One of the perks of a short trip overseas is that your body never really adjusts to the time change, so while that means you don’t sleep much during your travel, it also means you don’t have to deal with jetlag when you arrive home. WOO! Last week was absolutely incredible- I had four shoots in just over 48 hours, and though I was definitely tired by the end of it, it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. And it taught me just how important it is to photograph people I LOVE- if I wasn’t a good fit for the couples I’d been photographing, the experience would have been completely draining. Instead, their personalities and love stories, coupled with how much European travel inspires me, it all came together for what I know is going to be some of my favorite images of all time!!
This week is a going to be a big one- tomorrow evening, I’m teaching a live, FREE class over on LearnElite (see more HERE!), and on Thursday, we’re releasing something that I am so, so excited for! If you want to be one of the first to find out what we’ve been working on, make sure to sign up for the newsletter over on the left side of the page- we’ll be announcing there first, before releasing the news anywhere else.
As always, lessons learned/events that transpired over the past few weeks:
- My flights to and from Paris last week both stopped for a layover in Moscow. Why? Because it was $200-300 cheaper than a direct flight. Lesson learned: just pay the extra $200-300. What could have been 7 1/2 hour flight turned into a nearly-24 hour in-transit experience.
- And let me tell you, layovers in Sheremetyevo International Airport are not enjoyable. Everyone there is tired and/or grouchy.
- And who the heck knows how to convert from rubles to dollars on the fly? It’s something nuts like 59 rubles to 1 USD, and with the crazy cost of everything at the airport, a cup of coffee was 450 rubles. That’s like… $7.50. GAH.
- I sat next to an Italian restaurant during my Saturday layover in Moscow where I listened to the most bizarre collection of music I’ve ever heard. You’d think it’d be easy to choose music for an Italian restaurant, yes? Just pick up an Andrea Bocelli album. NOPE: instead, I was treated to Bob Marley, Ciara, Christina Aguilera (Genie in a Bottle, to be exact), Let It Go, and club-type trans music. Oh Moscow, you’re so silly.
- I measure my ability to blend in in Paris by the number of people who approach me with a question, and ask in French, not English. According to this past visit, I’m doing really well- I only had one person start off in a language other than French!
It’ll be a few weeks before I get my film back from last week, but trust me: it’s going to be SO worth it!!