Updated: Jan 25
I'm a big believer in saying yes
especially to things that seem worth doing
especially when they scare the shit out of me
Jumping into this experience was the latter
Photographers and vans have become a bit of a stereotype. There are lots of us out there. But it's no coincidence - flexibility and mobility make have make good opportunities possible.
So I bought a cargo van. And learned to build it into a comfortable space to work + sleep on the road.
It was a project that reminded me of the importance of asking for help. It was a reminder to think outside the box and trust my instincts. It was a reminder to roll with the punches. The first two months were slept sleeping on a camp pad on the floor with a dog. Without four wheel drive, I've managed to get myself stuck three times - twice in snow, once in mud. My radiator started leaking in west Texas on Easter Sunday. I busted my transmission line on a highway interchange outside of Boston during a triple-digit heat wave. Vanlife has included its own challenges, but it's allowed me to say yes to so many opportunities. It's allowed to simplify and focus on what's most important to me.
This year, I was able to work in California, Colorado, Texas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, + Ohio. I've met more kind people than I ever imaged. I've learned from amazing mentors + friends. And I'm constantly reminded to stay open + present.
I look forward to another year, with many safe passages, and another year capturing important moments for amazing people.
So it is with much gratitude that I say thank you, and yes to the year ahead. I'm excited for the projects on the horizon, and hope that you're inspired to say "yes" in a meaningful way to you!
Cheers to following the trail less traveled.