Since I moved back to the East Coast from Colorado in June 2019, I've picked up my camera on just a handful of occasions outside of my travels. I had early success in my photography in part because I was living in Colorado and the vast mountainous landscapes and clear blue alpine lakes did most of the work. Since being quarantined due to COVID-19, I have reflected on how I can use this time to create the same inspiring photos without the Rocky Mountains doing all the work. The photo above was taken just a few weeks back at a secret spot in Virginia. This spot will always hold a special place in my heart because of the tranquil energy and great memories it brought me during my college years. One of my favorite "styles" of photography is capturing my subjects experiencing pure bliss in the outdoors, and I feel like that's evident in this shot. And so, maybe the landscape did some of the work (I mean check out that water and those trees!) but the photo came together just as I had imagined it moments before. This was a moment of true bliss on a beautiful bluebird day in early Summer, where we briefly escaped the jarring realities society is facing during this pandemic. I'm happiest when outdoors, and I love the feeling that this shot brings me when I'm stuck inside.
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