Something about that open road…

This is it. The beginning. The first post of hopefully to be many posts documenting the infamous road trip I’ve been talking about doing since I was 15 (more or less) and the trip I really started talking about the past year and a half. Are you ready? Am I ready? Can one ever be ready for what life is throwing their way?

I’ve thought about this post for a while. I’ve pictured it in my head and thought about what I’ve wanted to write. It’s going to be a long one so if you’re not into reading a long sentimental reasoning and explanation behind this grand adventure, it’s cool, I get it, you can totally skip ahead! I won’t be mad, I promise! There will be many pictures to come, don’t worry!

For those of you who are interested, keep going!

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It’s more than a road trip.

It’s more than long hours of driving, camping, visiting. It’s so much more than that. Anyone could hop in a car if they wanted and do a quick trip across and back, no problem. People do it all the time. That’s not the point though. To me this symbolizes an independence, a spiritual journey, a last hurrah in a way. I cannot sit at home, comfortable in my little world for very long. A few years ago I decided I would go to someplace new every year if I could. Living in San Francisco for 6 months changed my life in a lot of ways. I gained a very new perspective on how the world worked, and I really learned a lot about myself. I refer to the past as before and after I lived in California, because it was truly that life changing. Since then, I get the itch to travel and reach outside of my comfort zone. I consider myself a “recovering introvert” (patent pending) because I’ve always been a very reserved and shy person. However, deep down, I have this aching feeling I need to get out there and see what this incredible world has to offer me, and also see what I can offer to it. There’s also a huge risk with not living your life (in my opinion). Living in fear, you will never know what you can do, accomplish, or see. I totally get it and it’s something I struggle with daily. This is one of the reasons I must do this.

In a way it’s a test, and in another way it’s definitely for fun! In another sense I feel most spiritual and at peace when I’m surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

Another point is that life is too short. Things happen, and you don’t know when, but life will throw you curve balls. I cannot wait to do this, it has to be now, there’s no better time! Do what you want and what you love now before you can’t do it anymore! Think about the memories and the stories you will have after…

I’m also very excited to explore, take photos, video, visit friends, and do things I’ve never done!

I want to leave you with some inspirational quotes – I’ve become a collector of them in a way and try to remember them when trying situations come up. I hope they help you and inspire you too.

“You will either step forward into growth, or back into safety.”

“We will never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it.”

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

“Two things to aim for in life: to get what you want and enjoy it.”

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in – the mountains are calling, and I must go.”

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I just wanted to quickly note how awesome the support I’ve been getting is - My friends, boyfriend, and family have been so great to me and I can’t thank them enough for helping me prepare for this crazy thing I’m about to do. You guys are awesome and I will miss you so much! 

-J

Follow me and my journey on instagram @jennbakos and #JBontheroad

Engagement Sessions | New England Wedding Photographer

While I have been doing a lot of food & lifestyle photography lately, I’ve also done a good amount of engagement shoots for couples who have weddings this year! I love engagement shoots because it’s a great chance for the couples to get to know me and I them, that way when the wedding comes around, it’s like seeing an old friend. I’m very excited for the weddings I have coming up and I’ve met so many great people!

It’s going to be a fantastic and busy year!

 

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  • April 11, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    Bridget - Yay! These all look great. We loved our engagement session with you and cannot wait for you to shoot our wedding!ReplyCancel

Winter Hike – Blue Hills Reservation | New England Food & Lifestyle Photographer

A little while ago we released the 4th issue of T.e.l.l. New England which means I’ll be posting images from some of the shoots we worked on!

This was our winter hike at Blue Hill Reservation in Massachusetts! We grabbed some friends, made some food, and brought some beer, because that’s how adults hike of course! ;)

If you’re in the Boston area, check out Trillium Brewing Co. for some delicious brews and maybe take a hike yourself up the hill for a great view of the city!

 

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Rustic Winery Wedding | New England Wedding Photographer – Flag Hill Winery, NH

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dreaming of warm sunny days already. I miss the greenery and being able to go outside with out being in pain…haha. We are in the midst of winter here, and it’s been cold. Bitter cold! I wanted to share some sunshine with you from the end of the summer. The winery mixed with the rustic detail was beautiful! What an incredible day it was too.

For this wedding I was 2nd shooting for Ashley Herrin! Thanks for letting me be a part of this one!

I hope everyone is staying warm out there…only a few more months until spring! Maybe you want to stay warm and cheery with a drink?

Enjoy!

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  • January 9, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Kaye - Gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

Moving Forward | New England Food and Lifestyle Photographer – 2013 Recap

This year for my end of the year reminiscence, I wanted to show you a few photos from some trips and hikes I took this year. It was all about nature this year and seeing the beauty of the places we live. To me, this is where I find myself most at peace and where my life is put into perspective. I was really hit by this when I traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time with one of my best friends from childhood. I was awestruck and my life instantly changed. I knew after leaving that I had to get back to those mountains. The pictures and video I took from that trip really don’t do it justice. You have to go there and see it for yourself.

My next big trip was heading across the country to Seattle, Washington and seeing the true Pacific Northwest. What an incredible city! I really enjoyed the fact that there was a progressive city, mountains, ocean, woods, farms, and cool people all in one place. The food was amazing of course and I was able to visit some of my friends from school!

Once I came back, I really caught the hiking bug and tried to go as much as I could before winter (which wasn’t much) but now I hope this coming year I’ll be able to do more.

My next big trip will be something I’ve been dreaming about since I was maybe 15 years old. I am planning a cross country road trip (and then back) starting in August. My mom thinks I’m crazy and I told her that if I can’t do this trip, my life will lose meaning. And I honestly think that’s true. I crave exploration and finally I feel like I can go and do this. It’s something I think about every single day.

There is so much to look forward to in 2014 and I really want to make things happen. I think it’s going to be the best year yet! I have written down a long list of goals that I plan on accomplishing and I’m sure there will be more added.

I hope you all enjoy your New Years Eve and are able to complete and conquer whatever goals you set for yourself this year. It can be done!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

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  • January 1, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Rich Lilly - Just wanted to say I love your photos and blog, and if you happen to visit Seattle again this summer, don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi”- I’ll even treat you to lunch at the Needle! ;) Best wishes for a New Year that is all you hope for and more!ReplyCancel