Travel Photography: What I’ve Learned From Travels With My Beloved by Rebecca Daniels

Travel Photography: What I’ve Learned From Travels With My Beloved

In 2006, my new husband and I took an extensive cross-country drive, a sort of delayed honeymoon. It was our first serious road trip together a year after our late-in-life wedding in our own backyard. During that trip, I took dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of photos and started insisting my husband pose in many of them. Thankfully, he agreed without significant complaint. Thus, his tongue in cheek identity as the “geezer model” was born.

Happily, we discovered we really enjoyed traveling together, and in subsequent years the geezer model and his geezer girl (me) took many more trips to various parts of the U.S. and Europe. Throughout the next several years, I continued to photograph the amazing sights we encountered, always with my handsome husband in a few key images.

After his sudden death in 2010 to a previously unknown cardiac issue, both travel and photography were the last things on my mind for many months Eventually, I did find great solace in revisiting the photographs of our travels together, which spurred many memories of happier times. I’ve never been so glad that I insisted he pose regularly in those scenic photos, regardless of his surroundings. Each of the images included here evoke very specific remembrances for me, much more detailed than my memory alone could possibly provide.

Travel photography is a significant endeavor, especially because of the remarkable images, locations and memories they can bring back to us years later. Regardless of your camera brand or skill level, I recommend that you take lots of photos of the various sights you experience on your travels, but be sure to always include your beloved people in those photos as often as possible, even if they complain at the time. You may need those memories sooner than you think.

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Donna John
I am so sorry about your husband, Rebecca Daniels . How lucky you are to have so many wonderful memories of him through pictures. Welcome to the tribe. Looking forward to seeing more from you.
Elisa Schmitz
This is so beautiful, Rebecca Daniels . I'm so very sorry about the loss of your beloved. I, too, married my beloved later in life (and in our backyard). Always in the back of my mind is that I fear that I won't have enough time with him. Many thanks for this poignant reminder of how to capture the love throughout life's adventures together. You are so right - we may need these mementos sooner than we think. So glad you are with us, and I can't wait to read more from you! Dieter Schmitz
Ann Marie Patitucci
I love this, Rebecca Daniels ! What a beautiful tribute to your travels with your beloved Geezer Model. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you’ll share more!
Terri Kendrick
This is beautiful! When my husband and I travel, he always takes the scenery shots and I always take the people pix . But I never thought of this much greater benefit! Here's my geezer model (on a very cold day in Amsterdam)!
Oh this is such a sweet tribute to your husband. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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