Valle de Bravo

Valle de Bravo, MexicoSometimes when you’re scouting locations for a photoshoot you have to walk up some big hills with all your gear. And sometimes (because of various translation problems and misunderstandings) you will walk up the wrong big hill. But as you are sitting on that wrong hill with all your stuff, you’ll realize that you need to pull yourself together so you can march back down and try the correct hill at the other end of town. Because when you do, you’ll end up with views like this one-Valle de Bravo, Mexico

This is the top of La Peña, in the beautiful little lakeside town of Valle de Bravo in Mexico. Of course there are no guardrails or warnings- just a sheer drop down to the well-manicured lawns of the vacation cottages below. In case the view wasn’t enough, someone took the time and effort to erect a cross at the top.La Pena, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

While taking a much-deserved break in the town square I was approached by this lady selling flowers. I told her that I really didn’t need flowers, but I would love to take her portrait. She agreed, in exchange for a little coffee money. Old woman in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

And it’s always a good day when you accidentally stumble across a beautiful mercado. I’m a sucker for fresh oranges and this vegetable market had a few varieties that I liked. Mercado in Valle de Bravo, Mexico
I can’t imagine how busy this town must be during vacation season. It was hard to navigate the narrow streets, and this is the off-season. But despite the slow traffic at times, Valle de Bravo is a great little spot to relax and unwind.

Mexico City

I am now a big fan of Mexico City. I’ll go back in a heartbeat when the opportunity comes up. I didn’t have enough time to visit all the places I wanted to see. But that’s how it goes sometimes when you are traveling for work. We did two days of scouting locations, and ran across some interesting buildings like the main post office in the historic part of town. Main Post Office in Mexico City
Yes, that is a post office. I wouldn’t mind the never-ending stamp increases if my local post office looked like that.

If you have the stamina, you can hike up Chapultepec Hill where you will find an amazing castle and good views of the city in every direction. I choose to take the trolley to the top, but only because I was lugging 20 pounds of camera gear. Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
And here’s the view of El Ángel de la Independencia, a well known landmark built in 1910 to commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mexican Independence. El Angel

SEA Conference Announcement

I will be a speaker at the annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference. Talented professional artists from all over the country come together to speak to college students, and people working in various creative fields. Microsoft Word - look whose coming 2.docx

I’ve had the pleasure of working with SEA before, and it’s always great to network with people from so many different backgrounds. Even if I’m sitting on a discussion panel with the director of a ballet company and a professional illustrator, we all come away surprised by how similar our stories are when it comes to dealing with clients and running a business.

The conference is coming up soon! If you are interested in attending please check out selfemploymentinthearts.com to learn more. You find a list of speakers and discussion topics there. Or please send me an email if you have any questions.