Travel

The Best Way To spend 2 Days in Orlando.

As a kid I was ALL about Nickelodeon.  I would stay up way late watching Snick and anything on it like are you afraid of the dark , All That and Double Dare. I was a DIE HARD Nick fan.  Basically what I'm trying to say is I was not a huge Disney fan. I had my favorite movies of course like Aladdin (I'd watch that on repeat and knew every word to the soundtrack)  and Beauty and the Beast but I was no where near the person who was head over heels for the vast majority for Disney.  

I know.. unpopular opinion but 90's nick is where it was at for me!

But to be honest in the back of my mind I always wanted to go to Disney World. The magic behind what they were creating always seamed to catch my attention and as a teen when I was watching things like Lizzy Mcguire and all the tween shows and movies like Halloween Town and Smart House ( because yes, I was SUPER into those). But needless to say, I never went to Disney as a kid but it was always something in the back of my mind that I wanted to do eventually. 

Well it may have taken 28 years but guess what..

I DID IT! I FINALLY WENT TO DISNEY WORLD! 

If you recall a while back, I had said I wanted to make traveling a part of my normal life and I started to make moves towards that. Within the past 6 months I've been to Albuquerque, Vegas and Nashville and you bet when I got the opportunity to join my friend Sue from  From west to Midwest, I was compleatly on board! 

We started our trip out by having a great lunch at Phans, where I had my very first Pho dish and some AMAZING Ribs that you should definitely stop in and try if your in the area.  If you know me at all you know I'm NOT an adventurous eater and I stick to some main dishes but you guys I'm trying to step out of my little box of pizza and various Italian foods. 

After doing a small amount of exploring and seeing some lovely things in Orland we were off to our next stop at  Canvas Restaurant & Market.  I was so impressed with how gorgeous this place was. It sits off a lake and provides the most BEAUTIFUL Sunset views to enjoy while you're eating dinner.  

Sue  looking fab! 

Sue looking fab! 

And as you all may know.. I'm such a sucker for a sunset, so I was EXTRA excited about this view.

The next day was the big day.. DISNEY DAY!

The minute I saw Cinderella's Castle my childhood dream got checked off the list and I'll admit there was a moment that I was so excited about being there and seeing everything that I may have cried a tear of joy.  (dorky.. I know. I don't care.)

I didn't actually take that many photos while I was there oddly because there was SO MUCH to capture. I think I was just a little overwhelmed with it all.  I think my favorite part of being there was how themed things really are and I miss that aspect in amusement parks around Cincinnati that used to be theme parks... Kings Island, I'm talking to you....

We road several of the rides, mostly the ones with 45 minutes to an hour wait times. I was so impressed with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Haunted Mansion ride especially the animatronic aspects  or Heliographic ones, they looked SO REAL! I actually questioned if they were real people a couple times.

When it came time to call it a day at Disney we headed over to Planet Hollywood Observatory and had an amazing dinner and quite possibly the most EPIC milkshake I've ever had in my life.   The restaurant itself was pretty cool with memorabilia and costumes from movies throughout time displayed in little cases throughout the building.  It was kind of cool knowing that they were actually used in the movies themselves.   The building was really cool too, they had a DJ at the bottom floor who would interact with tables throughout their visit, while playing music videos on the observatory wall. At one point he played Frozen's "Let it go" and the whole place started singing the song. 

I posted on Facebook that I was about to make some terrible food choices that night but you know, terrible in a good way and I so did.  I had a burger with Mac and cheese, bacon and onion straws on it  and some amazing seasoned fries.  I also had, as stated above THE MOST EPIC MILKSHAKE EVER. They had 2 different ones to choose from and it was a hard choice but i went with the strawberry one with cake on top. It was so good and not hard to eat like I kind of thought it may be. Pro tip... you have to take it apart to make it work, thats why they give you an extra plate ;). 

So all in all my short trip to Orlando was perfect and just what I needed. I've actually already started planning out some future trips to California, Utah and Florida again. I'll be bringing my Mermaid Crown workshops to those locations.  Also, if you're in those areas and want to book a shoot with me while I'm there send me a message! I'll be sure to let you know the dates as well as add them to my Events calander. 

