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Times are changing.

Times are changing | Alaina Ann Photography Remember when I wrote this blog post, with hopes of getting back to my Tuesday, Thursday and Friday blog schedule? And I caught up on Friday Favorites, only to vanish into another unplanned hiatus?

My sincere apologies, friends. It's been another whirlwind of a few months and it has become quite clear times are changing. For me, for my companies and life in general.

I bought a van and we are on a 62 day maiden voyage around the country before plans are finalized for a camper van buildout. And I am EXCITED. Adding to the hilarity and excitement, Alaina Ann in a Van soft launched. Go take a look and perhaps giggle a bit with me.

As a result, I am standing at a crossroads with photography and travel.

The Alaina Ann Photography blog has always been my place for sharing travel posts, significantly delayed. Admittedly, sometimes a bit forced due to my unending desire to share thoughts from EVERY place on EVERY road trip. My back log at this point, sharing every stop, is a solid two years behind.

Friends, clients, fellow photographers and adventurers have hinted, nudged, requested a shift in content on the blog in line with ideas I have been sitting on for too long.

When you find yourself at a crossroads, craving a shift in content, with a new sharing platform available, it's clearly time for a change.

Shall we try this again?

Here's what's going to happen now:
  1. Catch up on Friday Favorites. Again. This will still serve as my weekly guaranteed post to share recent photographs and a little beauty from current travels.
  2. At this time, Wednesday will be the new day for sharing other content on the blog. And I am not committing to every week. Content will shift to reviews for camera gear, travel tips for photographers, stories behind specific photographs, passion projects as well as new products and gallery releases. Travel will be highlighted from time to time, when relevant.
  3. Alaina Ann in a Van will become the new space for sharing RECENT travels (not every stop), van life, insights on traveling solo and outdoor gear reviews. iPhone and GoPro photographs/videos will be shared here. I turn them around quicker than my big camera.
  4. Update the gallery with recent captures. Loads of my best work has been living on hard drives, unseen, for years.
  5. You may notice a new logo for Alaina Ann Photography :) I'm loving the clean, smooth changes.

Here's hoping life has been good to you the last few months! I'm in a fun place, growing a few dreams while trying to keep a solid grip on the goodness already in place.

Back with new posts and photographs!

Well, I never planned to take a three month hiatus from the blog. Here we are, at the end of July with one rogue post since the end of April. Quite a bit has happened since my last Friday Favorite post. The most notable update is my move to Oregon, clear across the country from my last home in Maryland! Between the moving preparations, a scenic drive across the country, arriving in Oregon with no home, to finding a home, unpacking, settling in and then venturing back across the country for some family time, posting on the blog simply fell through the numerous available cracks.

Here's what's going to happen now:
  1. Catch up on Friday Favorites. I've been stashing weekly photographs away to eventually share.
  2. Get back on a regular schedule, posting each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. May toss in a Wednesday post here and there.
  3. Focus on travel. Aside from a weekly Friday Favorite, the blog will be full of travel photographs and a few thoughts from my visit. I'm going to step away from a top five list for each place and focus on the hikes, drives, sights taken in during that specific trip.
  4. Update the gallery with recent captures, because let's face it, it's been a while since new photographs have been loaded to the online shop.

I hope you have been well the last few months! It's been a whirlwind of a summer for me :)

40 Days on the Road

40 Days on the Road | Alaina Ann Photography Today marks day two of my 40 day road trip around the country! Yesterday was all about clocking miles and making my way into Ohio. Tomorrow I will depart from Chicago, beginning an westbound trip on Historic Route 66.

Stop by the travel page for planned destinations during this trip.

My fingers are crossed for safe weather while on the road. It’s been several years since my last spring road trip across the country and I, thankfully, managed to miss most of the gnarly weather sweeping the Midwest at the time.

Feel free to follow along as much or as little as you wish :) A few options are below.

iPhone Photographs Instax Photographs Updates from the Road Planned Stops {May and June}

As usual, I will likely fall quickly behind with most posts being a few days or even over a week after my visit.

New Blog Schedule

New Blog Schedule | Alaina Ann Photography Happy New Year!

Over the last few weeks, I have spent some time thinking over new photography projects, visualizing where this little company of mine should go in the near and distant future, as well as perusing Google Analytics hoping to find an area to step back from on the blog.

All these big and little thoughts have provided some exciting changes for the blog in 2016.

Emphasis Areas

The main emphasis areas are getting a little jostle, for a few reasons. I have a strong desire to work on new projects, one to be revealed this year while the others remain under wraps until I finalize their overall plan and purpose.

Additionally, with iPhone photographs becoming more prominent within my workflow, I decided to do away with the weekly iPhone Favorites post. These photographs will be shared on social media and in travel posts instead. And Photograph Stories will no longer occupy Wednesdays. Instead, they will pop in from time to time on the new wildcard day, when a photograph nudges me to share the full story.

The three main emphasis areas here on the blog will now be:

  • Friday Favorite – my favorite photograph captured during the week.
  • Projects – 2016 will share my Project 52 (sharing photographs from a different photography project each week, inspired by three books).
  • Travel – photography trips, with photographs and my top five list. Occasional self portraits.
Posting Days

After attempting five posts each week during the second half of 2015, I am stepping back to four. Naturally, my short and sweet style of writing will continue on :)

Here’s what you may expect on the blog each week:

  • Tuesday – Travel
  • Wednesday – Projects
  • Thursday – Travel
  • Friday – Friday Favorite

Monday will become the new wildcard day for monthly wallpaper calendars, news, promotions, etc.

My motto going into 2016 is less is more, with a bit of purposeful focus tacked on.

As always, feel free to reach out or comment below with thoughts.

Thank you for stopping by!

65 Day Road Trip | Week 1

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography The last two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. And there are still seven more to go before this 65 day road trip is a wrap!

I am officially getting back on track here on the blog. While on the road, a weekly update post with Instax photographs will be shared, instead of the usual Wednesday Photograph Story.

Here's a look at my first week on the road :)

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio | Alaina Ann Photography

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana | Alaina Ann Photography

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography

Chicago, Illinois | Alaina Ann Photography

Lake Monona, Wisconsin | Alaina Ann Photography

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa | Alaina Ann Photography

Corn in Iowa | Alaina Ann Photography

Missouri National Recreation River, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Fort Niobrara National National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska | Alaina Ann Photography

Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Badlands National Park, South Dakota | Alaina Ann Photography

Blog Schedule

Blog Schedule | Alaina Ann Photography I am pleased to share a new blog schedule for Alaina Ann Photography, with a few small changes.

Emphasis Areas

There are four main emphasis areas here on the blog:

  • iPhone Favorites - a quick look at recent trips
  • Photograph Story - the stories behind some of my favorite captures
  • Travel - recent photography trips, with photographs and my top five list. Occasional self portraits.
  • Friday Favorite - my favorite photograph captured during the week
Posting Days

Today I officially commit to five posts a week. It's going to be a blast and as you may have guessed, my short and sweet style of writing and sharing will carry on :)

Here's what you may expect on the blog each week:

  • Monday - iPhone Favorites
  • Tuesday - Travel
  • Wednesday - Photograph Story
  • Thursday - Travel
  • Friday - Friday Favorite

The biggest changes are adding a second travel day (Tuesday) each week and swapping topics on Wednesday and Thursday. Sunday will also be the new bonus day for monthly wallpaper calendars, news, promotions, etc.

Why another day to chat about recent travels? Each year I devote more time to road trips and traveling. Posting about recent travels once a week only provides 52 slots a year, and I'm averaging 100 destinations annually!

Hope to have you back tomorrow for my next photograph story :)