Q&A: What Happened to Erin and Other Personal Qs
Dec21

Q&A: What Happened to Erin and Other Personal Qs

I kind of go back-and-forth about how personal I should get with my vlog. And, recently, when I was going through a bit of a tough time, I decided to limit what I shared. But, I realized that if I really want to give people a view into the life of a travel photographer, I need to share not only the good but the bad that comes with it. So, be prepared to get personal once again. I took questions from viewers of my vlog as well as off of twitter and facebook to come up with this: Quick Answers I’m going to make you watch the vlog for the full answers, but below are the lightning answers. Obviously the answers are far more personal and in depth if you watch the video. What’s your favourite food?: Sushi. I want some right now, actually. How did you get jacked all of a sudden?: Not jacked, just thinner. I ate extremely healthy for 2 months and exercised pretty intensely. What happened to Erin?: We broke up. We’re still friends. In fact, she was on the India trip. We’re totally cool. Just better friends than as a couple. You mentioned settling in Spain or Estonia, Why?: I feel at home in Spain. Love it there. Estonia has an e-residency program. What’s your favourite TV Show?: Game of Thrones. But, my second favourite show is Peaky Blinders which is amazing. What’s Next? I’m off to Cuba!  I’m there running one of my travel photography workshops with Jeff Bartlett.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.  I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to get online to update my vlog and this blog, but I’ll do my best to stay on top of things even while running the tour.  After Cuba, I’m heading to the United States to spend Christmas with my family – my parents have a house in Arizona.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get out and do some hiking and exploring there as...

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A Day in the Life of a YouTube Star
Dec20

A Day in the Life of a YouTube Star

I’ve been running this series on my vlog called “A Day in the Life…”. And, if I’m being honest, I was kind of running out of styles of photography. However, this trip gave me an idea: I don’t have to be the host, every time! So, on this episode, I handed my GoPro over to YouTube star vlogger Claudia Ayuso. The girl is a ball of energy and is straight up crazy. I think she even managed to take her energy to the next level in this vlog. A massive thanks to Claudia for taking over the vlog for a day! It’s funny, I created this series to show you the work that goes behind certain types of jobs that people see as kind of glamourous. I wanted to show the behind the scenes editing, computer work, pitching, etc. that happens. However, Claudia is the type who doesn’t want her experiences interrupted by work. So, she really just drinks in the experiences and waits until she gets home to do all the video editing and office work. But, still, it was so funny to watch her run around India wild. I think it was also fun to see myself on the other end of the camera while she vlogged. I find Claudia to be absolutely hilarious, so I hope that through my edit and her craziness I was able to capture that. What’s Next? While in India, I did a Q&A for the viewers of my travel vlog. Rather than business and work questions, I made this a personal Q&A and answered the burning personal questions that many people have including “what happened to...

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Travel Diaries: Goa, India
Dec18

Travel Diaries: Goa, India

Since I’m behind in posting, I am still breaking these posts up into a series of stories rather than a post for each vlog I post. It just makes the most sense. I mean, let’s be honest, even doing it this way I probably wont get caught up any time soon. This installment of travel diaries comes from the first couple days in Goa, India on the project. Drunken Yoga After some really long travel to India via France, I landed in Goa. Somehow, I didn’t have jetlag, and actually didn’t feel tired at all from all the travel. So, upon arrival, I went for a run in Panjim city, and then met up with the other participants of the project. We went on a quick tour of Old Goa, and then had a welcome party on a boat which served as a really nice ice breaker to get to know all the other bloggers, vloggers and photographers. Somehow, the night didn’t end at the party and most of us went out on the town and were out until about 3am. The next day, we had a car picking us up at 6am to take us to yoga on the beach. When I woke up, I was still just about as drunk as the night before. So, for the first time I ever did yoga, I did it drunk off my mind. To be honest, it went pretty well. I actually really enjoyed the experience, and would love to try it again at some point sober. We ended the day with a motorized paragliding flight over the beach. All-in-all, a good welcome to Goa. Hangin’ at Don Bosco’s Since the project was organized by the non-profit Leave Ur Mark, we had a volunteer opportunity as a part of the tourism project. We headed to a place called Don Bosco’s which is a school for under-privileged children. We spent the day doing some art with the kids. I’m definitely glad it wasn’t a teaching project, but rather just a hang out, because my art skills are lacking in a big way. In fact, I’m 100% that every kid in that class room is a better artist than I am, and they proved it with the things they came up with. And while I might not be good at art, I am good at causing chaos, so that’s exactly what I did. Along with the help of Claudia Ayuso, I managed to turn the art party into a dance party frenzy that was just hilarious. By the time we left, everyone – participants and children alike – were bouncing around with...

