The Adventure Begins
Hi, we’re Michael and Molly, two traveling photographers on a crazy seven month adventure. If you want to know more about us, check out this page first!
About a year ago, Michael took me on a nice walk through downtown Portland. I could tell he had something to ask me, but he was clearly very nervous about it too.
“So… I was wondering… it’s like this…”
I had an idea what he was working up to. For quite some time, I've known that Michael has wanted to travel. Extensively. Like, “Let’s go backpack Europe for a year” extensive. And he has known that, while I love the idea, I’ve been nervous about what it means to take off for six months or longer on a wild adventure.
See, I’m a planner. I like routine, I like safety. I don’t do a lot of risk-taking.
Michael, on the other hand? Thrill-seeker. Adventurer. A very methodical planner, too, but willing to throw caution to the wind when the opportunity arises.
And yet, as Michael told me about this dream to move abroad and photograph the world together, something was different. I thought, “Yeah! Let's do it.”
Needless to say, he was a little shocked that I was game for it. To be honest, I surprised myself. And so began our planning…
One of the main goals of this trip is to learn Spanish in an immersive environment, which is important to us both as a couple and individually: Michael is half-Mexican and has always wanted to connect with his heritage more, and we have always talked about raising children in a bilingual home one day.
After lots of research and advice from friends, we settled on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. The country has a neutral accent, a thriving community of Spanish language schools, and Lago de Atitlán is a beautiful 50-square-mile lake with a half-dozen towns dotting the lakeshore. Kind of hard to beat. (Check out Michael's drone photo of San Pedro at the top of this post!)
Apart from a few quick trips home to photograph fall weddings, we will stay here until November before returning to the U.S. for Thanksgiving break: Michael has a wedding in Central Oregon, and we’ll get to spend time with family over the holiday before heading to Europe. On our way across the pond we’ll have a quick three-day layover in New York City to see old friends and take advantage of the cheap transatlantic flights from NYC.
From there, we plan on staying close to a home base in Ronda, Spain for most of December and January. We'd love to develop a routine there and get to know the town before we start branching out with weekend trips throughout Europe. Current places on our wish list are Prague, Mont St. Michel, Germany, Bruges, Venice, and maybe a trip outside the EU to Morocco! We'd love to hear from you if you’ve been to any of these places. What did you like? What hidden gems did you find?
By March, we’ll be reaching the end of our 90-day tourist visa in Europe. We will head to England to spend a few weeks with Molly’s family before heading back to Portland. Yes, we are coming home at the end of this!
That’s where the next big adventure begins. For the last three seasons Molly has helped Michael photograph most of his weddings, and now we are excited to announce that we'll finally be launching a joint wedding photography business! Watch this space over the next few months to see more of our work and keep an eye out as we share more about our travels.