Category archives: Personal

  • Exploring the Island of Curacao: Underwater

  • Let me just start out by saying this: if I am going to go on a tropical vacation, the water had better be warm, and there better be good snorkeling. Snorkeling is probably the most relaxing thing in the world. Curacao's turquoise waters have excellent visibility and wonderful reefs, which is why it is a very popular de [...]
  • Hartmans go to Granada, Spain

  • Its fun looking back on old photos. Josh and I went to Spain in 2013 and we blogged it as soon as we got back. But over the years, certain photos from that trip have grown on me and I feel the need to share a few more. I also feel that it just isnt fair to either of the cities we went to to jumblie it up into one big b [...]
  • Hartmans Go To Marbella and Ronda Spain

  • Marbella was the last city we visited on our trip to southern Spain. By this point, we were ready to finish up our vacation with some relaxation along the Mediterranean. To get there, we hopped on a bus and then took a taxi to the the gorgeous Urban Villa boutique hotel. The Urban Villa is located atop a mountain overl [...]
  • Hartmans Visit the City of Fes, Morocco

  • It's hard to believe that it has already been almost two years since we went on this trip. Morocco had such an impact on me, and I still think about this place nearly every single day. Centrally located within the country, the city of Fes is rich with culture and tradition. Every morning we woke to the sounds of Fajr a [...]
  • Wandering Through Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Oh Vancouver, you have stolen my heart! I've never been to a city quite like it. I went to Vancouver this January for an epic photo shoot with the Raleigh-based company Celtic Complexion to promote their new cosmetics line. The owner of the company, Jennifer, and I flew in together, and as we drove downtown from the ai [...]
  • Serenity in Squamish, British Columbia

  • This place is just unreal! Giant mountains, towering trees, low hanging clouds, eclectic little buildings, and crystal clear waters. I'm finding myself a bit obsessed with the town of Squamish. I first came out to Canada to visit Vancouver with my friend Jennifer Waller to do a shoot for her makeup and skin care line, [...]
  • Snowy Boone North Carolina Cabin Weekend

  • This year has been a big one for us- I quit my job to join Josh as a full time photographer, we photographed a record number of weddings and engagements, and Josh turned the big 3-0. So when things finally started to wind down, we figured we owed it to ourselves to have a blowout celebration. Christy, the owner of Trin [...]
  • Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock, NC

  • Chimney Rock holds a very special place in our hearts. Besides being an adorable mountain town in a gorgeous part of the North Carolina Mountains, it is a sentimental place. Josh and I came out this time to photograph our best friends' wedding at the Esmeralda Inn in downtown Chimney Rock. We cleared our schedule and m [...]
  • Biking the American Tobacco Trail to Durham

  • Shelley and I spend a lot of time on our bikes. In fact, our earliest days together were spent riding for hours along the pairie path near our hometown of Winfield, Illinois. And we've owned just about every kind of bike over the years including road bikes, folding bikes, mountain bikes, and even a take apart tandem wh [...]