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Travel Diaries: Last of South Africa
Dec03

Travel Diaries: Last of South Africa

Southern Africa has been good to me. I think it brought me back to myself. I mentioned in a vlog a while ago that I felt like I somehow managed to get off-center, and wasn’t exactly happy with the person I was being. Just a couple days into Africa, and I felt like myself once again. There’s just something about this continent that not only makes me feel wild and free, but empowered. This place makes me feel like I could carry the entire weight of the world on my shoulders.  There was a lot going on in my life and my mind before arriving in Africa. But, the continent made me feel light again. And, it gave me the air I needed to deal with a couple emotional battles I was soon to face. Blyde River Canyon Area One of the places I didn’t go the last time I was in South Africa was Blyde River Canyon. So, a visit to the canyon, and surrounding areas was a priority for my trip. After the long drive from Chobe, I arrived at Blyde River Canyon excited to shoot. But, the canyon, I learned, has a lot of gates and it’s actually almost impossible to photograph at or around sunset. Still, I managed to get some cool shoots of the canyon from a view point just before the sunset hit and the gates closed. In fact, the security guard was great and basically offered to let me stay 30 minutes later so I could catch slightly better light. The next day, I headed into the southern section of the Blyde River Canyon area. I stayed in the town of Graskop and used it as a base to explore view points with dramatic names like “God’s Window” and “Wonder View”. I also checked out a couple of the waterfalls. And while the view points have dramatic names, I guess all the waterfalls are named after towns in Europe. Berlin and Lisbon falls were both very cool, although maybe a bit tough to photograph. Chasing Cats in Kruger I had 5 full days in Kruger National Park. And, after extremely successful safaris in both Kgalagadi and Etosha National Park, I was really excited to see what Kruger would bring. And, at first, things started out really well. I based myself for the first couple days at Satara Camp, which is the second biggest rest camp in Kruger National Park. Satara is in the heart of big cat country, and it didn’t disappoint. There were loads of cats around. In the 2 days I spent up there, I probably saw about a dozen...

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Travel Diaries: Zambia & Botswana
Dec02

Travel Diaries: Zambia & Botswana

I’m struggling to get these blogs updated (as usual), so sorry for stacking multiple stories into one post. I guess that’s just how it has to be when you get really far behind like I have. If you really want to stay on top of my travels, head over to my YouTube channel. There, I do a daily vlog. These installments come from really short visits to both Zambia and Botswana from last month’s trip to Southern Africa. Is Zambia Getting Worse? Or is it All About Perspective? I think perspectives are a funny thing. The last time I entered Zambia, I came in from the DRC. I had been slogging through the challenges of Central Africa for about 6 months and my arrival to Zambia was a relief. I remember being at the border and thinking about how nice it was to have things organized a bit. Of course, I do remember the bureaucracy taking forever, but there were offices and computers, as opposed to just some guy at the side of the road with a ledger which was so often the case in many West and Central African countries. This time, coming from the calm and organization of Namibia, the Zambian border crossing felt like a disaster. There were dozens of people chasing me around looking to “help”, and then the offices of the border were so slow, painful, and completely inefficient. I ended up spending quite a bit of money to get my rental car into the country, and to be honest, it was probably a mistake to go into Zambia on this trip. Of course, as if a couple hours dealing with bureaucracy at the border wasn’t enough, on the drive to Livingstone – which is littered with potholes – I got myself another flat tire. My 3rd in just 3 weeks in Africa. Back in Livingstone I basically lived in Livingstone for 3 weeks on my scooter trip down Africa. It was a bit of a refuge for me, and it was a great hub to meet people. I made a lot of friends there, including the owner of Jollyboys Backpackers and her husband who is a local videographer. So, part of the reason I went through the effort to get to Livingstone was to see them. I also wanted to check out a couple things like The Devil’s Pool over Victoria Falls which wasn’t available to me last time because it was the rainy season and the water was too high. This time, I ran into other problems at the falls. Assuming that since I had a big camera I was shooting commercial...

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Travel Diaries: Namibia
Dec01

Travel Diaries: Namibia

I’m sorry for the rushed nature of this blog post. But, as usual, I find myself behind on updating this site.  My daily travel vlog has really taken precedent, and for good reason.  While this blog has kind of stagnated in it’s growth – and to be honest, I think all blogs around the world have – my vlog is starting to thrive. So, I have to put my energy there first. Still, I think it’s important to have this thought outlet. This place that I can smash down my words on paper.  On video, you can only only capture so much, but written words just seem to have so much more emotional meaning. So, these are my quick travel diaries from my week in Namibia last month. The Most Beautiful Landscapes in the World Without a doubt, Namibia is a landscape photographer’s dream.  It’s just full of places that are beyond photogenic.  Locations that scream to be shot, and light that always seems to leave them looking stunning. My trip to Namibia started with a visit to one of my favourite places on the planet: Sossusvlei.  This is the home of those famous red dunes you see on all the marketing for Namibia.  The dunes here are just phenomenal, and some of the easiest dunes in the world to photograph.  Also, you have Deadvlei in the same park.  This is another iconic photo location, although shooting it was one of the biggest challenges of the trip, due to the logistics of it all.  Watch the video below to see what I’m talking about. I was a total of 3 days in Sossusvlei, which was the perfect amount of time to capture some cool imagery as well as not feel rushed.  These are some of my favourite photos from the trip. Hitting Jackpots in Etosha Based on my last visit to Etosha National Park, I decided to only spend pretty limited time in the park on this visit to Namibia.  In general, Etosha can be a bit hit or miss.  Because of the vasts expanses of land, quite often the wildlife is a really far away.  Moreover, there’s a lot of brush in the park, so it can be hard to spot the animals even if they’re close to the roads. However, even though I spent less that 24 hours in the park, I absolutely hit the wildlife jackpot.  I saw lions, rhinos, and all the other usual suspects. And, just before sunset I managed to see a very young leopard very close to my camera lens.  Then, at night by the waterhole there were just incredible scenes as...

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