Beginning of a Blog!
My daughter, Ellamae, is 3.4 years old (as described by my husband, the geologist). At her ripe age, she has traveled more than most adults have in their lifetime. Before birth, she toured at least 11 states and has currently traveled in as many countries as she has celebrated birthdays!
People ask me regularly about two topics: travel (with my family including a 3 year old and often an 80 lb. goldendoodle) and photography.
I hear “You travel so much!” or “You take really great photos.” For families, these activities both require lots of planning, preparation and WORK! I ask myself “Is this really worth it?!?” every time I’m running around the house for an entire day (ok, maybe three days) packing before a trip (even if it’s just for the weekend). But, you know what? It’s always worth it – for the experiences and memories made. Family portraits involve planning, preparation, work and maybe even packing – snacks, props, outfit changes, etc., etc. - but in the end - the images and memories you cherish forever are worth it! Nicholas Sparks said “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”
Today I’m committing to sharing my experience with the world through words and pictures. I’m starting a blog! I have so many unshared images overcrowding hard drives! In an effort to liberate some of these images, you’ll be seeing some blog posts about past trips. Hopefully, I can inspire you to pack a bag, plan a trip (or maybe a family photo session) and create some memories. In the meantime, I hope to make connections for myself through sharing and reliving these experiences. My husband is the planner, I am the historian. Consequently, my apprehensions are always about the future and my partner always wants to talk about how we should have done things differently. Today, I seek to live more in the present. Perhaps revisiting these experiences will encourage us to focus on the NOW in a spirit of gratitude.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC, April 2014. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC, April 2014 Family road/camping trip to Colorado, August 2014. San Juan Mountains, CO, August 2014 Camping at Molas Lake, Silverton, CO, August 2014 Post attempted hike to Highland Mary Lakes near Silverton, CO, August 2014. We didn't quite make it there. September 2014
The road trip to Colorado in 2014 remains one of our favorite family trips. It is possible to enjoy long road trips with infants...and pets! National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, July 2015 Visiting Uncle Zach and the White House, Washington, DC, July 2015
Touring Monte Verde Cloud Forest and checking out hummingbirds with our guide, Donald. Monte Verde, Costa Rica, May 2015 Embarking on the Don Juan Coffee & Chocolate Tour. Monte Verde, Costa Rica, May 2015 Exploring the grounds of Monte Verde Lodge & Gardens. Monte Verde, Costa Rica, May 2015 Balcony view at La Mariposa Hotel. Maunel Antonio, Costa Rica, May 2015 This pup, owned by the people where we stayed, La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows, followed us everywhere! Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, May 2015 Hanging Bridges at Selvatura Park. Monteverde, Costa Rica, May 2015 Chabil Mar Resort, Placencia, Belize, May 2016 Foot washing. Chabil Mar Resort, Placencia, Belize, May 2016 Playing and fishing. Chabil Mar Resort, Placencia, Belize, May 2016 Sunrise. Chabil Mar Resort, Placencia, Belize, May 2016
I cannot wait to read, learn and "see" more! Thank you for sharing!
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Welcome to the blog of Crackerjack Photography and photographer, Jamie Kirschner. Here I share my life travels and photographic adventures through words and pictures hoping to inspire you to make a trip or a portrait!
<Header Photo Credit: Kelly O'Roke Photography