Arizona Photo Round Up

The sun had just began to sink down into the sky when the four of us walked up to Mathers Point to see the Grand Canyon. I could see the tips of the red-orange rock as we walked closer, and my excitement grew.

Laying my eyes upon the Grand Canyon felt like discovering a long-forgetten secret. I didn’t want to look away, for even a second. The setting sun first cast a golden light on the tips of the highest points of the canyon, eventually turning the canyon into shades of pink and dusky purple.

I felt the same amazement the next day at lower antelope canyon in Page, Arizona. As we descended down narrow, steep steps into the canyon, it felt like entering a world within a world. The sunlight that leaked down into the canyon highlighted where the brilliant orange rock had been worn and washed by erosion. At some places in the canyon, it was only a shoulder-width apart. The tour ended with us emerging from a jagged cut in the rock. You would never be able to tell by looking at it the different twists and turns it hid underneath.

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Snapshots from Atlanta, Georgia

I fell in love with another city last week–Atlanta, Georgia. The city was more beautiful than I expected, and had so much fun exploring and taking photos. So enjoy this photo dump below of my trip.

I’ll have a few more blog posts coming up about what to pack for Atlanta in the spring, and where to go, so keep an eye out for those!

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Autumn Photography Roundup

It’s been forever since I’ve posted anything, thanks to the stress of school, work and extracurriculars. This has been one of the busiest, most stressful semesters, but also one of my wildest, most fun semesters (semester reflection coming soon, so I’ll save more for that).

Photography is still one of my passions, and I’ve had the opportunity to focus more on nature/travel photography more this semester. One thing I’ve been trying to get in the habit of is bringing my camera with me more. That way I can get more practice even if what I’m taking pictures of isn’t as good as I want them to be.

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Apple of My Eye

I love apple picking. It reminds me of when I used to go with my mom and sister when I was younger, and it just makes me happy to be outside.

So some friends, my boyfriend and I decided to take on apple picking on a rainy Sunday afternoon and despite the chill, I had so much fun.

Since I was in an 8-hour retreat Saturday night, I decided to forgo some of my responsibilities on Sunday to have fun and do something I wanted to do. So much of my life in college has been dictated by meetings and obligations that I need to remind myself to actually go out and do something fun every now and then.

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Snapshots from Mexico

Even though I’ve been back home for nearly a week already, I’m still missing my time in CancĂșn, Mexico. I love traveling, and Mexico makes the third country I’ve been to this year (which is exciting!). I’ve been feeling the urge to just go and travel a lot more lately, and I’m chalking that up to my looming college graduation date. Even though it’s a long way off, it’s making me realize that there isn’t a whole lot of time left before I will really have to watch my spending, which means not being able to travel as much.

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Flower Child

I’ve been feeling a little out of practice recently with taking portraits, so I asked one of my friends to be a model for me.

And, I gotta say, I love these pictures. It’s always a much more relaxing vibe when I’m taking pictures of friends I’ve known forever. Plus, shooting during the golden hour makes things much easier, lighting wise.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

I’m a sucker for some flowers, and the Chicago Botanic Garden has tons of them. It’s one of my favorite places to go visit in the summer, and the place is big enough so that it’s hard to get bored exploring.

It’s $25 (per car) to park and get into the garden, which is not bad if you have a car full of people and are ready to spend a few hours walking around. It’s also a great place to get some photography practice (as you can see below).

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