Sandra and I traveled to Budapest, Hungary for the Fearless Conference for wedding photojournalists. While getting to and from our destination, we stopped in a few different cities, including Toronto and Vienna. The trip was an incredible experience full of history, food (lots and lots of food), and inspiration. I'm so grateful for the opportunity.
Click here to see a slideshow of the trip (make sure you watch in HD!), or scroll down to check out some of the images I captured.
The trip started with a 12 hour layover in Toronto, where we explored the Graffiti Alley.
After the day in Toronto, we flew directly to Budapest and booked a hotel near the Széchenyi Thermal Baths.
We enjoyed so much good food, I can't even begin to share every meal. Yes, I'm already missing it.
After the first night near the baths, we moved further into downtown and checked into our adorable AirBnb!
The first night of the conference, we went on a river cruise on the Danube.
The second night of the conference ended with a party downtown.
We explored Budapest for a few more days, then left to fly to Vienna, where we had a 23 hour layover - just enough time to tour the city.
Rachel & Ryan were incredible to work with. Let’s just start off by saying this is only part 1 of this session. Day 2 was all about the desert and the mountains! Be on the lookout next week.
We started at Torrey Pines overlooking the beach, taking advantage of the cliffs views. We then made the absolutely crazy & exhilarating hike down to the beach access, which included a pass through a small slot canyon, and using a rope to navigate a particularly steep rock face. I may have been covered head to toe in dirt by the end, but I had a smile on my face.
Iceland Trip | January 2019
As many of you know, Jon and I went to Iceland in December, exploring the southern coast and trying (and failing) to see the Northern Lights. Since seeing the lights is a bucket list item for me, I wasn’t content to miss out. As soon as our flight landed in Pittsburgh, I was already planning on the next trip.
Bahamas Trip | Winter 2019
My hubby was given the opportunity to go to the Bahamas this winter for his job, and of course I tagged along. Who could turn down a chance to spend four days soaking up the sun!?
We had mild weather (in the 70s most days), with one very rainy evening. The cooler temps didn’t prevent me from laying out on the beach or taking in a few water slides! It was in the 20s back in Pittsburgh, so this felt like heaven.
These two love birds were so much fun on the beaches of Paradise Island. What’s better than your toes in the sand and the love of your life on your arm?
Also, I’m slightly obsessed with Kevin’s shirt. Pineapples? Yes please!
Ahhh Iceland, my new favorite country. I’ve been there twice in the past few months, and am already dying to go back to explore during the summer. My husband and I went there together first, and you can check out that blog post here.
For this trip, I traveled with another photographer, Kat from Requiem Images. I posted on my instagram that I wanted to go back and photograph a couple, and she instantly said she wanted to come too. And here we are!
Iceland Trip | Winter 2018
Jon had some extra PTO days left for 2018, so I started looking at the cheapest flights to see where we could go. Turns out, Iceland round trip tickets were only about $250 - score! You may think we’re crazy for heading to Iceland in winter - actually, I think you’re right, we are pretty crazy (the crazy part is I went back less than a month later) . But seeing the Northern Lights has been on my bucket list for a while, and this was our chance. Spoiler alert - we didn’t see the Northern Lights on this trip.
My sister, Kim, was headed to NOLA for an interview, and we decided to join her and tour the city. Of course my goal was to have a photoshoot with a couple while I was there, and that session is already up on the blog if you want to check it out. We spent the rest of the time exploring jazz clubs, touring the historic sections of the city, and eating all the beignets.
This was a quintessential New Orleans photoshoot. We started in Audubon Park at the Tree of Life. The sunlight streaming through the trees made me miss summertime. I just couldn’t get enough of that light. Back in Pittsburgh it snowed the day of this session.
Summer in Paris | 2018
As most of you know, I left my office job this past spring so that I could focus on my business 100%! I don’t like to say I went ‘full-time’, because I was definitely already putting in full time hours running this biz. Because I was working two full-time jobs, I missed out on a lot of social activities, and had to put things like vacation on hold. The last trip Jon (my hubby) and I took was our honeymoon in 2013 (yes - five years ago). So it was long overdue.
One of the promises I made to myself and to my husband when I left the office was to make time for us, and to make time to travel. Jon had never been overseas before, so while we saved up so that I could leave, I told him to pick his top city in the world to visit. That day we bought plane tickets to Paris.
To celebrate going full-time photographer (officially!), I decided to take a photo trip out west. If you've been following along, you already go to see a few of the photoshoots I was able to capture while there. These are some of the behind the scenes while we traveled. My mom was nice enough to come along so that I didn't have to travel alone. She made a great photography assistant!