We left Hawaii late Monday night, and I basically spent the entirety of Tuesday in the air. I was awake for roughly 34 hours by the time I finally got to bed, so I’m a little confused today as to what time it is and where exactly I am, but I’m pretty sure I’m in New York City again. It’s weird to lose a day in the air like that.

Have a debilitating fear of flying you’re trying to get over? Schedule eight 5+ hour flights within a three month span. I feel like I have spent the last few months in the sky. I did not think I was capable of flying this much without a total mental breakdown, but this trip I found myself taking off and landing like a seasoned pro, relaxing through turbulence, staring out the window without feeling like my heart was going to leap from my chest. I don’t even recognize this person in the mirror. There were moments when I actually enjoyed being in the air. And for some reason it hit me this trip that flying is such a MIRACLE. I mean, really. It took John and I 19.5 hours door to door to get to Maui. It felt like this epic journey, but it’s not, you know. Not really. I can be on the otherside of the world in almost no time, when you think about it. I’ve been so busy being paralyzed with my fear of flying my whole life that it just occurred to me how amazing flying is, how amazing that it works and works so well. (I don’t know why this is a revelation, but for whatever reason, it is.) I have two more long (solo) flights next month, and I’m feeling pretty okay about them. (Knocking on wood.)

Anyway. Hi! I’m home! Hawaii was… incredible. And oh so relaxing. For the first time in the history of Katie Jane Photography, I did ZERO work. I even did a little work back when we took our honeymoon in 2010… but this trip I totally detached from work for the first time ever, and it was so fantastic. I need to do this once every year. I came home so excited for wedding season to rev up and so pumped for the bazillion weddings I have in the next couple months. Taking time off has clearly made me a less burned out, much better business owner.

Of course, because I didn’t do any work at all, I now have an insane amount of email to attend to, which is what I’ll be doing today and tomorrow. So if you’re waiting to hear from me, you should get a reply no later than tomorrow night. I’m home, I’m rejuvenated, I’m slightly less pale, and I am ready to rock out wedding season! Hooray!

Here is a little sneak peek of a few of my photos, with full Hawaii recaps to come!

 (First row: On the road to Hana  ||  Second: Black sand beach in Hana  ||  Third: Palm tree reflected in a pond on Lanai & sunset from Makena)
  1. Sarah
    May 23, 2012

    Wow. These are stunning.

  2. Elissa
    May 23, 2012

    Welcome back! Your trip looks beautiful!! Where else have you traveled and are you traveling to?

  3. Emilia Jane
    May 23, 2012

    So beautiful!! And I’m so glad you took a full fledged vacation!!!

  4. Katie Jane
    May 23, 2012

    @Sarah – Thank you!! I can’t wait to share all of them.

    @Elissa – Vegas, California, Hawaii, and Utah next month to shoot a wedding. I was also supposed to go to Oregon with John for his work in July, but I nixed that trip. I need one month without a 5+ hour flight. ha.

    @Emilia – Thank you!!