“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain
I most often have a serious case of wanderlust, and am plotting my next adventure. I need to add lots more numbers to this map. Where should my next adventure take me? Enjoy a few stories and images from recent travels below.
- 1. El SalvadorApr. 2012
I’ve developed quite the soft spot for Latin America over the past couple of years, and this year I had the opportunity to visit San Salvador, El Salvador. I participated in my first TOMS shoe drop and it was a pretty awesome experience. Thousands of shoes were personally fit and placed on each and every child. In the same trip I also got to catch up with old friends from Nicaragua, take a crazy taxi cab ride out to a beautiful black sand beach, consume tons of amazing authentic Salvadorian food, build a house (with no appropriate tools), and take a bus load of orphans to their first ever water park. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
- 2. NicaraguaJan. 2011
This was my first time traveling to a third world country, and I was forever changed by the experience. I had the opportunity to work with several grass roots organizations around Managua, one of which was a refugee home and micro-enterprising program for rehabilitated prostitutes and young children who have been rescued from human trafficking. In the same trip, and with the help of some wonderful friends, I was able to bring cameras and art supplies down for a group of orphans and conducted a simple photography and painting workshop. It’s a dream of mine to return to Nicaragua and continue where I left off, and hopefully open up opportunities for those beautiful kids through creativity.
- 3. ColombiaJan. 2012
I was commissioned to travel to beautiful Colombia with a handful of doctors, surgeons, dentists, and therapists to film a short documentary about their work in Cartagena. Each year this team visits to conduct anything from simple preventative check ups and eye glass fittings, to complex reconstructive surgeries for children and adults who would otherwise not be able to afford them. The impact this group of doctors is making on the people, as well as the medical world in Colombia is absolutely incredible. You can get a little taste of our time in Colombia in this brief film I put together. (The surgeries get a little graphic, just as a warning). I can’t wait to get back to Cartagena to visit friends and do some more exploring throughout Colombia.
- 4. LondonSep. 2010
One of my favorite engagement shoots to date took place roaming the streets of London. There were multiple times where I had to stop, pinch myself, and take a breath and wrap my mind around the fact that this is my job. One of the major highlights of my trip to London was staying just around the corner from an absolutely amazing bakery and restaurant called Ottolenghi. I’ll never forget their double mochas and pan au chocolat! Being able to travel the world (and eat… a lot apparently) while capturing life and love is one of the greatest blessings I could ever imagine.
- 5. ParisSep. 2010
So, I get to work with some pretty awesome people with this job of mine. A particularly special couple, Ronnie & Erika, brought me on over to Europe for their engagement session. I decided to make a trip out of it, being my first time to Europe and all, and brought along my best friend Lacey. We started our trip in Paris, then made our way to London. I’ll never forget the crazy adventures that filled this one week in our lives.
- 6. AustinNov. 2010
I have family in Austin and absolutely love visiting that city … especially in winter. Music is a big part of my life, and the music scene in Austin pulls me right in. I went to SXSW a couple years ago, and it was an awesome experience. I tried paddle boarding for the first time in Town Lake downtown. And don’t even get me started about how much I love the food there. The Salt Lick, Homeslice Pizza, South Congress Cafe, Torchy’s!? Some of my favorite meals to date were in that city.
- 8. New York CityDec. 2012
I love the life and energy of this city, and try to visit as often as possible. One of my favorite things to do is explore new cities, and my last trip to NYC brought me to an incredible restaurant in Brooklyn called Marlow & Sons. Seriously, it was in the top five meals of my life. The Comedy Cellar in the Village is a must see as well. Randomly decided to purchase tickets and Chris Rock, Louis CK, Dave Attell, and David Letterman made an impromptu visit, and we were practically in the front row. I could not be more excited for my next visit to NYC to witness and capture my best friend marrying the love of her life. Stay tuned!
- 9. ColoradoDec. 2012
My latest and craziest adventure to date, Colorado. I’m born and raised in Indiana, and while I love the people there, I’ve always itched for adventure out West. The mountains were calling, so I packed up my car and my pup Lola, and took one of the biggest risks of my life. I still pinch myself when I see those mountains when I wake up. Denver is where I call home now, although my camera and I will happily travel wherever this lovely career takes me. This beautiful adventure is still being written, so do stay tuned.