Fastpack to Adventure

The ability to quickly get on the road with my photo gear has always been important to me and so are the bags I trust. I get a lot of questions about my go-to gear and I thought I'd start with one of my favorites, my LowePro Fastpack 250

This bag was my first fastpack of the LowePro series and still is my favorite, but I'll talk about my other fav's soon. This bag has been everywhere from the dirt roads of Africa to the city streets of New York and countless other adventures. 


  • Day trips & up to a full day 
  • City walking & being able to quickly sling to the side and get your camera out
  • International travel where you don't want to scream tourist - I also attached locked to the outer zippers 


  • The mesh pocket on the side I could always fit my 32oz Nalgene bottle or sometimes even bigger 
  • The top zipper was either a perfect size to fit my snacks a few items and a jacket or extra clothing item
  • Fit my 70-200mm very comfortably - plus a few other lenses 
  • flat zipper pouch was perfect for my polaroids or my journal


Since this is my longest standing LowePro bag, it has some pretty amazing memories tied to it. The one that stands out the most is when I spent the summer in Malawi, Africa and how that pack never left my side or back I guess! Everyday it would get packed for a new adventure, and everyday I was comfortable and prepared with not only my camera, but my daily essentials. That bag and I were crammed in the back of pickup's together, bouncing on the back of bikes and daily being covered in African dirt and still I never worried about how well my photo gear was being protected. I guess you could say we bonded, but many more memories are to come with this bag! 


If you're a photographer and liked my insider (casual) reviews on my gear let me know! I'll be posting more about my favorite camera and adventure gear soon! 


Starved Rock State Park

A fun weekend adventure at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois. My fiance Collin, travels every week to Chicago for work and I thought I'd give him a break from traveling home and I'd come to him this weekend and make an adventure out of it. He looked up a few places within driving distance and we decided on Starved Rock State Park, it's about 1.45 hours outside of Chicago, so an easy drive. 

The park trails were actually quite the adventure, it had been raining a lot lately so we were sliding everywhere in the mud and towards the end of our hike we got caught in a thunderstorm - this ended up being my favorite part!! It's not a true adventure without getting lost, becoming dirty beyond means and of course just enough danger! So on our way back in the pouring rain I convinced Collin we should cross a bridge that was closed with the words DANGER written on a sign and that this would actually be a short cut - I WAS LOVING IT! 

Overall the park is totally worth visiting if you're a drive away, you can spend the entire day running around, getting muddy and seeing people wearing american flag shirts with coyotes faces on them. TRUE LIFE! 

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