Goodbye, Austin

May 9, 2015

Here’s a few from this week in Austin, Texas. I have a lot I’ve taken this past month or so but still have Australian photos to sort through and post first. I’ll get around to them, promise. 😁As for here in Austin, it’s been nice to be back in that warmer weather. Also, there’s nothing better than seeing some of your oldest friends and their kids! Both Kat and Meg I met early on in high school now I am running around playing games and chasing their kids around. It’s crazy cool. Anyways, back to Dallas tomorrow.

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Reality Check

May 5, 2015

My friend from the country of Laos recently got Facebook. Some of you may remember the kid who took me around when I was in Laos to his family’s farm and village. I shared quite a long piece about him, he taught me a lot while I was there. Anyways, he posted a photo of his house today and for me it was a good reminder of one of the many things I learned while traveling.. To always be grateful for what you have been grated. Now this can range from a roof that doesn’t leak to water that’s not contaminated. From a road that isn’t bumpy to a bed with an actual mattress. It’s easy after leaving Asia to get caught up in the shiny things life has to offer so seeing this helps me get level headed and back to what’s important. I have my health, shelter and I’m surrounded by people that love me. Now I am sure my friend whose home this is is surrounded by people who love him and is healthy as well.. But I think we can all agree that the two story, insulated house I am in now – juggling whether to use my laptop, iPad or iPhone – isn’t anything near the same conditions as the house below. Crazy to think of the luxuries I was immediately given into by simply being born in an imaginary border known as the USA. It’s not something to feel bad about, it’s not our choice, it’s just something to be aware of as we live our lives. To live life with an open heart, to be eternally grateful and to leave this Earth a better place.

Happy Monday, Ya’ll.

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50K Instagram Followers

May 4, 2015

I hit another milestone on my Instagram account (@justin_gf) today. 😳 It’s crazy how much this account grown over the past 3-4 years!

I have recently been feeling a gigantic creative bug coming on and I’ve decided when I get back to Dallas to spend a considerable amount of time on my photography. I have 22 months and over 150 GBs of photos I need to go through and organize.

After the organization I want to take some Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials and edit some key photos and then finally make my own web space. That way I will have a portfolio to show people! Along with my own website for my photography, I also am also close to having my Blog updated through my time in Australia. I may need to eventually hire a friend to redo my blog site for me because I’m not happy with the layout as of now.

With my photos organized, a photography portfolio website along with my completed blog.. I will have the tools to finally start marketing myself..! Ideally in time I will get some sponsorships and then potentially monetize this whole hobby. Fingers crossed. I’ll never know unless I make the first steps.. Therefore, it’s time to collect all the photos and pieces over the past two years, bring them all together and see what I have to offer. Wish me luck and in the meantime thanks for everyone’s support on my Instagram account.

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Goodbye, Oregon & California!

May 1, 2015

Adios Oregon & Cali! The last week I got the chance to road trip with the my old friend Michael who also was the first person I ever did a road trip with back in our teenage days. Friends since 13 (maybe earlier), it was nice to see ya after so long. The Redwood National Park 🌲 lived up to everything I had imagined.. The Oregon Coast was spectacular.. and San Fran.. Well.. It kinda did us in with no mercy but at least it makes a great story. I still would do anything to live there.

It also was so nice to Meg Townsend and Lauren Sutton.. You both are at beautiful people. =] Also thanks to all of Michael’s friends who were overly kind towards me and a shoutout to my new‬ favorite‬ person Carrie Morton.

Now, one last stop of my ‪#‎USATour‬ in Austin, TX to see yet another batch of friends from my early teenage years. I still can’t believe I am going to see Karhtyn Mello and her three kids later on today.. I’ve been waiting years.

Anyways, Austinites get at me I’ll just be here this weekend.. Then it’s time to return to Dallas for some time and rest, these past 4 weeks have been exhausting (in the best way possible). Not to mention I was quite sick the past two weeks. But not let’s get ahead of ourselves.. We still have ATX ahead!!

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Redwood National Park

April 26, 2015

Redwood National Park lived up to the hype. I’ve had this spot on my radar for years but never made it over this way. It was worth the wait and easily one of my favorite spots in the States. Next time I visit I hope for some thick fog!

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Oregon Coast

April 26, 2015

A few more from yesterday as we drove down the 101 on Oregon’s Coast. The landscape in the Northwest is rocky, lush and green. Tons of trees. Tons. It’s a place where fog is very common and welcomed for the full effect. Oregon for the win. Now we’ve headed South to Northern Cali at the Redwood National Forest. The Redwood trees are giants whose trunks are bigger than cars! Ferns, moss and vines hang throughout; It’s like the movie Avatar.

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