These late nights.

I am up at 2:30am EST and have an abundance of things racing through my mind. It's during these moments that I feel most enthralled by the journey I've experienced that's led me where I am now. Over the past couple of years (almost 22 months exactly) since I was laid off from my architecture job, bits and pieces of fate, luck and God's guidance have created what I've come to appreciate as a real amazing life.

Consider these things... Here I am editing for a photographer, who just happened to need an editor around the same time I was laid off, be an old roommate of one of my old friends and be a photographer I was familiar with even though he was fairly new and I followed very few photographers. Amazing! Also, I'm sitting here in Atlanta in the living room of a girl who was so perfectly paired up with me while on a trip to Thailand/Cambodia that I impulsively decided to go on with a photographer whose blog I randomly found through reading another random blog of a photographer who happen to know my friend.  Amazing!

Through my little detour of being laid off, I rediscovered of my joy of capturing life's simple moments through a lens and the thrilling adventure of traveling.   I think about all the people I've photographed over the years, reliving their stories in my imagination.  My life since architecture replays in my mind...the 25+ destinations I've visited in the past two years; how much I've grown in my craft; the amazing people I've met--all because I was laid off two years ago. That's when I realize I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be right now, and I couldn't be happier.

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Life is good.

. p.s. the picture above is at the Oakland's A's coliseum parking lot. love the color of the setting sun.

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RPTE 37: Temple Frenzy.

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 14: Cambodia

This particular day was our first full day of temples in Cambodia! It was glorious.

*Click on the images below for a larger view!

I love the contrast between this leaf that was once alive and the ruins of this temple that was once alive with ancient culture.

Erin found this bug, and I think it's magical. If only my picture of Erin's hand next to the bug was in focus, you'd see how big this bug was.

I'm all about contrast. The contrast of shiny hats with the dark ruggedness of the ruins speaks to me.

peekaboo!

The architect in me loves the details in buildings.

These sculptures were amazing!

An intricate carving on the wall.

He's smiling with his eyes!

I love how the sash pops!

I love architecture

Wee little baby monkey that we came across on our ride home.

This monkey was a bit gimpy, but very friendly as you can see two people are petting it.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 34: OoofTa!

Anyone tired of hearing about my trip yet? It's Christmas Eve, and all I've got on my brain is my Raddest Photo Trip Ever buddies. My body is unable to cope with California time, as I up at 3am and just ate "dinner" at 1:30am. It's hard not to miss everyone. Facebook is blowing up with posted photos, updated statuses and endless supplies of comments and "likes". I spent nearly 19 days with these people, and everything I've learned from them remains fresh in my mind. I love to travel and see the world. I love learning about new cultures and experiencing life from another person's point of view. I knew I'd experience all that from the locals, but upon meeting the different people of RPTE coming from different walks of life from all over the U.S., I realized I'd be learning much, much more than I had expected.

There were the photo skills I learned. How the pros edit their photos. What lenses are good for different situations... but that's not the lessons I've learned or the things I've come to appreciate.

I didn't become best friends with every single person in the group, but there was something amazing about each person that I took with me as we all parted

Erika: Her eagerness to take care of others. Erin: I think she's my long lost kindred spirit Richelle: Her dedication to her craft Cherish: I admire her carefree spirit and sincerity Amy: There's too much I liked about her to condense in just a sentence Katie: I love her sassy-ness and honesty Hannah: Her kindness is apparent in how she treated all those she met. Josh: His optimistic and romantic views on life Dane: He was always there to help others Nick: His eagerness and excitement in everything he did Andrea: Her willingness to break out of her shell and learn new things Lindsay: Her sweet personality Bobby: How people wherever we went loved him.

Anyone would be lucky to be go on a trip with these guys..... With that, here's a picture from Josh