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I’m finally living out my dream. I’m FINALLY in Asheville, NC with the most handsome man beside me. It was a long journey of surprises, laughs, miles and road trip foods, but we finally made it. We’re in Asheville! MY favorite place in the whole world, my dream town to live in.
Before we arrived, during breakfast Felipe thought it would be a good idea to make a tower out of his breakfast materials. He was quite proud, and it made me giggle. IMG_0018
I’m pretty free and loose when it comes to life, but Felipe does innocent things like this that shows me where I’m lacking when it comes to ‘being in the moment’. I almost blurted out ‘stop playing with your breakfast’, Thankfully I saw his proud look from his work first. Then I pause and join him in the moment. A.K.A. giggling, and pulling out my camera to save that moment.
So the big moment arrives, We arrive at Asheville. It’s glorious, even more beautiful than how I remember. The art is more creative, the people are nicer, the building have more character, the trees are more glorious, the air is more clear, it’s all better than I remembered. I never want to leave. “Good luck getting me to leave this to go back to Tampa” was the second most thought I had;the first was ‘I can’t believe I’m actually in Asheville’.
I’m pretty free and loose when it comes to life, but Felipe does innocent things like this that shows me where I’m lacking when it comes to ‘being in the moment’. I almost blurted out ‘stop playing with your breakfast’, Thankfully I saw his proud look from his work first. Then I pause and join him in the moment. A.K.A. giggling, and pulling out my camera to save that moment.

So the big moment arrives, We arrive at Asheville. It’s glorious, even more beautiful than how I remember. The art is more creative, the people are nicer, the building have more character, the trees are more glorious, the air is more clear, it’s all better than I remembered. I never want to leave. “Good luck getting me to leave this to go back to Tampa” was the second most thought I had;the first was ‘I can’t believe I’m actually in Asheville’.  I feel like I’m in shock, I can’t get my head to wrap around that I’ve finally made my way back here. I never want to leave, I never want to leave. Everything is safe, happy and free here. Why would I want to leave this to go back to Tampa, where the police sirens are the crickets chirping in the night? Where I’m constantly looking looking behind me in fear of someone going to attack me. Where I have to take my taser with me when I walk my dog in my own neighborhood?
Felipe and I park and just start walking the streets of downtown Asheville, looking at everything our eyes can catch, going from store to store, playing around laughing and taking it all in. I hope he likes it as much as I do, because I’m determined to move here.
There’s street art everywhere. All kinds of art on most of the buildings, everywhere. They’re all beautifully expressed and very well done. It’s such the perfect town for me. Have I mentioned yet how I never want to leave??

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Someday, I’m determined and convinced that some day I’ll be fortunate enough to move to this amazing place.

Lots of love!

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11/365

Today is the day of Kaitlyns wedding. It’s finally here, not only that, but Felipe and I actually made it. I felt like everything tried stopping us from getting to PA. There was also a few times where it crept in my mind that we might not actually make it there. Felipe and I had quite the adventure with our journey of getting to PA. Kaitlyn set us up very nicely with a sweet family to stay with. Sally was the sweetest woman with such a gorgeous house and welcoming family. I meet up with Kaitlyn around 1 to take pictures of her and her girls getting ready. It’s so good to be able to see Kaitlyn again and to be a part of her day, sharing this memory with her. I left Felipe in the kitchen reading his Tina Fey, Bossy Pants book. As I’m with her, trying to tend to her and make sure she’s okay. I go to the kitchen to check up on Fel and I captured this picture. I love this picture, with him dressed so strapping, reading his book so peacefully, by the winter window with the trees.

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You can see she’s pretty nervous, but she’s handling it like a pro. I’m so proud of her and excited for her. As time goes on she starts getting more and more nervous. Felipe comes out of the kitchen, sees a guitar in the living room and starts playing to soothe Kaitlyn. I love when he plays the guitar. He played this relaxing Mediterranean style that just calmed everyone. He’s so sweet.

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He also assisted me in taking pictures during Kaitlyns wedding. I am really thankful for him and all he does for me. You’re not going to want to miss seeing her wedding pictures. She got married at the main Capitol center. It was every woman’s dream wedding place. Click the link below to see her wedding pictures (posting them this weekend) and to see my other work.
https://www.facebook.com/SojournerPhotography?ref=hl

Lots of love!!

