Hi! My name is Cocoa. I'm a 21-year-old photographer who makes a living taking family portraits in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Additionally, I'm finishing up an undergraduate degree in commercial photography at the University of Montevallo. Dogs, books, art, and the ocean make me the happiest.
I'm not a unique case; like many 20 somethings at the threshold of adulthood, I'm starting to realize that I don't know half as much as my teenage self liked to believe. It's both thrilling and terrifying. I'm young and I don't know much about the world just yet, but I'm trying to see as much of it as I can while I'm flexible enough to do so. When I'm not studying or chasing little kids on the beach, hopefully I'm off exploring somewhere. Since March of 2014, I've traveled alone to Greece, Morocco, France, Spain, and Italy (3 times). My next trip is this December to Prague, Germany, and- not surprisingly- Italy (do you see a pattern?).
I'm going to be honest for a second: I love to write and blogged religiously through high school, but starting back up again kind of freaks me out. Sure, I take a lot of pictures and enjoy writing, so it seems like a natural thing for me to fall into- right? On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that every early-20-something is convinced that their travels and life experiences are riveting and groundbreaking and totally unique to them. In actuality, I don't have anything revolutionary to bring to the table, and I'm not under the impression that I'm a special case.
Mainly, I just have a lot of amusing anecdotes. Oh, and a lot of pictures. Like... I have way, WAY too many pictures, so I might as well do something with them. A lot of them kind of suck, but some of them are pretty cool, and this seems like as good a place as any to share them with the world.
So, enter Colorful Meanderings- a mishmash of life as a beach photographer, a student at an an artsy liberal haven in the backwoods deep South (and possibly the strangest university the state of Alabama has to offer), and someone who has found herself hopelessly lost in foreign countries a rather worrisome amount of times (sorry, mom). As I move through this new chapter of my life, I'm trying my best to collect as many stories as I can along the way- both other people's and my own. Here's one place where I can share them.