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“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.”
― Jack Kerouac

As with many of our work trips we have a hard time bringing out the big camera for any other times other than official shooting/work times and this trip was no exception. This doesn’t mean we don’t want to take photos of our surroundings, we are simply saving our backs and our mental energy for the intense shooting hours that we have ahead of us. We arrived in Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday after a early morning flight from Austin. We had two full days of opportunity to explore the island and you know what we did? What most other tourists do. Normally, this would disappoint me as we barely left the Atlantis resort, where the wedding was, but we are in the middle of wedding season damnit and for once in my life I just didn’t mind sitting on my butt and drinking a pina colada out of a coconut. The Atlantis resort feels like Vegas in many ways, we walked what felt like miles to get to the other side of the resort, there is a large casino & an endless supply of alcohol. The long walk was far from boring though as most of it passes by a few beaches, waterslides, more pools than I can count, & what felt like a never ending aquarium. The directionally challenged, such as myself, may find themselves getting hopelessly lost at night but with the nonstop amusement and beauty of the Bahamas it’s difficult to get frustrated along the way. I will be back in November for a wedding vendor conference and have intentions of exploring the other islands and the different side of the Bahamas.

I still managed to take plenty of photos with my iphone (most of the photos below) and snapped a few for Charlene & Jeff with the 5d MarkIII (the night photos). I am very excited that on my next trip in one week, to Panama, I will be trying out my new Fuji XT-1 with 18-55mm lens. I am very hopeful that this will be my new travel camera instead of my phone!

~Caroline

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Since I was a child I always had a desire to see the world and experience new things in life. I’m not sure what exactly I can attribute this desire to, maybe the 20 years worth of National Geographic magazines in the living room or the fact that my father was a military brat. Over the last 6 years of being a full time wedding photographer my tolerance for being home in Austin has grown to be less and less. (For the record, as I have mentioned in other places, Austin will always be my home base, my biased opinion says it’s the best city ever.) However, when I am home for more than a few weeks I have an undeniable urge to set forth on the road to experience new places. Initially we wanted to move to Amsterdam but the visas and working permits were more confusing and complicated than we had anticipated. So instead, I had planned to go on a pretty long road trip this coming summer, camping in some of the most beautiful & popular places in the U.S.; it was something on an equally grand & exciting scale but more feasible. One week ago, Jona & Jerry of Forever Photography approached me about setting forth on the road trip together & teaching along the way. It did not take much convincing. It felt right to take on an adventure with two people that I adore to teach and travel – two of my favorite things in this world with two of my favorite people. So here we are, just one week later with an itinerary, contacting models, setting up dinners, & planning on putting on one amazing traveling workshop for portrait & wedding photographers. Jona & Jerry will be purchasing a 5th wheel to accommodate the trip with intentions of traveling in it for a year. We know that this is going to be one hell of an intense, amazing, life-changing experience, and we could not be more exciting about the journey.

While Jerry will be organizing many of the logistics of the workshop, Jona & I will be working towards creating customized lessons for every location based on the personal needs of the students that sign up. We will teach the lesson at a local wedding venue, shoot a model, have dinner, then drive to utilize the beautiful near by scenery of the epic locations we are touring with a bride and groom model. You can read more information here. 

Sign up for the workshop by clicking on the location you’d like on the map below.

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I am writing this blog post a bit late, 9 months late, so excuse my brevity for this particular country – it deserves more words than I can give it at the moment.

I have now spent over a month in Florence alone, Italy is simply an enchanting country and often times the only country in Europe that people want to visit more than once. My personal opinion, in comparing European countries, it has more bang for your buck (unfortunately I do not mean that in the financial sense). It has a lot to offer, beautiful beaches, delicious food, amazing history, nice people, stylish fashion, scenic landscapes, and of course amazing and cheap wine! We mainly visited on this trip for a wedding in Sorrento but I’m glad that we were finally able to visit a different part of the country that we may have never visited otherwise. I’m not going to lie, my favorite part of Sorrento was the lemons and the tomatoes, beyond amazing.

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The caprese in Italy is simply amazing, I almost ordered it at every single meal.

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This is the best sandwich place in the world. Fresh ingredients, made to order, hidden behind the flea market on a side street in Florence. It does not get any better than this, we ate here 3 times in 5 days. Bondi Focaccine.

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My birthday dinner from Borgo Santi Apostoli in Florence.

 

We took a 2.5 hour train from Amsterdam to Paris. We had in an amazing time in France mainly due to being with good friends and eating good food. We spent a few days in Paris with an amazing photographer friend, Stacy Reeves, and her husband. She showed us some of the best spots in town to eat which is really my favorite thing to do in another country. It was surprisingly hot in Paris while we were there, it never gets as hot as Texas can but without AC every where it starts to feel as hot as Texas! After Paris, we took the 5 hour train down to Nice where us and some other friends from Texas spent 6 days relaxing on the sunny, rocky, topless beaches. We drank wine, ate dried sausage, and took a side trip to Monaco. With the exception of the first 3, all of these were shot with my iphone:)

 

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Monaco

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Duck dinner from au petit sud oest with a sampling of creme brulee. The best duck we have ever had, it fell right off the bone.cafe de musees dinner

Dinner from cafe de musees.

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Ahhh the desserts of France!! The French know their desserts! To the left is something I never would have ordered but I’m so glad Stacy did. It is a ____, like a fluffy whipped milk in a sweet cream. The top right is the popular grenata, similar to a slushy but without the artificial flavor. Last but not least, macaroons. The best flavors and combinations, so amazing, definitely one of my favorite desserts.

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Dinner from L’ecole de Nice.

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Our last dinner in France from Ma Yucca. There seem to be a lot of restaurants in Nice with a Japanese influence. Ma Yucca seemed to have the best ratings on Trip Advisor and it did not disappoint!