Portland 2016

Welcome to the YP Travel Series! 

Travel travel travel... travel!! You see, ever since I was little, I have been lucky enough to travel lots. And so, I thought it would be interesting to share all of my adventures while showing you another side of my photography. 

At the beginning, my photography was geared towards landscapes and architecture. I did not like having people in my shots, however, that quickly changed, and now I love taking photographs of beautiful couples and their newborns. 

You will notice that all the photos of this post are black and white. I do shoot in colour, but I would be lying if I told you that I don't love the dramatic feel that turning a photo black and white does. 

Anyways! My trip to Portland was rather spontaneous. Unplanned to say the least. The weeks prior had been stressful for me. Next thing I knew, I was sitting at my dining table booking a trip to Portland for the following day. I did not have a clear idea of what I wanted to do during my stay there, but I did know for certain that whatever I did, I wanted to do it on my own. It's funny how my thoughts about travelling solo have changed over time. If you had asked me a couple of years back if I would enjoy travelling alone, I would have given you a weird look followed by a serious no. Now, it is an idea that is exciting for me. I still like to travel with other people of course, but travelling alone is different. It triggers curiosity to interact with strangers, to get to know them and to step out of our your comfort zone. 

When I got to Portland, I hopped on a cab and headed to my cute little "Artist Nook", an Airbnb owned by an artist who decorated the place with her gorgeous paintings. 

I also found my way the Food Trucks on a mission to find a Colombian food truck that some friends had raved about. After searching for what it seemed to me like a decade, I saw it. With a big smile on my face, I greeted the lady. She quickly realized two things. 1) I am Colombian, and 2) that it had been a long time since I last ate Colombian food. I stayed talking to her and her husband for quite some time while eating almost all of the food they had in the menu.

I walked the streets of Portland photographing people, interesting murals and its gorgeous architecture. I found myself walking into a movie theatre (http://pdx.livingroomtheaters.com/) and ended up watching the next movie that was showing, which happened to be The Big Short. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

I stumbled upon this gorgeous french place named Maurice (http://www.mauricepdx.com/) It was small, white and beautifully decorated. If you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for unique little restaurants and coffee shops. I walked in and ordered what the couple next to me were having. They complemented my choice of dessert once it arrived and I smiled as I realized that that was indeed an ahh-mazing choice! That was one of the best desserts I have ever had! I will never forget that Lemon Souffle Pudding Cake *sigh*. 

I wanted to experiment staying in different places. I left the cute airbnb and headed over to the Society Hotel in Downtown Portland (http://www.thesocietyhotel.com/). The decor of this hotel reflected my taste in pretty much everything. So simple, yet different. It had character with it's rustic elements and exposed brick walls. 

Walking the streets of Portland was truly entertaining. I met some very interesting and welcoming people. I had a ton of sweets, donuts and amazing food. I walked until my feet hurt and found some incredible little nooks.  Highly recommend it! 

Cheers to spontaneous little trips! 


Yenny Paez Photography