Personal

Europe in 2018

Hello, all!

Winter weather is assisting me in getting caught up on photos and this blog.  I just wanted to give a heads up to those of you who follow this blog for travel photos: Great things are coming your way!  I went to Europe three (what is my life!?) times in 2018 and have some beautiful photos to share from the five countries I visited. This post is a sampling for you!

I am going to be posting quite a few of my 2018 portrait sessions after this (so my clients know that I’m still doing this side gig.) After that, I will have more travel posts. Get excited!!!

Happy 2019, friends!

traveljenni

Enjoying London, Italy, and Germany on assorted trips in 2018.

londoncollage

London in the spring

 

maltacollage

My first time in Malta! March, 2018

italycollage2

Summer in Italy

italycollage

Summer in Italy

 

dublincollage

A fall day in Dublin, Ireland

 

germanycollage

Germany in October 2018


The Rosario Mining Company in San Juancito, Honduras

As I mentioned in my previous post, there’s this really unique village outside Tegucigalpa, Honduras where an American mining company once set up shop.  It is now a bit of a rundown area up the mountain from San Juancito, at the entrance of La Tigra National Park and has become one of my favorite places to visit.  This post documents my visit there in June 2017.

Cabaña Mirador El Rosario owned by Jorg and Monika is the perfect cabin on a mountain and the dinner and breakfast served at the main house is dreamy.  Here are some sights from the cabin and their home:

IMG_3088IMG_3104IMG_3133 IMG_3122IMG_3275IMG_3280IMG_3282IMG_3283IMG_3285

 

And here are some photos from the former El Rosario Mining Company buildings near the entrance of La Tigra National Park, the bright pupleria, as well as some photos from hiking near the park…

 

My top three favorite photos from the getaway:

IMG_3209

IMG_3215IMG_3265

I’m always fascinated by the plants I see there…

Here are some additional photos from my phone to get you a feel for the place…

Lastly, we saw a quetzal on our way back down to San Juancito!

IMG_3289


The Gringo Cemetery of the Rosario Mining Company, Honduras

Nothing like a snow day home to have me thinking back on past trips and adventures.

In June I returned to my beloved second country, Honduras.  I was able to have a quick getaway to one of my favorite places, Cabaña Mirador in El Rosario.  While there, my friend Michelle and I took a little hike around the village and on the edge of La Tigra National Park.  Just up the mountain from the village of San Juancito sits an old mining town that was operated by a US mining company in the early 1900’s.

This post is focusing on the photos I took at what Michelle and I call the “gringo cemetery” where the mining company buried workers who passed away while they were living there.

Some may find cemeteries creepy, but I tend to find them peaceful.  This one is fascinating.  I hope you enjoy some of the details of this unique place.

IMG_3203

 

IMG_3205

IMG_3190IMG_3189IMG_3187IMG_3184IMG_3183IMG_3182IMG_3177IMG_3176IMG_3174IMG_3172IMG_3170IMG_3166IMG_3165


A Morning Frost at Oak Hill

We had a frosty morning here at Oak Hill College on Thursday. My sister, nieces, and I went out to document it as it was melting.  They don’t get snow very often here, but this is the next best thing.  Hope you enjoy these photos!

oakhillcollage1

oakhillcollage2

img_1707wm

img_1724wm

oakhillcollage3

img_1744wm

I love how the frost in the shadows melts later, creating a unique pattern across the field.

img_1754wm

img_1763wm

oakhillcollage4

img_1769wm

oakhillcollage5

img_1776wm

 


A Home of Henry VIII: Hampton Court Palace

I’m trying a new format on this post, since I had so many photos to share.  One of my last days in London last October, my mom and I took four of my nephews to visit Hampton Court Palace.

