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Passport to Cinque Terre

Emily Valdez

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When I was 19 years old I decided I wasn't ready to go to university, and that I was being called to travel around the world for 6 months. Long story short, I sold everything I owned, had a semi plan, and hopped on a plane with my good friend Suzanne, with one mission, to meet people.

We ended up traveling to 8 countries and like 40+ something cities, but out of all of that travel Cinque Terre was one of the most memorable.

Fast forward 5 years, I ended up going to university and getting a 2 year degree, and dropping out when I no longer was receiving state grants. But I was OK with that because I was 2 years deep into YIREH, and knew that this was my passion and if I worked hard enough I could succeed. In July of 2016 I got married to the love of my life, Davin, (whom I actually met on that 6 month around the world trip on our stop in Indonesia). We were planning a two month honeymoon, to again 8 countries, and I knew I had to take him here.

Cinque Terre's greatness cannot be described. It's name literally means 5 cities, because it consist of 5 cities situated on Italy's Northern coastline. Each city having it's own personality and character. You can choose either to hike between the five cities, or take the train between them, whatever you fancy. But I promise you, this will be one of the best places you visit in Italy. I actually feel bad typing that, and am somewhat pulling towards deleting this entire post because this area is that unique and beautiful it almost shouldn't be talked about on the internet.

When I went in 2011 I went during the month of September and hiked between all 5 cities. It was somewhat crowded but still felt small. When I went again in 2016 I went during the month of October and it was almost a ghost town. There were very few people on the trails and several were closed, so we ended up taking the train between them a lot, but it was still as beautiful and quaint as I had remembered.

Below are photos from our honeymoon in 2016. :) Enjoy.

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Best way to get there:
Take the ferry from Salerno! It is about 12 Euro a person and you get to see the entire coast!

What to eat:
Pizza (duh), and if you can find it the local truffle cheese.

Where to Stay:
I am a firm believer in Airbnb! Find a cool one and live it up.

What to do:
Watch the sunset with your lover/friend/stranger. Their sunsets are breathtaking.

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This beautiful ladie's name is Shaye! She is a 21 year old photographer from Jupiter, Florida. Shaye's main passions are lifestyle and portrait photography with a mix of natural light and dreamy colors!

This girl has shot multiple mini campaign's for YIREH and we had to get to know a little more about her!

Is photography your full time gig, or do you have any side hustles?

I was a server at a restaurant for a while, then one day my heart told me it was time to move on and put every ounce of my being into my photography business. Once I quit my other job and gave 100% of my attention to my true passion, that’s when incredible opportunities started coming into my life. It’s crazy that when you open up and put your excitement, happiness & loving energy toward EXACTLY what you want, it will absolutely come to you. Law of attraction is real, guys. 

What is the biggest challenge for you in pursuing a career in photography?

I think so far the biggest challenge for me is how sweet, caring and giving I am. I have a really tough time putting on my business pants and negotiating with clients. I find it hard to put a price on what my time, energy and creativity is worth. However, I have learned an incredible amount about how to run and manage a business, and have found the balance between being kind, but also stern when I need to be. 

Your photos are so creative! How do you come up with your concepts for photo shoots?

Well, thank you! I spend a lot of time looking at the work of photographers that really inspire me. I love making mood boards, location scouting, and finding that killer light. Most of my photos are taken in very simple places, but the way I edit is what changes everything. 

Do you ever feel pressure or hindered in the photography world for number one, being so young, and number two being a woman? 

I actually think it’s an incredible advantage! Being young, and the same gender as most of the models I work with makes it very easy to click and relate. I know how I would want to be photographed, so I know how other girls like to look in photos as well. Being a young girl in a profession dominated by men, I felt that I wasn’t taken seriously for a while. I used it as motivation & now I feel like I’ve gained a tremendous amount of respect in the photo world. Phew!

What is your go-to camera gear of choice?

I typically bring two cameras to shoots incase anything happens and I need a backup. I recently purchased the Canon 5D Mark IV, and it’s AMAZING. My go-to lens is the L Series 50mm f/1.2, it’s super crisp and great for portraits. I don’t believe you need expensive, top notch gear to be a great photographer, but when you’re doing big jobs and lots of them, you need to have gear that won’t let you down! 

Any advice to young women who are pursuing a career in photography? 

Don’t let fear hold you back. Learn, read, & study all aspects of photography. Connect with other photographers and ask questions. Know your worth, and stand up for yourself. Get excited and GO FOR IT! Feel free to reach out to me too, I love talking to other creatives! 

Aw you're the sweetest Shaye, and incredibly inspiring!! If you'd like to see more of Shaye's work check out:

Her Website: Shayebabbphotography.com
Her Instagram: @slimshayedy
What She's Wearing: YIREH Desi Romper in Echo &
                     YIREH Mudra Playsuit

Here are some more of Shaye's photos she shot exclusively for YIREH!
We love you Shaye!

Emily Valdez

Jessica Sullivan is 21 years old and started her photography business a year and a half ago (so basically she was 19 people!!). Now, if you're already thinking Jess is amazing, it gets better, she's originally from Honolulu, but recently decided to make the move to Oahu's North Shore. She dove full time into her photography business and is still in school. She's a light and an inspiration to all of us who have a dream, because she's someone making it happen. Here are a few questions Jessica so kindly answered for us, and if you scroll down you'll see some samples of recent work she shot for YIREH :)

What is it like running a business and living on the North Shore of Oahu, one of the most desired areas to live?

Itʻs absolutely amazing. I love it out here and before I lived here, I found myself coming to the North Shore to shoot most of the time anyway so really all signs were pointed to moving!

What challenges do you experience owning your own business?

One of the biggest challenges I face running a business is never being able to fully relax. Thereʻs always something I can be doing to better my business whether itʻs reaching out to potential clients, editing shoots, or just getting out and shooting! Itʻs great to be on your own clock, but sometimes that makes it difficult to get work off your mind and completely unwind.

I totally understand this feeling. For the first few years of running YIREH I found it so hard to relax, especially working from home, there was always something to do. I finally made myself carve out specific days or amounts of time, and once they came, I shut off work brain. I hope you can find something like this for yourself!

What is your go-to camera gear of choice?

I love my canon gear! Right now I own a Canon 6D but would love to get the 5D Mark IV. I shoot with a few different lenses but my favorite for fashion is my 135mm f/2.0.

We all experience "down days" where we can't escape the funk. When you're having one of these what is one reminder, quote, or thing you do to give yourself hope, or bring you back up?

I have a painting on my wall that my best friend painted for me with one of my favorite verses on it: Proverbs 31:25, which reads, "She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future." This verse always picks me up when Iʻm feeling down and lacking motivation.

Any advise you want to give to other young ladies looking to branch out into the photography world?

For young ladies looking to branch out into the photography world, GO FOR IT! When you find something youʻre passionate about, you make it a priority and learning comes easy. So if youʻre passionate about photography, or anything for that matter, make the time to really study it and youʻll become successful!

That is some solid advice!!

Jessica Sullivan @jessicasulls
Portrait of Jessica by: @laceyelizabeth
Model: Sophie Wilson @sophh.wilson

Santorini, Greece. Photo Journal

Emily Valdez

Images from my perspective of Santorini, Greece. We stayed on the island during the month of October. To my surprise, this sleepy island was still busy, but no where near as busy as it seems to get in the summer months. What shocked me most was the row of luxury department stores, on what seemed to be like the Waikiki strip of Santorini. But nonetheless, the iconic white washed buildings, blue capped chapels, and sweeping ocean views made this sleepy little island magical.

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