traveling through a lens

This is my first blog post. Ever.

 

This photo is from my honeymoon. My husband was a good sport about me toting around my Canon digital SLR and my Yashica J-7 most of our travels. I also did my part to try  to be 'in the moment' and not to have my eye pressed up a camera the whole trip. I forgot what a high I get from capturing a gritty portrait or an unfamiliar cityscape. It was something I missed so much. 

 

I studied abroad in Florence, Italy my junior summer of college. I was taking a Photography semester at SRISA. Upon my return to Chicago, my parents were waiting for me outside of the gate to welcome me home. I was eager to see them. But now that I look back, I laugh a bit to myself because I also remember crying in the back seat of their car as we drove away from the airport. 

I had never experienced anything like that before. I cried for the memories I had made, for the amount of gratitude that I felt and how small I felt in comparison to the world I had just seen. I cried because I missed the people I had met and photographed over time. All the history I had seen with my own eyes at a fresh twenty years old. I couldn't believe I was back driving to the suburbs of Chicago. I felt so fortunate to have had that experience... and almost at a loss for words for what I had experienced that summer. 

Fast forward a decade or so, and I've had the privilege of traveling much more than that one summer. I've been back to Italy a few times, to relive those moments and to visit with those people that changed me. I've traveled all over our wonderful country, to Spain, France, England, Mexico, Guatemala...and now, Its 2015 and with my husband, we traveled to Greece and Turkey together. 

 

Whether it be a honeymoon, or a spur of the moment trip- my comfort lies in learning through each lens I carry.  I hope to continue this blog, not only for my fashion related work but for the moments that stick with me and for the beauty I want to share.