It was such an intriguing place to visit.  To think about Henry VIII walking the same hallways we walked was a bit surreal.  The palace is an interesting mixture of Tudor style (from Henry VIII’s time there in the 1500’s) and Baroque style from King William III’s rebuild of a large part of the palace in the 1600’s.  Throw in a giant maze, capes for the kids, and lots of nooks to explore, and we had ourselves a fun adventure!  Some of my favorite sights include tapestries from the 1500’s, an emblem in the wood that should have been removed after the beheading of Anne Boleyn, being in Henry VIII’s kitchen and banquet hall, making it to the middle of the maze, and much more.

Here are some highlights from our visit posted below.  Since this is my last post recapping my London trip, I included a few photos at the end of the whole reason I took the trip.  It was such a blessing to have two weeks there with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and their seven children (especially meeting their newest addition!).  I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts!  Get excited for some upcoming posts of recent photo shoots I’ve had and, of course, some more travel photos!


London: The Obligatory Photos

Hello again!

I’m trying to knock out these London posts so I can post more up-to-date photos soon.  Most of these photos need little description since they’re the shots everyone gets when in London, so here you go!

IMG_0688wmIMG_0690wmIMG_0694wmIMG_0703wmIMG_0707wmIMG_0712wm

IMG_0725wm

Westminster Abbey

IMG_0729wm

Outside Westminster Abbey

IMG_0730wm

On the front of Westminster Abbey

IMG_0739wm

IMG_0742wm

This is the church where I attended Bible Study Fellowship during my trip… conveniently located between Buckingham Palace and Big Ben!

 

IMG_0745wm

A great place to get fish ‘n chips!

IMG_0762wm

On a work day, I was able to visit the building where my sister’s church meets, St. Botolph’s, Aldersgate, to get photos of the beautiful sanctuary…

IMG_0748wmIMG_0746wm

Save


Adventures in London, continued…

Good evening, all!

Some of you may have noticed I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging recently.  2015 was a rough year for me and I cut down on a few things, like blogging, to cope.  My hope is to get back on track in the next few months so I can share more of my fun travels and recent photo sessions here. I hope you enjoy!

I didn’t quite finish blogging the photos from my trip to London in October of 2015, so the next few posts will be devoted to the fun that I had in England with my mom, sister, and her family.

Here are a few more photos from Windsor Castle and then some bonus photos from around my sister’s home.  Stay tuned for Big Ben and Hampton Court Palace soon!

IMG_0478wm

The Queen Victoria statue right outside of Windsor Castle.

IMG_0479wm

Windsor Castle

IMG_0485wm

It was so fun to walk this street again with fond memories of it from our visit when I was eight-years-old.

IMG_0488wm

A shopping area outside the Windsor Castle train station.

IMG_0493wm

It’s been a few months, but I think this is the Paddington train station.  🙂

IMG_0497wm

Sundown on Farm Lane

IMG_0511wm

I loved the evening light hitting the plants outside my sister’s home.

IMG_0517wm

Enter a caption

IMG_0529wm

It was a beautiful evening for a walk with my nieces!

IMG_0544wm

Such a ham.

IMG_0589wm

Twice the fun!

IMG_0617wm

A thistle… pretty close to Scotland.

IMG_0622wm

I love evening light.

IMG_0628wmIMG_0629wm


Doors of Windsor

Hello, my long lost friends!  In an effort to be a better teacher and good friend, I’ve cut back on blog posts recently.  I do hope to wrap up sharing about my October trip and have quite a few fall family photo sessions to share with you one of these days.

I’ll start small with this little post from our visit to Windsor Castle.  I’m a big fan of doors, windows, and entryways.  So much so that I took enough pictures at Windsor Castle to warrant a blog post.

Here are some highlights from the largest occupied castle in the world!

2015-10-08 23.48.37

I’ll start with this little recreation I attempted. The top photo is from my first visit to Windsor in 1989 with my dad on the left and our family friends, the Welches. The photo below is my nephews coming through the same gate.

 

doorscollage2wm

IMG_0433wm

IMG_0387wm

 

doorscollagewm

 

IMG_0426wm

 

doorscollage3wm

 

IMG_0459wm

IMG_0468wm

My nephews hanging out with a Windsor Castle guard.

