Day 1: Chihully Gardens & Glass, MoPop Museum, + Molly Moon's Icecream \\ Seattle, Washington
*What camera gear do you bring along when traveling?
-I like to travel as light as possible! No one likes hauling a ton of gear around when they're trying to hike or enjoy their time away. My lens of choice is my 24-70mm 2.8-- It's wide enough to catch landscapes and large scenery. I don't find I ever need a different lens so I only bring the one (unless I'm shooting a client while I'm away, then I bring my 50mm 1.4 for portraits but for pictures of Josh and I I'm just fine with the 24-70). I also bring a light weight tripod in a comfy shoulder-sling bag and a tiny remote so we can take pictures of us together.
Day 2: Mount Rainier National Park road trip \\ Washington
*Clothes to pack for the PNW?
-RAIN BOOTS. It rained every single day we were in Washington and on and off the whole time we were in Oregon. We went in late November so it was pretty cold. Bring layers and a winter coat if you plan on spending a lot of time outside. We both prefer to dress more our own style even when hiking (instead of hiking shoes and North Face or whatever) especially if we plan on taking tons of fun photos while we explore but we both have on like 6 layers so it's all good, we're warm! Hats and scarves definitely.
*Do you ever feel bringing your camera on vacation keeps you from really enjoying the moment?
-Nope, not at all. I am the kind of person that processes things best through the lens. I think there is a time and place to leave the camera at home but traveling the world is just not one of them! My dream since I was little was to travel the world as a national geographic photographer but then when I graduated highschool I fell in love with portrait photography so I stopped pursuing a NatGeo job. These yearly trips with Josh give me the opportunity to mix my 2 passions: portrait photography and traveling. It is so much fun for me and we both enjoy being in front of and behind the camera! At the end of every trip I make us a hard cover book of our adventure and it goes on our shelf. We have 4 years of adventures on our book shelf right now! I love that at the end of our lives we will have a whole lifetime of adventures together documented to look back on.
Day 3: Pike Place Market \\ Seattle, Washington
Day 4: Deception Pass, Anacordes/Washington
*How do you decide what places to see?
-Guys, here's my travel planning tip: PINTEREST. Before I even pick a destination to stay at/book our hotel in, I go to Pinterest. I type in a super broad search for the whole state we are going to: "Things to see in Washington" and I write a huge list of every single little thing that interests me wether it be a national park or a hole in the wall restaurant or a weird road side attraction or cool abandoned place, I write it all down. Then I research where each one is and mark it on a map and when I'm done, I see what places I want to see most are closest to the most things. Then I pick the closest centrally located city and book our hotel. We do ALOT and pack each day with things to see and do, so picking sights to see before destination to stay at really helps us be able to see it all.
*Favorite places to eat in Washington/Seattle?
-How To Cook A Wolf (A very small 10 table restaurant with tiny expensive plates of food in a far too hipster atmosphere but extremely delicious nonetheless haha-- make reservations WAY in advance!)
-Molly Moon's (small batch homemade icecream in a cute shop with a cute dog on everything so obviously it's good)
-Buscuit Bitch (Fresh buscuits and gravy with an assortment of other things mixed in-- need I say more?)
-Din Tai Fung (Amazing dumplings!! We ordered 6 baskets of dumplings-- yes 6, and ate every single one)
Day 5: Jupiter Hotel \\ Portland, Oregon
Day 6: Silver Falls State Park \\ Oregon
Day 7: VooDoo Doughnut + Cannon Beach \\ Oregon
*Favorite places to eat in Oregon?
-SizzlePie (HUGE amazing pizza slices! Try the goat cheese on white)
-Salt + Straw (OMG dreams do come true. The most amazing small batch handmade icecream ever. If you go around Thanksgiving, try the turkey flavor... i know, but trust me. We also loved Olive Oil, Strawberry Balsamic + Feta, Fudge Brownie, and the vanilla almond praline)
-VooDoo Doughnut (Yes, they are as good as they say)
-Pepper Box Cafe (Authentic Mexican breakfast... tacos full of potatoes?? Count me in. They're super spicy though so if you have a low spice tolerance ask for no chiles!)
-Zell's Cafe (I just liked the fact that they give fresh mini scones with jam while you're ordering your breakfast)
-Honey Milk (Pick 1 sweet, 1 savory and get the best of both worlds for breakfast. This was my all time favorite restaurant while we were in Portland! Maybe even of the entire trip...)
Day 8: Exploring Portland \\ Oregon
I'm so excited it's December! Christmas is on it's way, my hubby is home for the season, it's the month of cookies and comfort food, and the weather is getting chilly which always takes me back to the best memories. I finally have a bit more down time on my hands which means more time for personal photos and journaling!
It's so different this year doing everything with our new addition/pup, Zelda-- a 5 month old pure euro great dane (She's pretty much the best)! She loves snuggling, music, warm blankets fresh out of the dryer, and EATING-- I may have turned her into a sugar cookie addict like myself-- oops.
I wanted to give you guys a little tour around our home during the holidays! I love decorating for Christmas and always have an abundance of "things" laying around my house to throw together some cute diy festive touches (super proud of the last minute evergreen garland I threw together myself with the bottom branches of our Christmas tree). Zelda followed me around the house while I snapped most of the photos, so yes, she may or may not be in the bulk of the pictures.
I know it's only December 5th and no one's really saying it yet? But Merry Christmas, guys!
Hope it's a good one.