Jennifer Dery on Travel
I am a travel addict. There, I said it.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Except, I don’t really think it’s a problem. I see it more as a lifestyle choice, this passion of mine to see the world. Anyone who knows me knows that I just can’t get enough. Not of the places I’ve already been, or the places I still long to go. Travel is absolutely the way to my heart.
I don’t mean to brag, but I have been to too many places to even list. In fact, I am currently in the process of filling up my second passport. As a wedding photographer, this actually means that I have all kinds of insight into ideal locations for tying the knot and the best places for honeymoons. I love talking about travel too, so I always get excited chatting with new couples about their plans. If I have been to where you’re headed, I am more than happy to give you tips and ideas for while you are there.
For me, Italy has always been a favorite trip to make. I try to go back every chance I get. Florence is amazing, as well as the Italian countryside. I love France and Scotland. Even better however, are the places I have yet to visit, places like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Costa Rica. I try to get out of the country at least twice a year and have a pinterest page dedicated specifically to images of beautiful or interesting looking places (http://pinterest.com/jendery/travel-ideas/).
When it comes to traveling within the United States, I always get excited about going anywhere I have never been before. I like the rush of seeing new places and getting to explore the unknown. I do, however, have a special place in my heart for San Francisco, Austin and Seattle. I have a good time whenever I am able to visit any of those spots. Then again, Chicago and of course New York rank high with me as well. I love the feel of cities with distinct personas, which each of those locations has spades. Next week I’ll be visiting New Orleans and I have a feeling I’ll be adding it to my top 10 cities to revisit list.
When I’m traveling, ideally I prefer a mixture of adventure and relaxation. While seeing new places, I always haul my camera along – even when the travel guides warn it will likely be stolen. I could hike up a mountain in Peru one day, and then happily spend the next camped out on the beach allowing a cute waiter to bring me drinks. You might find me roaming around the Louvre, or eating from a street food cart in a 3rd world country. For me, the real goal is the experience. No matter where I’m at, I like to immerse myself in the local culture and learn from those around me. generally my only restrictions are super windy or over-crowded locales, Windy AND crowded? No thanks. Otherwise – I am happy to blend in and enjoy my surroundings just about anywhere.
At the end of the day, I just like to travel. San Diego will always be home and photography will always be my one true love, but seeing the world? It comes in as a very close second. The beauty is that when I travel, I often get to combine my two passions and photograph weddings, portraits or editorial stories while I am on the road. It is a pretty good life, and I definitely can’t complain.
If you need a photographer to join you for a wedding or portrait somewhere amazing – I’m your girl! I’ll make the shoot beautiful, easy and painless and get you back to your vacation in no time!