I’ve complied a list of my top 10 favorite vacation photos from my travels throughout the years. Most of my trips are spent viewing the world from behind my camera, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t worry though, I do put the camera down to stop and take it all in too.
10. Union Station in Chicago. On the way to Ireland, I took a train to Chicago’s Union Station. It was so beautiful. I wish I would have had more time to spend in the train station, but I was on a tight schedule so this is a quick one I snapped on the way through.
8. One of my traditions I try to stick to on all my trips is to find a model to photograph wherever I go. This is Ricky M. and we met up in Dublin, Ireland. It was pretty fun because he had only lived in Dublin for 3 months and didn’t know much of the area and since I had only been there for 6 hrs, I definitely didn’t know the area. But we walked around and found some really great locations for photos, this is my favorite from the session.
7. This image is from a random road trip I took one day down the west coast of Michigan. I saw this state park off of 31 and it was beautiful. The leaves were all changing and it was a typical overcast Michigan fall day. Love it!
6. In 2009 my parents rented a cabin in Traverse City for the celebration of the Cherry Festival. We spent the week exploring the peninsula and came across Christmas Cove. The beach was perfect! It was secluded and as you can see absolutely gorgeous. We were there for hours walking up and down the beach looking for petosky stones (Michigan’s state rock).
5. This is also from that same Traverse City trip. We were driving back to the cabin from town and the sunset was just stunning. I pulled over into a parking lot and set up my tripod to capture this. It’s still one of my favorite images and I have it printed on an 18×24 gallery block.
4. While in Ireland I took a three day tour of southern Ireland. One of the stops was on the Dingle Peninsula which is the beachy part of the country. It was March when I went so it was a tad chilly and the ocean was a little rough, but it was gorgeous non-the-less. There was a waterfall down the cliff leading to the beach and at the bottom was this washed up seaweed and fishing line.
3. This was also from Ireland, but the opposite end of the country. The Giants Causeway is in Northern Ireland and it’s made up of basalt pillars that formed millions of years ago. After making the hour long trek from the top of the plateau to the bottom, I stopped in awe to take in the scenery. The minute I turned there was a rainbown over the plateau, it was an absolutely magical moment. I’m so glad that I was able to experience such a wonderful trip.
2. Just over three years ago I ventured out west to Washington state. My first trip that I ever saw a mountain from the ground (I’d flown over them before). This was taken in Fairhaven, a quaint little town that reminds me a lot of Ann Arbor. I spent the day exploring the city; I ate the BEST fish and chips in a double decker bus, had a scrumptious German Chocolate Cupcake, saw a wild seal, and got to see the Alaskan Ferry Line. There’s a long boardwalk that goes out into the bay and this image was taken at the top of it looking down towards the dock.
1. The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me. These are part of the Red Rock Ampitheater in Colorado. It’s a naturally occurring, acoustically perfect theater that’s housed many famous performers over the years. Native Americans even used it for various rituals. It’s just astounding that nature can be so violent, but form something so breathtaking. I love to see the layers of rock that makes up the earth. Just knowing all the history that those layers hold blows my mind.