Travel

Familia Lopez // Puerto Rico Portrait Photographer

I absolutely adore this family. Not only are they totally precious and dear friends, they are also amazing cooks, hosts, dancers, and look pretty awesome in front of a camera to boot! We took about 10 minutes on our last day on the island to snap these photos and I am so glad we did! Aren't they precious??

Bambam and Eileen, thank you so much for hosting us during our stay in PR. We absolutely loved being there with your dear family and can't wait to come again! God's blessings on your family as you begin a new season of life on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico!  We love you! 

Ervin + Rocio // Puerto Rico Wedding Photographer

I first met Rocio four years ago on my first trip to Puerto Rico. After meeting her I remembered her fondly as the loudest person I have ever met! Her personality is huge in comparison to her petite frame! This girl can laugh, and has the most infectious smile! So when I heard she was going to be married I was so honored to asked to take part in it! Ervin is the perfect match for her. His serene and calculated presence meshes seamlessly with Rocio's energy. I just love being around them both! 

I was able to photograph Rocio and Ervin's mountain top wedding in Ponce, Puerto Rico. This was my first tropical destination and they were just perfect hosts to us while we were there! I loved the wedding, the people, and the joy and laughter that surrounded their day. 

Rocio and Ervin, thank you so much for choosing me to be part of your wedding celebration. Every detail was lovely and such a joy to capture. I wish you both an equally lovely and joy-filled marriage together! Blessings! 

Personal // Just one // Puerto Rico Destination Photographer

So yesterday Elvis and I returned home from two weeks on our favorite tropical island of Puerto Rico! This trip we were there to photograph a gorgeous wedding in Ponce. However, we managed to steal away a few days on the island of Culebra! If you haven't ever heard about Culebra, you should read about it. It is GORGEOUS. And boasts a beach rated as one of the top 10 in the world!

All that to say--here's just one self portrait shot we got one evening at dusk. More to come as we met a portrait photographer and traded sessions the next day! But until then, enjoy a little glimpse into the beauty found on Culebra. We sure did! Now it's back to harsh reality in the form of single digit temperatures! 

 

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In Between Two Worlds // Personal

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April 24th, 2013 would have been just a normal wednesday. Except for the fact that my husband, two kiddos, our six ginormous bags, and I loaded onto a British Airways flight pointed 6,000 miles away from my family and home. 6,000 miles across the Atlantic and on a different continent where we would be home for almost half a year. I guess you can't say we were going away from Elvis' family since most of them were already in Romania waiting for us. But anyway, fast forward almost 6 months and we boarded another British Airways flight that would bring us home in time for my little sister's wedding and back to life stateside for who knows how long.

We went through a lot (as those who follow my Instagram feed can tell you!)  from plunging in over our heads with mission work, to finishing out and managing a house 4 times the size of our own, learning to pluck a chicken (NOT kidding), to shooting two weddings, one in Romania, and one in Germany. It was a whirlwind 6 months and we did the best to face the difficulties while embracing the adventure. We never really stopped the entire trip, and I guess we were naive enough to think that coming home would slow things down a tad. We were wrong. Home didn't stand still. But then again neither did we. :)

And now we are facing a transition reversal--otherwise referred to as re-entry by expats and missionaries. Here are just a few of the many things that means--practically speaking!

  From hauling hay on your back to pushing--or even riding--a lawnmower.

From hauling hay on your back to pushing--or even riding--a lawnmower.

  From seeing people dressed like this is just everyday to go to the market--to seeing most people in their workout clothes at Kroger.

From seeing people dressed like this is just everyday to go to the market--to seeing most people in their workout clothes at Kroger.

  From only line drying, to being able to dry clothes in a dryer on rainy days!

From only line drying, to being able to dry clothes in a dryer on rainy days!

  From houses built in the 1890's to a house built in the 1980's.

From houses built in the 1890's to a house built in the 1980's.

  From attempting to make corn tortillas--to buying Mission tortillas again :)

From attempting to make corn tortillas--to buying Mission tortillas again :)

  From our neighbors driving horse drawn wagons--to our neighbors driving pickup-trucks and SUV's.

From our neighbors driving horse drawn wagons--to our neighbors driving pickup-trucks and SUV's.

 And of course right away I went live with a new website and blog, Elvis is back to creating fabulous custom decks, Adrielle is smack in the middle of potty training, and the holidays are coming...along with Little Man's eye teeth. So all that to say, if you are wondering what is going on in our corner of the world, transition just about covers it for us. That and permanent jet lag. 

The good thing is that God has proven SO faithful to us during the crazy/adjusting/in-between/re-entry/transition. And we are learning that there are so many beautiful, wonderful things to see in the world during these in-betweens.

And that's a good way to enter November--or maybe even the rest of my life. :)

Blessings, 

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