National Camera Day 2016: My Favorite Photos

It came to my attention late in the day that today is National Camera Day. I’m never one to miss out on an opportunity to share some wonderful travel photos so I quickly started going through my vast collection. Through my years of traveling, I’ve not always had the best equipment, but I’ve always tried to take beautiful, artistic photos with the tools I’ve had available. Below are just a few of my favorite photos.


Floors Castle, Scotland

Floors Castle

Floors Castle is a beautiful country home not far from Kelso, Scotland, a two-hour bus ride from Edinburgh. Sadly, this was as close as we ever got during our whirlwind trip to Scotland. Though I’m not a big fan of going back to places I’ve already been I would most certainly love to go back and see Floors Castle up close and personal.


Colosseum, Rome


When taking photos of the iconic locations in a destination I always try to get a shot that isn’t what you’d usually see which is where the inspiration for this photo comes from. Sure, you may not really be able to tell it’s the Colosseum from this photo alone, but it gets people talking.


Graves in Kilkenny

Ireland Graves

I adore things being covered in ivy, so for me, it was a no-brainer to include this photo on the list. In the cemetery, there were certainly more iconic looking headstones like the celtic crosses that Ireland are so famous for. I certainly did get photos of them as well. But it was these three that really stood out to me.



Roman Statue

Yep, I’m going to admit it here and now, I have no idea what statue that’s a part of. There are so many statues in Rome it’s difficult to keep track of it. Though this photo is now 7 years old I’ve only just noticed the pigeon sitting on the shoulder! It blended in too well.


Family at Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle Family

My youngest brother and my husband at Malahide Castle. This photo makes the list for being the first really high-quality one that I’ve been proud of. Well, if only my brother wasn’t trying to be cool with his peace sign. Oh well, it’s still a great photo of two awesome guys in my life.


Groß Sankt Martin Kirche

Groß Sankt Martin Kirche, Cologne


The St. Martin Church in Cologne, Germany is right at the heart of the historic part of the city. I generally shy away from shooting photos with people so clearly visible but this was one opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. They happened to fit pretty well within the shot so I went for it! It turned out to be one of the best photos I took on my 2015 trip to Cologne.