I am so excited to share this project with you guys. Earlier this summer, my client Rebecca asked me to help her with a surprise travel video as a gift to her parents, who planned this trip for Rebecca, her sisters + their families. Of course, I couldn’t wait to work on this because Provence is a place that is near to my heart. I haven’t been back in 13 years, so visiting vicariously through Rebecca’s video clips was a treat.

Rebecca did a great job (using just her iPhone!) to capture the feel of Provence perfectly. I only wish smell-o-vision was a thing so you could smell those stunning lavender fields! It’s one of the best smells on earth.

When Rebecca shared the finished product with her parents + family, there may have been some tears shed. Here’s what she had to say:

“Our week in Provence with my family was such a special time that I will never forget. And thanks to Evergreen Lane Productions, we have this amazing travel video to remember it by. She took our hours and hours of what was mundane iPhone videos and turned it into a story of our week together that we will forever cherish.”

Rebecca, her family, + friends have already watched the video over 200 times! I’m so thankful that part of my work is helping people preserve these memories. My own memories of travels with my family throughout my life are some of my most treasured.

If you’re interested in working with me to curate your own everyday adventure, you can learn more here. Or, get started right away with a sneak peak of the materials I provide through the Juniper package, by signing up at the link below + downloading my 5 secrets to creating an amazing travel video:

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It’s kind of crazy when I stop + think about how close I live to Rocky Mountain National Park + I’ve only been a handful of times in the past 7 years.

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

 

 

My friends and I hiked the trail to Alberta Falls, which was just under 2 miles out + back. When we got to the falls, however, we were still feeling pretty good so we opted to continue up the trail to the Loch, which was a more strenuous hike that came out being just under 6 miles total.

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

The trail ran mostly alongside a river, which is my favorite kind of hike. The perfect soundtrack to any hike is definitely the sound of rushing water. And once we reached the Loch, we were able to sit on the water’s edge + cool our feet off in the water. And it was definitely cold water – on our way up there, we had to hike over a large area of snow that was still covering the trail. In July! No time of year is really safe from the occasional snowfall at such a high elevation.

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

Over the course of the hike, we gained about 1000 feet of elevation, starting just above 9000 feet + ending over at 10,000 feet above sea level.

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

Rocky Mountain National Park // Hiking Alberta Falls // annabelleneedles.com

One of the best things about living in Denver is that you can spend the morning hiking in a National Park with amazing mountain vistas + in the evening, you can find yourself dancing the night away at a sushi restaurant where your friend is the DJ – which is, as you might have guessed, exactly what I ended up doing that night.

It’s a crazy, wonderful thing. I feel so fortunate that I can have the city life I enjoy while also being so close to the escape + serenity of nature.

If this Project 365 has taught me anything, it’s the immense value in capturing our everyday moments. Time passes SO very fast – like the wind – yet having this tiny glimpse of each of my days helps me to remember. July was a crazy month. There are days I cried, days I laughed, days I held those I love + days they were far away. Days I sat in front of my computer + days I flew halfway around the world. But every last one of them, beautiful.

It is remarkable the spark that one little second of video can trigger.

That’s the main reason I created Juniper. We have these amazing tools at our fingertips, all the time, to capture our world. To hold on to our days. To remember.

Every one of our days holds beauty. The tools I created for my travel video package, Juniper, help guide you in unlocking that beauty – whether with your iPhone or DSLR – and preserving it in a beautifully curated video postcard. And maybe you’re not halfway around the world. Maybe you just want to remember your grandma’s laugh or the way the light falls on your front porch these long summer evenings. Savor your adventures in the everyday and beyond.

 

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A few hours by bus from Bucharest sits a little town called Sinaia. It’s a mountain resort town near Bucegi Natural Park + it was refreshingly cool after the heat of the city. It’s popular in the winter for skiing, but we found a lot of people camping in the surrounding area. I had no idea camping was so popular in Romania, but I guess the desire to be surrounded by nature is a universal one!

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A local told us we could walk from our hotel into the town of Sinaia, so a small group of us headed out to explore, but it turns out that the city center was 10 kilometers away – a bit longer than we had budgeted for the afternoon. So we changed out strategy + simply moseyed through the small neighborhood along the highway as we headed back to the hotel. It was dotted with small gardens + chicken coops, amidst charming mountain homes. Woven in between were these big, characterless apartment buildings – remnants of the communist era.

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I was quite sad to leave the countryside when it was time to head back home. You don’t realize how much a place has changed you, I think, until you find yourself somewhere else. I never considered myself much of a mountain person, but now that I’ve lived in Colorado for eight years, I find myself at home at elevation. The mist floating in between ridges of pine trees was familiar + yet other-worldly at the same time.

It’s hard to believe almost a year has passed since exploring this beautiful country. Already dreaming of when I can return, but for now, I’ll just be here in Colorado, sipping my afinata.

  • LuminitaJuly 27, 2016 - 5:40 am

    Hi Annabelle, it’s so nice to see you liked Sinaia. And that you brought some afinata with you 🙂 Greetings from Romania!ReplyCancel

This video marks the half-way point of 2016. Six months of taking one second of video every day. Having this monthly signpost of sorts is a good reminder to take stock of my goals, see how I’m moving forward, + appreciate everything I’ve accomplished so far this year. Which, as much as I’m sometimes hard on myself for not being as far along as I’d like, is a whole heck of a lot.

June’s highlights: two trips to Louisville + one to California, one baseball game in Cincinnati + one in Denver, and lots of time outside – while still somehow managing to make the most this month than I have all year.

This weekend, while I won’t be working, I’m hoping to spend some time taking stock of the personal goals I set for myself in January to see what needs tweaking + what can be checked off. While also grilling, sitting poolside, loving on my friends (especially those who have served this country) + getting my dance on. Life is a beautiful interplay of working + resting. Once I stopped trying to force “balance,” I’ve found that I somehow have more than I realized.

What are you up to this long weekend? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Did you miss previous 365 recaps? Watch them here:

365 Video Challenge // January Recap

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365 Video Challenge // February Recap

Another month has gone by, which means another 29

365 Video Challenge // March Recap

HOW, how is it April already? Between a week of

365 Video Challenge // April Recap

I feel like I say this every month, but holy cow,

365 Video Challenge // May Recap

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