Update: Travel & Photography

Photo from Art Show | Collide 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted but with my art show accomplished and graduation in just 15 short days, things are starting to wind down on my end, which makes me excited for the future of my blog and photography. I’ve always had concrete plans for my future and the direction I’m headed with my art, but I always found it difficult to manage my time to really invest in it. With that said, I’m excited to roll out some new things moving forward.

As I said before, I’m preparing to go out of town at the end of May. My goal is to travel through Atlanta and Orlando and start pitching ideas to companies, building networks, etc. As I’m preparing to move away from Chicago, I thought this would be a good place to start.

I’m not 100% certain on either business environment and what it takes to actually gain clients so I figured I dive into it and see what happens. I still have loose ends to tie up in Chicago but I’m flexible in terms of working with clients all over. I’m also interested in creating a photo challenge for myself while I’m away. I embrace photo challenges because it gives me the opportunity to shoot things I wouldn’t on a regular day and it just continues to help me strengthen my eye. So if anyone has any suggestions comment below.

Travel plans aside, I’ve been thinking more about my photography and the direction I’m headed visually. I honestly can’t speak much on this at this point but I do know that I want to focus more on portraits and the black experience collectively. I also know that I would like to work in advertisement. So I’ve been thinking more about how I can combine these two to create more satisfying work. I’m excited to experiment in this area though and I’ll definitely be sharing photos here.

I have another post coming really soon on my new clothing/shoe finds that I’m excited to photograph, as well as, a look at some new photography gear that I’m interested in purchasing. Comment below if you have any interesting photo challenges I could try!

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Spring Season: Travel Tips + What My Travel Plans Are

 

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I spend a lot of time traveling around the U.S and I definitely plan to do a lot more traveling this Spring and throughout the Summer. As a photographer, I’m always looking for a new adventure to photograph along the way, and because of that I always overpack by bringing gear and other miscellaneous things, which is really counterproductive now that I think about it.

At the end of May, I’m traveling to Orlando for leisure/business and while I’m super excited, I definitely realize I need to pack lighter in terms of gear. Usually, my camera bag is filled with my camera body (of course) my 50mm lens and 85mm lens, some filters, a battery grip, flash, etc. Honestly, carrying all of those things is exhausting. Instead, I was actually interested in purchasing a much smaller camera like the Fujifilm X Series X-T20 but of course I’m on a budget so if I can’t afford that then I’ll be sporting my reliable Canon 6d with my 50mm lens.

Another goal of mine is to definitely save more money this time around. I’m a planner by nature, but it’s super imperative that I save even more money as part of my travels is for me to focus on relocating from Chicago and starting a new journey (hopefully soon). Since I’m embarking on these deals I decided I might as well share with you all what I found.

So number one I have this app installed on my laptop called Honey which was designed to help people make sure they get the best deals at checkout. If you’re booking a flight, before purchasing your tickets, Honey will test various coupons found on the web to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Another way I plan on saving this trip is through Expedia. I’m an Expedia rewards member and I usually use this app to book my hotel stay. I’ve even been able to use the money towards my hotel, which is a life saver. Even if you don’t have any reward points, you can still reap the benefits of being a member because they often have exclusive deals for members.

I’m probably going to make a part two to this blog but one other thing that I’ve noticed in my quest for deals is that flying on certain days is cheaper. For example, I’ve personally found that if you fly Spirit on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you can find the lowest rates, sometimes even half the price of the other days. Also, I’m not sure if this is new but flights are now allowing people to make monthly installments on their flight (subject to credit approval). If you have decent credit then this is a really great way to book your flight while still allowing money to pay for other portions of your trip.

I’m still looking for ways to make my upcoming trip affordable (and how to pack lighter) but as I gather more information I’ll share it here. I’m thinking about doing a series of posts that cover other things like what I hope to accomplish on this trip, what’s in my camera bag, what’s in my luggage bag, etc. Regardless, I think it would be fun to document my whole process.

Tell me, what’s your favorite camera for travel? and What do you use to get the best deals for vacation?