travel

Big city, Bright lights.

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Charlotte is one of my favorite cities I have visited to date. There is a sense of home I feel there. I love the sweet, southern hospitality, I love the culture, and I love that it has a city feel with a small town vibe. You get the best of both worlds what more could a girl ask for? Looking back I have always been fond of the east coast.

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I had been asked to shoot a jewelry campaign in Charlotte as well as an engagement shoot so I hoped on board and brought my best girlfriend. We flew down south three weeks later and the adventure began. I was excited to shoot the campaign as well as show her around this town my heart holds so dearly. I figured I would write a blog on the campaign when I get the go ahead so those details I’ll leave out out. This is about a girlfriend’s trip to the city. I couldn’t wait to revisit my favorite restaurants and nibble on their tasty offerings. The first day was mostly business and getting settled in. The second day I was finishing the shoot, which meant it was now time to whoop it up and have some fun. Juliane, a friend since junior high, is such a fun, goofy girlfriend. Traveling with her was fun and easy, the best kind of travel partner there is. We would laugh at who knows what, walked the streets goofing around making up alter egos, jobs, or acted like silly tourists. Of course just our luck we are walking down the street mid afternoon and low and behold there is the Indian Pacers walking into the tour bus. Side note, we had no idea where the Pacers were even from or what any of their names were, but we went with it and acted as if we did. We explored down town basking in that winter sun and a Starbucks in hand. Old brick walls, parks filled with dogs, tall cityscape buildings lined the streets of this North Carolina city.

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This trip made my heart so full. Having girlfriend time, going out, exploring a new city, and creating memories with one of your best friends was what I needed. I am so thankful for this sweet friend of mine who jumps at any opportunity with me. She hopped on the crazy train with me and didn’t once try to jump off. Juliane is an encourager, a truthful but kind, and spur of the moment type of friend. I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner on this trip. Who knows where we will go next, but I’m excited!

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Side note: We had the most random celebrity sittings. Atlanta airport we ran into Tyler Hubbard from Florida George Line. Of course I convinced Juliane to go say hi since she didn’t believe me that it was him.

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Getting the feels for this blog thing.

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Hi, my name is Kaitlan. I am almost positive I have yet to introduce myself to my blog, so here I am. A post about me seems the hardest to type. Again, a 10-minuete gap between these sentences because I really don’t know what anyone cares to know about me, or would find “interesting”. Actually lets just throw that out the window. I suppose I don’t actually care what interests you, but this blog is more for me? Again, I don’t know. This whole “blog life” kind of sends me for a loop. One minute I feel as if I should write with less then mediocre vocabulary, amp-ing up my English skills I was taught in high school, but I don’t talk that way. A blog is a written and visual representation of yourself so who am I kidding. I use a lot of “likes”, “totes”, and “yesssssss” but that over a blog will be immediate classification of white girl meets valley girl. I am not kidding when I say I’ve lost sleep on how I portray myself to the reader. You read on sites how important it is to classify your audience and find your niche directing your topics, ideas, and wording toward them. Says who? Who made up this rule? What if I want to be me whole-heartedly? So here I am. With my arms wide open, well not literally but you get where I am going with this. I haven’t found the navigation I am taking my blog, I don’t have the grammar of J.K Rowling, and I sure as heck have a run on sentence or two. I actually blame that for my excitement at times of writing. I get really enthusiastic and pack that sentence in with every ounce of detail. I’ll work on it for those of you it drives nuts.

 

Ok what else is noteworthy of me? I have always loved to take pictures. I would say I have been snapping since I was in junior high. Off all my friends, I found myself always documenting even the mundane moments. Vacations with my family I was shooting away, even taking a digger in New York for the perfect Lady Liberty shot. Cue blue and purple bruise down my leg from the icy snow I slipped on. It seemed every other year I was asking for a new camera for Christmas, wanting the most recent and best quality out there. I just have always loved it. I wouldn’t ever say I saw myself wanting to take pictures of others. I didn’t think that was an option. I figured I would be doing a 9-5 job feeling okay but never creatively inspired. Fast forward to April of this year and I decided to try out this photography thing. I had no real training, no lessons, nothing. I had taught myself manual mode and stuck with it. I shot my first couple, and don’t think I ever felt more excited. It was fun! I felt I could convey my thoughts and ideas in their movements and poses. That was my test in my head if I could even handle it. It was foreign to me, a lot of it still is. Photography, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs, are game changing tools. I have completely opened my eyes to being inspired, finding shots I love, locations I see people at, literally anything. My mind races a mile a minute with things, people, places, I want to shoot. I have no idea where my camera and I will travel too, or where this journey will take us, but I am alright with that. I feel good about who I am becoming what I have been striving for. I want to better myself in my work and as a whole. I am learning that being stretched into vulnerability and unknown spots is good. It is all part of growth. Not everything is rainbows and butterflies but what I have done and what I have failed at led me to this spot I am in now. I will try and share a blog every once in awhile about me, or what is going on in my life. A little less about the photos more about me.