Capturing moments through photos has been something that I have taken a big interest in. I really enjoy taking pictures and am always excited when I get the opportunity to do so. There is something unique about photography, and I absolutely love it. As I am learning more about photography, I have been able to snap some shots that I have grown to love. Below is a selection of some of my favorite travel photos I have taken when traveling. I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as hearing what lessons I learned on these trips!
These shots were taken on a trip to lovely Chi Town. I snapped them on a nice spring day while walking in the city with my dad and little sister. What I like about these pictures is the colorful flowers that seem to brighten up the statues’ rainy day as they head to their destinations in the city. I also love how freakishly perfect the buildings appear against the blue sky. Throughout the walk, my head was on a swivel, marveling at the sleek skyscrapers, busy streets, and pops of color from yellow taxis. I learned to take time to enjoy my surroundings and live in the present moment, without clouding my mind with what just happened or what might happen next. I experienced taking time to appreciate things around me a little more, whether that meant lingering a little longer at something I felt was cool, like the statues.
I went to Oregon for a summer basketball camp with my teammates. This was an intense week packed with everything basketball. My coach said that it was going to be hard (and it was), but looking back, I am glad I went. We all pushed ourselves and I believe we became better players by the end of the camp. My coach told us was that we would skip the very last day of the basketball camp and have a fun day instead. When the last day rolled around, my team and the coaches drove to Seaside, Oregon. We shopped, ate, and spent some time in Seaside, a beautiful beach located on the Pacific Coast. My favorite part was definitely going to the beach. It felt so good to go out and enjoy the sights in Oregon since we hadn’t been able to venture out before. I learned that it feels great to work hard and overcome a challenge, but it feels ten times better when you are able to reward yourself by relaxing and having fun as a result of that hard work.
On my trip to D.C. a couple of years ago, I got the opportunity to see and experience a ton of things I will never forget. I got to participate in laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The only reason I was able to do that was because I decided to take a chance and write an essay in the hopes of being one of the four students picked to be wreath layers). I saw the White House for the first time in real life, and I went to a number of impressive museums and monuments. Overall, I learned two things from my trip to D.C.:
- You have to put yourself out there if you want to do something extraordinary.
- Putting in extra effort is extra evident in the end.
I took these two pictures when I traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada with my family, including a side trip to the Hoover Dam. They are my favorite because I conquered some butterflies that were in my stomach that lingered while I was up high in those mountains. They also remind me of how much fun I had in Las Vegas.
Now, these two shots do not have a long explanation for the lesson that I learned. However I believe what I’m about to say can apply for multiple areas in life. What I learned is that you have to be brave and just do what you got to do! I had to do this in order to capture these Hoover Dam pictures!
When admiring the sunrise one morning and the expansive ocean, I’m reminded of how serene it was. Hearing the waves come up on the shore was extremely calming. During this vacation, I had been working hard all summer to complete an online American history class. I had made lots of progress but still had a portion of things to finish before the online class came to an end. Unfortunately, I needed to spend some time working on the class during my vacation (instead of relaxing in the pool 24/7), and that was a bummer. Although I wish I did not have to worry about the class on vacation, I had to because it was a priority. I managed to make progress in the class and still have a wonderful time doing what I wanted to do when I took a break.
I ended up finishing the class as well as enjoying the rest of my time in gorgeous, warm, memorable Cancun! I learned that it is so beneficial and necessary to take breaks from school/work, and that you shouldn’t work so much that you miss out on precious moments with the people you love.
I hope these photos were fun to look at and that perhaps these lessons are relatable to you. Be sure to come on back in June for a debrief of my trip to Florida.
I am Brooke Lauryn. I am a high school student with diverse interests. I enjoy being a member of my high school band and marching at Friday night football games, along with participating in basketball and track & field. I appreciate art and music and learning about other cultures. I love spending time with my family and friends. Since I was a child I have always enjoyed traveling, and I look forward to sharing some of my favorite places and “cool” things to do with you.