December 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Thank 2013 for being the best year yet. I got to do so much, travel and had some great experiences along the way. There were many events happening to me this year, these are just a few highlights! So, here's a look back at my year--beginning in the Philippines. I was there for 5 weeks, and returned back to the states in late January. It was a great time, it was my second trip to the islands. 

This is my favorite shot of the whole trip, down a busy road near a wet market. 

Two weeks after my return from the Philippines, I was off to El Salvador! This was one of the best highlights of my entire year and by far the best trip that I have ever taken. The food was amazing, the people were beyond kind, and the country itself was gorgeous. I saw Mayan ruins, ate along the streets and had an experience of a lifetime. This is a cave from La Libertad, a beach. Following it is an old woman praying in a church in San Salvador. 

After my trip from El Salvador, I focused in school for a few months but had a few trips to Tahoe and Yosemite for some snowboarding. I even got to attend the Heavenly Highroller snowboard competition--I got to meet and photograph Shaun White and several other snowboarders. 


I had several trips along the California Coast, which included Monetery, Halfmoon Bay and Pescadero. I also took a few trips to Los Angeles. The following photos are from my visits to Mission Carmel, somewhere along Highway 1 and Hollywood. My summer was so busy with a season of freelance photography(I had stopped working at a portrait studio)--I covered everything from Prom, Weddings, Birthday parties, and some great studio work! I learned so much this season. I got to work independently and along side a few great photographers.  My family welcomed a few babies over the summer too! Here's a photo Baby J!  A trip to Vegas and family from over seas came to visit! Vegas is definitely a fun place for light photography. I also got to try burgers ate Gordon Ramsay's Burgr. Amazing, again. 

2013 was also the year of FREE concerts. I got to attend three concerts and meet Paramore. I saw Muse in February, The Postal Service and Jason Mraz over summer. All with some pretty amazing seats. Here are a few instagram shots from my timeline. 

I spent my 2013 weekends and spare time adventuring and eating around the Bay Area with my boyfriend, Ian. We had amazing, amazing food and went to some pretty cool places along the way. This was from a trip in March to SF Museum of Modern Art featuring a Murakami Piece. 

I had several camping trips to the lake, but my most memorable one was to Pismo beach over thanksgiving. Sand rails, dune cars, the cold water nearby--plus a ton of awesome people. We spent four days camping out by the water, but at night we'd venture to the huge dunes and watch sand cars or ATVs race up and down hills. Here is a group shot of the bunch. 

2013 was the best year on record. I had tried so many things, seen so many places and made memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life--there is really too much to blog about! Thank you to my amazing family, my friends and those who have made everything I experience possible. There were some small set backs, but I learned so much about myself and the world that I live in. Thank you 2013, for all that I have gained. I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store!



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