April 13th 2016, Destination Wedding Photography
USA Road Trip
If you’re a regular reader of this blog (or a Facebook friend / Instagram follower who’s been spammed to death with travel pictures for the last few months!) you’ll know that Pete and I have spent the last few months on a USA Road Trip and before that we were travelling around the UK.
We’ve been digital nomads (which is possibly the most pretentious term I’ve ever heard but it does seem to describe our situation pretty well) for five months now, living out of a suitcase and working on the road; Pete on his work as a graphic designer and me on Babb Photo and also SNAP Photography Festival.
We’re currently in Wales, as SNAP happens next week (eeeeek!) and then we’re off to Scotland, then on to London for the first wedding of our UK 2016 season. After that we’re heading to Bath to hopefully find somewhere to settle for a while, and we’ll be based between Bath and London for the rest of the summer (with frequent trips back to London to catch up with our couples, meet new potential clients and of course to shoot lots of lovely London weddings).
So that’s a bit of an update from a business and life perspective. On to the trip. It flew by in the blink of an eye for one thing. Three months felt like forever and no time at all, simultaneously.
Highlights were our first couple of weeks in West Texas, spending time with our friends Jacob, Danny, Kate and Addison in Marfa where we went to a star party and saw the Andomeda Galaxy with our naked eyes (mind blowing), surfed down sand dunes on dustbin lids and saw the most breathtaking landscapes and the biggest skies. Seeing Rebirth (a New Orleans brass band) at The Maple Leaf was pretty wonderful. I had a brilliant day scuba diving in Key Largo and it was so nice to get back in the water after not diving for a really long time. We loved the street art in Wynwood. Shooting a wedding in Tobago was pretty magical and I’ll be sharing pictures from that very soon. San Francisco was one of our favourite stops, especially hanging out with Sabrina for the day. Riding around South Beach in LA on bikes was fun and we got to have dinner with one of my oldest friends, who was out there at the same time as us. The Yucca Valley was probably our favourite stop in California. We loved our quirky little cottage in the middle of a landscape that looked like an alien planet. We scrambled up rocks, visited Joshua Tree National Park, had a BBQ with our friends Kaz and Greg, sat in the hot tub, relaxed and drank beer. Bliss. And then down to San Diego where we travelled out to Preservation Mountain with Chris and saw mud volcanos. New York came at a time where we were exhausted so we basically just chilled out in Brooklyn, which was just what we needed. And our last stop was Philadelphia, where we hung out with Cheyenne and Pete got his first tattoo (a line drawing of a whale that’s now named Bruce, after Bruce Dickinson. I haven’t named everyone who we met and hung out with here but we’re really grateful to the people who showed us their little slice of America, especially as so many of them are people we know through the wedding photographer community. One of the absolute best things about this job is the people you get to call colleagues.
Anyway enough talk. Check out some pictures. They’re a mixture of mine and Pete’s, shot mainly on my DSLR and a 35mm lens, with a few iphone shots thrown in for good measure. Check out our USA Road Trip photography!