Marianne sampling Merlot at Airfield Estates
Cowiche Canyon Hike
Paradisos del Sol
Traveling this summer? I bet you are! Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Yakima, Washington with my daughter Emily and husband, Andy De Korte, Senior Pastor at Summitview Christian Reformed Church in Yakima plus Andy’s mom, Carol De Korte and about 750 pictures later (albeit still part of my hard drive crash) I am going to give a few pieces of advice on what pictures to take – and maybe even how to get them ready for a photo book.
This is my first personal trip in years. Creative Memories has provided me with wonderful “all expense paid trips” over the past 19 years so I haven’t been on other trips. Emily and Andy moved to Yakima after Andy’s graduation from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a Masters in Divinity in May of 2010. They accepted the offer of Senior Pastor almost immediately. Washington – never been there. Yakima – oh yea, they made bike racks – my other son in law, Luman Strong purchased one for his first Ironman last year. And – wouldn’t you know that I had enjoyed a glass of Merlot from Airfield Estates with friends in Jackson, MI the year before (near Yakima). Sounds like destiny!
So here it goes! Emily had prepared an itinerary called “Moms in Washington, May 2011 for our visit. I loved each and every day because if it was Wednesday, May 25, we were going to take the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Tour and then visit assorted Wineries including “Airfield Estates!” And we did and we documented each and every place we went and everything we did. And, I made notes about what was wonderful, meaningful and what each of us liked for future reference and to remember – not on anything special just a small notebook.
Three short tips for taking pictures while on your trip
1. Take pictures each day – and take a group picture each day. Emily posted one of our best pictures on Facebook every day so friends and family could see what were doing and where we were and we receive lots of comments and likes.
2. Use several cameras and put your camera into someone elses hands. Emily took over when I was tired of shooting. I have a Cannon DSLR – I love it and it takes great pictures and I had just purchased a new lens in part for my trip. You get in the pictures when you aren’t taking them!
3. Back up your pictures daily. You all know by now that my hard drive crashed while on vacation. I had a portable external hard drive with me. We transferred my pictures to each computer and onto my EHD as well. Keeping organized and backed up will allow me to transfer all of my pictures onto my computer. It will also allow me to create a Photobook with ease. One of the reasons cited why people do not start a Photobook is that they do not know how to begin. So . . . here it is!
And – it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add just one more – look for the unusual. We saw beautiful flowers – I took pictures of them – close up using the macro setting. Emily loved touching all the starfish at the Seattle aquarium – I took pictures of her hands touching them. Birds flocked to their Sycamore tree in their back yard – I took pictures of them. We saw fish fly at Pike Place market in Seattle, I took pictures of them. We stopped at the original Starbucks – I took pictures there. And the list went on and those pictures will be both the heart (the pictures) and the soul (the story) of our trip.
I can hardly wait to turn those images into pages for a Photo book. What a cool remembrance for you and as a thank you gift for your host and traveling companions. Is there anything as wonderful as celebrating our photos through our albums and photo books other than the experience itself and when you create that book, those memories you experience forever!
So my friends . . . plan and enjoy your summer trips and outings. Tomorrow for us – it’s Binder Park Zoo. Three Grandparents, three grandchildren and three cameras!
Later . . . Marianne