BRAUN



Who doesn’t love a good Christmas list?! I thought I would give you a few things to quickly order for somebody you like, love, or is blackmailing you. Or you can give this to those mentioned as hints at what you want. I know Christmas is super close so I included direct links to each item on Amazon. How can you beat free 2 day shipping??! (If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet (which gives you free 2 day shipping) then slap yourself and then sign up.

This list is what I call essentials for Adventuring. Adventures can be a trip to the back country of Africa for a month or simply anytime you walk out the front door! HERE WE GO!

Leatherman WAVE. My #1 Everyday Carry!  I have 4. I keep one in the truck, my camera bag, the airstream and my Bike. The Perfect Multitool

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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Mefoto SideKick360 Plus Today we take tons of photos and video with our phones. From group photos that I want to be in to timelapses I’m always trying to prop up my phone. This little tripod isn’t the cheapest phone tripod but it is by far the best I’ve used. It’s so versatile, basically you can get any angle, but also very stable holding my big iphone 7plus with no problem at any position. The best camera is the one you have with you. If you don’t want to haul a bunch of gear with you, this is a nice solution. Comes in a bunch of cool colors too.

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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BRAVEN BLADE SPEAKER. Bluetooth. Drop-water-freeze proof. Really great sound. Amazing battery with USB plug to charge phone. From photoshoots to my trip to Nicaragua, its been a great speaker to add music! Highly recommend it!

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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Sony a6300. I get asked a lot, especially this time of year, for suggestion on SLR cameras.  Reasons like beginning photography to shooting better family stuff to sports or travel. But I won’t recommend something I haven’t personally used. This is little camera is phenomenal. My favorite travel camera and honestly one of the best in the world for all around purposes. Shoots crazy fast stills and video (good for sports, babies, and puppies). Super light while still having all the cool tech the top tier SLR functions have. Also will charge by USB, which makes charging remotely so easy. If you want the newest of this line get the Sony A6500 (upgraded with stabilized sensor)  or the earlier generation, the Sony A6000. Any of these three are fantastic!

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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Bose QC 35  This is the only thing on this list that I personally have not used but am hoping to get for Christmas. BUT I do have its predecessor the QC15’s that they don’t make anymore. The difference is the 35’s have BLUETOOTH, the 15’s do not.  Simply put I don’t travel without my bose headphones, ESPECIALLY on airplanes. Noise Cancelling is an understatement with these headphones that go completely over the ear. By far the easiest way to upgrade yourself to first class and get rid of that baby’s crying a few rows behind you. When you turn these on the world is silent. Pairs excellent with Led Zeppelin. Turn it up to eleven!

Buy the HERE on Amazon.

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Jumpl Bluetooth Adapter  This little guy is amazing for making any speaker or headphones into bluetooth. This especially comes in handy with the new iphone 7 series that doesn’t have a headphone port (without using a dongle). I use it with my bose qc15’s while working out, working in the shop, and riding my motorcycle (using different headphone in my helmet). Like Sheldon says, “EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BLUETOOTH!”

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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Nite Ize Carabiners. Stocking Stuffer. I know these sound a little minimal to make this list but there isn’t a time I don’t walk out the door with one of these. I use the tiny S carabiner to attach my strap to my camera. I keep a few of the locking carabiners to my all my bags. These are perfect for giving quick access to a water bottle or securing one bag to another. They aren’t heavy or big by any means but the are so handy.

Buy it HERE on Amazon

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North Face Base Camp Duffel – Travel experience hinges on how easy you can move…or TRAVEL. The right bag can make or break a trip honestly. Ever seen somebody’s bag fall apart on them mid trip way out in the wilderness away from a store? I have. It’s not pretty. My first experience with a Base Camp duffel was my month long trip to Africa and man did it impress. Ultra tough. Very affordable considering the build quality. Comes with two long shoulder straps that can be worn as a backpack very comfortably. It doesn’t have anything hard structural to it so the bag can compress super small. Technically not water proof but I’ve had mine sit outside in a storm all day and nothing got wet on the inside. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. I think I have at least 2 of each size. (always Black on Black). If I had to choose one bag to live out of it would be this one.

