Welcome to Lasting Memories R 4ever and RJ Travel Media home page. Hi, I'm Ralph Hajik, a world known professional photographer, videographer, journalist and travel media on the move with over 30 years experience with a wild imagination. Plus, I edit and produce my own DVD's. I'm a proud member of CreativeCow.com http://forums.creativecow.net/nabexpo
, member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) for many years and communicate with photographers, videographers, travel program managers and wonderful travelers from around the world. It all started when my mother, Mary Hajik (Santangelo), bless her soul, had bought me my very first Bell & Howell Super 8 camcorder using S&H green stamps. I have produced, edited and showed my final results while playing my music from vinyl records to keep my audience interested. Yes, those were the good old days. Since then I have progressed along with technology, studied in television production, audio and photography making my work flow much easier and faster. I have come in 1st place for my video work and presentation from General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, was on a photo shoot and photographed the North America Vice President of GM, Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) while on tour at the Chicago CCA facility. Also, my travel pictures can be seen in Vantage Deluxe World Travel Magazines and have taken 2nd place in a North American photo contest that was published in the Vantage Deluxe World Travel 2013 catalog. My winning photo can be seen at http://www.vantagetravel.com/AboutVantage/PhotoContests.aspx
. I'm always updating this site with new pictures and video footage of countries from around the world of people, places and adventures where my wife Julie and I have visited. If you enjoy Christmas cruising, then enjoy this Christmas Holiday Market vacation in Europe at http://www.vantagetravel.com/Trip/1689/French-Waterways-Holiday-Cruise--Highlights-of-Burgundy-Provence-and-Paris
and click on video to view. My wife Julie and friends are in chapter 2. You'll experience through my pictures and video footage what life really is about in other parts of the world. Please browse through my gallery of pictures below by clicking on them and enjoy the lasting memories that we have enjoyed in our travels. If you like to join Julie and I on any of our up coming memorable trips, please contact me by email and I'll let you know where our next destination will be as we explore the world. As a professional photographer, I'll even help you with your photography when needed.
I recently attended The Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2013 which was spectacular with special guest speakers Rick Steves’ from “Rick Steves’ Travels Europe” and Chris Harrison from the “Bachelor and Bachelorette”. Plus, see some of the exhibitors from around the world as they exhibit their tours and beautiful costumes. You can view my pictures and story in my "Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2013 Gallery".
The Chicago Auto Show 2013 was spectacular this year. You can view the latest and hottest General Motors cars, trucks and the unveiling of the all new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0L clean Turbo Diesel down below in my Chicago Auto Show 2013 gallery.
If you have a taste for Italian cuisine, try Vincitori Restaurant http://www.vincitori.com/
for their great food, friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere. Plus, check out their entertainment when the Chicago Dueling Pianos are in town. The Chicago Dueling Pianos http://chicagoduelingpianos.com/
will get you singing, dancing and making you part of the entertainment to your selection of the greatest songs from the past.
Yes, you can purchase most of my pictures and video through this site. If you have any questions on purchasing through my site, contact me at my email listed below. If you want to use my pictures or video footage for commercial use, please contact me by email at the very bottom of this page under contact and comments are always welcome on any of my galleries. All text, images, graphics, animation, videos, music and other materials on this site are subject to the copyright and other intellectual property rights of ©Ralph Hajik. All materials may not be reproduced, distributed, modified or re-posted to other websites without the express written permission of ©Ralph Hajik.
"The secret of a life well-lived is not counting the years but in making the years count."
Come on, there's a world to explore.
Yes, Lasting Memories R 4ever.
Photography & Videography by ©Ralph Hajik