I JUST LAUNCHED MY PRINT STORE!

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I am ear to ear smiles today, because today is the day I have finally launched my online Etsy shop of some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. Here’s a GIF showing you just how excited I am:

Unsurprisingly, the shop is full of PINK and SPARKLES. I would have it no other way! I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite prints up on the shop right now (which by the way I should mention is just in time for your holiday shopping!)

This is my favorite print up right now! I shot it from the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center of the Empire State Building. And, you know, made it pink. Did you expect anything less from me?!

I’ll never forget this New Years Eve! I got $10 tickets to see the fireworks show in London against the backdrop of the London Eye and the river. It was an absolutely stunning way to start the new year. I actually have this print hanging up in my room right now!

This photo was taken during a studio shoot in London while I was studying at London College of Fashion. We glued candy to the model’s lips! It was such a fun day of shooting and the print turned out so cool and unique.

This actually comes as a set of two prints that go together. Because what could be better than donuts + pink + icing + lipstick + blush?! They make a really cute matching wall hanging set. There’s a ton of other fun shots from a bunch of different cities, including Paris, Sedona, New York, and the Bahamas. Have a look and see if there are any you like!

Check out the full line of prints right here!

XOXO Gaby

7 Magic Mountains

Inspiration

If you haven’t heard of 7 Magic Mountains, it’s a colorful art installation by artist Ugo Rondinone about 10 miles outside of Vegas. It’s a line of seven huge boulders stacked on top of each other, all painted different vibrant colors. The art piece is literally in the middle of the desert, on an off road straight from the highway.

When we were about 30 minutes outside of Vegas, my boyfriend surprised me by driving us to 7 Magic Mountains. He hates pictures, but knows that this kind of thing is exactly what I love to explore. Luckily, there were only a few other people there, so we wandered and took lots of photos as the sun was setting, which was the perfect lighting!

I had seen pictures of it before on Instagram but I didn’t know if it would live up to the hype. It was actually SO COOL and I couldn’t believe how massive and precariously stacked the rocks are. They are ginormous and incredibly vibrant in color. Walking around them just makes you happy and excited.

For editing these pictures, I increased the saturation so the shots would appear even more colorful, and darkened the black point for more contrast. Since the rocks themselves were so vibrant, I didn’t have to edit the photos a whole lot. There were a couple people in the background of a few of the shots, so I Photoshopped them out 😛

If you’re heading to Vegas, I’d definitely recommend stopping here for some photos. It’s just a few mile detour off the highway and it’s such a fun pit stop before arriving in Vegas! It does get busier in the middle of the day, but morning or evening are both perfect times when it’s less busy.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Living Abroad + Creative Problem Solving

Inspiration

As I strolled into the train station at precisely 8:21 am this morning in Newcastle, England, I checked the departures board to find what platform my 8:59 train was leaving from. And then, at the top, I saw it in big, bold letters: Cancelled. A train was derailed in Edinburgh, so my train was not coming for me anymore. Slight panic. Here I was, standing alone in a train station in a foreign city, and my ride back was currently nonexistent. This meant I was officially stuck in Newcastle for the rest of the morning, except that plan wasn’t going to work, because I had a mandatory class to attend in London. I quickly scanned the board. Think. I noticed there was another train going to King’s Cross, but it was leaving in 4 minutes! Could I make that? It would be a risk. I looked for the ticketing desk, but it was still closed since it was early in the morning. That wasn’t going to help. So, I did the only think I could think to do. I ran to platform 3 just as the train was pulling up. A few brisk strides and long breaths later, I found the nearest ticket attendant, who handed me off to another ticket attendant at the other end of the train. I swiftly explained my circumstance, and asked if there was any way I could get my ticket switched to this earlier train. Luckily, she told me that we could sort it all out on board, so I hopped on, literally seconds before the train rolled out of the station. Exhale. I breathed a sigh of relief. Who knew it was going to be such an adventurous morning?!

Originally from central Missouri, I’m currently living in London for the next 12 months, and through my time here so far, I’ve noticed how living abroad has strengthened my creative problem solving skills in a multitude of ways. You have to be able to adapt to change quickly, think on your feet, analyze the situation, and make a decision. For me this morning, that all happened in the span of a few minutes. But in a less extreme way, that kind of cognitive dexterity is constantly being developed every day, from planning ahead, organizing, and deciphering maps in foreign places to calculating train routes and travel plans. London public transport is wonderful, but it’s not always reliable, and never on time. I’m constantly evaluating, rerouting, determining the best options, and creating new solutions to problems that arise. Instead of panicking when I realized my train was cancelled, I took action to resolve the issue in an immediate way, and I don’t know if I would have had the same mindset, had I been home in my comfort zone in America. 

Even though that was just a small example, I’m convinced that living abroad can help develop a lot of skills that will have a real-life, practical impact. Things like being flexible, creative, and willing to rapidly formulate a new plan when thing change. Being able to discover, interpret, investigate, surmise. All of these get tested at a new level. I believe that travel can not only pull you out of your safety net and show you experiences more incredible than you could have imagined, but the skill set and competence you will develop will be invaluable, and make you a better person. A more understanding, innovate, focused, creative person, who can see things in complex, multi-faceted ways. For me, the takeaway from this experience is that we have a lot to learn from the world around us, if we can be willing to expand our minds and try new things. And if all that doesn’t convince you, do it for the gelato.