Jamaica | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

So this time last year I was in Jamaica with my brother thanks to Islands Magazine! I won the 2011 Reader’s Choice Award in a photo contest and this was the prize! How awesome is that! We stayed for one week at the Grand Palladium and had a ton of fun! Here are some photos documenting our trip!

On our way!Jamaica
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We entered our room, and were greeted with this happy message and delicious treat!
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There were cats everywhere! They always hung out by the outdoor tables and waited on guests to throw them scraps. Of course we did our fair share!
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We made our way to Rick’s Cafe, and got to see the sunset and watch the brave souls as they jumped off the cliff.
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Another day we visited YS Falls and I had a lot of fun playing with long exposures.
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Dylan was kind enough to help carry my tripod too! Such a sweet kid ;)
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As we were leaving the falls, I saw this man selling fresh pineapple and just couldn’t resist. He was kind enough to let me photograph him too!
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We made a pit stop on the way back to the hotel for some Red Stripe, a Jamaican beer. Lucky for Dylan the drinking age in Jamaica is 18 :)
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Scuba Diving in Jamaica!
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We went on a Black River Safari Cruise and saw some alligators up close and personal…
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A stop along the way brought us to this man. He was selling corn out of a shopping cart. I took photos, but no corn. I also happened to drop a five dollar bill out of my wallet when I went to grab a dollar to tip him, and it was snatched up faster than I could even react. I decided it was just safer to let it go then try to get it back :(
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We went to the beach too and hung out at Margaritaville….
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And of course you can’t take a trip to Jamaica without trying some of their jerk chicken. It was delish!
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Unfortunately Dylan got an infection and we had to take him to the nurse station at the hotel. The lady told us it was a bug bite and basically just gave him antihistamine and some cream ($300 later!). Luckily our mom took him to the doctor back home and found out it was MRSA! He’s fine now, but was in so much pain, I felt so bad for him! Look how big his elbow was!
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And thanks to my spray sunscreen, he ended up with these nice sunburn marks too! Poor kid!
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And then to make things even worse, the internet was so slow he couldn’t even get on Facebook to talk to his friends!! Can you imagine! lol…
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We still had tons of fun though and I’m so glad he was able to make the trip with me!
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On our way back home!
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Sunset in Maryland | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

Two weeks ago I spent some much needed quality time with friends from photography school, Caitlin and Amy. Amy lives in beautiful Southern Maryland and after a delicious home cooked meal we went out to catch the last few moments of light….Here are some of my favorite images.

Islands Magazine 2012 Photo Contest | Washington D.C. Travel Photographer

The 2012 Islands Magazine Photo Contest has begun! I’ll be starting to look through my images from Venice to see if I have any worth entering. The prices to enter have gone up a bit this year, but it’s not too bad. Take a look at the video describing how the judges chose the 2011 Contest Winners (including mine for Reader’s Choice!) My prize was an all-inclusive trip to Jamaica and I have my reservations for this spring! I can’t wait to go make some new island images! Hopefully I’ll be able to sort through the new images quick enough to enter some this year. And who knows, maybe it will bring another trip for next year! This is the image I entered for 2011 that won Reader’s Choice. Thanks again to everyone who voted for me! The video describes it as a sunset, but I can tell you it was definitely a sunrise! Waking up at 5:00am to drive to Lanikai from Makakilo is not something I do every day ;)