5 places I want to visit this year — hudson valley photographer

Welcome to day five of my 30-day writing challenge.

I’ve gotten quite behind in my writing challenge! But I know if I don’t hurry up and get caught up, I’ll never finish. January and February are the months where I do the least shooting … so it’s when I try and do more writing. But poof! Just like that, February is almost gone!

The topic to write about today is 5 places I’d like to visit.

I’m going to switch that to 5 places I’d like to visit … this year. After all, there’s nothing quite like goal setting!

1. South of France – If all goes right this year, I’ll be announcing photo shoot openings in the south of France for December and January. Or, possibly, January and February. I’ve wandered around the streets of Paris before, and have spent five fabulous weeks in Normandy when I was a University student. But I have yet to make it to the South … and I feel like it’s time! Maybe after a few months there, people will stop asking me if I’m Canadian when I speak French to them. Maaaaaybe I’ll actually suck in that beautiful French accent! Or at the very least, you can be sure I’ll be sucking in some croissants! I don’t do well with wheat or yeast, but I’m told by several gluten-free folks that they do great in Europe. So here’s hoping!

2. Maine – My grandfather’s home on Damariscotta Lake doesn’t feel the same without him there : (I’m hoping that this year, maybe it will feel a little easier.

3. San Diego – I love the sunshine, the bark beach, the plethora of healthy food stores, the laid-back attitudes, drives on the Coastal highway, a visit to my Egoscue therapist, hikes in the desert. Deep down I feel like I was meant to live in San Diego … but for now, regular visits always heal my soul.

4. Northern California  and Washington – I think I HATE the direct squishy, 6-hour flight to San Diego almost as much as I desperately WANT to visit Northern California and Washington State. (I’m 5’10 and I truly don’t understand how it’s possible for people taller than me to fit in airplane seats. My legs are so smashed into the seat in front of me that I can’t imagine how someone taller than me can fold his or her legs into that little space? How?!) So this time, I’m hoping to stay out longer, make my way up the coast, and make that horrible plane ride really count!

5. Montreal – Right around this exact time last year, we braved the streets of Montreal. It was -50 degrees that weekend. And no, I’m not exaggerating. It actually was -50 degrees! Which is just silly. And of course, it’s not typical. We had a fun trip … but while I was running in between stores and restaurants, I VOWED to myself that I’d be back this year … but this time, in the Spring or Summer.

So there’s my ambitious travel plans for the year. How about you? Where do you want to go this year?


p.s. Dear Female Photographer, If you want your photography business to succeed, you’re going to have to change your focus. 


Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.


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