SHINE Mural Festival

SAINT PETERSBURG, FL

27.7518° N, 82.6267° W

 

The Shine On St. Pete Mural Festival just wrapped up it's second year and it was so amazing to see this city come alive with so much color. All of the artist, both local and international, are so incredibly talented. I loved making my way through St. Pete, chatting with the artist, and watching these beautiful works of art unfold before my eyes in such a massive scale. 

I'm constantly in awe of this city ... we are so incredibly lucky to witness the art culture explore and thrive here. Of course, I didn't include pictures of finished murals because you're just going to have to visit St. Petersburg and see them for yourself. Head over to  Shineonstpete.com for a map of  all of the mural locations. Enjoy! 

WWIM13

St. Petersburg, FL & Tampa, FL

27°46'18.1"N 82°38'31.2"W27°53'21.5"N 82°28'50.4"W

This past weekend was Instagram's 13th World Wide Instameet, and as always, Jimmy and I attempted to go to as many meets as possible. All together we were able to attend 3 of the 5 meets that were being held in our area. If you have never been to an intameet, or are unfamiliar with an instameet, it's a chance to get to know people you interact with on instagram. My first instameet was  (approximately) 2012 in Tampa. Some of the people I met at that meet are still in my life today, and we have been mutually supportive of each others photography. I talk about these meets with people that are not involved in Instagram, and I always seem to get the same reaction. I get a weird look, or a question about if it's weird hanging out with people I only know online. My answer is always no, I have never felt unsafe or unwelcomed. Yes, a bit awkward at my first meets, but as my friendships grew over time, these meets felt more like home. A space where I can share ideas, meet people with the same passion, be inspired, and ultimately create some really cool photographs.  

Instagram has changed my life, it has opened doors, it has given me the power to share my work across states and countries. The most valuable things I have obtained from this app are the relationships I have gained.  I can tell you countless stories about the amount of love and kindness people have shown me in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Pete and Gainesville. All of this kindness from people I have discovered through Instagram. Not to mention Jimmy made his first appearance into my life at an Instameet. 

@_nikki_hunter_  at IgersStPete 600 Block instameet    

@_nikki_hunter_ at IgersStPete 600 Block instameet 

 

Group shot of IgersTampa Sunrise and clean-up meet

Group shot of IgersTampa Sunrise and clean-up meet

To see more moments from last weekends meets, make sure you check out #IgersbytheBay on Instagram. Also, I attended an instameet at Universal Studios. If you follow me on Instagram, you have seen some of the pictures. I will post all about that meet soon *excited face* !!

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

Clearwater Beach

27.9775° N, 82.8271° W

 

This was my second time at the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, and needless to say, it's been phenomenal both times. Jimmy was invited to Visit St. Pete Clearwater's VIP event (I was the lucky date!)  We got to tour the sand sculpture tent and have a delicious dinner right on the sand. These sculptures where enormous, and incredibly detailed in the smallest things. I can't wrap my mind at how much time and dedication this must have taken. 

Dinner was one of the most unique experiences ...the food was, of course, amazing, but literally dining in the sand? Only in Florida!!  Sorry for the lack of food pictures, the lighting was just not acceptable #photographerproblems.  

There was live music, fireworks, street acts, good company, everything that adds up to an amazing evening. Thanks a million to VSPC for having us. This is one of those events that is just too amazing not to be a dream. The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is open until April 24th, make it a beach day and check it out!

Blue Springs Park

So let me start by saying that I am so excited to have this blog up and running. I am NOT a writer, I struggle with spelling, grammar, finding my voice, overthinking, and the english language overall. For a long time the idea of a blog was just not something I wanted to have. But .... the past year I have been lucky to be invited to some pretty amazing things. I felt like these experiences needed a lot more than an couple of Instagram posts. Or maybe I just want to document them so they never fade, as if these events where just a dream and I never ever want to forget them.  April seemed like the perfect time, I have so many things planned, and so happy to be able to share them with you. Here's to my first post! 


Blue Springs Park 

386.454.1369

This past weekend Jimmy and I had the splendid idea of camping at Blue Springs Park. Weather was perfect, camping was cheap, and we had never been there. Needless to say, it is now our favorite spring. 

Oh yeah, we went out into the woods in the middle of the night. It was THE scariest thing I have ever done. The starry night picture was my attempt to be Matt Hughes.  

As for the water ... it was freezing. Yeah, I know it's 72° F, but my body does not like anything under 78° F. It is only because I really really love these springs that I make myself go in and swim. I mean, how could you not go in?! Just look at that water!! Also, you can dive in from a platform at the main spring, which I did not do. Maybe when I go back? we'll see ;)