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I'm a Chicago based food & travel photographer and cinemagraph maker. To get in touch, you can reach me by email at hi@sandynoto.com


Travel Photography: Austin

Travel Photography: Austin

Every year,  winter is a huge challenge for me. In November and December, the novelty and holiday spirit buoy me through the cold, dark days. By mid-January the holiday festivities have worn off and the days start to feel like a slog.

For the last couple of months, my main idea to make winter more tolerable has been to move somewhere warm from January through March. This, I reason, would be feasible if Eli and I got a small place somewhere less expensive. New Orleans was my main contender but got vetoed by Eli. Eventually we settled on Austin as our main contender.

We flew down for 4 days with the goal of testing out what daily life would feel like for us in Austin. I took on a bunch of photography projects. Eli didn’t take any days off. We picked an AirBnb in a neighborhood that seemed interesting with a couple that worked from home like us. 

Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
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Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Austin 2018 // Sandy Noto

To recreate a somewhat typical work week, I offered to photograph some restaurants for The Infatuation Austin and reached out to schedule shoots with several hotels. It turned out to be somewhat of a trip bonus because I got to live out my dream of seeing tons of hotels in one city by photographing the South Congress Hotel, The Driskill and Hotel Ella

Travel Photography // South Congress Hotel in Austin // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // The Driskill in Austin // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // The Driskill in Austin // Sandy Noto
Travel Photography // Hotel Ella in Austin // Sandy Noto

While it was a wonderful trip and I would definitely go back, Austin is not the winter escape I was hoping for. The biggest issue turned out to be allergies! Cedar fever had my eyes itchy and my nose running during the entire trip. 

For now, Eli and I have decided to reformat our winter escape dreams. We've decided to be less adventurous with our winter travel and focus more on winter reprieves, so lots of trips to Mexico and California. 

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