Buy it HERE on Amazon

 

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Hydro Flask 40 oz.   Water Bottles are very often overlooked when packing for traveling but I’ve learned that its crucial to have water with me because its not always easy to get. Nothing worse than getting on a 3 hour bus ride through the jungle without water. The Hydro Flask is the best water bottle honestly (yes I’ve tried Yeti). No they are not the cheapest by any means but it blows me away how long it will keep things cold. If you want just a liquid holder then get a Nalgene. If you want something that will keep ice ICE for days get a Hydro Flask. Warm water is no fun during a hard hike. I’ve had my HF in my sidecar out in the Texas sun & heat all day and still kept my water as cold as I put it in there that morning. I honestly can’t figure out the witchcraft involved with these but I won’t complain. Quality gear won’t let you down. These are well worth the investment.

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Braven Power Bank it goes without saying we use a lot of electronic things all the time. So when you’re out and about, especially traveling, we don’t always have access to charging spots. This battery called the Power Bank by Braven is amazing. Not the smallest or cheapest but has TWO usb ports and is built super tough. With my travels I’m not easy on my gear. I need it to be tougher than me so I know it will be there for me.  It also has bluetooth with a ton of super cool features you would never think of. Don’t leave home without it.

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Things are not what is important for the holidays. I’m perfectly happy if I don’t get anything for Christmas, but I don’t hate it when I get something I really can use everyday.  More lists coming.  Happy Holidays!

-Braun

Be Well, Go Far!




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Setting out on my journey I quickly realized 99.9999% of the time I would be traveling alone. This means 2 things I had to be aware of. The first is that I would have to be very proactive in meeting people. The second was that any  and all of the gear that I so deeply love to use would have to be manageable only by me.  So you can imagine my excitement when Profoto announced their new B1 lights.

What’s so great about these lights Braun?? Because good people, the head has a battery built into it! Brilliant! That means no more lugging heavy power packs around. No more tripping over cords! The Profoto radio trigger can also control the power of the heads (both TTL & Manual modes!) That means you don’t have to get up from your shooting position. You don’t have to break that connection with your subject you’ve been talking to for 20 minutes to get them to relax! When you say “Hold on” and walk away  you loose momentum. And if you did have an assistant holding a stand you wouldn’t have to ask them to go change the power  on the pack because you have the control right on your camera trigger! Genius. This light is great! 500w (solid power) of beautiful legendary Profoto light that fits in the top of a medium sized backpack! Strap a light stand & umbrella to the backpack and you’re off! Full Metal Jacket & Hiking up the mountain with your subject without a team of donkeys hauling gear!

Profoto is hands downs the standard in rental houses. Sure they aren’t the cheapest , but they are consistently quality light and robustly designed. The B1 is nothing short of it’s designer’s legacy. The head feels solid. The menu on both the head and the trigger is simple and easy to use. Grip it and Rip it! Sure this light isn’t for all productions. The battery is rated to get 300 shots at full power, which is quite a bit for portrait shoots. I’ve shot many of the portraits below at 1 pm when the light is the harshest. No power cables tangling generators or power packs let me place the light stand in the water while I was shooting a beautiful girl out in the Florida Keys!

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Lately I’ve really liked using a big deep umbrella with a diffuser over the front of it. Like an Octobox but no ring and poles to wrestle. It Is a bit of a wind catcher so a diffused beauty dish will join my arsenal quite soon for sure. As a photographer taking people’s time for your photograph you must be respectful which is another reason why I love this set up. Takes me about 2 minutes to set up from “backpack mode” to “light is up and we’re shooting!” Quick and painless is the name of the game. Never give people time to freak out in their head.

All of these portraits were done with this exact set up. thats all. I don’t use the camera tripod, just for illustration. lenses I typically use the new canon 100mm 2.8L IS ii Macro or the 50mm 1.2L. travel_photographer-gear-review-brianbraun-2-3travel_photographer-gear-review-brianbraun-1-5Below are some from my new portrait series “Faces Along a Journey” (all shot with the B1). I started this series because I do like shooting nature, I greatly enjoy photographing portraits. When on the road you meet all sorts of people, you learn their history and background, or that of which they want you to know. This is what I wanted! To value not just the amazing sights to behold but to know the people that make up this country.   It might be a 10 second encounter or you might be neighbors for a couple of weeks. Taking the time to get to know people is so crucial. Social media definitely does not supplement real people to people interactions. I’ve met all sorts of Airstreamers,  Mormon (Grateful)Dead Heads (that don’t smoke or drink).  A BBC Radioman. A future rap star that was caravaning across the country with his sister in a prius! Snow Birds! French Canadian college kids. French Canadian snow birds, outlaws, veterans of huge Military careers, computer hackers, big fashion photographers and on and on and on. People that own real movie Batmobiles. People that invite me out to the Ranch in Utah, Colorado. You never know. Never discount anybody, Never assume.

