In my European history classes, Portugal seemed to be always overshadowed by its Iberian neighbor, Spain. I learned about Portuguese explorers like Vasco De Gama for example, and their colonization of Brazil. But that was the most I knew about historic Portugal and I’d be a ‘dealer in alternative facts’ if I denied knowing about Portuguese history and culture, or that it was on the top of my European travel to do list. But with low season airline fares and being on only a six-hour flight from New York City, I booked my trip, packed my passport and new film bag (a holiday gift from my dad) and traveled across the Atlantic. Now I have a new found love for this small country hugging the rocky coast along the Atlantic Ocean.
I traveled to Lisbon, or as the natives refer to their city, Lisboa, in the middle of January, trying to escape the brutal winter of New York, and the 60 degrees sun felt amazing. Similar to other European cities, Lisbon can be overrun with tourists during the high season, but in
January it felt like besides the locals were the only ones there, and incredibly welcoming. Other than the chilly coast which didn’t allow swimming, the beaches were amazing to see; we promise to return.
One can learn so much about this history of Portugal by seeing it’s architecture. Starting with the medieval section, the Alfama, where the city streets were purposely built to be narrow, winding and confusing (as hell) to protect against foreign invaders.
Lisbon seems to be have built clinging on to the cliffs and is characterized by the 1755 earthquake which nearly leveled the city destroying most of the gothic style architecture. This is not to imply that Lisbon lack stunning architecture, because this is far from true. Lisbon boasts of baroque and medieval style buildings. Remains of Gothic architecture can still be seen however at sites, like Carmo Convent, which proved not only that gothic arches are beautiful, but are strong enough to stand the test of time.
Adding to the charm and uniqueness of Lisbon are the brightly colored tiles that decorate buildings and line the cobbled stone streets as vintage street cars travel through the city and up the very steep hills. The sweetest of charms and one that all most travelers, guides and guidebooks will tell you that you must try, and I am in total agreement, is the Portuguese egg tarts, or pastéis de nata. These palm-sized little confections were in the window of little pastelarias across the city, filled with locals drinking coffee and chatting.
Lisbon, and Portugal, has firmly planted itself high on my “must return” list, and I can’t wait to visit again… film camera in hand!
As featured in Cottage Hill
Welcome back! Today I am so happy to feature one of my recent bridal portait sessions. Hannah and her finance Anthony are getting married later this year in Atlanta, Georgia! Hannah is a Hybrid wedding photographer there and her work is amazing! Check her out here.
I am so excited to share with you all Sara and David’s Spring time Engagement session in Central Park! These two not only are adorably in love by the cherry blossoms and boating on the lake made it one for the hist over books! Love the time and though they out into planning their engagement session, even making sure we stopped by a specific cherry tree where they shared their first kiss!
Summer is coming to an end for better or for worse, but I was lucky enough to capture some of my summer through my lens. So here is what i've been up too.
I MOVED! I was stressful but now I feel blessed to have central park as my backward and to be steps away from the conservatory gardens. Here are some shots from one of my first walks through central park after moving in.
and incase you were wondering my roommates and I are loving our new place
I spent time wandering parts of the city I know well as if I had never been there. and and was a tourist in the parts of the city i've never been too.
I took a few summer day trips out of the city to Coney Island beach (which I guess is in the city) and to my friends lake house upstate.
And I begrudgingly got my friends to let me take pictures of them.
Overall this summer as a blast, and while I'm said to see it go i'm sure fall will have it's share of fun film scans.
One of be best qualities that film still holds over digital for me is the practice of patience. One of the great and unfortunately essential qualities of digital is the immediate ability to look at your photos immeditaly.
For these films scans, I sent them to the lab to be developed and scanned almost a month after I shoot them. These photos came from an afteroon with friends from Jersey City.
Allow I love these pictures actheically one of the best thing about getting these film scans, and most film scans back, is ecitment of what the images will look like.
I love how these imahes came out, and I hope you all do as well!.