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!


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


London in the spring



My first time in Malta! March, 2018


Summer in Italy


Summer in Italy



A fall day in Dublin, Ireland



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:

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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:



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!


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.





A Walk around London at Dusk

Just before the new year, I was able to take a walk around London as the sun set.  I enjoyed a different angle for photos of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament than my last visit or my trip in the fall of 2015.  This time I took a few (haha) photos as I explored.  Hope you enjoy them!


I loved this view when I came out from the tube and saw the evening light on the clock face.  When I crossed the bridge, I was struck by this doorway before turning around to check out the view across the river.


The view while walking across Westminster Bridge


The view I’d been hoping for!




There was no way I could wait out all the people gathered there to take photos, so I decided to appreciate their presence in this photo.  🙂




Poor quality photo, but I like seeing the details on this lamppost.



The Palace of Westminster



Big Ben at different angles


Christmastime with Big Ben


The view back at Big Ben as I walked toward Westminster Abbey


Central Hall Westminster


Westminster Abbey


I couldn’t get very close to this, but have appreciated this prayer on the side of Westminster Abbey since I saw it last year.


Westminster Abbey


Checking out where the Prime Minister lives… it seemed pretty secure.  🙂


Walking through the Horse Guards building.

Windsor at Christmastime

On Wednesday, Mom, my sister, and I had the opportunity to tour Windsor Castle and have afternoon tea nearby before catching the train back home.

Since my trip here has proven that my super teacher immunity is no match for British germs and I’ve had a day in, I put together this blog post to give you a taste of our time there.

My mom and I took my nephews to Windsor Castle last time I was here in October 2015 (you can see photos from that visit here, here, and here), but I found this trip to be equally fun with the addition of Christmas decor and tea with my mom and sister.  I hope you enjoy these!


Christmas crackers don’t often make it into American decor, so I enjoyed seeing these at the Windsor train station.


I love the walk up to the Castle.


These photos were taken during our little detour as we waited in line on side streets to buy tickets to the Castle.


I really enjoyed all the festive decorations.  They do a lot, considering the Queen doesn’t even spend Christmas in this home!


A close-up of St. George’s Gate and other views around the castle grounds.  We unfortunately weren’t allowed to take photos inside the state rooms.



St. George’s Chapel


A close-up of St. George’s Chapel with animal guards.  🙂


The guards dress a bit differently in the wintertime.


Then we walked across the street to afternoon tea at Clarence Brasserie and Tea Room.


It was great getting some quality time with my sister and my mom!


What afternoon tea is all about, really.


We were able to go back past the castle on our way out to see the evening light on it.


Evening light on Windsor Castle


The Queen Victoria Statue next to Windsor.


Unique Christmas decorations by the shops next to Windsor…



The shops at the train station and awaiting our train back.


Christmastime in London at Night

I’ve been pretty pumped about this blog post, not because there’s anything special about these photos (they’re not the best quality, what with me not having a tripod with me, nor time to fix my settings for every shot), but because London is so beautiful at Christmastime!

These photos are from a couple evenings last week when I went to a show with a friend and the following day Mom and I explored Oxford and Regent Streets after we went to a pantomime at the Palladium.  I hope you enjoy this trip through part of London at Christmastime.  Apologies for any incorrect information I give about the locations of where these photos were taken…

More to come soon.  Happy New Year, everyone!


Taking a walk around South Bank



The London Eye and Big Ben


Somewhere near or across from South Bank


I couldn’t get enough of this view of Big Ben and Westminster Palace


I wondered why there were photographers lined up on the bridge looking this way… then I realized what a great shot it was.  🙂 


I loved taking in the beauty and shopping at the Leicester Square Christmas Market next to the cinemas where all the London movie premiers take place.


Trafalgar Square, including the Norway Spruce gifted to England every year as a thank you for their help during World War II.


Covent Garden knows how to be festive.


Sights from more of Covent Garden


Mel and I enjoyed warming up in the fancy lobby of the Savoy before we went to the show.


West End is the place to go for shows!


Mel and I saw the show Beautiful, an example of store windows near Regent Street, and a church at the end of Regent Street.



Regent Street


More of Regent Street




Oxford Street

Along the Thames

Shocking though it may be, here’s an up-to-date blog post for you as I visit London for Christmas this year.

With a few more posts on the way, here are some photos from my visit along the Thames on Monday with my friend, Mel.  Hope you enjoy!


Here are some sights from around the Tower of London (where they used to have real lions guarding the gates).


The Traitor’s Gate and more from the Tower


The Middle Tower entrance


Shadows and the outer wall


Walking along the riverbank by the Tower, we had a great view of Tower Bridge.


Approaching Tower Bridge


View of the Shard from the riverbank by the Tower of London


Views from Tower Bridge


View from Tower Bridge


On the other side of the Thames River


The Tower of London and Tower Bridge in one frame 🙂


London Bridge City Christmas Market


I must say that London Bridge is a bit anticlimactic compared to Tower Bridge, considering the airplay of the song about it.


Streetlamps and the Shard


Southwark Bridge


It was probably the least pretty spot to catch the sunset on the Thames, but I did my best.

Coming up next… London Christmas lights.  You’re going to love it!

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!



Westminster Abbey


Outside Westminster Abbey


On the front of Westminster Abbey



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



A great place to get fish ‘n chips!


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…



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!


The Queen Victoria statue right outside of Windsor Castle.


Windsor Castle


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


A shopping area outside the Windsor Castle train station.


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


Sundown on Farm Lane


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


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


Such a ham.


Twice the fun!


A thistle… pretty close to Scotland.


I love evening light.