The point is everybody has a story. Take the time to say hello and talk, because you’re interested, not because you have an agenda! If you think you would want to take their portrait ask them. They might say no, they might say yes. 90% of the time I ask they have never been photographed by a professional photographer!

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My approach to my lighting is to feather the light across the  subject’s face. Almost emulating the sun but just lower. Place the back end of the umbrella almost at the ear of the subject slightly angled toward them. This causes the light to fall right across their face while leaving the other side untouched and shadowed…thus creating mood! ahhhhaaaa! If you put the sun behind the subject you can basically use it as a backlight with this combination. travel_photographer-gear-review-brianbraun-1-12travel_photographer-gear-review-brianbraun-1-3
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Hope you find this helpful my friends. Be Well Go Far. -Braun

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White Sands New Mexico

08
Mar
2014

travel_commercial_photographer_brianbraun--3Over the mountains and across miles of endless of fields nestled in New Mexico lies the desert park, White Sands. Rolling dunes of sugar white sand go on and on with mountains looking over. Quiet is not the word. The dunes seem to absorb the any noise and all you are left with is peace to soak in the surreal beauty.  This has a special place in my heart from my Dad and Grandfather  taking my brother and  I  to it when we were small kids and still remains one of my favorite places on earth.

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Apology, Update, Reflection & Declaration

17
Feb
2014

For the last couple of months I have found refuge in the warmth of the Sunshine state while it seems the rest of the country has been freezing their whiskers off. But first my friends and supporters I have to apologize for being such a lame pal. I haven’t been updating, not for lack of thoughts or travels but just simply taking a break. This is no excuse I know but it’s mine.

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Taking time off got me thinking about how my life has changed so drastically in the last 4 months and who I really wanted to be in 2014. Who was this person I was creating? Thoughts like if I died what would my family be able to tell about me. If they searched my home, the WNDRLST, what would they know about me. Isolation forces self reflection, whether you want it or not. During New Years I came across a great video that’s words have haunted me to no end. “The richest place in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard we will find inventions that we were never exposed to, ideas and dreams that never became realities, hopes and aspirations that were never acted upon.” So it is in those words that I vow to stop being the laziest person I know and declare to be the man, professional and artists I want to be in 2014.  Realizing I’m not just a commercial photographer anymore, but so many people know me for my airstream design and this journey. Not exactly what this defines me as but its my labels.

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Patton and I enjoy the scenes of Florida, from shooting beautiful women in the Keys to kayaking the Everglades. Even new and old friends came out and graced our home while down here.  The last day I was day I was set to leave south Florida, after being told numerous times all the lots in the Keys were sold out I decided to make the call to a few just in case. As luck would have it one had an opening for an entire week! The time out on the islands were so special for me to have it as part of this trip as it is one of the 4 corners of the US.
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The Question is what are you gonna do with your time, greatness is a lot of small things done well. Day after day. Work after Work. Obedience after obedience.

Be well go far

 

Braun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


italy

22
Dec
2013

Culture, beauty, art, history, women, style. Italy overwhelmed my senses and mind to the point where I felt like if I didn’t devote a life time to her ways I’d be doing her a disservice. Italy is not a place, a country, but a lifestyle. A mindset.  And those that go just to “see” it will MISS her.
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Shooting her was a dance, a romance…more like a seduction. The more you spent with her the more you fell in love with her. Each city I visited held it’s own reputation. Rome with it’s history that shaped the world, a society so civilized but at the same time so brutal. Forget the hunger games. The coliseum was the real blood sport. The Vatican and Saint Peters is beyond words. Beyond imagination. The crown jewel of the catholic empire. Ornate, intricate, and grand are words for mere mortals but the word “magnificence” cannot be fully fathomed without seeing it. The secrets that she truly holds fascinates. I could go on an on.
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A lifelong student of design, I suddenly saw the period table for all things visual. Sculpture, fashion, art, architecture. It started here. Respect. Italy. You are sexy as hell and look forward our dance. ciao Bella

Braun

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Hello from Rome

08
Dec
2013

Hello from Rome! Thought I would share some photography of my travel adventures in Rome while I’m still here. Will post more soon. ciao!

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 Keep up with my daily adventures on my instagram. search @BrianBraun.


