Have Camera + Will Travel | Vacation Travel Photographer

First, a disclaimer

This is a long post….but at the end is FREE STUFF!!!! So keep reading, it’s worth the wait and all the in-between is really good too!

My first passport

When I was 8 years old, I put my first stamp in my passport for a trip to Tahiti to visit my grandfather. I remember how boring the plane trip was that seemed to last an eternity.

I remember his home on the top of what seemed to be the highest mountain in the world. I remember his grapefruit trees and the bouncy ride in his jeep and his thick, French accent telling me to put my seatbelt on. I remember feeling terrified of the vast ocean, even though I could see all the way to the bottom into all of the twists and turns of the coral reef. My mother spent much of her childhood on those beaches and she told me about her best friend stepping on a Moray Eel while harpoon fishing, which ended in her leg being amputated from the knee down. At almost 40 years old, I still won’t walk on the floor of a body of water if I can’t see my feet!

When I was 15 years old, I put another stamp in my passport for a month long trip to Belgium to visit my grandmother. (These grandparents were married to each other and divorced twice. Literally, a hemisphere separated them for the rest of their lives.)

We rode trains through France, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. It was such an amazing summer and my heart aches for just one more summer with my Mimi.


Since then, I’ve visited Mexico, Nigeria, Israel and embarrassingly little of the United States (although I have a trip in 2 weeks to Seattle and I can’t WAIT for my sunset sailboat tour of the San Juan Islands!!!!).

This is a very rudimentary video I made of some mission work my husband and I did in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2009.

My photographs (and videos) of these trips are some of my most treasured possessions.

Before I became a mother, I dreamed of spending my adult years traveling. My bachelor’s degree is in Journalism and I dreamed of writing for National Geographic Magazine. God has had other plans for me for the last 14 years and I don’t regret a single second of these precious years with my boy, but I am now in a season of life that I am free to roam this great big world once again and I’ve got my bags packed!

The old adage, “Do what you love and you’ll never work again,” is so very true. I love my work and the only thing I can think of that would make it even more satisfying is to do it abroad.

But let’s talk about your family

If you’re anything like my family, when it comes to planning a family vacation, it can be so fun…and overwhelming! Where to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, WHERE TO EAT! So many decisions, so many questions. All the worrying, planning and spending are so worth all the memories that are made. Often, those memories are all you have left of the fruits of your labor – except for some cheap trinkets from China that you may have caved on.

What happens to those memories? Did you take snapshots on your phone or DSLR camera? Did you print them? Will you children be able to thumb through them when they’re 39 years old, reminiscing about that annual vacation to Florida?

If you’re like most families, they won’t.

And I aim to change that! At least for 12 families a year, that is.

Have Camera + Will Travel

Beginning September 1, 2016 (my very last birth client is due August 17th!), I will be available to travel with your family to document those vacation memories and give you a keepsake you will truly treasure. Actually, about 45 of them!

Travel Sessions include up to 4 hours of shooting time PER DAY you book and a minimum of 45 full-size digital negatives and corresponding 4×6 prints PER DAY. And you decide how those 4 hours are spent.

Before your session is booked, you meet with me at the studio (or via Skype or email) so we chat about your plans for the trip and when the best opportunities will be for photography. You’ll let me know if you want me to be a quiet observer, giving your family space and privacy to be yourselves or if you want me to be more of a participant on the trip, interacting with your children for more dynamic family images. We dream together about what you want documented and I can help decide on locations for shoots and the best time for great lighting. After our shoot for the day, I go back to my room and give your family the opportunity to enjoy each other.

My day rate for these sessions is $1250 and you cover my travel expenses. Nothing fancy is required, so economy seating on flights is fine and so is a Holiday Inn (see the above video of my trip to Nigeria as evidence of how fancy I am not!). For destinations less than 4 hours from Beaumont, TX, I’m happy to drive and you just pay round-trip mileage.

About 2 weeks after I return from your vacation, I’ll have this gorgeous French velvet print box with a minimum of 45 – 4×6 prints and the corresponding full-size digital negatives for each day that you booked my services ready to deliver!



The Possibilities

These sessions can be booked for a day at Crystal Beach or a globe-trotting trip around Europe. You decide! Have friends or family joining you abroad? Split the cost of my travel and accommodation expenses and you can each book me for a day! The possibilities for these sessions are really endless and I can’t wait to blog about these trips! (If you prefer privacy, I’m happy to only blog my own adventures while abroad.)

And Now for the Best Part!!!

Because I’ve been waiting so long to be able to travel again, I’M OFFERING THESE SESSIONS FOR FREE from September 1, 2016 to September 1, 2017!!!!

You heard me right! You get me there and give me a place to sleep and I’ll give you 4 hours of my very best portrait work FOR FREE!!! French velvet box, full-size digital negatives and 4×6 prints included!!

Because I will still be returning to my own private dream world full of bumps, babies and children in Beaumont, I’ll only be able to book ONE Travel Session per month, so if you’re interested in booking, ACT FAST!

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Have Camera Will Travel

Courtney McDonaldJuly 14, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Our family is traveling to Coeur D’alene over the Thanksgiving holiday. I would LOVE to talk about having you with us for a couple of days. Seriously onemail of my most favorite places in America!!

Ashli BrownJuly 14, 2016 - 10:09 pm

We have our Brown family reunion in Galveston Texas the weekend of Sept 9-10-11 if you’d like to come spend 4 hours with my family

MorganJuly 15, 2016 - 10:46 am

This is awesome!

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