BERMUDA

When I was young, printing your pictures was as easy as taking your disposable camera to Walgreens and getting it developed. Putting them in a photo album and sharing laughs (and blackmail) was the next. Now, with most photography being digital, printing your pictures is just another thing on your to-do list that typically never gets done. One of the many reasons I wanted to start blogging was to share pictures from my travels and day-to-day life. What is the point of taking thousands of pictures a year if they are just going to sit on your hard drive, cellphone or in a box deep within your closet? 

I've spent a lot of time contemplating this and even more time enacting it. Recently, i've started making printed photo albums of my vacations with Artifact Uprising. They make great quality books that are easy on the wallet and look great on your bookshelf or coffee table. Even more so, they are a wonderful way of reminding you of the good times you had with your family and friends. And, if you happened to take all the photos, they're a great reminder of how freaking talented you are. Just kidding. 

Kind of..

My trip to Bermuda during the summer of 2014, was one of the first photo albums I made. About a week after my return from this beautiful country, I had already made a 40 page album with all of my pictures from the trip. Yes, I took that many. 

Below are my favorites from the trip and the ones that best describe what a memorable trip it was. Now with my two younger brothers being away at college and me living on my own, family time is much more meaningful than it used to be and trips are far fewer. 

  The flight into Bermuda sold us at first sight. The reefs were abundant and so beautiful, but home to many shipwrecks. Ever wonder why they call the Bermuda Triangle the Bermuda Triangle? Aside from the tales, the reefs were most likely the problem.

The flight into Bermuda sold us at first sight. The reefs were abundant and so beautiful, but home to many shipwrecks. Ever wonder why they call the Bermuda Triangle the Bermuda Triangle? Aside from the tales, the reefs were most likely the problem.

  One of our favorite day activities while traveling is to take tours around where we are staying. After taking a few days to explore the country and hit the beach, we took an "island tour," which took us to all of the touristy and not-so-touristy locations. Did you know you can travel the entire country from end to end in about an hour? Its pretty small.

One of our favorite day activities while traveling is to take tours around where we are staying. After taking a few days to explore the country and hit the beach, we took an "island tour," which took us to all of the touristy and not-so-touristy locations. Did you know you can travel the entire country from end to end in about an hour? Its pretty small.

  This is the view on top of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. You can see almost the whole country. I'll be honest, I almost didn't make it up to the top. I have a major fear of heights and this sucker was high.

This is the view on top of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. You can see almost the whole country. I'll be honest, I almost didn't make it up to the top. I have a major fear of heights and this sucker was high.

  Our home while in Bermuda was called the Sandcastle. Since we have five people in our family, we like to rent houses, as it's typically much more cost effective. One of the main reasons aside from having to purchase two hotel rooms is we like to eat...a lot. Room service bills are steep in our family. 

Our home while in Bermuda was called the Sandcastle. Since we have five people in our family, we like to rent houses, as it's typically much more cost effective. One of the main reasons aside from having to purchase two hotel rooms is we like to eat...a lot. Room service bills are steep in our family. 

  The Sandcastle. I wish homes in Louisville were as colorful as those in Bermuda. Most homes in the country have limestone roofs, which serve an invaluable purpose. Since Bermuda has no fresh water lakes, all rainwater is stored and reused inside the household. As rainwater passes through the grooves of the limestone roofs, it gets purified and is then stored in a tank. Its safe to say that showers are to be taken quickly around there. 

The Sandcastle. I wish homes in Louisville were as colorful as those in Bermuda. Most homes in the country have limestone roofs, which serve an invaluable purpose. Since Bermuda has no fresh water lakes, all rainwater is stored and reused inside the household. As rainwater passes through the grooves of the limestone roofs, it gets purified and is then stored in a tank. Its safe to say that showers are to be taken quickly around there. 

  Our quarter of a mile walk to the beach was a breeze with these views. 

Our quarter of a mile walk to the beach was a breeze with these views. 

  Never is there a safety mirror that goes by without a self-portrait of myself. This is one of my favorites...as well as one of almost 50 I took while on the trip.

Never is there a safety mirror that goes by without a self-portrait of myself. This is one of my favorites...as well as one of almost 50 I took while on the trip.

  His favorite road on his favorite vacation, Tuckers Town Road.

His favorite road on his favorite vacation, Tuckers Town Road.

  I seriously considered quitting my job at this point.

I seriously considered quitting my job at this point.

You've Got Flair | Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda Rocks, Summer 2014
  Hamilton is the big city in Bermuda. It has tons of colorful shops, restaurants and bars to go to. It is also right on the water (as is most everything in the country). The picture below is the view from across the street above. 

Hamilton is the big city in Bermuda. It has tons of colorful shops, restaurants and bars to go to. It is also right on the water (as is most everything in the country). The picture below is the view from across the street above. 

  The view from Hamilton.

The view from Hamilton.

  Flatts Village was a favorite of mine, although we didn't get to spend much time there. I could totally live in one of these shebert homes. 

Flatts Village was a favorite of mine, although we didn't get to spend much time there. I could totally live in one of these shebert homes. 

  Everything in Bermuda is worth taking a picture of....This is St. George's, the eastern tip of the country.

Everything in Bermuda is worth taking a picture of....This is St. George's, the eastern tip of the country.

  While shopping in one of the stores around St. George's, we met this cash register kitty.

While shopping in one of the stores around St. George's, we met this cash register kitty.

  No tropical trip is complete without a "booze cruise," as we like to call them. The Restless Native took us snorkeling in a beautiful cove tucked into one of the many small corners of the country. 

No tropical trip is complete without a "booze cruise," as we like to call them. The Restless Native took us snorkeling in a beautiful cove tucked into one of the many small corners of the country. 

  R.I.P. underwater camera. At least we got a few good shots before it died on us. 

R.I.P. underwater camera. At least we got a few good shots before it died on us. 

You've Got Flair | Snorkeling in Bermuda; Summer 2014
You've Got Flair | Poolside Hat in Bermuda, Summer 2014

A few more of my favorite images from the trip...

You've Got Flair | Tucker's Point Hotel, Bermuda; Summer 2014
You've Got Flair | Family Mirror Reflection, Bermuda; Summer 2014
You've Got Flair | Sailboats in Hamilton, Bermuda; Summer 2014
You've Got Flair | Sailboats in Hamilton, Bermuda; Summer 2014
You've Got Flair | Artifact Uprising Harback Album, Bermuda; Summer 2014

This country was hard to leave and going home and back to work was even harder. I suggest making an album after your favorite trips, if not all of your trips, to make the blow of reality just a little bit easier. Pictured above is my hardcover album I made through Artifact Uprising

You've Got Flair | Artifact Uprising Harback Album, Bermuda; Summer 2014

Designing an album and including all of your favorite pictures, which for me was a lot, can be a daunting task. I like to use a combination of both Photoshop and Smart Albums to design my albums. Smart Albums has specific layouts that will fit one to probably 10 pictures on one page. I would definitely suggest the program if you come home with over 1200 edited pictures like I did. Go check out Artifact Uprising to see all of the awesome things you can make. I've ordered of their products and have never been disappointed.