Life’s Unexpected Changes – A Personal Update

Life's Unexpected Changes - A Personal Update

We realize we don’t write enough about what is going on in our personal lives on our blog and that is something we plan to change. From now on, we will write updates on things that are going on in our lives in addition to giving you travel stories and travel and photography tips.

If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Stumble Upon, you may have noticed we have been a little quiet lately. The reason is that we are completely swamped with life at the moment. There were a few weeks where we posted less frequently on our blog just because we couldn’t find the time or energy to write.


Life’s Unexpected Changes – A Personal Update


Scott and I recently decided to start an architectural and real estate photography business in addition to working full time, traveling, and running a blog. This is something we have been cooking up for the past few months, but only recently made the leap to seriously making it happen versus just talking about it.

Life has a funny way of forcing you to be ready for something you are a little scared to do.

Since we have a lot of connections in the building industry, we already have our first couple of jobs lined up and we were forced to research lighting equipment and learn how to use it all within a couple of weeks.

This new venture is exciting and a little overwhelming. We apologize if we are not as active online as usual, but rest assured, we will still keep reading other blogs and writing useful content.

Considering we are starting a new business that we are really excited about and want to get ourselves established in the San Diego area, we have decided to hold off on long-term travel plans for the moment.

Staying put just seems like a better plan for us right now. We will still be taking tons of trips, just nothing longer than a couple of weeks. We have plenty to write about past trips, such as Nepal and Yellowstone National Park, and we already have trips planned for San Antonio, Texas, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Santa Barbara and possibly a trip to the Galapagos Islands! So continuing to post on Ordinary Traveler is not going to be a problem.

Also, stay tuned for a cool video we are working on from Yellowstone.

Our plans to travel long-term are not canceled, just postponed. This opportunity in the States is just too good to pass up.

We’ll keep you updated as to how things move along. For now, thank you for following along our journey and reading our blog. We really appreciate you!

Let us know in the comments if there is anything you would like to see on our blog that we are not covering. We are here to help!



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  1. Jeremy Branham says:

    Good luck with real estate!ย  Fascinating area but quite scary – especially in this day and age!ย  Good thing it’s just photography and not actually selling it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      We are focusing more on new construction than taking photos for real estate agents. I know there is not a lot of money in real estate photography since they usually want the job done as cheap as possible. The building industry is always doing well in a few areas in San Diego that we will focus on and I also have connections in the northern California area. It’s a good industry to get into if you know people and luckily we do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Really exciting news, guys! I hope you keep us updated as the business grows. And I totally understand about life happening and not being able to keep up with the social media stuff.ย 

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thanks, Laura! We will definitely keep writing updates on how things are going. Yea, it’s tough to keep up with everything. We have to prioritize or we would never get anything accomplished! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jeronullet says:

    Good luck!ย  When you plan to go to the Grand Canyon I can give you some ideas/tips if you like.

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thank you! We will let you know if we need any tips. We are just going to one area in the Grand Canyon. It’s a short backpacking trip where we will be hiking in and camping for a few days, then we have to head home.

  4. Danny and Jillian says:

    Congrats on the new business!ย  Keep us posted.ย  It sounds like you’ve worked out a business plan.ย  We have started our own business and like you said, it requires A LOT of time and effort.ย  I feel like we have to stay sometimes we are NOT going to work today, we need a break!

    Best wishes!

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thanks, guys! Yea, I’m a slave driver and I need to plan time to stop working. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Leslie (Downtown Traveler) says:

    Wow– how do you guys find the time for all this? I am impressed! Please publish a post on how to manage full time jobs and multiple side projects. An “architectural and real estate photography business” sounds very unique and exciting.

    1. Thanks Leslie, and that is a good idea for an article. Unfortunately the article might just say “WORK ALL OF THE TIME :)”

  6. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy says:

    Being busy due to work projects is always a good thing! Congrats on moving ahead with the business.

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Very true. It’s better than sitting around wishing you had work or clients. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Scott!

  7. Cathy Sweeney says:

    Thanks for the update! I was wondering why I hadn’t seen too much of you in the blogosphere lately. Best of luck with the new business!

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thanks, Cathy! I’m sure we will get back into connecting more on social media sites once things start to settle down a little.ย 

  8. Best of lucks! I might be (re) joining the construction sector again soon, and had actually thought about doing something similar. I hear that in some places full panorama shots are payed very very well…

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thanks, Federico! That sounds really cool! I’ve worked in the construction industry for about 13 years now and I still love it. I never realized that working in the construction industry would allow us to start a business in photography, but I have always believed that our paths in life often lead to things we least expect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Dalene & Pete Heck says:

    Very exciting news and congratulations! ย Best of luck with the new business and the new gear!

  10. Can’t wait to see the photos! I’m sure it’s going to go great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Erica&Shaun Kuschel says:

    It is a good thing to work on something like a personal business. It will not only give you the cash to travel but allow you to schedule your own things. Grats guys!

  12. This is a great blog! Seems like you do a lot of intense traveling which seems like a blast! I’ve always wanted to take large chunks of time and spend it traveling but these days that is a far off dream. I do recommend Santa Barbara though. Great trip and when the weather is right, it is the best place to spend a few days and relax. A great hotel to check out would be the Sandman Inn ( So inexpensive and the best place to be on a nice day is out by their great pools!

  13. Sofia - As We Travel says:

    Sounds like a nice plan, sometimes I long for a place to settle and making shorter trips, it’s a great idea I think. Good luck with everything!