When I was younger I watched reruns of The Simpsons daily. There’s one episode where Springfield Elementary is let out of school for Spring Break and Milhouse jumps down the front steps, rips open his shirt and yells, “Spriiiiiiiiiiiiiinnngg breakkkk!” and proceeds to look awkward when no one else responds to what he does. For some reason this scene always runs through my head when I speak, write or otherwise interact with the whole Spring Break idea.

Whew. Now that story time is out of the way, let me tell you a little about my Spring Break. I decided to go to London and then on a whim I added on a weekend in Amsterdam. I was traveling by myself because I never had vacationed on my own before and I wanted to try it out.

Turns out, it’s a real downer.

At least, for me it was. I’ve been to London and Amsterdam before, but decided to revisit because they’re both wonderful cities. However, I didn’t accomplish much because things just weren’t the same without a partner in crime. And someone to read the maps. :) I didn’t get my camera out very often either because I just wasn’t feeling the photo vibe. Weird, I know.

There is one moment that I don’t have photos of and I’m kind of kicking myself for it. As I was walking around my first morning in London I passed the Westminster Courthouse. There was a super cute couple outside; the lady in a simple white sheath and birdcage veil and her new husband in a dapper black suit. They were standing proudly under the building sign in a bubble of just-married-bliss, but I noticed that they only had the maid of honor with a point and shoot camera taking standard posed photos. While the Best Man, in his kilt, held various coats and other things. If I could go back, I would walk up to that couple and ask to take some portraits for them. But, at the time I was just too intimidated. Who was I to burst into their moment? To ruin the specialness they were sharing with two of their closest friends? Maybe Karma will be nice to me someday and present me with another opportunity?

Anywho, below are some photos I did manage to capture whilst I wondered around London and Amsterdam.

The only worthy photo I took in Amsterdam. There was some kind of rowing race going on and the birds were alllll riled up about it.

Happy Spring!

 

Hello world! It’s been awhile, to say the least. Germany has, in fact, gotten warmer and blossomed under the Spring sun. It’s been lovely to watch. To see the buds forming on the trees. To see the locals walking hand in hand and standing in line for ice cream cones.

With the warmer weather and sunshine, I’ve gotten out of hibernation mode and gone on a few adventures. Katie and I ventured out to the Hannover zoo last weekend and it was so wonderful! The animals were so cute and there’s nothing like seeing a zebra or elephant up close! I even got to see some owls which was very exciting.

I hope I get to do a few more things like this before I head back to America! What are some of your favorite Springtime activities?

 

The past few weeks in Germany have been cold. Not the cold that you can escape either. It’s the cold that seems to sink into your bones and never really leave no matter how high you crank the heat or how many layers you don. The one cool thing about that kind of cold is that it can make fore once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In Hamburg there are two lakes (or bodies of water because I’m not actually sure if they’re lakes) and because it was colder than tarnation outside the lakes froze. The ice was thick enough to walk on or skate on if you happen to have some coordination. I’m so glad I made the trip because it was quite an unreal experience. I’m going to take some photos of the alster in April just so I can compare the two, but for now check out the photos below!

S-Bahn art!

On the ice! If you ever get the chance to walk on ice, I say take it, but wear shoes that are warmer than Converse.

The next day I took a trip to Lübeck. Photos from that trip coming soon!

 

Here in Deutschland there is quite an intense system of recycling. It permeates everything you do. There are, at any given time, four separate bins for you to throw your trash away. It terrifies me. Who knew that something as simple as a candybar wrapper could fell me? Alas, I’ve come up with a brilliant solution–I refuse to throw things away. Avoidance is always the best policy, right?

Now, if you’re sitting there thinking you need to send me the number of the best psychologist you know, you’re right. But that has nothing do with this current situation. ;) I actually do throw away my trash, but I’ve kept all of my bottles because you must return these to a grocery store. In exchange you get between 10 and 15 cents per bottle toward your next grocery purchase. Since the grocery store is a pretty good walk from my house, I’ve just decided to see how many bottles I can collect before I turn into Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout.

Hoarding aside, I’m finally starting to enjoy my time in this country. I’ve been able to do some traveling and I’ll share those photos in an upcoming post.

This weekend I’m going to head to Hamburg to walk on the ice. I mean, if I can tell stories like my Dad about walking over a frozen river, then I’m going to do it. On Saturday I’ll be exploring Lübeck and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather!

Oh and I know you want evidence of my hoarding…

Yeah, those are from two weeks ago. My collection has exponentially grown. I’m going to start naming them and referring to them as my pretties. Here’s to being crazy!

 

 

It’s funny to me now that a few years ago I would have been shakin’ in my boots if I had to photograph a person. A living, breathing, human being in front of my lens. No thanks. Now, I feel antsy if I haven’t been able to shoot a few portraits in a month or so. I beg my friends to come outside and play with me so I can snap a few photos of them. While being in Germany, I feel like I’m in a portrait rut. The other people in my program are cool, but I don’t know them well enough to ask them if they’d let me snap some photos of them and I’m not even sure how to begin to ask that question of a local. :)

Which brings me to my crazy idea. I’m giving away one engagement shoot and one portrait shoot for free! All you have to do is email me {lacey@laceyelam.com} and tell me a little bit about yourself. I’d like to schedule the shoots for May, but if you’re looking for a different time of the year, don’t hesitate to ask!

Because I must, here are the rules:

-One entry per person

-Engagement or portrait sessions only

-Must be booked in May, unless otherwise agreed upon

-Be nice and pay it forward! :)

Now, you didn’t think I would leave you without some photos did you? These are Katie’s senior portraits from a while ago, but they never ended up on the blog. Silly me.

These are a few of my favorite photos from our session! I hope you all have a fabulous Monday!