After Christmas we decided to jump in the car and drive to Birmingham, Alabama for New Years. We have family that lives there so we wanted to visit & celebrate with them! They were generous enough to let us stay with them while we were in town exploring & visiting. We had such a wonderful time that now we are even thinking about moving to Birmingham! Who knows what the future holds, but Gene and I both felt a connection while we were there. :) 

Over the past few weeks, I have been in a serious thing I call "photo-block" much like "writers-block" ; a visual artist lacking inspiration, motivation, vision, creativity and anything else regarding photography. {and yes, I just made that up. ;)} Christmas with two toddlers really took a toll on me & sent me in to overdrive mommy mode. I enjoy traveling to new towns or cities to find myself & my vision. I knew that this adventure would help me gain some desperately needed inspiration. Guess what? I think i've found it! Between a little change of scenery + a new book i'm reading, Within the Frame by photographer David duChemin, I am confident I am ready for 2016. Here is what I captured throughout the way. We explored downtown Birmingham together and made some new memories for the books. Train stations + coffee houses + sunsets + family dinners + breakfasts; these are the quality experiences & family time that I cherish *so* much as Sarah & as Phototique.....and there I find my balance.  

We took the scenic route & I enjoyed every minute of it. 

We took the scenic route & I enjoyed every minute of it. 


Irondale is a little town outside of Birmingham. We found a killer restaurant called The Irondale Cafe. When I read about it online, it said it was right by a train station so I knew the boys would love stopping there for a quick bite. Fried chicken, mac n' cheese, and the best sweet tea i've ever had! Sweet Home Alabama, indeed. 

Quite possibly my new favorite photograph of my youngest, Noah. 

For those of you who don't know my family, Logan, my oldest, has a love for trains. It started when he was two and Thomas was his life. Naturally, he has outgrown playing with trains & tracks, but he still admires real locomotives. As soon as he saw this diesel engine, his eyes lit up! I had to get a shot for his bedroom. 

Train graffiti always inspires me. ;) 

Train graffiti always inspires me. ;) 

Once we arrived in Birmingham, we went to a coffee house I wanted to check out.  Urban Standard ; amazing coffee, baristas, COFFEE BEER {which of course Gene was digging} and a great atmosphere. After coffee & some thrifting, we met up with my husbands brother, Tim. He showed us around the city until sunset! We saw all of the historic buildings, a cobblestone road, {my favorite} the Alabama theatre, the rainbow tunnel, and Railroad Park. I put my camera away for the rest of the trip. On our drive home we found an old abandoned firework trailer, which naturally made for some cool pictures since it was New Years Day. :) 

Once we arrived in Birmingham, we went to a coffee house I wanted to check out. Urban Standard; amazing coffee, baristas, COFFEE BEER {which of course Gene was digging} and a great atmosphere. After coffee & some thrifting, we met up with my husbands brother, Tim. He showed us around the city until sunset! We saw all of the historic buildings, a cobblestone road, {my favorite} the Alabama theatre, the rainbow tunnel, and Railroad Park. I put my camera away for the rest of the trip. On our drive home we found an old abandoned firework trailer, which naturally made for some cool pictures since it was New Years Day. :) 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday celebrating with friends & family, and hopefully a little time off from work! 

XO.

~Sarah 

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