows were too tempting to capture in images. After purchasing a couple of tripods and learning the art of the long exposure we were off to capture the world after sunset.


- Cochem Reflection - Mosel River, Germany -



Vast Spaces




There is nothing like standing directly in front a vast open space that is so big it's hard to comprehend.  It can be humbling and frightening and it can be inspiring and profound.  It seems to give you a choice to either think big and realize your place in all of it or to step away and find a place that is within your realm of understanding. To us its all about thinking of something greater than yourself; your family, your life's work, your friends, your community, your country, your way of living.  These vast open spaces remind us to think outside ourselves. They remind us to have big dreams, but also to remember who we are in all of it. 

Motion In Stillness


Cefalu Rocks - Cefalu, Sicily, Italy


We often think of a still image as a fraction of a second frozen in time, as that is most often the case. There are images though, that are much longer than a fraction of a second and can reach lengths of sometimes hours. These long exposure lengths are most often done at night or in dark places as a means of making still images with very little light. As a consequence of leaving the shutter open for so long any movement in the frame becomes blurred. Water can look misty or glassy, lights streak across the frame like lazers, and objects take the shape of their movement rather than their still form. What is interesting is to use this same affect, but in a well lit environment. To do this you must darken the light coming through the lens using a Neutral Density Filter or ND Filter. This is basically like putting a pair of sunglasses on your camera. The end result is a drawn out splice of time that not only gives you an image of an object or scene, but records patters of movement. The image takes on a mood that feels as if time has stood still for all but a few. Waves crashing against rocks near an old village in Sicily gives you the impression that the water of the Mediterranean rushes on as the village stands still against history.  Clouds fly past Big Ben in London as the tower stands firm through the ages as a monument to the British Empire. Trees sway in the wind back and forth again and again as an old bridge stands firm.  Time becomes motion in stillness.


- Cefalu Waves - Sicily, Italy -