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Traveling to Ushuaia was a dream that, at first, seemed a little out of my reach. I mean, it IS the southernmost city in the world, afterall.  But once I did some research I discovered it wasn’t all that hard to get there, and flights left daily out of Buenos Aires.  So, why not?  Part of the allure was that I didn’t know anyone else who had ever been there, let alone that I have an affinity for traveling to extreme and unusual places.  Now it seems like a dream that I was ever there at all.  Thankfully I took pictures – thousands that I’m still making my way through — it may be a while until I finish editing, so for now, here are a few sneep peeps.

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roads in Maui

Because of my ever-busy schedule (and the fact that I’m hired to blog for several other companies) this blog unfortunately gets neglected. In an attempt to bridge the long gaps between posts, I’ve created another blog on tumblr that is a lot more minimal and easier to keep up with. I’m about to travel throughout Argentina & Brazil over the next 3 weeks (celebrating my 28th birthday) so if you’d like to follow along add me to your reader here: jenniferemerling.tumblr.com

Of course, I’ll still be posting on instagram too.

I’m crazy excited for this next adventure and can’t wait to share photos from the southernmost city in the world & more.

the road is life.

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Last fall, my friend Smiles Davis needed some portraits taken that she could use as artwork for her DJ mixes and promotion over the next year. I met Smiles through The Flashdance, where we often work together at weddings. We bonded early on during a road trip to Vegas, so naturally we were both drawn to a desert backdrop when brainstorming ideas for this shoot. The entire afternoon was filled with dancing, random waterslides, bond-girl poses, and exploring desolate roads just outside of Palm Springs. Do yourself a favor and listen to this girl spin some records sometime — she’ll blow your mind.

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I’ve been on the road/up in the air a lot lately for work. It feels good to always be moving, though sometimes that means not getting a day off in over a month! I can’t really complain though — this is pretty much how I always saw my life coming together. Thankfully I have my iPhone and VSCOcam on hand to take snapshots during these quick trips.

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This is a Memorial Day party for the books. No doubt, the party of the year. Jonathan and Louise hosted a five year anniversary party this past Memorial Day weekened at their Iowa farmhouse and it was just oozing Americana goodness — BBQ, pie baking contest, dancing, croquet, fireworks, sparklers, a random bonfire, and my favorite part of the day: a hayride. It was seriously about as authentic as it gets. We even were asked to wear all white or pastels, which — not gonna lie — was a challenge for me (I am usually dressed in hot pink from head to toe). Everyone fulfilled the dress code and looked sharp as hell! I was impressed.

Sharing these memories with my friends and colleagues filled my heart with so much happiness. We all came from different corners of the country — Michael of The Flashdance flew in from LA to spin some records for us, Whitney traveled from the east coast to bring a Smilebooth, and Seattle-based Brian of Shark Pig brought his super 8 camera. Of course, with families and loved ones in tow.

I feel incredibly honored to have kicked off the summer in such good company. Thank you, Jonathan and Louise for putting together such a great party. And be sure to read more in the feature on 100 Layer Cake!

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I can’t get this trip to Iowa out of my head.

The short version is that going to Fairfield was designed as a way to bring together our “work family” — nearly everyone from the creative collective The Flashdance flew in from dual coasts and spent several days in a town that shares a common history for many of my creative colleagues. We were all invited to a memorial day party to celebrate Shark Pig co-founder Jonathan Lynch’s five year anniversary with Louise (which was amazing and I’ll share pictures in the next post). But it was so much more than that.

It’s hard to explain, but rural Iowa really left an impression on me. This day in particular, when we all went swimming in a quarry, after which I spent hours exploring country roads chasing the most beautiful golden hour light I had seen in a long time — was blissful. My eyes felt fresh, my creativity awakened, and I really connected to the American heartland like never before.

Below are some personal photos that I love — one lens, one instant film camera, one day.

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A quick photo shoot featuring my friend and colleague, Brian of Shark Pig, and his lady during a recent trip to Fairfield, Iowa right before they took off on their European tour for the summer.

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Some iPhone snaps taken while traveling over the past few weeks.

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Armed with one lens, one flash, and a camera that I thankfully didn’t drown in alcohol, as promised: here are my photos from the party of the year hosted by The Flashdance and Smilebooth during WPPI in Las Vegas–AIRPLANES & BLAZERS TWO

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Every now and then I start to miss living up north. Like Colorado, Alaska is a part of my soul and I was so lucky to call it my home for two summers. During my last year working in Juneau I rarely picked up my camera — my eyes were tired and I was working long hours, so I mostly kept my head down and simply went through the motions. But every now and again I would look up and snap a frame for personal memory — like when I had a few extra minutes to spend with the morning fog on my drive to the office, a flight over the glacier in the rain, the end of season boat trip with co-workers, my brother coming up to visit, kayaking to the glacier with friends, and watching a meteor shower on Douglas Island.

When I left I felt like I experienced everything I could in Alaska for that chapter of my life. Los Angeles may not have whales and glaciers, but it’s definitely where I belong right now.

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