Orlando 2017

 

This was our 3rd time to Disney so to say our family loves Disney is probably an understatement now 😂 There just is truly something magical about Disney World and getting to watch the girls experience it differently each time they visit is what makes it so wonderful for me. One thing that did make this trip a little different for us was that it was the first time we traveled with another family to Disney. It made the experience all that more fun and memorable for all of us and it was great to watch them experience everything together. Here are just a few of my favorite memories from our trip earlier this year. Everything was taken either on my Leica Q, Contax G2 or of course iPhone 7. I only used 2 types of film on this trip which was Fuji 400H and Kodak Ektar 100. I'm just enjoying shooting more end more film these days ❤️

 

Kauai.

I'm seriously behind on my blogging already in 2017 but I'm finally getting a chance to share some photos from our short trip to Kauai. It was such an honor and amazing experience to be invited to document Angela & Ellis's wedding in paradise. We had just one day to ourselves after the wedding was over to explore and take in as much of Kauai as we could and I think we did a pretty good job. We stayed at the beautiful St. Regis Hotel during our visit and it was the perfect home away for us. Being able to wake up, roll out of bed and look out the window and see the beautiful Kauai mountains just feet away was truly breathtaking. We started our day as early as we could with a mission to experience Kauai. We beach hopped and ate poke as much as we could stomach 😋. The best thing of Kauai to me was how raw it's landscapes were. Everything from the waterfalls and the Queen's Bath was so untouched by commercialization. The island just felt like a small town still and I loved everything about that. Here are just a few of the images I tried to take to capture the pure beauty of what Kauai was during our visit. 

Cancun 2016.

What can I say? We love Mexico! 😁 Every year when we think of where we should go for our family vacation Cancun is always on the table. It's such a quick and easy flight from the DC area and there are a lot of resorts that are very family friendly. Even though we really wanted to go to another part of the world that we haven't visited before we ultimately decided on Cancun this year again because we found this relatively new family resort called Generations. The resort is completely all inclusive and because we went on our trip during off-peak season there weren't that many other families at the resort. The rooms and resort were amazing and it had everything we needed to make everyone happy. A spa for Sarah, food for me and the pool and beach for the girls 😊. It was such a wonderful and memorable time together with our family and given how cold it is in DC it is already, I'm totally missing Cancun. All these photos were taken either with my Leica Q, Canon 5D or my iPhone. 

Los Angeles.

I can't believe that I'm only now just getting the chance to blog about our first family trip to LA. I knew a while back that I was going to have to go to LA to be the best man at one of my good friend's wedding. I wasn't sure how well the girls would handle the 5-hour flight out of DC since this would be officially the longest flight they have taken but they both did amazingly well. We Airbnb'd a beautiful LA property right in West Hollywood where the girls could have a bedroom to themselves, my mother-in-law would have her own room and Sarah and I would have our own room too. We had planned out a week of events before having to attend the wedding on the weekend. I love Disney. I knew that we definitely had to take advantage of being so close to Disneyland to take the girls there. Then there was exploring LA and doing the Long Beach Aquarium. This one of the most difficult trips we have then to date since Sarah & I had our own events that we had to attend while we were in LA and we needed to lean on Sarah's mom to watch them in our absence. Also, sleeping in a new location is always hard for the girls but we knew going into this despite all the challenges it was something we knew we wanted to experience together as a family. It was a success and great learning experience and a trip that we will look back on for years to come! All these photos were taken with a combination of my Leica Q, Canon 5D MK3 and of course my trusty iPhone. 