Acadia National Park

06
Nov
2013



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I didn’t write this addition to the sign but I don’t completely disagree with it.  And really when it comes down to it, I honestly don’t think the employees of the park do either. That might be why there wasn’t much resistance to the brave group of people that went past the gates and enjoyed the park besides many of the barriers and signs. I was told in Camden at the bike shop where I bought my new Trek that though it was closed people were going in. The locals do this before the season opens to the flood of tourists.  So basically the “off season” came early for them. So I packed up the WNDRLST and Patton and I went up to the island where the National Park lives.

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Acadia was one of the first National Parks I found out about as a kid in a feature of it in National Geographic and I must say it did not disappoint. Coming up to the gates and visitor center was kind of eerie. Abandoned civilization is 10x more unnerving than being alone in nature for me but I tipped my hat to the abandoned guard shack and trudged on! Acadia is a pretty good sized  park so every day I took the liberty to park the truck close to an area I had not seen. Because the park was closed there was no parking in the middle as a central hub which means you biked or walked a good distance before really starting to see “the sights” First day was the coastline.

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Biking in on the eastern trail along the coast line is stunning. It ranges from big rocky bluffs to bends that reveal secret secluded beaches. You could spend months exploring it for sure. The roads are built and maintained so anybody of any mobility could get out and see something amazing. Up and down and around the bends each corner revealed a new view and surprise which gives you the extra physical strength to go farther and farther in.

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The fall colors were on the last gasp of their bloom. A storm had hit  earlier in the week while I was in Camden and had knocked out a lot of the leaves from the towering trees but there was still plenty to see. The autumn colors of the North East are almost radioactive. Photos don’t do them justice. I saw pinks and reds on leaves that were so rich and bright they would compete with any neon sign.  travel_photographer_acadianationalpark_brianbraun-5

Maybe my favorite experience from the first day was when I got off my bike and stepped off the trail into the thick woods. People on the road looked at me like CAN HE DO THAT? yes I can, so can you. I encourage it dammit. Get off the “tour bus” and explore!  Get dirty. What did I find. Trees spaced out so they could climb to the clouds. Moss that was so think you sank 3 inches into its spongey carpet. Any minute you expected to see Big Foot laying out enjoying the scene.

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The Next Day I hit the Carriage trails. Yes you read that right and no there aren’t actually carriages blazing around. The Rockefellers paid to have them put in so they could enjoy the vastness of the park from their carriages…which now provides EXCELLENT bikes paths. Seriously, we’re not talking about a few small cut throughs. The carriage trails go up and over the mountains and down to the edge of all the ponds. You couldn’t get better views. travel_photographer_acadianationalpark_brianbraun--9

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Every once in a while you would find “abandoned” park trucks as if somebody blew the whistle and they just left. Looking back at it the circumstances could have been the setting for THE GREATEST GO KART TRACK OF ALL TIME! I mean nice even clean dirt trails through a national park with nobody to stop you. FAIL BRAUN FAIL. I must demand more of my friend begin to travel with me from now on just so these opportunities aren’t wasted.
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Witches Hole Pond
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 Each day I came back exhausted beyond words. Biking 30+ miles a day up and down hills and around the mountain is not for the wussy pants. Sadly I left the island earlier than planned because of the “off season” and everything closing in the area. It was getting colder and work demanded me south. Needless to say it was a great kick off to my wilderness treks and left me inspired with many ideas for projects. Reflecting it was a special time in history, that when I show my kids some day (no I don’t have kids yet) these photos that I can say I saw the National Park when the government had shut down. (assuming we still have National Parks by then……ACT LIKE YOU HAVE SOME SENSE POLITICIANS!)

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Where would you suggest I spend some time at in the U.S? Any special places, doesn’t have to be National Parks? I’d love to spend some time at big horse ranches or on a fishing boat. Anything unique or special access I’m down! Would you like to see video? Let me know friends.

BE WELL, GO FAR!

-Braun

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Camden Maine!

12
Oct
2013

We drove and drove and drove. Traveling up and down and up and down through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee into Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  We were on a mission to get north as possible before the leaves left and the cold arrived. Making sacrifices to not see more landmarks…like more bourbon distilleries. We stopped for diesel and rested in Wal Mart parking lots (who thankfully are RV Friendly) only for a few hours and then off again! Patton slept on and off in the back in his throne hammock. Always getting up for when I stopped to fuel up. We strayed away from the big cities of NYC and Boston for fear of traffic. And then there it was. Signs. We had reached the Atlantic Coast line and managed to pull to a beach front somewhere on the line of New Hampshire and Maine just before dawn.

