A guest blog post by Tracy
Waking at 5:00 a.m. while on vacation is not generally my idea of a good time. As the alarm so rudely blared that Tuesday morning, I wondered what on Earth had possessed me to schedule a tour at such an ungodly hour. I was still questioning myself as I began my walk to the meeting point just as the sun was beginning to rise in Savannah, Georgia. The storm clouds that were so visible above did nothing to improve my mood. However, as I arrived at Troup Square and met my super friendly tour guide, Brittany, who informed me that I would be the sole participant in her Pristine Savannah Photography Tour, I was suddenly in a much better place.
Brittany runs a photography business with her partner, Pablo, called Capturing Savannah. She’s not a native Georgian, but you’d never know it based on her extensive knowledge of the area. While she caters to photographers of all levels, I appreciated that Brittany spent a few minutes gauging where I was on my own personal photography journey and going over a few basic principles and techniques, which served as a very helpful review.
It was now time to begin our 2 ½ hour stroll through the quiet streets of Savannah. And what beautiful streets they are! While I’m by no means a history buff, there’s simply no denying Savannah’s rich and well-preserved history. With Brittany’s keen eye, we captured beautiful elements of homes and squares dating back to the 1700’s. If you’ve never been to the Hostess City (aptly nicknamed, as the residents are incredibly warm and friendly), here’s just a little background…Shortly after arriving in Savannah in 1733, General James Oglethorpe laid out the city in a series of grids consisting of 24 public squares (22 of which remain today), each possessing their own unique beauty and elements, from statues and fountains to memorials and gardens. There’s truly something beautiful around every corner in this picturesque city.
While I’d been somewhat disappointed in the photographs I’d taken thus far in my four days in Savannah, all of that quickly changed during my time with Brittany. She taught me to view things differently and from new (and less obvious) points of view… photographing homes from the top of a parking garage and even as reflected in puddles from the prior night’s rain. It was an amazing experience and positively one of the highlights of my entire trip. If you’re ever in Savannah and want to skillfully capture a bit of the city’s beauty and history, I can’t recommend Brittany and Capturing Savannah enough!!!
Tracy Thornton, Guest Blogger
Read a short bio on Tracy in Red Shoes. Red Wine.‘s Guest Contributor section here. Follow Tracy’s adventures in Travel, Wine, and Photography on Instagram: @texanstracy