Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Little Introduction




Where it all began...

After I graduated from college, I moved cross-country for the second time,
driving by myself from coast to coast. It can be a daunting task for a wee little thing like myself, or as protective family members still like to view me, but filled with determination and my new Nikon, I was excited to document my trip and practice my new skills I had learned in journalism school.

I stopped for a few days in Las Vegas to shoot the beautiful architecture of the strip. It was nice to go by myself because I had opportunity to look at things much differently with a camera in hand, rather than a oversized drink cup. It's quite an experience to just stop and look at things from a unique angle and click away, without having anyone or anything weighing you down.







From Las Vegas, I droved through the desert and stopped for a quick photo op at the Redstone Picnic Area outside of Lake Mead.
(Doesn't this pic look like a car ad? I wish I could have sold it to Nissan!)




I camped at Lake Powell, Utah for a night on my own,
which I admit I was slightly nervous, and resulted in very little sleep.
But I was able to welcome the morning sunrise with this view from my tent.


I had an 8:00am date for an economical version of rafting the Grand Canyon.
(Trips can range from a few hundred to a few thousand for a rough water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon.
This trip for $79 was a half-day and started from Page, Arizona. It is a smooth float trip which is great for photographers,
as this area marks the beginning of the Grand Canyon.)



This solo road trip marked the beginning of my love to explore off the beaten path and snap away. Ever since, I have been seeking inspiration in places local and far, and it has become my passion to share such awe inspiring places with others.


Can't wait to show you more from this particular series,
and the exciting destinations thereafter!


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Monday, August 30, 2010

Water for Elephants




I'm very excited for my book club tomorrow night, with the ABC (Aventura Book Club). I haven't been in a few months, because it's a little far from me especially after work. But, I've always wanted to be part of a book club resembling that of The Jane Austen Book Club movie. It's such a warm feeling to think of a bunch of ladies getting together and hosting a little soiree with appetizers and drinks. Ours is not quite like that, we meet at the Paul Bakery, so it's not that cozy and endearing, but I am excited to try their French Onion Soup. :)

Back to the book though, I must scurry to finish tonight just in the nick of time! If you weren't aware, there is a movie to be released next year on tax day, April 15th, 2011 based on the book which casts Reese Witherspoon & Robert Pattinson. If anyone is interested in circuses and the 1930's, this book offers a good look inside.


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Alligator Lovin'


Hope you're enjoying a lazy Sunday!




Whether your basking in the sun or relaxing with friends...





Whatever you're up to, make sure you're doing it with a smile!



Top 2 photos taken at the Miami Seaquarium.
Bottom 2 photos taken in the Everglades National Park.

- nicolette


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Take Me To Another Place

Tennessee


I went to visit my family in Tennessee a few weeks ago.
I promised to share photos,
but have failed to locate my little digital since unpacking.
So here are some from the iPhone... 



My Dad's gorgeously manicured lawn,
where our summer evenings are spent sipping sweet tea
on a rockin' chair on the front porch enjoying peaceful sunsets.





His pond which used to be stocked with catfish,
except the extreme heat a few years back killed them all :(



I woke up early in the morning to take photos of his lush property
and bountiful country garden.
Here is the sunflowers still waking up to embrace the morning sun!
Rise and shine!



To put things's into perspective, I'm 5'2",
so these babies have to be over 10" tall!


 
My little sis and I trying to save the tomato worms
from my Dad and his summer crop. These guys have some serious suction cups,
they feel like little massagers when crawling on your hand.




This cabbage was from my Uncle's garden.
Beautiful. 
I think a Cabbage Patch Doll should peep it's head out any moment.



My Uncle's country garden kitten.
I think he's trying out for the role of 'scare crow'.


My Uncle's prize winning cucumber.



My Uncle owns the property next to my grandparent's old place.
You can only see the red shop in this photo, but they also had a matching red barn,
smokehouse, and animal pen. It really was such a great place to visit as a kid!
Across the street is an old old cemetary we used to visit at dusk.
One year I even filmed our remake of "The Christmas Carol"
in the graveyard with my little sis and cousin. Such fun!


