Tuesday, January 21, 2014

winter in miami


As another polar vortex howls outside my little window in DC, I'm thinking back to sunnier times. Sure, snow days are nice, but here's what winter in Miami looks like. 

A big thanks to my athlete-model friends for "reluctantly" letting me shoot them in action.







Monday, December 16, 2013

san francisco


Ok now that my post-trip depression has started to subside, it's about time to get these photos up. 

So back in October I made my biannual trip out west to visit friends from Miami who have moved to San Francisco. SF is one of my favorite cities to visit because it has so much to offer--the food is amazing, the sites are incredible, the people are super friendly, and the music and culture are unparalleled.


I know it might seem like all we did was lay in parks. And maybe we did. But can you blame us? Look at those blue skies, that green grass, those free-wheelin nudists. 


Outside of park lounging, 
I went to Palo Alto for a tour of Stanford, a look at startup life, a hike, and an amazing stay at my friend Hannah's house/commune; did some obligatory shopping and more people-watching on Haight Street; went to the bars for an hour to justify getting late night food in the Mission; went on a 2-billion-mile walking tour of downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Marina; hiked Corona Heights; and popped into Philz for a mojito iced crack coffee every time we passed one.


^ in beatnik heaven at City Lights  


 ^views from Corona Heights, the Marina, and the Castro. Who knew I was so into cityscapes? ^
^in David's backyard ^
^ in Panhandle Park ^
^pastries at La Boulange. not pictured: massive sandwiches and baked treats from Tartine.^


A big thanks to everyone who showed me yet another incredible weekend out west <3

Thursday, September 12, 2013

hot august blues


In honor of the end of summer and of finally getting around to cleaning out my camera, here are a couple of pictures from Baltimore's Hot August Blues festival, which this year featured one of my top music and all-around-human crushes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals...in addition to several other awesome bands.

The whole day was a perfect way to mark the end of summer, and after several years of missing out for one reason or another, I couldn't be happier that I got the chance to go. Here's a glimpse at some of my favorite pics, though they definitely don't do justice to how gorgeous the park was, or how much great music actually went on throughout the day. Read the write-up, and see a billion other (way superior) photos here.





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

sweet virginia


Sometimes months fly by before I realize that I've forgotten what it feels like to step foot outside northwest D.C. So when most of the city cleared out for Memorial Day Weekend, it seemed like the perfect time for a daytrip we've been longing to take. We thoughtfully packed (sandwiches and snacks), filled up the gas tank, and hopped on Route 66 toward the mountains of Virginia. After driving for about an hour and a half, we hit the tiny town of Front Royal, VA, the portal to Shenandoah National Park. From there, we began our journey along Skyline Drive.



Ok so the entire road is 100 miles long  and we only made it about 15, but it was only five or six miles in before we were faced with those famous, sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley. And the sights only got more spectacular as we wound around the mountains. We parked and hiked one of the more moderate, forested trails (still challenging, though, when the biggest hill I'm used to is Meridian Hill Park). Before heading back to the city, we picnicked at one of the overlooks high above.





Thursday, April 11, 2013

spring break


A long weekend came and went, and all I'm left with is a peeling sunburn. Just kidding. Kinda. Our trip to Miami was really relaxing—full of great food, a birthday celebration, some time with friends and family, and a bit of sun. We stayed at the Shelborne hotel on South Beach for a night, and though the weather didn't always cooperate, we got a quick tour of SoBe and its characters while walking around Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. Of course I didn't take nearly enough pictures, but here are a couple of colorful shots. Can you tell how much I miss those palm trees?




Monday, April 1, 2013

rodrigo y gabriela


Even without a full-time job, I still dread Mondays. Sure, I get to sink into the comfort of a squishy couch, gobble snacks and do minimal work on my own laptop, but there's no escaping that sense of  gloom that lingers like a weekend hangover. The good news? This Friday kicks off a long weekend in (hopefully sunny) Miami. Enter Rodrigo y Gabriela, whose funky flamenco jams will be getting me through this week of couching and waiting. If you haven't seen the duo's version of "Stairway to Heaven," you're welcome.