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10/367

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Friday was a day that I thought was going to be a fairly easy day. I was completely wrong about how I thought my day was going to go. Thursday night at 10:30, Felipe and myself set off for a 17 hour drive to Pennsylvania to both see my sister and closest friend get married and for me to do the photography for her wedding. I was oh-so naive and oh-so determined to be able to knock out the drive in one trip without having to stop for a break to pay money for a hotel. Felipe and I were working with a tight budget since the notice for the wedding was only a month in advance. Everything was going fine on the drive, at first. We had made it into Georgia and once we crossed that state line, I suggested that Felipe should go to sleep to rest up and I’d wake him when I felt myself getting sleepy and needed his help to keep me awake. I was slightly worried, but my stubbornness and determination to not fail my sister was too strong for any ounce of creeping fear. I spent the next few hours listening to Beautiful Eulogy’s new album, Instruments Of Mercy, (which I HIGHLY recommend) soaking it in and chewing on the lyrics that were so organically pure. Before I knew it, we were crossing over the state line into South Carolina. Not even a few minutes of crossing the state line, I ran over something. Now, mind you, This is at 4-4:30 in the morning on a road in the middle of no where with no street lights and packed with truckers. I honestly couldn’t see too far in front of me all that well and didn’t see the item until the last second. I remember that it was dark, black maybe, and I thought that I just accidentally ran over a piece of someone else’s blown tire. So we cross the state line, I run over what I think is a tire piece and about a minute to two minutes later Felipe wakes up on his own. “Welcome to South Carolina, where they have weird roads.” I greet Felipe with. The road had suddenly turned pretty bumpy. It was a little weird to me, but remember now, I can’t see all that well and we’re in some poe-dunk road. I thought it was just that the road was old and it had been patched over in random areas numerous times. I’d never had a flat or blown out tire before, so I didn’t know what that felt/looked/sounded or smelled like. Right after I greet Felipe, we both get quiet, and realize at the same time that I have a flat tire. Then the smell of the burning tire came and I pulled over. Welp, this is just poopie. I get a flat tire at 4:30 in the middle of no where with no lights, and the very minimal area where I can pull over is slanted so changing the tire is going to be hard. Oh yeah, I also don’t know how to change a tire. Thankfully Felipe was with me and he knew how to change one. Bendito, He’s sitting on the damp and freezing grass at 4:30am changing a tire that’s barely off the road with semi’s whizzing by. While I’m feeling like I’m doing nothing productive and want to help,but don’t know how to, so I grab my knife, put it in my back pocket, remain in continual prayer for his safety, and I do my best in keeping an eye out so no one slashes us to bits and leaves our body parts in the woods. Sorry, that was a little graphic, but I’m just saying what was going through my head. We get the tire changed and find the nearest hotel to camp at for the night until we can get our tire changed and get back on the road.

We weren’t able to get our tire changed and back on the road until 1pm on Friday afternoon. We got it fixed at a place called “El Cheapo” across the street from a Piggly Wiggly, no lie. Yup, we were in the sticks. I could hardly understand anyone’s accent, but they were so nice to us. They had these gas pumps that I’d never seen before and they looked like they were antiques. Looking at this strange contraption I ask Felipe, “Where do you slide your debit card??”. I figured I would just pre-pay inside. I ask the lady inside if this is where I pay and she tells me some man will pump it for me. I’ve never experienced this before. Call my naive or stuck living in my own world, but we just don’t have things like this in Tampa.
We get back on the road at 1pm, and It’s a looooong drive ahead of us from SC to PA. We ended up taking a quick 30 minute break at Fayetteville, NC and walked around a shopping plaza for a bit to stretch our legs. It was so overcast and raining, but I didn’t care. I was in my favorite state, the beauuuuutiful NC.
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Our ETA was 12:30 and it rained the entire time from SC allllll the way up to our landing point in PA. Around midnight we FINALLY are in PA.. I am so over driving, driving at night and driving at night in the rain. A couple minutes before we get to our destination we start noticing snow on the ground. My sweet, Felipe, gets so excited. Don’t get me wrong, I was really excited too, I love the cold weather and snow. He tries to get me to pull over, but I’m so tired and my eyes hurt so bad and I just want to go to bed. Then I see it, this perfect area to pull over and run around in the snow. I don’t tell him, I make him think I don’t want to, then at the last second, I surprise him and spontaneously pull the car over, giggling, and telling him to get out so we can play.
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Only a Brazilian would venture out to see snow and stick his feet in it wearing sandals. Oh, but I love this Brazilian. It’s little funny things like that moment in that picture that make me giggle and want to give him the biggest hug. I love how different and unique he is. I would do something random like that, we’re so similar in the most unique ways. 🙂
Lots of love!

