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Time To Reflect

Time To Reflect

Photo by: Abraham Quintana

This past December I reached the milestone of 40 years old and like many people it was time to reflect on where I've been and where I’m going. Its clear to me that 40 is not what it used to be and the fact that I don’t feel or look it has aided me in keeping an optimistic outlook. The stigma attached to this age is still one that drives many people to look at them selves through an honest perspective and decide if they are happy with the path they are on or if its time to make drastic changes. For me it’s the same and reaching this age at the same time as my transition from dancer to what ever adventure is coming next, has been scary and liberating at the same time. Ive always had things to anchor me somewhat in areas of discipline but I'm a free bird at heart and I'm looking forward to continuing to work on this to achieve a more perfect balance between a structured foundation and a free roaming spirit. One thing I have learned in life so far is that dreams and ambitions are no longer things that are to be done way off in the future. I’ve spent many hours over the years thinking and planning and my ideas were alway something that would be done later on down the road. At this point I’ve accomplished a few things in my life that I am extremely proud of, and I believe that now is the time to strengthen my foundations and realise my objectives. I hope to always be my self, but I am working on being a better me and I know that that will only happen with the support of the people around me who have contributed so much in making me the person I am today. To all my friends and family, thank you so much! I look forward to the many great adventures that await us!


 
 

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”

– Randy Komisar


Me and my love, Laura Rosillo. Photo by Abraham Quintana


Paris With Family

Paris With Family

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There is nothing in this world I love more than to travel to fascinating places with friends and family. What could be better than to share the experience of travel with people who you care about and who can make that trip so much more memorable? Im off to Paris to meet up with my sister Breanna and my aunt Lisa! This trip will be special even for a European adventure with family as Paris is particularly  memorable  for me. Not only is it a spectacularly wonderful city that will exceed your expectations but for me it was my first trip outside The United States. I was 18 and off to the Paris International Ballet Competition. I had always dreamt of one day visiting Paris and when I got there it was like a dream. I fell in love and I have loved every tip to that city ever since. Sadly I really don't have much photography from any of those trips. The one time I went to get photos the weather wasn't on my side and it was a fast weekend. I still had a great time but as a travel photographer who loves Paris as much as I do, to not have any decent images has been kind of a shame. Well Its time to fix that as Ill have three full days to enjoy and hopefully a bit more experience. after that we'll head up to Normandy to explore some D-Day sights and see the Bayeux Tapestry. It will be a great trip no matter what and my sister is bringing her camera and tripod along as well. I cant wait to see what I get and Ill post the images as soon as possible. 

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Florence 2016

My brother Kelly and brother-in-law Rob with my sister Breanna, when they came to visit me in Amsterdam and we all went together to Florence and Cinque Terre, Italy. 


Grand Architecture

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Grand Architecture

I've always had a fascination with architecture. Something about it drives my creative side and makes my imagination accelerate. Its the perfect mix of form meets function. It can be a small simple stricture to cover people from mild weather or the grand structures we see most commonly in our major cities. The grand structures are often like massive sculptures that fit a specific purpose and we use them to enable us to work, live and play. They are often expressions of the cities and states that they represent. They can represent the ingenuity, the artistry or the wealth of those people. One of my favourite things to photograph on my travels are these great monuments that define the people who built them and influence the people who live around them. They are works or art and they always inspire me to think big. 


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Interiors + Architecture

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Interiors + Architecture

Ive stayed in a wide variety of accommodations over the years. They have varied from hotels to houses. From boats to trains, tents to palaces and even parks and ship docks. There are many I wish I had taken the time to photograph, but here are a couple that I did and they hold very fond memories for my self and my friends. 


 

Casa de Dani

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Guadalajara - Mexico

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Casa de Javea

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Javea - Spain


 

World Architecture + Details

 


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New Zealand In December

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New Zealand In December

This past November/December I had two dreams come true. The first was an opportunity to dance with The Royal New Zealand Ballet in one of my all time favourite ballets. The second was taking advantage of being in New Zealand and venturing off to explore the South Island. New Zealand is world renowned for being one of the best locations on the planet for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It had been high on my list of places to see for many years, so after a couple of successful performances I had to head South. I first flew from Wellington to Christchurch as Queenstown was outrageously expensive but I also wanted to make a circular pattern through the centre to the South and then back up the West Coast. I was going by car the whole distance. I picked up my car and immediately left for Tekapo and Lake Pukaki. The next day I spent hiking through Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and found out why so many people recommend doing the Hooker Valley Track. Simply stunning! Then I was off to Manapouri as I had an overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound/Fiordland National Park. That absolute took my breath away but nothing could prepare me for what I experienced the day after that. I finally saw Milford Sound and it was everything I was hoping for and more. Being one of the greatest natural wonders of our world, it is the perfect example of how photos, videos and everything else we have made cant do it justice. Driving into the park takes you on a journey that starts off spectacularly beautiful and only gets better from there. The final decent out of a high mountain pass tunnel was like decending into heaven. From there I went back North discovering Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and passed through Mt Aspiring National Park before settling in at Jackson Bay. My last full day I drove North passing by Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier and spending the night in Arthur's Pass. It was one of my all-time favourite road-trips and I have been left with only the best impression of New Zealand. People always say that Kiwis are some of the nicest people on the planet and I found that to be true but another side note is that my fellow tourists were also a very pleasant bunch. I met so many people from around the world, as I usually do on these types of adventures, but this bunch was different. There was a much stronger sense of support and curiosity coming from these people. Ive never had so many fun and inspiring conversations with so many fellow travelers about where they are from and what they plan to do in New Zealand. Everybody was pulling together to help each other get the best experience they could out of their journey. It really was a dream come true and I now wear my All Blacks jersey with a great sense of pride. I loved New Zealand and I really hope to return someday soon! The only thing that could have been better was to have more time! 


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Best of 2017

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Best of 2017

What a year! 2017 started off slow but picked up fast and by the end I had checked off a few of the most incredible places on our planet. Starting off on one of three trips to Barcelona, I had the privilege to experience Spain's famous Easter Week, Semana Santa, as I traveled through the Southern region of Andalusia. After that I went back to Amsterdam for a short time as I was headed to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the first time. May came faster than I was expecting and I spent the early summer with friends and family in Washington D.C. and Seattle. Then I was on my way back to Mexico. This year I started off in my favourite City, Guadalajara, and then went to Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. Then a short trip to Puebla before finishing off in Mexico City. August came and I took some time to gear up for the big finale as I left for New Zealand in October. I have been wanting to see Milford Sound for many years and it did not disappoint! Just as I had thought things would quiet down I had one last little trip to Naples, Italy to take care of. No year is really complete without a trip to Italy. In all it was a great year and I am so happy to have been able to do what I did, and go where I went, and as always, the best is to be able to share with my friends and family. I have high hopes and big plans for 2018 and I wish everybody a happy and exciting New Year! Love to all! 


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