I pulled Patton out of the truck and laid him on sand, knowing he had never really experienced it. He delighted in its softness on his old joints and we walked out over the sand dune and there it was. Illuminated by the just breaching sun that was merely as thick as a knife blade. We both stood in something I cannot begin to describe. Not only was this validation of why we had driven for days and nights, sleep deprived and junk food filled, but what I had worked non stop dawn to dusk every day this summer in the Texas heat to finish the airstream. We both smiled and dare I say laugh as we played in the surf and slowly strolled the beach finally relaxing. We had made it.

It was a few hours more to drive through the small cozy coastal towns of Maine until we reached Camden. The town of Camden is simply one word, CHARMING. It is hands down the iconic Maine town you think of. White wooden buildings with trim. Nice Harbor. Lobster rolls flow in every restaurant or roadside stand and hotels are called “Inns”.  Hills roll through the town with shops offering everything a visitor could hope for with people as pleasant as I have met anywhere. I even picked up a mountain bike there (Trek) which some how I didn’t have when I left Dallas.

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This Inn reminded me of the house in Casper. I’d love to stay in it!. The Norumbega Inn

One of my favorite things here is that almost business has these signs of carved painted wood with gold letters. Makes you feel like you’re in a Harry Potter movie. again….charming craftsmanship & detail.

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Camden’s state park had some great reviews so we stopped there. Pleasantly tucked up into the forrest, the spots for trailers and RV’s are each given their own space to breath with their own fire pit and tables. Weekenders, adventurers and retirees came and went and I made some new friends there. Nothing like being able to say “Come on over to my spot tonight and I’ll make a fire.” Great conversation with the quiet everyone is exactly there for balances everything it seems.


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While hiking through the state park I came upon a small clearing in the woods with hundreds of stacks of rocks. It was surreal for sure since I had no idea what they were at the time but I made my own. “When in Rome”. Later I was told they are some symbol or procedure revolving around prayer. interesting.

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MORE ADVENTURE MOBILES!

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Every Sunday the Camden Snow Bowl is open (WITH PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!!) They run the ski lifts so you can go up and hike around the hills if you want. Pretty neat.

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MAINE IS SPOOKY

Now I had heard the champion of horror literature, Stephen King lived in Maine. Just like I had read in an article the he himself said that “MAINE IS SPOOKY”. I have to agree with him. For all its beauty and mystery it keeps secrets a little too quiet. I don’t mean that to deter anybody from visiting. you should. But you can’t know what I am poorly attempting to describe until you have been here. It’s quiet. A little too quiet. Like when you know somebody is watching you. The roads twist and turn through the dense trees on either side and before you know it you pass the building you were looking for, usually nestled away. The 2 days before I left it rained off and on, leaving a spooky fog. And just like the idiots in every horror movie I had to venture forth into the scene that frightened me. Some how I survived the monsters, ghouls, and serial killers.

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NEXT BLOG: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK! Where I wrestle bears and chase leprechauns.. until then….

Be Well, GO Far

Braun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Week 1!

07
Oct
2013

Hello From Maine! Yes you read that right but will save my experience in Maine for the next post! After a great send off party and several tearful “see ya laters” we’re off Patton and I! We left our beloved Dallas for the open road and it has been interesting for sure.

First Stop NASHVILLE for my great friend’s wedding. I had never been to Nashville and it was quite a treat. Driving from Dallas overnight to make the rehearsal was a bit of a whip but we made it with a few hours to unhook and drive to the place. After the rehearsal we all went out on the town and to be honest it’s not entirely unlike Austin. EVERY place had some size of a stage, with all the laid back and southern proud attitude. But I only spent 2 days there for the wedding.

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The wedding was held at the LOVELESS Cafe. Now with a name like that I had reservations but it ended up being the quintessential place of southern charm. Flowers, great BBQ, a giant barn, ranch style separate buildings…it was lovely.  They did the catering for the wedding and the most impressive part was they got the sweet tea right! (Besides needing a few lemons for my personal preference)

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The Loveless Cafe Barn

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SWEETTTT TEA!

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Groomsman!

 

After the wedding I headed an hour south to check one off the old bucket list…to tour the famous Jack Daniels Distillery! It did not disappoint for sure! The distillery, the same one Jack Daniels himself founded, is nestled in the Tennessee hills in the small town of Lynchburg Tennessee. Now I’ve been overseas quite a bit and no matter how far I get, every bar has Jack Daniels. So what blew my mind is that ever drop of it is made at the this little spot!  The tour is wonderful, especially if you appreciate great craftsmanship! You get to see the fully intricate process and see the amazing history the company has gone through. The same dedication goes on today.

