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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Reliving Vacation Memories

Molly and I had the fortunate opportunity to travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, back in January with her parents and sister. We all met there and spent an amazing week touring the city on foot, cameras in hand. I have lots of great memories of the trip, from the food we devoured and the people we saw to the beautiful house we stayed in and the colorful architecture of the city. And much of it I captured on digital film to look at later and share with others. Many of you might have seen these photos on my Flickr photostream.

Last night we were invited for dinner at the home of Ron and Yvonne Schwager who run and own Schwager Studios, commercial food photographers whom I assisted almost two weeks ago on a two-day photo shoot for Roundtable Pizza. We had a great time chatting about all sorts of things, and eventually sat down for dessert and "slide shows" in the living room. The Schwagers had been in San Miguel de Allende approximately two weeks before us and we wanted to swap photos as a way of combining our unique experiences.

While viewing the photos, it was interesting how similar our vacation preferences are. Molly and I love to be active, out and about, living the location where we're vacationing. Ron and Yvonne agreed wholeheartedly. Also, all of us enjoy capturing these locations with our cameras. After all, I love photography and Ron "looks for a living," his slogan for the impact photography makes in his daily life. It was fun to remember our vacation in Mexico with them and to share our own views and interpretations of the city. I think this is what makes photography while on vacation so important. You're not charged with capturing every second of the day and every single experience, but just a few well chosen and inspired snapshots can trigger all of the wonderful memories for decades to come.

This post contains some of my favorite shots from Mexico. You can view all of them on my Flickr Mexico Collection.

Eric Lovelin Photography

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