Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Motivation ... We the Doers and Creators

 BELIEVERS ... those people around you that carry the weight so you can be your best self.

There are people around you
 that if you look closely 
are continually motivating everyone 
by their actions.
For my latest "We the Doers and Creators" photo session
 I wanted to share with all of you my coach Emeline from Oski Crossfit. 
 When I first started going to Oski I was intimidated for a lot of reasons: new place, new language, new sport.
 I am naturally an outgoing person but also shy when I am not in my comfort zone. 

Emeline's coaching made Crossfit feel approachable, fun, intriguing, and possible in the right way. She is always there to encourage her athletes, but also there to say,
  Oski Crossfit is completely lucky to have a trainer like her. 
Here presence will make you feel comfortable, and she breaks down skills so they are easy to understand.

Did I mention she is SUPER POSITIVE, KNOWLEDGEABLE, SKILLED. and ENCOURAGING. She is a real DOER. Having an army background she explained to me the importance of having a strong mental game.

Heading into my Ultra Beast I wanted to share Emeline with all of you, because for me, she is one of the strongest, motivational women I know. 

 On days where I have woken up feeling not 100% I know I could see Emeline's instagram story and see her working out, inspiring others, and coaching. 

One of my mantra's I will be saying to myself is: 
It's a Mental Game, Stay Focused, Keep Smiling, and Have Fun  

and this is something she has told me. 
Completely grateful to Oski Crossfit and to Emeline for her continual positive support. 
You are a Doer, a fighter, and a motivator. 
THANK YOU for making others' lives that much brighter. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Annecy France Coffee+Photography ... Tours

I had this idea over a year ago to host a coffee+photography tour as these two are my domain of expertise. Photography because it is what I do professionally and love sharing tips, pointers, and skills that help others visually see their world in a different way. Coffee because I was a former barista now coffee lover with a passion for showing the world of specialty coffee with everyone. 

So, why the two together? 
 I have found while traveling that coffee and photography go hand in hand. Some of the best traveling tips I have discovered were from my coffee shop stops. Always willing to give tips, pointers, or recommendations you will find that baristas are some of the most open, helpful people. So, when I land in a city I am sure to have a list of coffee shops to frequent. Lucky for you, Annecy has quite a few all differing and specializing in certain things. 

 So it is with super excitement that last week I kicked off two tours. We met at my favorite cafe, Brumes, where each guest had a small espresso tasting. We talked about texture, taste, and coffee. During this time we also chatted about why we all love coffee. Afterwards I explained tips on how to take better photos while traveling and gave pointers on how to create a scene and style.

We then hit the streets of Annecy where I navigated guests through the city. I helped them with basic photo skills, and encouraged guests not to get stuck on photography gear that the most important thing is really setting up a photo, composition, and just photographing. Mistakes will happen but sometimes the photos that you think are mistakes are often the most beautiful. 

I love lightly blurred images, photos that get passed by because at first they don't seem perfect. We stopped for an almond croissant as one guest was hungry. Luckily, I know where to find the best almond croissant in Annecy. Afterwards it was to the chateau for a small bit of history but stopping along the way always for a photo. 

If you want to see a city, walk if possible. It's one of the best way to explore, and take photos.  I love stopping at cafes, looking up at architecture, finding the small details. As one of my guests explained, she loved discovering a place and it's ambiance. I loved that, I too think that's why I love photographing. It's a way to try and pause time, to have a tangible souvenir. 

So cool to meet Olga, another photographer from New York
After leaving the guests with more than enough photo tips, places to go, and things they must eat, we finished our tour at my favorite spot for ice cream. I strongly encouraged them to try the caramel beurre salĂ© ... (salted caramel) and with our hands sticky from melted ice cream, smiles on our faces, we said until next time. For me, it was a moment where I just felt overly grateful for travelers, people willing to try something new, experience, and learn. 

Sending everyone a bit of wanderlust, a bit of coffee love, and a