Photography and Life

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina USA


It’s been a looong time. I’ll openly admit it…I’ve been MIB. Missing. In. Blogging.

It has been an intensely busy past few months; full of progress, self discovery, and of course, TRAVEL!

Let’s start with the progress. I am officially a business owner! I took the leap of faith, drove to the government office, paid my fee, and Wallah!! Easy as one, two, three. Ok, ok, actually, not even close. Because the most difficult part has been finding clients and freelance work here in Myrtle Beach. This place is not a major US city, nor is it fashionable or hip, it is more of a dirty tourist trap (said with love).

Official Business Owner!
Official Business Owner!

With that being said, I did receive a great honor here in Myrtle Beach during the month of July. I was featured as the ‘Artist of the Month,’ being able to display my work in City Hall for all to see. This was a great accomplishment that allowed me to feel proud of myself thus far.

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Artist of the Month display

I have been participating in art shows and festivals around the area. I have a few more coming around again this fall, so if you are near, come see me! And, of course, purchase some beautiful photographs, taken by yours truly. 🙂 I was even featured on the local news at one of the Art Walk events. Since displaying and selling my work, I’ve had many customer and passerby’s think my photographs are paintings. I always take this as a great compliment, knowing the colors are captured so vividly.

My photographs have also been displayed in a few art galleries in the area. It is so surreal to walk into a studio and see my work hanging on a gallery wall. I have to say, it feels good, it feels right. I’ve entered a few competitions, I have not won yet, but of course I will keep trying. I thought I had won an award, as I walked into one of the galleries after a competition. I looked towards one of my photographs and saw a winning blue ribbon!! I instantly felt really excited, only to discover it belonged to the art piece next to mine. HA!

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My photos on the left, the winning photo, on the right.

I was part of a big project for UBEREATS, shooting, obviously, food all across the Grand Strand. I really enjoyed this project and learned a lot from it. Photographing food, lighting techniques, post processing and networking was key to more growth. Not to mention all the free food I either brought home, or ate with the restaurant crews. I even drank a margarita with the owner of a upscale Mexican restaurant, talk about a job perk!

Crave Italian Restaurant

I’ve shot a wedding. Granted it was my mom’s, BIG CONGRATS!, but nevertheless a wedding which gave me a great amount of experience. I have done some portrait photography, and of course, continue to photograph my travels.

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Happiness

Speaking of travels, since the last time I was blogging, I’ve traveled to Peru, New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, Dominican Republic, and Florida. I have plenty to share with you, so please stay tuned for more travel posts.

Oh, and how could I forget! My Photography Website is up and running! I worked quite hard on this for much longer than expected. In the end it turned out great, and I’m happy to be displaying my work online! Have a peak here. If you would like to order canvas or prints, just email me for more information. I also have my Facebook Photography Page you can access and see my latest updates.

So, this is what’s been happening in the ‘Life of Trish.’ Thanks for listening and thanks for supporting me. Now let’s continue with our regularly scheduled TRAVEL BLOGGING!!! 🙂

Sunshine and Rainbow Dreaming

November 2017–Cancun, Mexico


I do not do cold weather. It’s actually comical to everyone the amount of layers I pack on anytime I have to go into temperatures anything less than 60F. If you’ve see ‘The Christmas Story’ (not sure we can be friends if you haven’t), Ralphie’s little brother Randy and I have a lot in common. You would think after spending half of my life in Wisconsin I’d have thicker skin. Nope.

So as we ease into the cold weather of winter, I can’t help but to want to get back to the perfect skies, temperature, and sunshine I embraced while in Cancun early November. After spending a few days in Mexico City for Dia de los Muertos, I flew over to Cancun for a quick three nights for a stop at Chichen Itza and a little bit of R&R. I even convinced a friend I met along the way to jet over to Cancun, instead of heading home. Poor guy was deadly ill the whole time, but still sucked it up like a champ and managed to leave the room a few times to watch me eat. Let me tell you…the food in Cancun was top notch! From little dive corner restaurants, to Michilan star cuisine, we tried a bit of everything. Fish tacos, shrimp ceviche, fish ceviche, pesto shrimp pizza, lobster bisque, seafood soup, fresh tuna, I could go on and on! Everything was fresh and delicious!

The skies were the most incredible shade of blue, mixed with marshmallow clouds and sun bursts. Pure paradise, and perfect temperatures. I managed to snap a few photos on a day out to a few different beaches for some sunshine. Enjoy!

Dia de los Muertos Festivities

October 30-31, 2017–Mexico City, Mexico


Arriving a few days before Dia de los Muertos, the festivities were in full effect!  I was lucky enough to stay in the heart of the Centro District, right smack in the middle of all the excitement.  There was a festival to my right, and a festival to my left.  Food, costumes, decoration, vendors, all right outside my doorway.  A photographer and adventurers dream!

My absolute favorite part of it all??  Parents did NOT dress their children in cute elephant or teddy bear costumes, they were full on horrific!  From babies young enough to be in a stroller rocking the Chucky doll costume, to toddlers dressed as Harley Quinn and the IT clown.  Every time I saw a child in their spooky dress, a glorified smile crept across my face.

I was lucky to have picked an Airbnb located on Avenida Juárez, one of the main streets in Mexico City’s downtown, filled with extraordinary museums and the well-know Almeda Central Park. The city was busy!  Filled with tourists and locals alike, moving with no purpose in mind, just enjoying being in holiday mode!  The park was a sight to see, well decorated with lady skeleton statues in preparation for Day of the Dead.

To the right of my Airbnb was ‘Calle Madero,’ a bustling street, filled with shops, restaurants, historic buildings, and cathedrals.  In addition to the beauty, the street gave you the feeling of being on Hollywood Blvd. in LA; with the money hungry characters, gold and silver still statues, and homeless. The street led the way to the heart of Mexico City, the Zócalo. One of the world’s largest squares, the Zócalo was fully prepped and ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos!

To the left of my Airbnb was a small festival with food vendors and stalls selling various Mexican souvenirs and skulls.  I couldn’t resist bargaining for a few creative hand carved skull women and painted head skulls.  I even managed to catch a small street parade full of bobbing skull heads! In these two days of exploring and taking in all the colors of Dia de los Muertos, I was in my element and fully embracing the cultures of Mexico City.

Welcome to Traveling-Trish

toesThis is it..It’s happening…

I’ve dreamed, visualized, and worked my tail off to get to this point…so here it is, MY FIRST OFFICIAL BLOG POST!  My greatest passions in life are now becoming real. No more dreaming or imagining, although I’m still pinching myself just to make sure.

First, let’s start with a little background about ME!  I bought my first DSLR in July of 2015.  I always knew I had a passion for photography, but I didn’t know the fire that would light inside of me from the moment I held it in my hands and started snapping photos like a mad woman.  At the time, I was spending my summer traveling through Southeast Asia; Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand.  I have to admit, I had no idea what I was doing.  I had never touched a DSLR in my life, and I wasn’t even sure where to begin.  But anyone that knows me, knows I am persistent, and NEVER give up. This was the perfect opportunity to be surrounded by beauty and attempt to take amazing photos.  Well…..let’s be honest, average photos at best, considering my lack of knowledge.

In the two years I’ve had my DSLR, I’ve grown tremendously.  I’ve put in the work, done my research, completed courses, learned my camera, and have shot thousands of photos along the way.  I made the decision to quit my full-time job of teaching internationally and fully pursue my greatest passions in life; photography, travel, and writing.

57 countries later, here I am! A fire in my soul, making all of my dreams come true.

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