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Jack Daniels Distillery!

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Jack Daniels Distillery!

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Jack Daniels Distillery!

Jack Daniels was 5’2″ tall. I always thought of him as this booming burley figure. This statue stands in front of the limestone cave that the spring’s water from it feeds the entire distillery. That is entirely why Jack Daniels chose this place, the limestone purifies the water! It’s all in the ingredients. Specific wood for charcoaling, different wood for barreling. What an amazing process to fine tune.

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Jack Daniels Motto

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my great friend made me a cookie maker for my airstream project!

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Marlyand!

This is Patton’s throne. I invested in one of these Kurgo Wander Hammock Dog Car Seat Cover
which attaches to the back of the head rests. Having dogs since college I’m kicking myself I just now found one of these! It is awesome! Keeps the dog hair to a minimum and I don’t have to worry about him falling in the floor board. With his bed in there his head hits right about my shoulder height and lets him see out the windows. Patton naps on and off the entire drive and surprisingly loves it all.

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Patton’s Throne.

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Vanna! Adventure Mobile! I love these VW Vans


Driving through the mountains of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia was so beautiful! The steep climbs and descends are a lot pulling this size of trailer but my Ram 2500 diesel handled it all like a champ. I only had one real “Sway” experience while coming down a steep mountain. Holy Moly, I may have lost a few years off my life from white knuckling the wheel so hard.  It stopped after a few heart pounding minutes and I was able to cruise at 70 mph for the rest of the trip.

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The WNDRLST Airstream and The Ram. Still haven’t named the truck yet.

NEXT POST MAINE! Here’s a sneak preview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Fear and the Faith

04
Aug
2013

It’s so close to being on the journey with the airstream. The questions have been catapulted from friends and strangers lately  “Are You Scared?” Are you worried!?” Of course I brush it off like “Absolutely not” and 95% of the time I’m good. Yes I’m ready to start an adventure but as it began to get closer it becomes extremely real. I’m leaving the house I’ve been in longer than I’ve lived at since I left my mother’s house when I was young. HELL Yes, there is your answer. The unknown is scary for sure.  more thoughts…

Personally I’m at an age where 90% of my friend my age are married and a good solid 60% of them have kids. Another 20-30% will join that crowd in less than 5 years. And here I am giving away most of my belongings for most would consider a “Gypsy” lifestyle. It can feel like I’m going backwards. I’m 31 and going the opposite way of a secure lifestyle. But “typical” has never been a theme of my life I’d say. Not for better or for worse. Just unusual.

Professionally it is about 50-50% whether this is brilliant and positive or a death sentence for my career. The advertising world is a tough tough one. You get to a level where everybody is legit so it helps to stand out. This COULD be an angle to do just that. Lord knows my dancing skills haven’t. Adventure pulls at everybody’s hearts. I’m doing my research into ad agencies in the cities on my route and scheduling “portfolio & margaritas with the airstream” fun for them. Get them out of the office. This WILL be no doubt a way to get some amazing footage while devoting a serious amount of time at each location. Surprisingly I’ve picked up a few clients with things they need shot that I can prioritize my route around. These projects might not justify a special big budget shoot that includes airfare and the days, but if I can roll in and shoot them along the way it saves the client money. Of course I will continue to fly out for projects just like I do here in Dallas.

The WORRY. Art Directors like to work with people they like and are close to them. Yes I’ve built a name in Dallas but with me leaving “out of sight out of mind.”  This is scary but like Mad Men said, “The day you start signing clients is the when you start losing clients”  It’s a business and I get that and Loyalty is rare in this industry. They come and they go. Part of it.

At the end of it, When the fear is gripping me and I’m saying to myself in the mirror WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!? I look back at all the moments where I really grew and changed me. It wasn’t the little steps in my comfort zone. It was the big big out of the nest “you better fly” moves that made me. That gives me peace or at least the willingness to try. So much grace and wisdom from amazing people have made this project possible. I spent a lot of time with the people that have been on this earth much longer than I have and they tell me the same things. It’s not the comfortable years in the same house and job they think about, it was the unknown parts when nothing was guaranteed. I’m scared, absolutely. But I’m more excited. Fear is not Faith. Fear can paralyze you or make you sharper. It will work out.

My biggest regrets are the things that I did not try for. That I assumed wouldn’t work. If you never try one thing is absolutely certain…NOTHING.

Does anybody else relate? What do you think.

Braun

Be Well, Go Far, Dream Big.




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