The beautiful and historic city of Budapest. I was able to visit this place for only a day in December when my dad was there on a business trip. I was in extreme panic for about five minutes- What do I do? I know nothing about Hungary. I have never been to eastern Europe before, how do I plan for this trip and get as much as possible out of it in just a mer 24 hours? It was after my initial state of panic that I thought to check my new favorite European travel resource: USE-IT maps. These maps are made by locals for travelers who want to explore like locals. I printed out the one for Hungary before I left, but you can find them in the city for free, and then also have an app available! Seriously guys, check it out.
Basel was a great town! My parents have lived in Geneva, Switzerland for a few years and during that time, we had never been to Basel! It was really exciting to finally go, especially since I had heard it was a different vibe than in Geneva. I found that was totally true, it was grungy! I saw so many young and old couples with colored hair, bomber jackets, doc martins, and dark maroon lipstick (though that’s like high fashion now?). It was like a ritzy version of freaks and geeks. I definitely have future plans to go back there.
Okay my little travel tips. (1) Bring a camera with the right lens. I usually just bring my little nifty fifty when I travel because I want more room for scarves from Venice on the way back. Unfortunately, when I want to take landscape shots, I forget all about those scarves and just groan. Another thing, (2) pack only what you actually think you’re going to wear, and remember if you’re going to have a washing machine! I probably could have saved myself six pounds in my suitcase. Lastly, and this is something I’m planning on investing in and I don’t have yet, (3) get a Fitbit. Find some device that tracks your steps. I love long walks around the city, but then I have no way to track how far I’ve walked. Vacation doesn’t always leave time for four miles on the treadmill; using a Fitbit will help you feel better about the heavy fondue dinner you’re eating!
I’ve been incredibly blessed to travel quite a lot in the past few years, and in a few weeks I’m going to set off again to Switzerland. Most times I’ve been able to take my handy dandy Canon 60D with me. This past summer I wasn’t able to, so I had to get creative when it came to memory making. Of course, all phones these days have some pretty nice cameras on them so I was still able to capture some pretty buildings and sunsets. I was also able to experience the countries differently than before. My face wasn’t always constantly behind a lens; it was in the sun or in the moonlight or singing along with a band. I learned more about how to pronounce ‘Je voudrais steak at des frites” and less about ISO numbers. I focused first on eating my food, not taking pictures of it. There is a lot more to culture than the way a country looks, and I was lucky enough to learn that this past summer.
I did of course take some photos on my phone, so please enjoy them.
Meeting people is an important part of work in media. I have been blessed to know some incredibly creative people, including one of my best friends. Recently, she launched her own photography company, while she already co-owns a production company. She inspired me to a think about life as a college student. As a student, we juggle midterms, one or two jobs, career experience and that extra credit project our professors ‘highly insists’ on is about as easy as turning down the music when Taylor Swift is playing.
Where is the time set aside to breathe and actually do what we love to do? It’s difficult when we have so many obligations pulling on our social calendars to think about setting time aside for what we really love.
However, that is exactly what Corynne Hogan does! All while in her sophomore year at college. Her photos bring us incredible moments that are so relatable. Need proof? That moment during the guitar solo of our favorite band’s concert when we pushed our way to the front row. Her photos have been used by concert venues and high profile bands before. Our best friend laughing in a field of sunflowers or drinking out of their favorite coffee mug? Her photos capture genuine smiles that make us envious of the joke she probably cracked before hitting the shutter. The relaxed behind the scenes music video photos? She’s got those because she was also there filming the music video. The indie photos with intricate lighting from sparklers and colors from smoke bombs? She’s got those down on lock.
So with that inspiration form Corynne, I will strive to do more than just what is expected of me.
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I, Alyssa Driscoll, love lavender ice cream and cats. I take pictures of Starbucks drinks, leaves, and mountains. My little sister is my best friend and the most creative ten year old that I know. Finally, I love to tell stories. I think that’s what drives people to keep creating- the love of telling stories. That’s what makes a good film, a compelling photograph, or an Anthropologie store front come alive. Hopefully on my website you’ll find stories you love. Look in my travel photography to find stories about the world. Look at the production design to find stories about relationships and creative space explorers. Look at my writing to see the stories that inspire me every day.