Few things bring me as much joy as experiencing new culture and quality time with loved ones. In fact, recently I was lucky enough to have a week full of both!

I had the pleasure of visiting Japan and I can’t express how much I enjoyed it. I so missed going overseas. There’s something so magical about seeing the different culture norms, and how others live interact with and view this wonderful world around us.

The buildings, the cars, the streets, the snacks, the cultural norms and customs— they were all so different and all truly fascinated me. It’s breathing proof that there is not necessarily one ‘right’ way to do things and live in this wide world. There’s so much more to say about what I saw and learned, but I think that’s going to have to be in it’s own special post!

And the quality time I enjoyed with my wee one was much needed and birthed some of the most special memories of our lives so far. She’s growing so fast— toothless and sassy and loving.

She was so cute with she was tiny, chubby cheeks and all, but watching her morph into her own unique little person is such a special privilege. No one wants their kids to grow up fast, and or do I, but I am truly so excited to watch her continue to learn and grow. I know there’s a slight chance that I’m biased, but she is my favorite little person and I treasured all our one-on-one time more than anything.

When I see the term ‘travel photography’, I think of bright images of tourist attractions, or serene scenes of perfect beaches with crisp white sand and sparkling water. This kind of travel photography is beautiful and feeds my wanderlust, but it isn’t what I mean when I talk about my own travel photography.

For me, my travel photography acts more like a photo diary of my trip. A record of my adventure. A glimpse of life in that place, at precisely that time. And I’ve gotten in the habit of doing this just about every time I travel.

But why?

I’m not sure how much of my site you’ve perused, but I’m somewhat obsessed with documenting life. Hence my meticulous documentation of my daughter’s childhood (here’s to hoping I don’t scar her for life). But my documentary obsession doesn’t stop with her.

It has spilled over into the surroundings I witness everyday. The places we shop or eat, clothes we wear, and the way interact with others. I try to document almost everything I observe. Because I know that what seems like ‘life as usual’ now, won’t always be so. Everything we see is temporary. The details distinguish us from our ancestors, but they also are usually the first to quietly drift away into oblivion.

Do I look like a crazy person whipping out my camera in the grocery store or in a restaurant? Probably.

But one day, perhaps, I might have a grandchild who will want to see what life was like for me as a young woman, long before she existed. One day, she might be just as fascinated looking at my old photos, as I once was, thumbing through my own grandmother’s cracked leather photo albums full of vintage dresses and long forgotten friends.

I watch, notice, and photograph, for this future; a future that may never be, but motivates and inspires me nonetheless. A future that enables me to see life through a different lens, with the same wonder and fascination we with which we often see the past.

 

 

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I am pretty passionate about photography. I’m also rarely without my absolute favorite camera: my Fujifilm X100F, aka Frida. I love fujis in general but Frida is cute, easy to use, and fits comfortably in my purse. This is last part is undoubtably the most useful when traveling.

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Normally, I just wait to cull, edit, and post my images until I get back home to my computer. However, knowing I was going to spend about thirty hours in the car this past weekend, I wanted to try something new: culling, editing, and posting from the road. In order to accomplish this task, I brought only my beloved Frida, and my iPad.

After shooting a ton of pictures, I went through all the images on my camera. I shoot in raw, so I had to cull my images on my camera. My iPad doesn’t like raw images. For each image I wanted to edit, I simply converted it to a jpeg on my camera. It didn’t take super long, but just enough extra time to inspire me to be pickier about the images I chose to edit.

I also want to add that I have a matte screen protector on my iPad.  Let me tell you, it is the best. It made editing so much smoother. I didn’t have to strain my eyes or worry as much about where I was sitting, because reflections weren’t not an issue.

Once my chosen images were converted to jpeg, I opened my Fujifilm Camera Remote app on my iPad. Frida has wifi capability, so with the iPad app, I copied them from my camera to my iPad. I imported them into Lightroom CC for some basic edits. When I finished editing the images, I exported and uploaded them to my site. Super simple.

I initially tried to use my WordPress app to write my post, but ultimately decided to log in with Safari. I like the wordpress app for checking stats and quick edits, but I prefer using the admin site in safari to create my post. I’m more familiar with the site layout in safari, and it seemed quicker for me to complete my post that way.

Honestly, it all was a lot easier and quicker than I anticipated. I think it may have even been quicker than when I edit/post from my laptop. Culling in my camera forced me to be more critical about the images I planned on editing, which is important. It can be easy to love all the images you shoot, but it’s important to be selective about your work. And that’s something I need to be better about.

I also ended up really liking the limitations of the Lightroom CC app, more than I expected. It made my editing process much quicker and less painless. Editing is definitely a necessary part of photography, but I prefer to spend more of my time shooting as opposed to editing.

I’m honestly super relieved to know I can successfully, and pretty easily, edit and post from the road without hauling my laptop everywhere. I always prefer to shoot with the least amount of gear and fuss as possible. All in all, I’d label this endeavor a success!

This past week I got the opportunity to travel to upstate New York to visit my family. I love visiting family & I love traveling so it was a win all around. I also decided to use it as a good excuse to document my trip. My camera was in my purse the whole time and I loved it. I had a blast trying out some new ways to see things and new compositions. It was a good reminder that I need to make sure I have my camera on me all the time, always looking for light, lines and interesting things to document.

My parents live up in the Mohawk Valley, NY and I love it up there. There are so many interesting and fun places to explore in the area. Most of all though, it’s just a nice, calming place to be. I had such a relaxing time there and enjoyed it immensely. So please enjoy some of the neat things I got to document while I was in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

lifestyle documentary photographer Clovis NM

Photos from my visit to the Mohawk Valley, NY. Christmas 2017. Fujifilm XT-1.

lifestyle documentary photographer Clovis NM

Formation Flying with the Clovis Pilots Association. November 2016.