Flashback: Travel Photography

 My favorite city in España, Sevilla.

My favorite city in España, Sevilla.

My goodness, how is it already the end of August?!

I have a series of trips coming up that I have been eagerly anticipating for what seems like forever. Back during my junior year of college, I was all signed up to go to Florence to study abroad for a semester, but I didn't end up going due to family and work situations back here in New York. While I don't regret staying at home during that particular time in my life, I do wish I had gone abroad at some point during my collegiate years. 

 La Sagrada Familia. Barça, España.

La Sagrada Familia. Barça, España.

Italy has been calling my name ever since, and I'm happy to say I am finally set to go!

New Orleans, Switzerland, and Italy are on the itinerary for the next month, and I could not be more excited to see more of Europe. I haven't taken a real vacation since I went to Paris and London during the 2012 holidays (I did have 6 weeks off work for my hip surgery last year, but 6 weeks of being useless on the couch in pain and physical therapy wasn't exactly relaxing or rejuvenating, haha!). While this Eurotrip was originally planned as a vacation, it evolved include some exciting work opportunities as well! 

I'll be doing new roundups of all the cities I am visiting, like I did for Montréal, so that I can share it all with you. I'm particularly excited to be able to indulge in this passion of mine for photography to my little heart's desire during these travels.

 Paris.

Paris.

As I wrote about in this post here, photography has been a passion of mine that really blossomed in the last 3-4 years.

It all started when I got my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel T2i, for my birthday in 2011 prior to my first trip to Europe when my family went to Spain. I was mostly shooting in automatic, but during the trip started to teach myself about photography basics like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Soon enough, I was hooked. The rising popularity of Instagram the following year really increased the severity of my love for this form of art. 

There's something about being able to capture a city, its people, a landmark, or a moment, in the exact, unique way I see it. Of course, I love capturing the staple landmarks when traveling, but being able to freeze a particular moment in time is what can hold dear memories. For instance, I took this picture below at the famous Parisian café, Carette, after my mom, sister, and I had just seen the Eiffel Tower and we needed a little afternoon coffee pick me up. We were sitting there laughing ourselves silly at funny moments that happened earlier, and we were taking goofy pictures the whole way. I took a picture of this little coffee, remembering how warm and delicious it was, and how full my heart felt in that moment to be sharing a special moment with my family.

All of these photos in this post are from my baby giraffe days of photography, but I wanted to share them with you. I love looking back at these photos and seeing how I've improved, but there are also times where I surprise myself with a fantastic shot I don't remember taking, but that I love so much now- beginner's luck! 

Stay tuned for more new travel photos, but in the meantime, here are some more favorite beginner shots of mine below:

What have been your favorite places to travel, or are there any new places that you are planning to go?