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New Adventure

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Two months ago I was inspired by someone and forced myself to make a decision that would lead me to the big adventure I am starting today… I will be on the road non-stop for 3 months with grand intentions of enduring a year. I will be roadtripping, couch surfing, camping, flying, teaching, shooting, & everything in between. I will be back in Austin for the month of October to shoot contracted weddings of course (& one in November) but then will pursue destinations outside of the country, hopefully working with volunteer efforts. At this point I have 5 weddings for 2016 and none of them are in Austin. (Ben & Eric have taken over the local side of the business at the moment). It feels weird to pursue locations outside of my favorite city in the world but this is an adventure… and well, why not?

Over the next three months I will be visiting (in this order): Crested Butte, Los Angeles, Houston, Cusco Peru, Denver, Guatemala, Phoenix,Lake Havasu City, San Jose, White Sands, Marfa, Denver,  New York City, Omaha, St Louis, Nashville, &… Charleston. Phew! If you’re in one of those areas and want to meet up I will be doing 1-on-1 mentor sessions along the way or if you just want to grab a beer, shoot me a facebook message!

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Houston Wedding | Joanne + Ryan

The Grove

Joanne & Ryan started their wedding day at Hotel Sorella, where Joanne works, with a beautiful view of downtown Houston. On the way to the Grove where the ceremony & reception were held, Ryan made a pit stop at a local pub where he the groomsmen caused a bit of mischief. Before the ceremony we were able to utilize Discovery Green park which was packed due to it being the most beautiful Saturday Houston had had in weeks! With Houston’s unpredictable weather we were all happy to be able to be a part of such a beautiful outdoor nighttime wedding overlooking the Houston skyline. One of the buildings overlooking them was actually designed by Joanne’s late grandfather, which represented him watching over them during the ceremony. Huge thanks to Serendipitous events for their help on the wedding day!


groom and groomsmen with pool table

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bride getting dressed

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bride getting dressed at hotel sorella

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bride getting help with earrings

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beautiful bride

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bride and bridesmaids in limo

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groom and groomsmen in limo

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bride and groom first look at discovery green

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the grove wedding ceremony

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bride and groom at discovery green

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bride in blush wedding dress

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houston wedding photography

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sunflare wedding photography

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night time wedding ceremony

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night time wedding ceremony

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night time wedding ceremony at the grove

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houston night time wedding ceremony

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houston wedding photography

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outdoor night ceremony in downtown houston

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cheers at wedding reception

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the grove wedding ceremony

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wedding guests dancing

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houston wedding photography

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crazy wedding reception

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houston wedding photography

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reception exit down stairs

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night time portraits at discovery green in houston

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Fuji XT-1 Review

I am not typically a big review person, I’ve never written one before and I’m not by any means attempting to compete with the bigger review sites out there. However, this is my travel blog and I want to write about my travel camera that I feel very passionate about!

After almost a month of owning the Fuji XT-1, I think I am ready to give my professional opinion of it. Ben has owned it since the beginning of the year so I decided to purchase it based on his, as well as many others, recommendations. In short? I’m in love. I have had a terrible habit of only bringing out my 5d Mark III when it involved work and shooting only with my iphone while out and about. Weddings and portraits are amazing but it’s nice to refresh myself with different scenes and to challenge myself with situations I’m not necessarily comfortable shooting, or at least, not as confident shooting. I am so happy to be able to travel with a camera that doesn’t say “Hey! Look at me I’m a photographer!” – so yes, size matters. It’s a great size, just perfect actually, substantial enough to fit in my small hands but unobtrusive enough as well. I have many good things to say about the XT-1 – the look and quality of photos in most situations can compete with a dSLR camera. The low light is decent, I would feel comfortable taking the camera out at night with intentions of shooting natural light but the light needs to be pretty good for a night scene to focus & not look really grainy. I have not played with the flash much at this point… yet. I set my focus to be back button, like my Canon, and it feels nice. Having had the Fuji x100s at one point as well, I can confidently say that it is light years ahead of that camera but, naturally, it’s still going to feel limiting at times. The focus is good but not great, it has trouble at night and don’t be expect to be shooting a fast paced sports game. The high speed mode is almost too fast! I can’t get a single click off when on that setting, it’s a minimum of two it seems like but the single shot mode is a bit slow for my taste. Of course it also has a few more kitschy features like double exposure & panorama, which I played with a bit as well and may explore further at my next opportunity. As far as editing is concerned, I found the x100s files to be a bit tricky to edit, I couldn’t get the tones quite right. The raw files from the XT-1 edit great though! The skin tones are more yellow/green than I am used since Canon has much more magenta in the files but as long as the exposure is spot on there is no issue. As soon as the exposure is off I found myself having to go into camera calibration to tweak things a bit more. Otherwise I use my same Canon preset in Lightroom. So what lens(es) should you get? It depends on why you’re purchasing it, however, I imagine that most of us photographers are in the same boat. dSLR is work, mirrorless is for traveling fun. I chose the 18-55mm lens with a varying 2.8-4.0 aperture, which is 28-85mm in full frame speak. Personally, I think it’s the perfect lens for what I am using it for. If you’re looking to do more portraits or are just truly that in love with primes, which I would understand, then the 23mm or 35mm may be more up your alley. I have heard really lovely things about those as well but the last thing I want to do when traveling is to have to bring a camera bag around with me. Stacy Reeves also mentioned that she really loves the 55-200mm since it provides a look that most tourists aren’t getting when they travel. I am inclined to trust Stacy a lot based on the amazing work she produces from her amazing European adventures! Feel free to message me on facebook if you have any other questions!

~Caroline

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Hostels – Panama

I can’t believe that it has taken so long for me to stay in a hostel during my travels. This means of travel will not be ideal while I’m carrying thousands of dollars in gear but while I am traveling for fun it is the perfect cost effective solution. In Panama a bed in an air conditioned dorm with 8-12 beds and a shared bathroom was $16 a night. Private rooms range in the $30-40 range. The showers are often cold, you put valuables in a locker, and whether you want to or not, you’ll probably be up by 8am due to other people waking up or the lack of a/c. However, I loved being able to meet people from all over the world and getting tips for where we should go next. I am sure that not every hostel experience will be as lovely as my first but I look forward to all my future hostel adventures!

My advice for hostels : Bring a small (unique) lock, soap, & towel… and keep an open mind. The hostel crowd can often be a young party crowd but the people you can meet along the way will definitely add to the adventure aspect of your travels!


Luna’s Castle – Panama City
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Bambuda Lodge – Isla Solarte – my personal favorite
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Heike Hostel
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Palmar Lodge – Red Frog Beach
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Bocas del Toro
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