Photo Girl Travels

Taking the Road Less Traveled


awardsAs I type this introduction to my blog, I have a chilled glass of champagne poised at the corner of my keyboard and a few pieces of perfectly cooked bacon by my mouse.


If you’re just finishing up a stressful day in front of your computer, or right in the middle of one, this blog will be your virtual vacation spot so bookmark me now. This blog will take you to off-the-beaten path destinations including castles, islands, country farms and historic mansions—not only in the local area but in California, throughout the US and Europe. I’ll also take you into my crazy kitchen, where vegetarian bacon lasagna hits the table regularly. We’ll tour my overgrown garden and I’ll even take you into the surgical operating room where I have been shooting professional photography for more than 13 years. I am also an avid solo traveler so if you’ve ever wanted to take a trip alone, stick with me. I’ll include special travel tips just for you. I’ll also keep you abreast of upcoming events and the trendiest hot spots including the best places for happy hour.

As for me? On most mornings you’ll find me in the local coffee shop with my “crew.” This is one of my favorite times of the day. I have traveled throughout the United States and Europe, some parts of Africa and the Middle East. I’ve also lived in Paris for two years where I learned a little French and became obsessed with good coffee. I shoot professional photography and my clients include TIME Magazine and The New York Times, Royal Bank of Scotland, Russian Picture Group, Clive Cussler (Author), Institute Pasteur International, the Paris Medical University and the European Hemotalogy Association. I believe boots can be worn year-round, bacon is the fifth food group and champagne is the sixth. I’m not a fan of taxi cabs or buses and prefer to feel the street beneath my feet. Hence, you’ll see me wearing sneakers in most photos. The name of my bike does not start with “mountain” or “10-speed” and dons a basket and the ever important bell. I’m sure I have a salt addiction because I always travel with my favorite salt.

Favorite quote:  The answer is always ‘no’ until you ask.” ― Papa Stan (my Dad)

My “official” photography website:

If you have a sec and are feeling crazy click the “FOLLOW” button over on the right to receive my latest posts in your email. (Better than an email from your boss or another to-do 😉 And if you do, thank you!

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The photo below is me in front of the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. Please note, no lions were harmed while taking this photo.

43 thoughts on “Welcome!!!

  1. great blog – nothing like it on the web

  2. I don’t know you ,but feel I kind of do, and definitely should ! . Your passion and enthusiasm for the love of travel seems contagious. Thanks for taking time to share your travel journeys and amazing pictures !

  3. I have both the travel and photography bug as well. Shelley, it’s probably been fifteen plus years since we last crossed paths but I hope you are doing wonderfully well!


    • John – So great to hear from you! I hope you’re doing wonderfully well too. Fun to hear you are a photo/travel fan too. Any fun trips you could recommend?

    • Hey John – I just looked you up on Linked In and saw you’re at Applied Medical – Looks like you’re been really busy since I saw you at US Surgical. I keep in touch with a lot of people so really glad we reconnected 😉

  4. Great intro and nice picture. The one with you in the orange coat and the castle in the back is stunning!!

  5. Hi Shelley,
    I also love to travel. My greatest trip was driving with my ex-husband through Europe all the way to Pakistan. Now, I am doing most of my travels in Israel.

    • What a fabulous trip! I’ve never been to Pakistan but I did visit Israel when I was in high school which was an amazing opportunity. Thanks for checking out my blog – I’ll take a look at yours too. Have a fabulous Monday!

  6. Cool. I like it! Keep going and stay in touch… KS

  7. Nice work Photo Girl… I admire what you are doing. Keep going!!! KS

  8. Hi there! Your blog is most lovely and so, I have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award! Click the link to see how to accept the award:

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  10. Oh, the Biltmore! I always wanted to visit there. Only made it to Sylva, NC.

  11. Nice blog and amazing photos of it.

  12. HI Shelley! I have nominated your great blog for two awards! Pick them up there:

    Happy Blogging! Sheila

  13. You’re so awesome! I do not suppose I’ve read through anything like this
    before. So nice to discover another person with unique thoughts oon this topic.

    Really.. many thanks foor starting this up.
    This site is one thing that is required on the web, soneone
    with a bit of originality!

  14. HI Im planning to travel to Kenya. i noticed you didnt have any links on it. Any tips? 🙂

    • Hi Nadia – First, Kenya sounds wonderful. I haven’t been there but I would suggest looking at They have reliable information with respects to hotels, transportation and things to see. I hope that helps! and have FUN!

  15. You have a excellent hobby. Photography and travel… I like them. When will you visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina and make some photos of my country?

  16. hey, there just wanted to let you i liked your blog. It gives us a glimspe of the real you, what you think and feel about.

  17. Nice introduction you have here.
    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’m following yours now, since I found that your blog is very interesting 🙂

  18. Hi, thanks for liking my post. Going through your blog and liking what I see. Following you now.

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