Watch Series: Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso 976

Today I want to share with you guys one of my favorite watches. It's a watch that I always wanted to own from the time when I was just learning more about horology and gaining interest in watches as a whole. The JLC Reverso's history is probably one of the most interesting that I have ever read. The watch was designed in the 1931 originally as a sports watch for polo players at the time that needed a more robust watch that could take an impact without breaking. That's why JLC made a watch that could have a case that reversed to a solid stainless steel back during polo play and then be reversed back to the watch face once you were done playing. The reference that I own is a modern take on the original Reverso hence the increased grande size to the inclusion of a sapphire exhibition display back. Beyond the interesting history, there are many things that made me adore the Reverso and they are all rooted in it's unique design queues. As a photographer and engineer the Golden Ratio based on the Fibonacci Sequence has always interested me. The Golden Ratio exists not online in nature but also in some of the world's most famous art work like the Mona-Risa by Leonardo Da Vinci. It's said to have magical properties and that when something is design with the Golden Ratio in mind that it will be pleasing to look at. So it's interesting to know that the JLC Reverso's length and width of the rectangular case and even the small running seconds sub-dial is all based off the Golden Ratio. Maybe that's why I feel like this watch's design is so timeless. I also love the art deco queues that come from the 1930's period that still remain in the design of the watch even today. There's so many more smaller details about the watch I could talk about from the beautiful circular graining on the carriage of the case to the stain brushed dial or maybe even the blue hour and minutes hands but I have to say it's the beauty of the in-house 976 movement that has me mesmerized and checking the exhibition back every time I wear this watch. What else can I say other than this watch is truly one of the all time greats! You rarely will find a watch or anything with this level of timeless design. This is definitely a piece i'll keep in my collection until i'm ready to hopefully pass it on to one of my daughters one day. 

NYC.

Ever since my brother moved to New York City we have had this trip to visit him on our list of things to do. It was both of the girls' first time in NYC and Olivia was definitely a bit overwhelmed by the craziness of Manhattan. We absolutely love Airbnb and wouldn't know what to do without it. We stayed at a really cozy and safe 2 bedroom condo in Brooklyn that was walking distance from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the surrounding areas were pretty family friendly and convenient. We wished the weather was a bit warmer during our stay but we were lucky to get a few times of sunny warm weather. We spent our entire first day in Brooklyn and most of our time exploring the Brooklyn Bridge Park's activities. We got ice cream and pizza all the while getting to watch the sunset over Manhattan before returning home for a much needed bath for the girls and bedtime. The next day we met up with my brother and had breakfast at the Rockefeller Center and he took the girls to a few toy stores before finally getting to see his apartment in midtown Manhattan. We then headed to Central Park Zoo and ended the night with some dinner and shopping in KTown. It was really great for the girls to have some quality play time with their uncle and that was pretty much the highlight of the trip. Things don't always go as planed and it's never easy when you travel with young children like ours but we hope that we will continue to have opportunities like this to travel as a family and continue to push ourselves to make more memories like these =). 

Watch Series: Rolex Submariner

Today I want to share about my beloved no date Rolex Submariner reference 14060. This watch is so special to me for so many different reasons. I'll be the first to admit that for the longest time Rolex wasn't a brand that I really was into at all. I wrongfully viewed it as an older person's watch company for quite some time. I'll even admit that to this day there are definitely certain Rolex watches that don't appeal to me at all but the Rolex Submariner is one of my absolute favorite watches. This watch was my first Rolex and although I hope to one day have more Rolex pieces this watch is currently the only Rolex in my collection. I have so many fond memories that are associated with this piece. It's the watch I wear when I give my girls a bath or take them to the pool. It's the watch I wear almost always on all my travels and when I shoot most of my engagement and family sessions. The watch was designed to be a tool watch and I definitely treat it as so. From a design stand point, I love the simple and almost completely unchanged look of the no date sub. I prefer the reference 14060 or any of the older models to the current references that all have a ceramic bezel. The ceramic is more durable and won't scratch as easily as the metal bezel but I feel the glossy look of the ceramic bezel makes the watch look much more like a jewelry piece than the more utilitarian design of the original watch that I love so much. To top it off who doesn't love Mercedes hour hands and a lollipop running seconds hand. To this day, it's definitely one of the watches you will see on my wrist most frequently and I can't wait to watch the tritium dials patina over the next several years. 

Mexico.

It's really rare that I do any traveling without my family at all these days but I had to make it out to Mexico in celebration of my very good friend's bachelor party. It definitely took some adjusting to as the trip was completely outside of my normal every day schedule but none the less I a great time of fun and craziness. I got sick only a few days after I arrived back home (another indication on how tired I was after the trip lol) and i'm still doing my best to fully recover from the trip. We are going to be traveling as a family in CA in May to attend Stephanie & Jesse's wedding in beautiful Malibu and I can't wait to share more pictures from our adventures in CA but for now here are a few from my latest trip.