It's hard to explain what happened last Sunday to someone who wasn't there. To an outside observer, we were a bunch of college kids wearing backpacks, doing burpees and various odd-looking challenges and procedures in a gravel parking lot.
To the informed eye, this was Trek Iceland Selection.
A weighted backpack (with penalties for being too light). Burpees for time. Bag pulls for time. A hunk of lumber posing as an "injured hiker." Solving rope knots & riddles together in the dark, only to head up the mountain into the unknown.
19 college students showed up and gave it their best for their team and for the selection process. Absolutely any of them would have been excellent additions to the expedition team, but we could only accept 13 members this year.
Congratulations to our final team and I can't wait to explore the landscape of Iceland and of our inner lives together in July!
For more about the trip, visit the UCC Campus Ministry website. www.ucccm.com/iceland
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The Year 2 Day 1 sophomore class retreat is one of my favorite projects every year because it incorporates LOTS of different types of creativity—all of which I love!
The work on Year 2 Day 1 begins in the spring, with publicity to get the word out and encourage students to sign up. This occurs in the form of print posters, post cards, social media, and an e-blast.
Once we got everyone signed up, we sent out Coachella-inspired festival boxes filled with the usual swag: t-shirt, water bottle, sticker, "tickets" to the event, and a packing list. We got some positive momentum going by launch an instagram photo contest and encouraging students to post creative photos of their swag. The winner received a brand new Eno hammock (in Pepperdine colors).
Once all the materials are designed and printed and the students are gathered, my role switches from graphic designer to media journalist. During the entire retreat, my main job is to capture all the little moments that make camp great in photo, video, and social media. Check out a few of my fave photos below + the final retreat video!
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Countless individuals have visited Connemara Ranch to improve their riding skills or experience the therapeutic presence of the horses and animals. The facility is looking ahead to a busy summer season and needed some beautiful photography of the animals, buildings, and surrounding area for their online presence. Should you ever find yourself in need of a stunning sunset, a silent afternoon among the oak trees, or a quick nuzzle from a horse, Connemara Ranch might be your place.
I spent last weekend in Tijuana, Mexico with a light hearted crowd of college students and Malibu folks. We partnered with Amor Ministries on building a house for a family in need. The sky was unforgettable and the rain was impressive. Unsurprisingly, I spent the majority of my time playing with shutter speed and rainwater running off a roof into a puddle (scroll down).
More pictures/info about the house build trip here.
I'm working on a website for the Malibu Community Labor Exchange and if you've met me recently, you know I'll talk all day about the power of beautiful photography. The quality of the images on your website, social media account, or print piece can make the difference between a good marketing plan and a great one. So when I went to work on the MCLE website, one of the first things I did was shoot some stock images. Stay tuned for the new website reveal!
We flew into Reykjavík around 10:30 pm on a Saturday night, via Icelandair. We picked up our rental car (which we reserved ahead of time from a rental company near the airport) and immediately drove straight to Reykjavík City Hostel, where we pitched our tent at the conjoined Reykjavík Campsite, which was crowded with colorful tents of other visitors with the same idea. Though bedtime didn't finally arrive until around midnight, it was still twilight—which is about as dark as the island gets in July. We dined on packaged trail mix and granola bars and snuggled up in our brand new, zip-together sleeping bags, which we bought for this particular trip.
Day one dawned (only figuratively, since it never actually got dark) in a drizzle of rain, which explains the lush grass sprouting all over Reykjavík. After spending the first half of the day exploring downtown Reykjavík via the shopping district, most notably Kolaportið, Iceland's only flea market. We ate hot dogs from a food cart for lunch and stopped by a grocery store for a couple day's supply of food on the way out of town. Our objective for the rest of the day was to see the points on the Golden Circle, or basically 3 main spots to visit within an hour's drive of Reykjavík.
Our first stop after a visitor center for afternoon coffee and ice cream (below), was Þingvellir, which is an area of historical, cultural and geological importance (something about Iceland's first parliament being established there), but mostly lots of lush grass, pretty waterfalls and rugged cliffs.
After hiking around and taking lots of pictures of the scenery and each other, we got back in the car headed this time toward Geysir, the beautiful water geyser from which all geysers worldwide derive their name. On the way, we stopped in Laugarvatn to order pizza and watch the world cup finals with a bunch of wool sweater-wearing locals. We also stopped pretty frequently to befriend herds of Icelandic ponies (below), who seemed bored but sociable.
Our last stop of the night, which occurred in total solitude around midnight, was our encounter with Gulfoss, the largest volume waterfall in Europe. We camped in the completely empty parking lot, this time opting to sleep in the back of our 4x4 rather than pitch the tent for a brief overnight. Our sleep was so fantastic that we decided the next morning to skip setting up the tent and opted to sleep in the back of our car each night after that.
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