Summer always feels incomplete to me without a good road trip - so I decided this Summer would be the perfect time to embark on a huge road trip to head to several Craft Fairs with my artwork and products that I sell in my Etsy shop, as well as the chance for some travel Photo Sessions. This trip was the culmination of several months of planning and preparing, so it was super fun for me to finally see the fruit of my labor! First I headed to Elmwood, Illinois. This is where I went to High School and is the place that feels most like home to me, so it was very fun to be back there for a little while. While there, I had my booth at the annual Strawberry Festival, as well as several photo sessions. It was a joy to get to see so many friends there too!
I also got to spend a day in my old stomping grounds on the West Side of Chicago. It does my heart so much good to be back in familiar territory!
Next up I headed to Wisconsin with a few days to kill, so I got to see friends all across the State! I saw friends from college, friends from when I worked at Camp Manitoqua, and even an online photographer friend who I had never met in person!
And finally I reached my next destination - Winona, Minnesota - for two more photo sessions and another craft fair at the Steamboat Days Festival!
My wonderful friend, Holly, and her husband live in Winona - and since they are expecting their first baby in September it was the perfect chance to spend some time with them before the baby arrives and they don't have time for things like that any more! Some of our other friends even joined us and we surprised Holly with a baby shower!
Some photos of my booth at the craft fairs.
People were always surprised when I told them that I was traveling for almost the whole month of June for photo session and craft fairs but the truth is that this trip was a really good excuse to take a big road trip and see a lot of wonderful friends, all the while working. I am super happy to have the freedom in my schedule to be able to do things like this. There are a lot of days when I'm not a fan of how being my own boss complicates things, but things like this make it all worth it!
I've gotten several messages from photographers who want to know how I got travel sessions lined up; the truth is that I just know a lot of people in a lot of places as a result of living all over this country. I just put the word out (on facebook and a few emails/phone calls) and the sessions came in. Unfortunately, I don't have a special trick to share with you! ;)
It was definitely a work trip, and I spent plenty of time editing in coffee shops, setting up my big computer on friend's kitchen tables, and doing odd jobs to get ready for craft fairs, but there was plenty of fun mixed in too!