Australia

5/7/14

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Four years ago, I started my international birthday tradition with my dad when we traveled to the south island of New Zealand on my 25th birthday.  At the time I had done very little international travel, so this new tradition guaranteed I could see the world by picking a new country to visit on April 1st.  It’s one of my favorite things I have to look forward to every year, and this year was possibly my favorite yet!  Australia has been one of the best surprises of all my travels so far, in part thanks to my friends Ngaio and Julian, who invited me out in the first place.  It seems silly since to say this since I live in California, but I really do feel like I crossed an ocean in order fall in love with the ocean.

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Ecuador

3/15/14

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Last fall, I embarked on a quick trip to Ecuador with my dad and stepmom.  We explored a few days in the Andes and a few in the Amazon, with a sprinkle of high altitude city life in between.   While I crushed out over the volcanoes, people, and vibrant colors, my dad was particularly enchanted with the Amazon rainforest — a place he had dreamed about visiting his whole life.  I’ll always cherish the memory of sitting with him above the river bank as the mist moved slowly through the treetops.  Earlier in 2013 I traveled to the end of the world, so it was pretty awesome to also travel to the middle of the world in the same year.

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Eastern Europe

2/5/14

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Last September I was hired to photograph a wedding in Bulgaria (which you can see more photos from here!), and my good friend Smiles Davis was hired to DJ it as well. Since we were flown all the way out to Europe for the wedding, Smiles and I decided to do some personal travel in Austria, Croatia, Budapest, and Prague.  We both fell head over heels for this part of Europe, with Budapest and Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes being some of the highlights.  Throughout our trip we ate amazing food, explored colorful old towns, collected new friends, experienced a vibrant nightlife, and soaked in the rich cultures of four very distinctively different countries.

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Heirloom LA + Individual Medley Camp Dinner

1/30/14

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This was one of my favorite events last summer.  The always amazing Heirloom LA teamed up with Individual Medley to create a camp inspired gathering filled with good food, good people, and hand picked details perfectly curated to feel like you escaped to a summer camp for the evening.  For more behind what inspired this dinner, check out the interview on The Chalkboard Mag!

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Heirloom LA + Cook Pigs Ranch dinner

11/13/13

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This fall, Heirloom LA hosted a dinner in their backyard and tasting room, The Salon, as an opportunity to share their commitment to small, local farms — in particular, their partnership with sustainable pig ranch Cook Pigs.  The dinner was inspired by owners Krystina and Mike Cook, who feed their happy pigs avocado, macadamia nuts, acorns, fruit, apple pie scraps, and tortillas, and the evening’s conversation centered around awareness for humane efforts in ranching and organic farms.  I was so honored to be a part of this beautiful evening. Check out the feature on The Chalkboard Mag in order to learn more in the full interview with Tara Maxey!

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