I recently returned from two months in Mexico. Last year I decided I was going “south” for the winter, I had had enough of Iowa Winters!
In October 2011, I got the nudge to put an ad in an online magazine called The Caretaker Gazette.
I stated in my ad that having grown up on a working cattle and horse ranch that I have extensive experience
with animals as well as being a photographer and that I was looking for someplace warm and/or picturesque
to spend some time this past winter.
The next morning after the ad went out, a couple contacted me, that are originally from New Hampshire, that have a campground in Mexico. The gentleman just happened
to be a retired 20 veteran commercial photographer who said he would be willing to
mentor me in exchange for help with their horses, goats and help around their
campground. All I had to do was purchase my plane ticket and once I got there, room
and board would be included as well. This seemed like to good of opportunity to pass up
so I decided to go for it!
Mid January I flew into Puerto Vallarta to start my adventure. Thankfully the couple was
at the airport to pick me us as I don’t speak Spanish and didn’t know what to expect. We
headed south out of Puerto Vallarta for the twohour pickup ride to their campground near
a small village called Mayto. It was a little unnerving as we drove into the village to find
cow skulls hanging nearby.
The area where I stayed is called Cabo Corrientes on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the
While there I met some amazing people and was able to “liberate” some baby turtles
Of course I had a few cervezas (beer in Spanish) on the beach while enjoying some
During my stay I was able to assist my host, the commercial photographer with a
commercial shoot for a local hotel. It was really interesting to hear and see how he
worked his business for the hospitality industry.
Here is a photo that I took during the photoshoot:
The trip really was a leap of faith on my part and I’m so glad that I stepped out of my
comfort zone to take on this adventure! It gave me a chance to recharge, relax and learn
about another area of photography. I would encourage you to step out of your comfort
zone too the next time you get the chance!