Friday, August 17, 2012

Vacations: Go Big...then Go Home

It's my first day of an extended time off between jobs, so I have a little treat for you all...a guest post! I'll let Sarah take it away!
Hi everyone! I’m Sarah, a friend of Amanda’s. I’m so excited to be guest blogging today and to meet all of you, virtually that is. A little bit about myself - I’m 24, I’m from the same town in cozy Connecticut as Amanda and I’m an RN on a maternity floor at a local hospital. While I may lead a crazy life “working” (I don’t consider my job work) 11 pm to 7 am, that does not mean I’m a vampire that doesn't have any fun!

I like to think I‘m one of life‘s #1 fans. I love wide open spaces. You know, those places that you can just stand there for hours and be high on life? Yeah I like those. I'm a big believer that you’ve only got this one, wild and crazy life that is yours, and you can bet your lucky pennies I’m going to live mine to the fullest.  This probably has to do with the fact that I’m an Aries - which means I’m a little crazy and a little adventurous - but, more often than not, I will take the risk if it’ll make for a good story …or a good photo.

My mom has Short Bowel Syndrome (more on that another time), so growing up we were never really the family that was able to go away on frequent vacations. However, my grandparents own a house in Cape Cod - Orleans to be specific - that we always went to every summer. In the past 4 years I’ve attempted to make up for lost time with trips to Italy, Disney World, Dominican Republic, and London. (Side note: London I booked on Thanksgiving and left 2 weeks later - a little crazy and a little adventurous, remember?) In the beginning of August I was able to get away to Cape Cod for a short, but sweet 3 days.
Whether I’m gone for 3 weeks or 3 days, I have one rule when it comes to vacations: if the vacation is going to memorable, so must the photos! You have to big ...then go home. See that rock all the way out in the distance at the beach? Well, I’m going to make you climb it and stand there so I can take a picture of the sunset. Not in the mood to pose for a picture? I’ll take it anyway. You don’t know how to work my camera to take a photo? It’s fine, I’ll explain it in 10 seconds flat.

And in the years I’ve had my Canon T2i and have been doing this, I have yet to be disappointed with my vacation shots. All of the photos in this post are from my recent trip to the Cape. 

And because my vacations come with videos too, here’s the video:

Tell me - What are your favorite vacation spots? What are your thoughts on posing for pictures? Are you as crazy (a little) and adventurous (a little) as I am? 

I will (hopefully) be back guest blogging for Amanda again - I always have plenty to talk about, but in the mean time follow me on Twitter @smstemp (warning - this mouth isn’t filtered), on Instagram @smstemp, and if you’re on Tumblr check me out: I also sell sweaters on Etsy at: (Shameless plugs over.)

I look forward to hearing from all of you!
Cheers! XO



femmefrugality said...

Love your shots! And your attitude; we have to enjoy the fun things in life...and whether we're gone for 3 days or 3 weeks, that reprieve can help us make memories that will help us get through the rest of the year. :)

Mademoiselle Michael said...

This is a wonderful post! Love your energy, Sarah! I definitely need to be better about capturing memories on camera. I'm good about remembering to bring my camera,...but I just don't always take the camera out of my bag and take the actual pictures! :)

Adam said...

You have a wonderful camera Sarah, those shots look so professional

Janna Renee said...

She sounds like a ton of fun and a great travel partner ;)

Janna Renee said...

She sounds like a ton of fun and a great travel partner ;)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Have fun on vacay, Amanda! And Sarah, it looks like you really know how to love life! :)

Audrey Allure said...

Beautiful photos - great guest post!

AlliFerg said...

Amanda! SO, SO happy for you that you have an "extended" break. Enjoy it :)

Danielle said...

Love this!! Enjoy the break! Your blog is fabulous. Newest reader!

DWei said...

I agree with making memorable photos. Stupid poses and embarrassing situations are my preference.