At the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC
This has been an absolutely insane year and we really needed to get out of Pittsburgh for a few days, change the scenery and do something fun. We usually take one big trip (usually abroad) every year; this year we picked Ireland by pretty much pointing blindly at the map of Europe. We were a bit concerned about traveling that far with two small children – Daniella is 3.5 years old and Sophia is only 11 months old. We weren’t too worried about Daniella – she is a seasoned traveler. She’s traveled to 4 countries outside of the US and has been on at least 20 flights. Sophia is a travel noob and we weren’t sure how well she would handle the trip.
We had a blast! The trip was incredible and we managed to see and do way more than we expected, even with two small kids in tow. Instead of rambling, let me present to you – Ireland: 6 days in 6 minutes.
If you prefer to see individual images, you can see photos from the entire trip on Flickr
Last weekend was the first in a long time when I did not have a photoshoot. Even though the weather was kind of miserable, my friend Chris and I decided to go for a quick bike ride on the Steel Valley Trail. In June of 2012 I rode the entire length of the Great Alleghenny Passage to Cumberland, MD – something that I would like to start doing at least once a year. Chris and I only had about half a day to ride and explore, so we set off at 8 am from the Waterfront. If you are interested in exploring, Steel Valley Trail provides ample opportunities. I used to do a lot of urban exploration before I got married and had children; this trip gave me an opportunity to explore once more. Along the trail we found several abandonned railroad depots, warehouses and factories. I was glad that I brought a camera.
It felt nice to spend half a day just biking and shooting, not worried about meetings, editing, management or other obligations. I should start doing this more often…
This September we finally managed to go on vacation. Between my family, work at Pitt Medical School, photography business and grad school I haven`t been able to take a real vacation in a few years. Since Irina and I are expecting an addition to our family in December (another girl!), we figured that this might be our last opportunity (for a few years) to go on vacation. On a friend`s advice we chose an all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico at the Barcello Maya Resort. It was so nice to relax for a week and not have to worry about anything. I`d love to go back for a few more weeks:) See more photos on
Last weekend was insane. Really insane. On Friday I loaded my wife, my daughter, my mother-in-law, my camera bag and approximately 200 pounds of luggage into my Nissan Versa and drove to New York City. It was supposed to be a busy weekend – I had a photoshoot scheduled for Sunday, meet with some friends, give my mother-and-law a tour of Manhattan and drop her off at JFK on Monday for her flight back to Belarus. To make the long story short, it rained cats and dogs the entire time. My photoshoot was cancelled. I spent the entire day schlepping around Manhattan in pouring rain. I was wet and miserable. Finally, toward the end of the day we met with a few friends who took us to the roof of their apartment building in Manhattan; even through the rain the view was absolutely breathtaking! View from Liberty Park in New Jersey City Manhattan through the rain, photographed in pouring rain from the Ellis Island Ferry View from my friends` apartment building
We got up at 6 AM and drove from Daytona Beach to Sawgrass Park in the Everglades. That was my favorite part of the entire trip. A woman chatting with a peacock at the park`s visitors center. A soft-shell turtle swam up to the airboat The gator was so close to the boat that I could extend my arm and touch it.
By day 3 I managed to successfully hurt my shoulder (I`ve no idea how or when or even where). Carrying a DSLR became somewhat of a chore, so most photographs at the Kennedy Space Center were taken with a Canon SD1000 point-and-shoot. We managed to find our way into an actual NASA facility… This camera was blown apart by the shock waves generated by a shuttle launch When we finally made it back to our hotel, we went for a walk on the beach. And of course, who could possibly resist a cool jumping shot…
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is a pretty neat place to visit. I`ve never been to a lighthouse before, and barring climbing over 200 steps to get to the top and realizing how pathetically out of shape I really am, it was an interesting experience. If you are ever in Daytona Beach area, I highly recommend visiting Ponce Inlet (www.ponceinlet.org).