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August 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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my first publication: travel and style

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Take a look at my most recent project, an issue from my own magazine! All photos, stories, design and styling by me.

Enjoy!

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November 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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france: photographing the world’s best food

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On Thursday, I returned home from a two week trip in France! I stayed in Paris for a week before taking the train south to the French Riviera, where I visited Cassis, Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and Monaco. I shopped, explored, and most importantly, ate (and photographed) delicious meals. Who better than the French to prepare such photogenic food? Here are a few of my favorites. To see more, click here!ImageImageImage

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July 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

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gardens and ghost trains: west baden springs hotel

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For Spring Break, my family decided to take a road trip to French Lick, Indiana, where a room at the West Baden Springs Hotel waited for us. We had never been there before, but after a seven hour drive to the Southernmost part of the state, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful, castle-like building that greeted us as we pulled into the entrance. Built in 1902, the dome-shaped hotel also boasts riding stables, a golf course, fine dining options, shops, and a tasteful grounds area complete with a garden and fountain.

Inside the building, the French architecture was breath taking. The restaurants, stores, spa and rooms all surround a giant, circular room; the inside of the dome. Elegant couches, lounge chairs, coffee tables and statues fill the area and make it a very cozy place to relax. Often a live pianist, harpist or singer would fill the place with music. One of the hotel’s cafes even offered seating in the dome. Standing in the middle and looking up at the top of the dome is almost dizzying!

Over our stay, my family and I took walks in the garden, lounged in the library (which, by the way, was peacefully lined with ancient, faded-covered books by Whitman to Tolstoy), explored the old buildings in the garden, and enjoyed delicious meals from the hotel’s own restaurants. I’ve included some photos here, but click to view the rest of the pictures of the hotel.

About a mile from where we stayed, a train had been abandoned on the tracks and remained sitting there years later. It happened so long ago that the tracks in front of it had been paved over for the construction of a new road. My mom, sister and I were in an adventurous mood to explore, so we tip-toed back behind the trees to the ghost train. The environment turned eerie as the three of us walked along the overgrown tracks. The paint on the side of the train cars was rusty and peeling off; weeds were wrapping themselves around the old wheels; and the glass windows on the side of what appeared to be a dining car were broken, the remains sticking out of the dirt by our feet. It was dark inside, but we could make out a broken mirror and what looked like a small chandelier. On the back of the car, I found several footprints, still clear as day, marked on the door. It was a a thrilling experience! To see all the photos from the train, click here.

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April 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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my photos on black river’s website

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I just wanted to post an update about where my photos have been recently! A few months ago, I photographed my school’s campus for the school website, and they’re finally up and available to look at! Click here to see the photo album on the school’s website. Enjoy!

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February 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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april in february

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Lately in West Michigan, it’s been feeling more like April than February. The snow is nonexistent and the sun has been shining for days. I thought I would document the beautiful weather, just in case mother nature decides to send in a late winter. Here are some shots!

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February 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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sea salt and sunsets: a stop in the florida keys

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Over my christmas break, my family and I spent a few days under the tropical sun in the Florida Keys. We stayed at a resort on the beautiful Islamorada, an island located in the middle of the Keys. While I was there, I had the opportunity to do a little exploring (via adorable vintage bicycle from the resort) with my camera around my neck.

I’ve tried to capture the essence of island life – from conch salad to pelicans to palm trees – mixed with the uniqueness of the Keys themselves. Something special about the Florida Keys is the Overseas Highway that runs from the very top of the strip of islands all the way down to Key West. Take a look at these favorite shots of mine, and enjoy the rest of the album here!

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January 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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