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Big Blue Bus Tour


What is the Big Blue Bus Tour?

See pictures of our bus here.
See a video of our family on the bus here.

We’re a family of six, about to embark on a sabbatical from work as my husband transitions from the U.S. Coast Guard to the Air National Guard. We’ve decided rather than twiddle our thumbs waiting for the time to pass, we’re going to have an adventure! We bought an old school bus that we are going to retrofit inside for our needs and we’re going to do some traveling! Initially we’ll go from Florida to Alaska in a hurried dash (please pray for me!), but then on a more leisurely course from Alaska down to San Diego.  That’s all we have planned for now, but we anticipate visiting more states and small towns in 2014 and we are open to suggestions!

My love is teaching moms how to use their cameras to capture moments of their family that they can treasure forever. I teach an online workshop and will be teaching a mini version of my class for free in the different areas that we visit! I can’t wait to get out and meet new people and make new friends! (Details on the workshops here!) I’m also going to have a limited number of photo sessions available in case you were interested in having me take pictures of your family. My style is relaxed, and my goal is for you to have fun at our session and for me to capture moments that you will treasure always! (Click here for Fall 2013 availability.)

About us:

Our family consists of me (Amy), my husband Jake, and our 4 children. Jacob is our oldest. He’s 17. Josh is 13, Sam is almost 11. Our little Miss B is 4. Jake and I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary this year! We’re a close family who enjoys being together, though this latest endeavor is sure to test us. Ha!;)

I have no idea what life in a school bus is going to be like. The plan came to us after months of trying to figure out what we were going to do. We had literally pondered all options, including bicycling from Canada to Mexico, touring Europe, backpacking the national parks, and living in a tent for 6 months! We wanted to something unusual, out of the ordinary, and remarkable. We didn’t want to squander the gift of time we had been given. We wanted to do something that would bring us closer together.

The Big Blue Bus Tour is sure to be an adventure and I hope I have the chance to meet you along our way! You can follow us on Instagram @simplybphotos and on Facebook.  Stop by and see what we are up to and be sure to leave a comment and let us know you are following along!

July 21, 2013 - 7:26 pm

perfectly adorable » Simply b Photos - [...] moving my journaling of The Big Blue Bus Tour over here to Simply b Photos. I hope you check back to see how we’re doing. You can even [...]

July 23, 2013 - 6:23 pm

A Day With Amy: Basic | FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP » Simply b Photos - [...] This 3 hour workshop is a part of The Big Blue Bus Tour! [...]

July 29, 2013 - 5:03 pm

melissa main - Hi Amy,

A friend of mine (Lindsay) is hosting your workshop on Aug. 24th at her house. I went to register and it was full. Is there a possibility that you could add one more.

Thanks so much,
Melissa Main

July 31, 2013 - 5:19 am

Shari - I would love to be a part of your free workshop, we are currently living in Destin FL, and unfortunately your bus tour does not bring you our way :) Hope you have a wonderful experience!!

September 2, 2013 - 6:36 am

Krysti - Hope you have time for lunch in Petaluma. Looking forward to following this adventure!

September 3, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Pam Shoemaker - Hi, we are the Shoemakers in Sutherlin, Oregon. We are about 60 miles south of Eugene, home of the Oregon Ducks. Our 4 kids are grown so now it’s just the two of us and two extremely naughty wiener dogs. We are enjoying your blog and your adventure! My hubby can’t believe what you are doing! I think it’s fantastic to have the craziness, guts, and courage to do something totally out of the box. I was wondering if you were LDS and today!s blog answered that question. You are! We are, too. I’m so glad you’ll be in Oregon. We are inland from the coast about 50 miles do you won’t be passing thru our town. We would love to have you visit and spend a night and you could if you detoured a bit. Just wanted to let you know we are following your adventure and wish you joy in the journey. I know you will continue to see little miracles and the Lord’s hand each day. Hugs and happiness to you and your family. We will pray for your safety. Jack and Pam Shoemaker

October 22, 2013 - 7:22 am

Family Brings Joy - One Adventurous Family - […] Since meeting her online, I’ve had the opportunity of taking one of her photography classes online.  Not only is Amy a great photographer, but she is a great teacher as well.  I am not surprised she is offering free photography workshops…she is a sweetheart!  If you live in the west area where Amy and her family are traveling, I highly recommend you take one of her FREE photography workshops.  Go visit this amazing family and feel of their warmth and strength.  You can find out more about Amy’s Big Blue Bus Tour by clicking here. […]

December 3, 2013 - 11:03 am

norma - love reading about your adventures!!

February 27, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Claudia Spencer - I love how open and honest and inspiring you are Amy!!! So glad I get to follow you on your adventure.

April 7, 2014 - 4:20 am

The Big Blue Bus | Tiny House Swoon - […] A converted bus for a family of six in Alaska. More info. here. […]

April 7, 2014 - 8:00 am

andrea - you guys are awesome ! Really admire what you are doing and know you are going to have so much fun ! I have a young son who would love this . Message us when you get to Vancouver ! We would love to hook up and see how you are doing :-))

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