And when you look to the sea may it's endlessness remind you: you have yet to see all there is to see, and that is a beautiful thing. - @morganharpernichols Gorgeous words of hope by Morgan Harper Nichols for today's Escape from the north shore of Oahu. Stay safe & stay home. #MSPescapetoinspire
Oh my how things can change in a year. It is likely a much different scene today in this spot in Paris. Almost a year ago Notre Dame Cathedral suffered a devastating fire that took it's iconic steeple and roof. Parisians watched in shock as their beautiful lady burned, flames shooting out of their beloved cathedral. Just a few weeks ago you would also see people on the shores of the Seine like in this photo - but no more. So much of this virus isn't something you can see; a silent predator. We can't see other people, we can't go out and see our city, we can't see the empty squares, empty airport, empty restaurants. We can't see our loved ones who may be in the hospital, nor our loved ones that live in other cities or even down the street. We could see the fire unfold in real time - but this current enemy we cannot physically see. It is hard to not enjoy our freedom of movement, but it will be worth it in the end to shield ourselves and others. Let's protect each other and get back to days like this on the Seine, strolling, enjoying the sun, eating heaps of macarons and hugging our family, friends and neighbors. What a glorious day that will be! Next week I may have a little something cooking up, actually a few things. I've been finishing up edits and work for clients but have a little idea list that I hope to work on & develop further. Stay tuned! #MSPescapetoinspire
ABANDONED | I've always held a fascination with abandoned structures. Perhaps it was part of my studies as an architect/interior designer. I wasn't interested in the new, shining, modern structures but in the old. I loved my history of architecture classes because they took me back to another time and place. It told stories of the past, but in built form. But once I entered the workforce, I was working on new-build projects or renovations of more modern structures. Which is why after working in the field for 9 years, I decided to pursue photography full time. I think if I could have worked on historic building projects, renovating them, adapting them and preserving them I would have been a much happier designer. Fast-forward to photography, one of my favorite things to do when I travel or on shoots is to incorporate historic or abandoned architecture. I seek it out, study it, place myself in the environment and imagine all that has happened in these structures. I make up all kinds of scenarios of what life would have been like back then. It's amazing to see these structures void of any life, except maybe some vines and weeds, stripped down to it's beautiful bones. Looking at my photos of abandoned structures during this pandemic has made me look at these buildings in a much different way though. You see, these buildings can teach us so much about the past and history. However, seeing them empty tells me what is most important for our future: people. Without people, these places are lifeless. Some may call these places useless but I can come up with many different uses for them, ways we can gather, learn and be a community. I'm hoping we can all learn from the past during this time, and allow it to lead us to a better future. #MSPescapetoinspire
SWEET FREEDOM I think it's something that many of us have taken for granted. The ability to go, to move, to fly, to run, to drive, to see new places, see familiar faces. One thing that has helped me during this quarantine is knowing that nature hasn't stopped. Rivers continue to flow, clouds continue to move through the sky, birds are singing outside of my window. Nature goes on, and the world will too - eventually. This all takes me back to this serendipitous moment in one of my FAVORITE towns along the Italian Riviera. I was strolling through town and along the water when these birds began to take off. I had .2 seconds to lift up my camera, focus and get the shot. It was a miracle moment that still inspires me to this day. We will taste freedom, just like these birds. And on that day, we will FLY! #MSPescapetoinspire
LIMITE ACQUE SICURE | SAFE WATER LIMIT The irony of this sign at the moment is not lost on me. Taken on the beach in Amalfi, you can't go past this sign and out into the water further. However, at the moment it's probably safer to be out on the open water and in a more isolated cocoon. Maybe they should turn that sign around?? It's still wintertime/early spring in Italy so it's not warm enough to go to the beach, but hopefully by the time the temperatures creep up we are out of the current danger zone we find ourselves in. I can imagine the day when the sun is shining, you've had your morning caffe' and everyone heads down to the beach to gather, to talk and to LIVE. It's the hope of that day that is getting me through this. Much love to my bella Italia as well as every other human in the world - sending you love and light! 💛 #MSPescapetoinspire
TODAY'S ESCAPE: Positano, Italia I think we can all agree that waking up to the sounds of the waves, sun streaming through your window, throwing on your swimsuit and leisurely walking down the hundreds of steps to the beach sounds amazing right now. But until we can do that, let's all dream about the pastel-colored hues of the Positano hillsides. What's the first place you'll go once quarantine is over? ✈️🌍💕 #MSPescapetoinspire
I was supposed to be here in North Carolina this weekend photographing my clients spring wedding. But alas, the universe had other plans. I will be toasting sweet Paige & Spencer from afar and am excited for their delayed celebration that will be even sweeter after we all get through this. I can't wait for that moment! Hoping this couple's summer wedding isn't affected. Fingers crossed!!! Image from their fall engagement session at @halfmilefarm It's been a week and I hope all of you get some rest, turn off the news and relish in some downtime. Big hugs wherever you may be.
TODAY'S ESCAPE! The beautiful Costa Brava in Spain. Let's all take a moment to appreciate this stunning coastline, the blue water and these amazing ruins that have stood from the 13th century. This is one of the reasons why ruins are so magical to me, they've been through a LOT but are still standing. We are all going through a LOT right now, and it is and will be a very challenging time. But I keep thinking about these ruins and am inspired that we too will still be standing at the end of this. The sun will shine on us and we will be free again. Hope you enjoyed today's #MSPescapetoinspire series!
Flashback to these gorgeous Blooms by @edgedesigngroup rentals by @goodwinevents for a gorgeous fall wedding at @glenellaspringsinn planned & designed by @toast_events & @toast_kerri Sending all the good vibes out to all of these creatives, planners, venues, florists, etc who are working like crazy to reschedule SO many weddings. Hats off to all of you!!! 👏👏👏