Sorry the photo is dark. The sky was so beautiful that night after a traditional
Southern summer evening storm.


We had a tremendous Southern buffet that night with almost everything fried!
I think it made it's way to my shirt too...


Gorgeous sky...



Lastly, the pond I used to swim in as a child and teen.
There was a rope swing off the old oak tree.
I loved squishing my toes in that muddy water.
We had tons of cookouts out here,
and many late night dares to ride our golf cart through the corn field at night
to the pond where it was rumored Mr. Bentley (pond creature) resided.
To add to this dare, we were constantly teased that we were, "children of the corn".
One night we took the dare and my uncle jumped out
at us from the corn with a flashlight in his face and a blanket like a cape.
We all screamed bloody murder. Those were the good ole' days!
To be teased and tormented as a child...


What are some of you good childhood memories?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PHOTOgraphy Getaways

Launch Day!





It's official! As of this morning, PHOTOgraphy Getaways is live!
Come stop by... add the new blog to your blogroll.

Thank you everyone for your support!

- Nicolette

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Travel Thursday

Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

As you are aware, I've been busily planning my itineraries for PHOTOgraphy Getaways, and hoped to launch sometime last month. But I never realized how much I would have to have plan in advance...

I'm so close! As you know I love Switzerland, and I couldn't decide on a location because they're are just too many idyllic locations to choose from there. But I've finally decided on the Bernese Oberland region because of the beauty of the Interlaken lakes, the heavenly Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the Jungfrau mountians.


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Town of Interlaken with mountain views.


Map of the Region.

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Aerial shot of Interlaken lakes.


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Yes, the water really is that glacier blue...


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Going up the mountains...
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Grindlewald.

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Lauterbrunnen...







Happy Traveling!!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Eat Pray Love

The Movie



I first began reading this book because I saw the trailer to the movie months ago,
and it looked like a wonderlust travel movie that would speak to my soul,
besides who could go wrong with Julia Roberts. But as Melissa, at Reverie Daydream Blog
(we read at the same time)
pointed out to me, Elizabeth seemed so self-obsorbed in the first half,
which made it hard for me to finish because I got frustrated with the whining.
I did finish, and it got better.
I think I just had to be patient and understand that when difficult things occur in life... things take time.
It did with Elizabeth, and it also did with me.



Elizabeth is unhappy and realizes she doesn't want to be married,
and decides to spend a year abroad to find herself and spirtuality.
The second half of the book got better,
as Elizabeth's wounds healed with time, self-discovery, 
self-sufficiency, spirituality, and balance...
which later leads to love.


I think the reason this movie and story is so popular is because
this is so common and
 everyone can relate at one point or another in their own lives...
and we all wish for a little escapism sometimes.

The above image speaks wonders to me, because I also went through a difficult period earlier this year.
Having time off in beautiful South Carolina, riding my old beach cruiser through the marshy land helped wonders. It's funny how something so simple as the wind blowing on your face from a leisurely bikeride can be so therapuetic. Not to mention the comfort of food, in Elizabeth's case authentic Italian cuisine... in my case, Southern crab soup and fried green tomatos.



On the last night of my own vacation,
was very much like one of Elizabeth's unsuccessful meditation attempts
when she couldn't get her mind to relax.
"What am I going to do with my life? What am I going to do?"

Unfortuately, I was only given a week off... not a year.
Oh, the desperation and insomnia that the peacefulness of a blissful vacation would all come to an end, and I would still have no answer about what to do.

But then... with balance, hope, and patience, prayers are answered...
and that's when the little smirk comes, when you know everything,
as Bob Marley would put it, is going to be alright.




Did you see it, or read it?

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fashion Friday

Francesca's Collection




Carnation Ring $18, sold here.




The Graduate Dress $48, sold here.




August Rush Dress $44, sold here.




Fleur de lis Gift Bag $1.50, sold here.
(This would make a great little gift bag for participants of
my French PHOTOgraphy Getaway in the Chateaux Region!)


Happy Weekend Lovelies!


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