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9/365

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inally. It’s done. I’m done packing and getting everything else I’ve needed to get done to prepare for my out of state adventure. I’m beyond beat in case you couldn’t tell my the dark circles under my eyes. I’m so excited to get out of FL and to get into the mountains up north and see snow before classes start on Tuesday. That is if I come back, haha. I already know it’ll be pretty hard trying to separate me from the mountains and coming back to FL.  One day, one day I ‘ll pick up and move to where my heart has been all along, in the mountains. As for now, I’m extremely thankful to at least be taking a trip there. Not to mention the whole meaning for this trip, my sister’s wedding. I’m so excited to see her. It’s the only motivation I’ve had the past few days. This week has been going by extremely slow, I just hope once I get there that time will continue to move slowly and I’ll be able to savor each moment and memory made during my stay there. I’m excited for all the pictures that I’ll have taken. I’m already looking forward to all the pictures. True photographer at heart!! Haha
Prayers, love and encouragement is always accepted!!!
Lots of love.

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his is what it looks like when I pack to go out of state. Don’t worry, I’m not THAT girl that brings 3 luggages with her for a weekend travel. Most of these clothes will be weeded out, and I’ll only be bringing one bag with me. Through this packing adventure, I noticed that I may have a slight obsession with bold colors and patterns. Haha.  It looks way worse then it actually is. And somewhere in the midst of this tornado mess, my dog, Rix, is here. Any one care to attempt playing “I Spy” and spotting my dog?

Lots of love from a lady who is a little overwhelmed by my mess.

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his is my favorite picture so far out of all the ones I’ve posted for my 365 challenge. My boyfriend, Felipe and I recently started learning Acro Yoga (acrobatic yoga) together. It just kinda made sense to and works perfectly for us. He’s a giant (6’2), I’m the right size to be a flier, He has a history in Capoeira, I also have a background in MMA and cheerleading. One day I was (a little too hyper) jumping off the couch doing ninja kicks then ballerina swirls, I purposely told him at the last possible second to catch me (not expecting for him to) and he did. Then thats when I pitched the idea at him. I pulled a couple videos up, showed him a couple pictures off google, and ten minutes later he’s posting me up like this as if we’d done it before. Granted, it wasn’t perfectly smooth the first time or two around, but it only took a couple attempts later to go from the Front Bird pose, to Free Bird pose, then on to this beauty, the Bow pose. I really enjoy doing acro yoga with Felipe. It enhances our communication, trust and fun in a different level then normal day-to-day activities/events. Plus, who wouldn’t want to be weightless and twirl around like the ninja-ballerina that I am? 😉 We have some other pretty cool poses that we’re practicing now and you will definitely see more of our poses as we learn them.
If this has inspired/encouraged you to try acro yoga or any other form of yoga, please, please, please take all the necessary safety persuasions. It is harder then it looks and it always helps to have a spotter aiding both positions. Felipe and I are just a little too stubborn to have a spotter and currently lack knowing friends who partake in yoga. Otherwise, we would have a spotter. I’m excited to hear your encouraging and inspiring feedback on my newly loved past time!!
Lots of love from Fel & I!!!

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oday I won’t be venturing outside of my apartment to capture the pic of the day. Last night I got food poisoning after going out to eat with my boyfriend. It was a long night with little rest and lots of ‘Ralphing’ and stomach pains. Today I’m feeling slightly better, I still have the same symptoms and a fever, but I have a happy heart and still a smile on my face. I think I’m going to stay put for today on my couch with my coffee, fun socks, cozy dog, and comfy and happy pants. I’m so thankful for that little guy you see in the picture that’s cuddling beside me. Rix always knows when I’m having a bad day or not feeling well. He gets more cuddly, asks to go outside less, and follows me around the house with such a concerned look on his face. He makes my icky days seem so much better.
I hope I feel better quickly. I have a road trip I’m taking later this week to PA to see my sister get married and take her wedding pictures. Even if I’m not back to 100% health by then, I’m determined to suck it up, smile and go anyways. There’s absolutely no way I could miss such an important event. There’s also a phenomenal bonus of mountains, snow and passing through my favorite place ever, North Carolina. You know what a sucker I am for all three of those. I’m determined to go and have to do this one last adventure before classes start again next week. Once classes start I’ll have to say good-bye to anything relating to free-time. :-/ Prayers, encouragement & support are definitely welcome!
Lots of love!!

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