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Our trip to Cedar Key, Florida. Travel and Lifestyle photography

Our Trip to Cedar Key: Lifestyle and Travel Photography

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On Sunday Jake and I took an impromptu drive to the town of Cedar Key, Florida. It’s a tiny coastal town that Jake’s parents recommended to us as a nice place to spend a relaxing day walking around. Jake’s parents love to travel; in fact they’ve just finished a cross country trip in their huge RV. They’ve also been living and traveling in Florida for quiet some time so it’s only natural that we get our best travel advice from them. And they were right about Cedar Key. Traveling in Florida in the Summer often means darting for shelter when it suddenly starts raining. When we first moved down here we used to cancel our travel plans when the forecast…

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Travel photography from our trip to Savannah Georgia

Our Trip to Savannah (Day 2): Lifestyle and Travel Photography

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This is the second post of our series about our anniversary trip to Savannah. Read about Day 1. On our second morning we stumbled out of our bedroom and were greeted by our Airbnb host Sue, who offered us some hot tea. She made us a breakfast of vegetable frittatas served with corn tortillas and roasted brussels sprouts and tomatoes (she said the tomatoes were just to give it a little color). Sue was a great cook, and if I lived closer to her I would probably start a food blog starring her. While we ate we told her about our plans for the day and she told us where we could get free parking. We did some touring the…

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Dannie walks across a bridge in Savannah, Georgia travel photo

Our trip to Savannah (Day 1): Lifestyle and Travel Photography

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This is the first post in our two part series about our anniversary vacation. (View the second day here) Between shooting and editing photographs and publishing our blog, we’d been working pretty hard for a couple months. When our second anniversary rolled around last week we were more than ready for a vacation. On our drive down to Florida in April we passed by Savannah on the highway and Jake told me what a beautiful city it was. I told him I’d never been there, and we decided that we should make a road trip out of it. So last Monday we got up early and drove north to Georgia to celebrate two years together. Jake and I made reservation…

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Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market: Lifestyle Photography in Gulfport, Florida

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On Tuesday there is a Farmer’s Market in the Waterfront District of Gulfport. I’ve loved this place ever since Jake’s parents introduced us to this place a few years ago (during one of our wintery visits). With all that’s been happening with our new home and business, we’ve been forgetting to get out and enjoy ourselves once in a while. Well at the beginning of this week I marked my calendar and Jake and I took off for Gulfport. It’s a beautiful place to walk around, with plenty of shade on the sidewalks. There weren’t quite as many kiosks as we saw at the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg, but it was less crowded and more relaxed which made…

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Honeymoon Island: Our Own Couples Photography in Palm Harbor, Florida

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We’ve been spending a lot of time exploring the area, and one thing I wanted to cross off the list early was a beautiful sunset on the beach. I wanted it to look romantic, and what location could be more romantic than Honeymoon Island. I was excited on Friday evening when Jake and I packed up our camera gear and headed for the state park. I wore a breezy pink dress that I knew would look good with the sun shining through it, and it whipped around in the wind as I walked down the shoreline. The ranger said that the gate would close at 8:20, but with all the cars still in the parking lot, we felt confident that we…

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The Shrine Keeper: Travel Photography from Yunnan, China

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I was beginning to regret our decision to walk to Lige. The road from our hotel to the small lakeside village ran along the steep slope of a dusty mountain, bustling with traffic and littered with small stones which occasionally tumbled from above, coming to rest on the cracked pavement. The heights made Dannie nervous, and the sun beating down on was burning our skin.

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The Acadia Shutdown: Travel Photography from Bar Harbor, Maine

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I got up early to check the news. It was a cool Autumn morning, but the sunlight shining through the walls of our tent told me that it would be a warm day. I climbed out of my sleeping bag, got dressed and told Dannie I was heading into town. She mumbled something and rolled over. We had come to Acadia National Park to photograph the foliage in the first week of October. This morning, on the way to Bar Harbor, I watched for colorful trees. A red maple here and a birch there. Much was still green, but there were patches of leafy fireworks. The town had been busy the day before, but now, before the businesses were even…

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Girl Meets Buddha: Travel Photography from Leshan, China

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The Grand Buddha of Leshan towered over us, hundreds of feet tall, his giant head haloed by the afternoon sun. We were surrounded by people, hundreds of them, maybe thousands in the Leshan Buddha Park, and more in the tour boats in the river behind us. At an alter in front of the statue, Chinese tourists waited with uncharacteristic patience to kneel and offer a prayer before moving on. Dannie read from our entrance packet that ancient Chinese rulers had built the Grand Buddha statue, along with the thousands of others in the park, in order to spread Buddhism and to earn good Karma for themselves, presumably moving one step closer to enlightenment. Contemplating the years of labor this must…

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From the Bottom of the Rockefeller Center: Travel Photography from NYC, New York

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We had a list of photographs to take in New York City. We’d gotten the Statue of Liberty at Sunset. We’d gotten Times Square at night. Tonight was the city skyline from the top of Rockefeller Center. The plan was dead in the water. We found our way into the building and figured out which hallway led to the elevator. That’s when we saw the line. It wasn’t happening. It just wasn’t. We’d spent the entire day walking around the city. We were tired, and Dannie had blisters on both her heels. I’m willing to climb a mountain to take a good photograph, but not if there’s a line of people the whole way up, all waiting to get the…

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How to Say “Stop” in Chinese: Travel Photography from Yunnan, China

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“If you want the van to stop, just yell ‘ting’” Dannie said. I repeated it back to her, “Tin?” “No, ting.” “Ok, got it.” I didn’t have it at all. The van seemed to tilt as the driver barreled around another curve. One side of the road was littered with wet rocks and sand that had crumbled from the rusty red cliffs above us. The other side of the road, which I nervously noted we were on, overlooked an even steeper slope down to the sapphire blue water of Lugu Lake. Islands speckled the Lake far below and in the hills all around, farm animals were poking through the shrubs looking for something to eat. My eyes were on the…

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