Have a place you think I should visit next? Let me know in the comments! 

P.s. I'm coming back for you Universal... I'm coming back! 

What Is Life But A Grand Adventure! My Trip To New Mexico

This past Friday I packed my bags, went to the airport with my bestie and we flew to New Mexico. Albuquerque to be more specific. I personally had never been any further west than maybe Kentucky or Indiana, so this was indeed an excellent adventure.  

We got there around 11 pm so we couldn't really see anything when we were driving to where we were staying. When we woke up the next morning the view was beautiful, with nothing but mountains surrounding the entire city!   Since I was there for a shoot I had to leave early in the morning and despite the fact that it was a chilly morning there were tons of hot air balloons in the sky.  Not something you really see here in Cincinnati. Literally, there was probably 2 or more every time you turned a corner.

I had to keep this trip a secret, not because of the shoot I was hired for but because it was also a surprise for my best friends brother who had no idea we were coming and yes he was definitely surprised. I was there personally for an event with the Kirtland Air Force base, photos with Santa! 

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 The whole weekend was an amazing. We were taken around the city to see the sites and tried some of the fantastic food that Albuquerque has to offer.  My favorite was probably Rudys BBQ. It was incredibly delicious and I'm sure I'm going to crave that turkey and brisket for days! 

We also traveled up to the top of the Sandia Mountain peak that is 10,378 ft tall. It took roughly an hour to get up there but the view alone was worth it.  It also may have been a little on the cold side but me and my polar bear ways was totally  cool with it. I just wish I had gloves.  

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Later that day we stopped off at a park to do a little session for my besties brother and his girlfriend, Nichole.  I'm officially jealous of  anyone who has surroundings like this to shoot in.  It was beautiful, the sunset was perfect, there were bunnies and jackrabbits everywhere and mountains in the background. I couldn't have asked for a better place to shoot.  Literally Perfect. 

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Only 2 months-ish till my next trip, Vegas, and I can't wait!  Slowly but surly I'm making my way around the world! 

See ya next week!

Xoxo- Jess

I'm Coming For You Nashville!

Tomorrow I am hitting the road! Windows will be down, sweet (unusually warm weather) will be blowing in as I head down the highway to NASHVILLE!

It will be my first time there and to say the least I'm pretty excited about it.  Growing up we never really did much traveling. We would maybe come to Cincinnati (where I currently live) but never really ventured anywhere else.  When I became an adult and started making my own choices I decided that I really wanted travel to be a part of my normal life. I wanted to see places and do things that I'd never done before. Experience what life really could offer me if I left the comfort of my little city. 

And that is exactley what I've been doing. 

I don't get to travel like I would like to but I'm definitely trying my hardest to work it in to my life, even if it's a small trip for work only. 

So, what brings me to Nashville you ask?

Music? Food? Fun? 

No. and yes. but mostly no. 

I will be attending a fun conference for small business called Business Boutique from Friday to Saturday.  While the conference itself will be wonderful and I'm truly excited to go, I'm even more excited to explore. 

I've got my camera gear packed and ready to go because a photographer can't leave  on a trip without the essentials- even if it's not a photo trip.  I also may be bringing my computer and if you know anything about that situation... It's going to be an awkward ordeal.  

(Basically... I need to buy a laptop.) 

Brought my Imac to Panera.... No shame

Brought my Imac to Panera.... No shame

There is a big part of me that would love to one day rent out my house, buy a buss and travel everywhere touring the world doing photo projects wherever I am called to do one.  I actually kind of already have that scoped out on how it would work but I'll save that for another day. #Dreambig

For now I will do my best at finding fun photo projects and different things I can travel out for. (Hear that my far away people! I WILL COME TO YOU!)  But now it is time to finish packing, get as much work done as possible so it's not hanging over my head while I'm away and get this show on the road!  

P.s- I'll be posting things on my Instagram Stories and Snapchat about the trip! Make sure to follow! :)

xoxo- Jess