How I Travel With My Photo Gear

How I Travel With My Photo Gear

As many of you probably know, I’ve spent the last year traveling. Against all instincts from my Asian upbringing, I left my stable job at a big-name company and hit the road, finding myself in places like Italy, Vietnam, and New Zealand. During this time, I’ve been asked how I travel with my photo equipment. So here’s how I travel:

  1. Light.
  2. With a nice bag to transport my equipment.
  3. With a ghetto bag for everyday use.

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Slowing it Down

Slowing it Down

You know what’s nice? Having my own laptop! Yes, I’m sadly glued to technology and when we’re not actually traveling, my husband and I are each looking at some sort of glowing screen.

When we started this year of travel, one of my goals was to pack light. As a result, we only took one laptop on the road with us, thinking that we would be able to share. Well, we weren’t. Whenever there was a moment of downtime, we would both need to be on the computer, and seeing that the laptop was really Edwin’s, he won. Once we got back to LA, I promptly bought my own laptop.

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Until Next Season

Until Next Season

Yes, I’ve been terrible about keeping up with my photography blog. Our homeless adventure blog and snowboarding has been keeping me otherwise occupied. But here’s a quick post with some parting shots of Breckenridge – of course our final day in town was a nice powder day.

All photos taken with the Canon 5D Mark II and my nice new 24-70/f2.8 lens. I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet (I’ve discovered I don’t really like shooting with cold hands, explaining my lack of photos), but so far, so good.

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On Top of Old Smokey

On Top of Old Smokey

I heard it before I saw it. It was the day we were to drive through the Great Smokies, and I woke to the familiar sound of rain. And it wasn’t just a drizzle, it was a downpour. What was to be a day of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors was quickly turning into a day of just…driving.

Then, miraculously, as we drove into the park, the rain began to clear. Even though it was still cloudy, we were graced with the occasional ray of sunshine. The downpour made the trails a little too muddy for hiking, but the clouds made it a great day to take photos of running water. My sadness about the rain quickly turned into excitement. Excitement because I was going to have the chance to experiment with my tripod.

I just have a cheap, really light tripod that I bought many years ago when I knew even less about photography than I do now. Even though I’ve had the tripod for a while, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to use it. And now, empowered with my tripod, I became so obsessed with photographing water that we spent nearly our whole day taking photos…of the same stream! Every time I thought we could move on, I had to see what would happen if I held the shutter open just a little longer, or if I bumped up my f-stop just a little more. I was so engrossed that we almost didn’t make it to Memphis in time to grub on some Corky’s. I know! But notice I said almost. Of course I got my Corky’s!

I really do wish we had had more time to enjoy the Great Smokies. But the lure of BBQ pork ribs was just too great.

Some of my favorites from the day:

This is what I thought our whole day was going to be like. And that’s what I felt like. A boiled peanut.


But…ta-da! No more rain!




I’m sure we spent well over an hour here. It was so gorgeous that I just did not want to leave. And I was having too much fun with my tripod.






South of the Border

South of the Border

Edwin and I have never done the resort vacation before. Our vacations are typically not vacations – they’re trips where we’re trying to see and experience as much as possible. So it was a totally new and foreign (no pun intended!) concept for us to spend three nights at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar resort in Los Cabos for a wedding weekend.

Now, there is plenty to do in Los Cabos, but a lot of it happens to involve being on a boat or in choppy waters. This is a problem for me since every day I age, I get more easily seasick. I’ve tried taking Dramamine, but it only served to knock me out. Because of my fear of getting sick, Edwin and I spent nearly all of our free time relaxing poolside at our resort. It was much how I would expect a vacation on a cruise boat would be – everything you could possible need in a self-contained area, which made me feel a little restless. I’m not sure if I got a lot of relaxing done (I woke up every morning and checked the clock before going back to sleep. It read 7:56am all three mornings I did this), but I definitely got some sun and did some leisure reading!

I did manage to sneak slightly off the property to snap a few photos…



Not once did we see people swimming in the ocean just outside the resort. Taking a look at the huge waves and how close they crashed to shore, we knew why it wasn’t the ideal place for a leisurely swim.

There are vendors who spend the whole day on the beach trying to get your attention to sell some of their wares. It’s clearly hard work with the baja sun beating down on them.


But the real reason we were in Cabo was to attend Lisa & Tony’s wedding! You may remember my post about their engagement shoot. I’ll be posting about their wedding soon, but for now, here’s a sneak peak at the weekend festivities…