were moments when I just had to keep reminding myself “We’re closer to CHINA right now than we are to HOME! WEIRD!!!”. Sometimes when you fly for 15 hours and don’t sleep for 24 hours, you forget just how CRAZY it is that you’re half a world away from home and all that’s familiar to you. Michael and I flew to Sydney Australia at the end of July after an engagement session and a double header weekend. It was actually a great way to travel because we were so tired that we slept for a large portion of that super long flight from LAX to Sydney!
We left on Sunday night, arrived to LAX late Sunday evening and then arrived in Sydney on Tuesday…. evening though it was only a 15 hour flight! Monday just NEVER HAPPENED for us! The even WEIRDER part of traveling to and from Australia is that we left at 11am on Wednesday from Sydney and we arrived back to the US at 9am on Wednesday! Two hours before we even boarded the flight in Australia! So strange!! Anyway, we learned that there were a lot of strange things that we do or say differently than the Aussies! I actually kept a list on my phone to remember them all!! Here are some of our favorites! :
We had so much fun on this trip discovering a new world together. I still can’t believe that we had the opportunity to do this! It baffles me. Not only did we get the chance to travel to the other side of the world, we got to meet so many new friends at the workshop we hosted and I can’t WAIT to share more of those two days! Today I’m sharing our personal side of the trip! Remember, it’s WINTER over there right now and so that’s why we may look a little bundled up at times. However, we were truly blessed with incredible weather during our time there!! 50’s & 60’s aren’t bad at all!! Celsius makes everything seem colder than it really is! :) You should have seen the look on an Aussie’s face when I told them it was 90 degrees back home!!! ha!
Michael and I truly had a trip of a lifetime… we hope to go back one day because we love it over there and there is SO much we didn’t get to see! We feel like we really got a taste of Sydney… we even saw our first Opera at the Sydney Opera House! We spent three days there and then we flew to Adelaide (similar distance to us flying from VA to Florida) and that is where we rented a beach house and hosted the workshop! I honestly think that the hardest part of the trip was my favorite part. We absolutely LOVED our workshop crew! I’ll share more of those “Behind the scenes” shots soon! But for now, here are some images from our first day in Sydney!We arrived after 24 hours of travel and it was 8am. We couldn’t check into our hotel room until 3pm and so we pushed through and started touring the city. We were tired but the excitement of being there helped us stay awake!! We bought 24 hour passes to the “Hop on-Hop off” touring buses and that allowed us to get anywhere in the city! There’s something so crazy about seeing major city icons in person for the first time!! I took A LOT of seagull pictures… mainly because every time I saw them, I felt compelled to start chanting “Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!” from Finding Nemo!! Pretty money!! There was a huge boat show happening at Darling Harbor! More seagulls… There are so many “Car/Trucks” there!!! Just going on a joy ride! This is an awesome mall!! It’s beautiful!!! The view from our hotel room…. Day two! We took the bus to the Botanical Gardens! If only you could have seen us trying to take this! We’re smiling big because my camera was on a tripod that was way too small and we were trying to take this shot at every stoplight. After an almost-disaster, we captured this one and I love it! Most fountains at parks have pretty fish, they had EELS!!! There it is!! The best view of the Opera house and the bridge! Favorite picture of the trip! ONA in Australia! Then we decided to catch a ferry over the Manly Beach. It was fun not having set plans for the day! We just did whatever we thought of and it was wonderful! Manly reminded us so much of Santa Barbara, CA! “Ah! Freezing!!!!” One of BEST meals. This place was awesome! Gelato! You don’t want to know how much these little cups were! Yikes! Ha!!! “Rice Bubbles”! Cracks me up! This shot on the left is for our friend Mandy who loves birds! We missed our friends who are our normal travel buddies!!! Then we splurged a little an had our last dinner in Sydney on top of a tall building and it rotated! It wasn’t the “Tower Eye”, it was another option and it was awesome! See us in the mirror?!
Ah! It’s our FINAL STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!!! This July post has been a long time coming but it’s HERE and it’s LIVE and I want you to help me celebrate these amazing photographers who are making their dreams happen!!!
This six month update feels like it’s weirdly disproportionate compared to other monthly updates! Why is that? Well, last month I posted a couple of sets of images that were actually at the beginning of his sixth month and THEN we photographed multiple weddings, had several trips away from home for a few days and the dads were for several days!
Hope and Jesse are the sweetest couple. You can just feel it when you’re with them! You can see it when you watch them interact. You can hear it in the stories that their family members and best friends shared about them. They are truly soulmates and best friends. They have an undeniable love for one another and that is why even a rainy, misty wedding day could be incredibly vibrant, warm and joyful!!
Rhett’s fifth month was full of fun. It’s crazy to me that I know I only take my big camera to about 10% of the things we do in a month and yet each month is SO full.
This beautiful wedding day took place in the rolling hills of West Virginia, just past the Virginia state line. Wild Goose Farm is a venue that I’ve never photographed before and let me tell you, it was a treat! We didn’t even have the sun join us for most of the day and yet we were able to capture beautiful portraits! Between the horses, old fences, stunning estate home, lily pad covered pond, old stone walls, rustic barn, open fields and a historic stone arch, I was in photographer heaven!
This session was just as sweet as it looks. We spent the evening with Megan and Tim in the country outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We were tucked away in the rolling hills in between beautiful fields and family farms. It reminded me all over again why I just love Virginia. We really have it all… beaches, mountains, history, and great schools! JMU, while it did play a role in Tim and Megan’s story, isn’t actually where it started!