Prior to my wedding, I did a glamour photo shoot with my wedding photographer–Alyssa Martin Photography to try out my wedding makeup and as a gift for my husband. I was told it is best to do a makeup trail run and thought it couldn’t hurt to test how the look would turn out in pictures. Continue reading
It is hard to believe that I started my blog two years ago. I’ve experienced so much in two years, yet the time has flashed before my eyes. In just two years I have taken over 75 flights to 22 different countries, yet I’m still going strong. I’ve now been to 32 countries and I can’t wait to see more! In celebration of my two year blogging anniversary, I felt it was time to update my blog profile pictures and about page images. As much as I love the original images that were shot in a beautiful field in sunny Sacramento, California, it would be most fitting to have my pictures shot at the one place I love the most–the beach. Not just any beach, but an eastern Canadian beach.
Being from Atlantic Canada, I have a special place in my heart for the east coast. If you’ve been following my blog then you know the beach is my go to place–my safe haven. If you’ve been reading since the beginning then you have seen pictures of me at some of the worlds most beautiful beaches and read how I’ve left pieces of heart scattered on the shorelines around the world. I feel most at home (and myself) when I’m at the beach, as if I was meant to be a sea creature. Since Turquoise Compass celebrates any and all things turquoise (especially amazing coastlines), I thought it would be perfect if my updated photographs captured ‘on camera’ my joy and love for life when at the beach. Turquoise Compass is about living life to the fullest, dreaming a new dream, and traveling to new places. Being by, on, or in the water helps me do all of those things. To the beach I go! Continue reading
With 105 finished & edited engagement photos to choose from, I had a hard time picking which pictures I would share with you as a sneak peek! Alyssa Martin Photography did such an amazing job capturing our essence that my fiancé and I want to frame all of them. Here are 8 of my favorites! I can’t wait to share the rest with you. Continue reading
After having a GoPro for a year and a half, I have officially had my first GoPro fail! After turning on all the lights in the room, setting up the GoPro on my XShot perfectly, and snapping hundreds of fun and festive holiday shots, I thought we’d end up with the perfect Christmas pictures. Later after reviewing the pictures we had taken, I realized that our photo shoot was a bomb. Unsuccessful. All of my Christmas Day family photos came out blurry. Although their imperfect, they’re still hilarious and special memories captured with my fiancés family. They’re still keepers.
During that first backpacking trip in Mexico in 2008, I was determined to cover as much ground as possible. I traveled throughout the provinces of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, and landed in the province of Campeche after 3 weeks in Mexico. Each province had so many amazing must see sights that I wanted to see before moving on to the next place. If I played my cards right I knew that I would make it to Belize before needing to return to Canada. There was something exhilarating about being able to go where I wanted (and when I wanted), see what I wanted, and to be totally independent for the first time. I had always traveled, but never completely alone. I always relied on the comfort of knowing I was with someone who could speak the language of the country I was in, or had traveled alone before. I often let them take the lead. This time I was in control of my destiny. It was the first time when I really realized (or believed) that I could do it too. Why couldn’t I? After my initial state of shock when I first landed in Mexico, I quickly started getting the hang of backpacking solo for the first time in Mexico. I trusted myself completely. Continue reading
Thinking back to my first backpacking trip in Mexico (2008) brings up so many incredible memories (and emotions). I had the time of my life in Mexico and it’s hard to believe how much I did while I was there. Each time I return to Mexico, I explore more within one of my favourite countries and learn more about myself along the way. It’s hard to believe that a once control freak like me took my trip day by day and planned as I went along. No itinerary, no guide, and no specific direction. It was really nice not having to plan so far in advance and never knowing what would come next. It truly was an adventure. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of adventure is “an exciting or dangerous experience”. Traveling in unchartered territory was exciting and my trip did have some form of risk involved, considering that I knew little Spanish, traveled alone as a female, and didn’t plan too far in advance. I let the wind move me so to speak. It literally was an adventure. I trusted my gut in every situation and let me intuition guide me in the right direction. To no fail I was always safe. Continue reading
One of my favorite countries is Mexico! As much as I love visiting new places and new countries, there is something special about Mexico that keeps luring me back. I’ve been to Mexico on three different occasions, with each trip lasting 1-8 weeks in length. Each adventure took me to a new region in the country and allowed me to explore more within one of the most beautiful countries I know. It’s been 4 years since I’ve been to Mexico and I am already feeling the pull back to the country. I’m surprised I didn’t land there a fourth time during my 14 months of full time travel. It won’t be long before I go back. It’s a must. It’s already in the works. Just waiting for the perfect moment. Continue reading