IMG_0471wm

 

IMG_0472wm

 

 


Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gardens, and More…

What’s that you say?  You’d like to see more phone photography from me?  Well, if you insist…

While I usually prefer to only post the best of my best on this blog, I’m sort of using this as my trip log and in turn I am exposing my sometimes poor quality phone photography to you all.  I’m assuming you’re not as picky as I am about such things and hopefully appreciate the glimpse of London these pics provide.  After this post, I will have legit fancy camera photos to share… get excited!  🙂

We had the privilege of attending a children's program at the famous Royal Albert Hall with my nephews.

We had the privilege of attending a children’s program at the famous Royal Albert Hall with my nephews.

2015-10-07 12.14.06-1

Then we took a walk to Kensington Gardens. Fall sure is beautiful in London!

Then we took a walk to Kensington Gardens. Fall sure is beautiful in London!

We stopped briefly to admire Kensington Palace (on right) and then continued on...

We stopped briefly to admire Kensington Palace (on right) and then continued on…

Have I mentioned that I love fall?

Have I mentioned that I love fall?

... to our destination. The Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens was so well done with lots of fun hidden gems for the kids to discover.

… to our destination. The Diana, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens was so well done with lots of fun hidden gems for the kids to discover.

We had an adventurous trip home in the rain, taking many steps deep into the underground to catch the tube then a bus home.

We had an adventurous trip home in the rain, taking many steps deep into the underground to catch the tube then a bus home.

Finally got a sister photo! The next day Mom and I took the boys to Windsor Castle on the train.

Finally got a sister photo!
The next day Mom and I took the boys to Windsor Castle on the train.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

windsorcollage

2015-10-08 14.33.30

Things you don't see in every McDonalds...

Things you don’t see in every McDonalds…

Things you don't see in every train station...

Things you don’t see in every train station (and why small change is helpful here)…


More of London (from my phone)

Here’s another slightly lazy post much like the last one (from a photography perspective) as I had a few more days where I didn’t have my fancy camera along, but couldn’t resist taking photos anyway.  Please excuse the less than stellar phone pic quality.  I hope you can see past that to the great sights and experiences I’ve had this week.  Here are a couple more days worth of photos and do stay tuned to some better quality posts coming soon!

A run in the rain with my nephews, a foggy day in London town, hanging with my twin nieces, and a trip to the pharmacy with one nephew where my love of Cadbury chocolate was renewed. :)

A run in the rain with my nephews, a foggy day in London town, hanging with my twin nieces, and a trip to the pharmacy with one nephew where my love of Cadbury chocolate was renewed. 🙂

On Tuesday I ventured out on my own to attend Bible Study Fellowship (the lessons are the same all over the world, so I didn't have to miss a class!). The tube part was easy, while the street part was a bit of a challenge until I bought a map. :)

On Tuesday I ventured out on my own to attend Bible Study Fellowship (the lessons are the same all over the world, so I didn’t have to miss a class!). The tube part was easy, while the street part was a bit of a challenge until I bought a map. 🙂

I made some new friends at BSF and went out to a pub for my first Fish & Chips of my trip!

I made some new friends at BSF and went out to a pub for my first Fish & Chips of my trip!

On the wall of the pub.

On the wall of the pub.

Before heading home, I went on a walk to see Buckingham Palace.

Before heading home, I went on a walk to see Buckingham Palace.

2015-10-06 14.02.15

The front gate and documentation that I was there.

The front gate and documentation that I was there.

details

The Victoria Monument across from the palace.

The Victoria Monument across from the palace.

Had to get a selfie with the palace to prove I was there. :)

Had to get a selfie with the palace to prove I was there. 🙂

victoria

2015-10-06 14.12.10

2015-10-06 14.18.01

Walking away, toward St. James's Park

Walking away, toward St. James’s Park

Had a really pretty walk along St. James's Park before I took the Underground back to my sister's place.

Had a really pretty walk along St. James’s Park before I took the Underground back to my sister’s place.