Capturing the Essence of Rome with Lifestyle Photography

Enjoying the View of St. Peter's Basillica

Enjoying the View of St. Peter’s Basilica

For The Love of Rome

Almost a year ago now, (yes, I’ve been VERY remiss in my job as a ‘blogger’) we took a family side trip to Rome on the way to my husband’s home country of Norway.  One thing that I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I LOVE to travel.  Ok, I don’t love all the details involved in getting ready for a big trip, but I really enjoy seeing different parts of this world and exploring new places, eating local foods, learning local history, and -this is where the photographer in me comes out- walking down EVERY nook and cranny to find awesome photo opportunities.  Exploring our country and world is one of the goals that my husband and I have made for our family, and I’m so thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to travel to some nifty places over the years.

Traveling with a Kid

I was a little skeptical about taking our then almost 6 year old on a 5 day tour of Rome.  Although she’s a good traveler and focuses well – she’s 5 – unpredictably comes with the territory and I didn’t want to take this once in a lifetime opportunity and then it become a disaster!  Thankfully, she LOVED it.  Before we left, I downloaded some Rick Steves mp3s on some of the sights we were going to see  while there, and she DRANK THAT UP!  I think she knew more about the Colosseum than we did after that trip!  Thank you Rick Steves!

Rome was great to get around if you didn’t mind walking or taking public transit, which we didn’t.  We were literally able to either walk or take public transportation around the entire city, and we could get to almost all of the major attractions on foot.  Although our daughter was almost 6, we took a stroller along, which was a LIFESAVER!  My mom had one that wasn’t as bulky as a jogging stroller, but its wheels were better than your average umbrella stroller.  It literally saved us and made our vacation a breeze!  No “I can’t walk anymore…I’m TOOOOoooooo tired.”  Nope.  We just strolled along on our merry way into ruins that were thousands of years old.  This is MY kind of vacation!

Photographing Rome

A cafe that has fans that spray cool mist during a hot Roman day - I'm IN!

A cafe that has fans that spray cool mist during a hot Roman day – I’m IN!

If anyone out there wants to do a photo shoot in Rome and take me with, I’LL SHOOT FOR FREE!  TAKE ME WITH YOU! LOL!  Seriously, though, Rome was FABULOUS to photograph.  I’d go back there in a heartbeat!  I love cobblestones, little cafes and bakeries, and architecture that hasn’t been built in the last 600 years.  I loved photographing my family in Rome.  There were so many fun places for my daughter to explore, and sweet, natural moments that I wanted to capture forever were abundant.  I also enjoyed the opportunities Rome afforded my Fine Art Photography.  I enjoy urban photography, and this was city life at a slower pace with a romantic backdrop. Fabulous.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the trip.  Many of my Fine Art photos can be purchased in my Etsy store:

Thanks for reading!


Fine Art Photography: Branson Landscape and Nature

Photography fun in Missouri

A week ago I went on a much needed family vacation to Branson, Missouri.  My mom and dad drove in, while my husband, daughter and I flew into Branson.  (I gotta say, Branson has the cutest little airport I’ve ever seen!)

I’d never been to Branson before, and quite honestly, I had kind of thought of Branson as a place people my parent’s age went to have fun (no offense mom and dad!).  It turns out that there were actually quite of few things to do there for the whole family and some beautiful landscapes accented by Autumn’s colors.

Do Landscape Photographers Get Vacations?

Sure, kind of…?!?

The times I travel somewhere out of my normal geographical area, my eyes are especially sensitive to looking for new sights and places to photograph.  Over time, I’ve become better at knowing whether a scene will translate well from the “real” world to print, and if it’s worth investing time at a certain location.  This is important, especially when you have four other people in the car waiting on you and one of them is a 5 year old!  (There are some negatives to only having ONE car on vacation!)  Eventually, I just took over driving while looking for locations to shoot.  It is a lot easier than “DAD STOP THE CAR!” once you’re already past a scenic location.

All humor aside, Missouri really did have some beautiful rolling hills, cliffs, and valleys full of Fall colors.  I was also able to capture a couple of images from inside Marvel Cave.  It was challenging, as I didn’t have a tripod, it was DARK, and we were almost constantly moving on our tour.  But, the cave especially was full of beautiful textures that I really enjoyed capturing.  I hope you enjoy these images from Branson and the surrounding area.

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