Travel Photography: Chamonix–Paris–Amsterdam

Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationAfter I finished with National Geographic Student Expeditions, my boyfriend flew over to Europe and we got to travel together! Our adventure began in the mountain village of Chamonix, France. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationChamonix is located at the base of Mt. Blanc, basically on the border of France, Switzerland, and Italy. We were literally surrounded by mountains everywhere we looked. Chamonix is full of people looking for mountain adventure. It is also full of people who found mountain adventure, walking around with crutches and casts. And, it was the site of the first winter Olympics in 1924. They take their mountain sports very seriously. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationThe best, coolest, queasiest thing we did in Chamonix was our trip up the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to see Mt. Blanc. You can travel from the base of the mountain to the top of the cable car route, at about 12,000′ in under 20 minutes. So, while we were feeling a little queasy, we were also freezing since the temperature dropped below freezing. Despite those not so awesome feelings, it was the coolest to be that high up in open air. I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European Vacation

There’s the town, way way way down there. Travel Photography, European Vacation

If you’re the kind of person who chooses to go mountaineering, (I am not that person) you simply climb down that little rickety ladder from the observation deck. Do you see it in the photo below? The ladder that looks like it’s slightly wider than a climbing rope? No thanks, I’ll stay on the deck. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationAfter a few days in Chamonix, it was onto Paris via TGV. We loved staying near Rue Montorgueil and slowly making our way all around the city. And we walked, walked, walked, all over. Luckily, there’s enough pastry shops and gelato stands to keep the walking fueled during the hot summer days.  Travel Photography, European VacationThe tuileries, a beautiful spot to rest and stick your feet in the fountain.  Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationLouvre plaza in the evening…Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationWe made our way to the Eiffel Tower. Which was much bigger than I remembered. It’s taller than the Columbia Tower here in Seattle! It really is beautiful and impressive. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationWho can see a roundabout like the Arc de Triomphe and not think of this scene? Travel Photography, European VacationLater, we hung out with the Impressionists (and the AC) in the Musee d’OrsayTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationWe loved starting our mornings at this cafe, with some coffee, a croissant, and some people watching. I love the side-by-side seating, it makes people watching so much easier. Travel Photography, European VacationParisian restaurants are obviously big on wine, but if anyone has successfully ordered a manhattan, would you si’l vous plait let me know how you did it?? One night while out to dinner, I thought to myself, I like beef tartare. I’m brave. I’ll order it. What came out on my plate was not what I was expecting. It was more of a raw hamburger meat situation with garnishes on the side, rather than something already mixed up with spices and sauces. I really gave it the ol’ college try, though. Lucky for me, the fries were crispy, salty perfection. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationOn our final night in Paris we watched the people & twilight along the Seine. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationThe next morning, we hopped on another train to Amsterdam. Land of clean streets and suspiciously nice people. It’s the kind of city where I could live forever. Travel Photography, European VacationOne of the very knowledgeable Dutch people we met and overloaded with questions, told us that buildings used to be taxed by their width. Which is why so many of the buildings are so narrow. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationThis city has more bikes than cars, by far. Actually, it has more bikes than people. They estimate there are 881,000 bikes, and fewer than 800,00 people.  Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationI was obsessed with watching people cruise the canals. Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European Vacation

Travel Photography, European VacationTravel Photography, European VacationAnd then back to the states in the morning. The direct Amsterdam to Seattle flight is amazing and I would do it every month, if I could. I finally got around to watching the sixth sense on that flight. Real big twist at the end, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. Travel Photography, European Vacationadios & au revoir Europe,

xoxo

Kate

Day in the Life: Rosalie Pt. 2

I’ve been thinking about this day in the life photography project for about a year now. There are a lot of nieces & nephews in my family, and I love the idea of freezing time, of being able to remember what one particular spring day was like in 2016. I like photos of the every day, the rituals & routines of normal life. I love watching how other people move around their homes, how they raise their children, where they put their dirty socks. And I love the idea that “time stands still in moments that look most like ordinary life.” So this post is about one particular Monday,  my sweet, 2 year-old niece, and what her life was like during that day. Day in the Life, Seattle Photographer3:48// Wake up from napDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer

4:26pm//pick up brothers from schoolDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerCousins come to school to playDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer5:18//playground chase with CadenDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer5:30//back home for snacksDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer6:24//Daddyo gets homeDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer6:48// dinner timeDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle PhotographerDay in the Life, Seattle Photographer

To see Part 1 of this series, check out this post

To book your own day in the life session, email me at katejmillerphotography{at}gmail.com

National Geographic Student Expeditions: Barcelona Photo Workshop

NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyAfter three weeks of teaching and travel, I am back home in Seattle sifting through all the photos and memories from my time with National Geographic Student Expeditions. This was my second year with Photo Workshop Barcelona and my 5th time teaching and trip guiding in Barcelona.  The photo above shows our 25 students this year, our pack of fearless photographers and adventurers. They were so much fun. From day 1, they were committed to experiencing all that Barcelona could offer.   NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyFirst, we started at Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. Its lightness is hard to convey in photos, but it’s unlike any other cathedral I’ve visited. It stands 558′ tall in a city where buildings rarely rise above 9 stories. When you walk through surrounding neighborhoods, you can still see the cranes rising and working above the cathedral spires. And from the inside, there is amazing light all day long.

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After spending a few days in Barcelona acclimating to the jet lag and heat, we head to Figures & Cadaqués. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyThe Dalí museum in Figueres is trippy and weird and exactly how Dalí would have wanted it.NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyAnd the small town of Figueres is beautiful. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyFor me, nothing compares to Cadaqués. This town is the love of my life. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyI was teaching a small group of students about manual exposure and other less interesting things when a group of boys from the town started jumping off the ledge and into the water. We absolutely had to stop our lesson and start photographing what was happening. I love this spontaneous shoot and how my students jumped right into the experience. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyI was talking with these three boys and they told me,” puede llamanos Messi, Suarez, and Rinaldo (you can call us Messi, Rinaldo, Suarez.” Just three of the best soccer players in the world. Nbd. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyBack in Barcelona, we did lots of shooting around the city. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyDuring the weekend, something called the Sardana is performed in the cathedral square. It’s a beautiful Catalan tradition. Musicians are set up to play for hours, and people come to the plaza, meet their friends, and dance the very specific choreography together. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyThen, we visited Girona, Besalú, and Banyoles. After arriving in Girona, we quickly learned that parts of season 6 of Game of Thrones was filmed in the town!NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyWe spent the afternoon in the medieval town of Besalu…NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyAnd ended our day in Banyoles, the hometown of our NatGeo photographer extraordinaire, Tino Soriano. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel Photography

Meanwhile in Barcelona, we just couldn’t get enough of Gaudí. This is from the roof of La Pedrera.

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“The Kiss” mural NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyOur final trip out of the city, to the mountains of Castellar de N’Hug. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyNatGeo, Barcelona, Travel Photography

And then, finally, after 10 days of learning and shooting together, we open a pop-up gallery show on our last night together. NatGeo, Barcelona, Travel PhotographyThis whole trip was such a delight to lead. Big high fives and gold stars to my incredible co-leaders Gaston & Michelle and our assistant Judith! And most of all, our students who totally owned this trip and kicked ass.

xoxo,
Kate

 
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