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!!! 🙂

Enter into the ‘Rose City’

July 2017–Petra, Jordan


I have to be honest, I wasn’t overly excited for my visit to Petra while in Jordan.  Since everyone claimed it was a must-see destination, and since I had previously put the goal into place to visit ALL of the new seven World Wonders, it also became a must-see for me.  So here I was on a trip to Jordan, being escorted and shown around by my Jordanian friend I knew from Abu Dhabi.  The timing was perfect, as he was currently visiting his homeland for a few weeks.  He truly was the perfect guide around Jordan, spending most of his life there, and having the same excitement as me to visit all of the spots he use to frequent as a child.

Petra was the underestimation of the century!  From the moment we entered the gates the red sandstone landscape was breathtaking! The way the sandstone had taken shape looked like a piece of creative art. As we were walking the path, my eyes gazed wide-eyed, taking in the colorful ‘art’ surrounding me.  At the end of the sandstone guided pathway, there it was, the most famous part of Petra, the Treasury Building.  Stunning, beautiful, grand, delightful; all words that could describe this carved landmark, but none that would do it justice!

Under the impression Petra mainly consisted of the Treasury Building and beautiful sandstone, I had no idea there was so much to discover!  Every way my eyes looked, I encountered a new piece of carved architecture and design. Petra, also known as the ‘Rose City,’ is actually 102 square miles, half built and half carved into the rocks.  It is filled with elaborate tombs and temples, beautifully carved into the pink/red sandstone cliffs.  This architecture is truly a must see!  There are so many times when people state, ‘you need to see it with your own eyes,’ and this is most definitely one of those times.

The Rose City dates all the way back to 300 B.C., as the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom.  It is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most richest and largest archaeological sites. It is surrounded by mountains filled with passages and gorges.

We walked, we climbed, we picked the highest peaks, for the best views.  We spent around seven hours taking it all in, and let me tell you, seven hours in 100 degree heat is no joke!  We managed to laugh, explore, chat with the locals, and not kill each other in our times of exhaustion. Throughout the course of the day, we rode on a horse, a donkey and a camel, in between all of our long treks around the Rose City.

We had a lot of fun walking into the ‘houses’ built into the stone.  Eyad and I gave each other proper tours around the houses, showing off the glamorous kitchens, powder rooms, and wall art.  We mastered the art of real estate convincing each to purchase a few carved one and two bedroom properties.


Go see it, experience it for yourself!  Enjoy chatting with the local Jordanians.  Some of who actually dress and wear black eyeliner like a pirate.  They are there own culture and embrace the true Bedouin lifestyle.

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!