2015 was a good year. One that took me to some incredibly picturesque places. So with iPhone in hand, I couldn’t help but take a few thousand photos.
And while I racked up a long camera roll in my iPhone, as the year went on, I learned more and more how to travel in the moment, instead of from behind my iPhone screen taking non-stop photos. The key, for me, was not thinking about getting the perfect shot, but simply being present in the moment.
Far to often, especially as a travel writer and blogger whose job it is to capture, record and share travel information, it’s easy to get distracted with finding the perfect photo. But I’ve found that the best photos come from being aware, connected to, and in-tune with your surroundings. To be a detailed observer first, and a photographer second.
Of the photos I took this year, my favorites ended up on Instagram. The 15 photos here are the ones I like the most. This doesn’t mean they’re all great photos — just, for one reason or another, they stick out and help sum up my 2015.