august adventure 1: dance of the nomad.

Dance of a Nomad: Day 1, Fargo, North Dakota. Hey!

Did I tell you I'm on a month long trip of travel?  All thanks to Katie Lewis.  She emailed asking an innocent question, "What are you doing August 5-9?"  I had no plans of traveling, so my answer was "nothing".  I later came to discover she needed a second shooter and invited me to Fargo to shoot a super cute wedding this weekend.  From there, madness ensued.  I figured out that I could pay a small sum to travel three more weeks and go to.... New York, DC, Pennsylvania and Phoenix!

So now I am in Fargo, North Dakota... enjoying true summer weather. woot.  Today is Day 1 of my month of traveling.  Enjoy the adventure with me!

As I type, I am taking a break from editing for Junshien and editing Grace & Chris' session while Katie sits next to me working away on ShootQ.  Tomorrow we will be off to Katie's office in downtown fargo for a good day of working and hopefully pick up tickets to a minor league baseball, featuring the Fargo Moorhead Red Hawks.


Las Vegas Red Rocks | Katie.

I have to say... I didn't know I had it in me to take these pictures.  In the past I've taken some portraits that were pretty good or decent, but I didn't feel especially impressed with my work.  On this shoot... maybe because there were other people also directing and choosing the good light and spots... the final product was better.  Either way, I'm pretty happy that I'm progressing as a photographer.  I love to learn, and this was an amazing learning experience. Richelle and Katie were awesome to shoot with.  If you get a chance to see Richelle's picture, every picture looks like a picture out of an Anthropologie catalog.  Amazing!

To check out the whole photo shoot, check this out!

Desert Photo Shoot

Richelle had this amazing idea to go out to the Red Rocks and shoot Katie's headshots. I needed some more pictures for my portfolio and some headshots for my new website, so I was amped to go. The drive there was brief and pleasant because I fell asleep after being in the car for five minutes. Even though the Red Rocks were gorgeous, it was a bit nippy. I had a fun time shooting with both ladies and seeing how they directed each other. Each lady had her own style in front and behind the camera, and it was such a treat to see the work we produced!

Here's pictures of the setup...Hmmm. Can you say gorgeous?!

So the picture below is blurry, try to ignore that... but this is a picture I love to capture--the behind the scenes picture. :)  p.s. if I could second shoot my whole life I'd have a blast.  Life is good.

for the whole photoshoot check this out!

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.


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