Matt + Kayla + Bump (+ Bailey!)

Many of you already know Kayla.  She’s been my assistant extraordinaire for the last couple of years (aka the girl crouching down with a light stand or helping to fluff dresses at all of the weddings I shoot.)  Kayla is a wonderful assistant, but it turns out she’s just as amazing in front of the camera.

Kayla and Matt are expecting their first baby at the end of November.  We scored the perfect fall day for their maternity photos – just warm enough to be comfortable, and just cool enough that Kayla could wear all of the adorable fall-inspired outfits she brought.  Which is a good thing, because this girl has style.
How beautiful is this mama?!?
A little love for the bump…Matt is a police officer, so naturally their baby boy will be outfitted with the cutest police car accessories!

Seriously Kayla…you make it way too easy.
Bailey doesn’t like to be left out of family time – she kept wandering into the photos to make her presence known.  She wandered in for the photo on the right, and it is another of my favorites…everyone just looks so happy!  Well done, pup.Matt, you’re no slouch in a photo either.  I tell you, I could photograph this couple all day.

Matt and Kayla, thank you for getting up crazy early on a Saturday morning to spend it with me!  I’m so excited to meet your little guy in just a few short weeks!

 

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Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue

Have you ever seen the traumatic Pedigree commercial?  If you’ve seen it, you know exactly the one I mean.  It shows cute dogs in a shelter, with a voice over describing how the dog doesn’t know how he got there, but he knows he’s a good dog and he just wants to go home.  I could cry just thinking about that ad.

Given my response to that emotionally manipulative dog food commercial, you can guess how I feel about rescue dogs.  Every one of these cute pups is available for adoption at the Ho-Bo Boxer Rescue.  Some of them have been abused and rescued, some were surrendered by owners for a variety of reasons, but all of them need loving homes.  I followed them around on their once weekly walk this Saturday in hopes of taking a few photos that can help them get adopted.

Even rescue dogs like having their bellies scratched…There were a lot of tongues wagging on Saturday…it was a hot day.Monroe and Madison are a brother and sister looking for a good home.  (They are above on the left as well.)

Monroe loves the pool.  But of course, after hopping out of the pool one has to clean off all the water and slobber.  Shake it off, Monroe, shake it off.

If you are looking for a furry companion for your home, check out the Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue’s website for more details on these and other pups in need of a home!

Natalie + Sean – Married!

Just two weeks after coming back to the US, a voicemail from Natalie greeted me on my cell phone.  Her voice sounded hopeful and pleasant.  She and Sean were planning a very small, very casual vow exchange on the Saturday over Labor Day weekend and she had found my website while searching for photographers.  The request came last minute, but she was hoping I might be available to come photograph their small family event.

The voicemail both surprised and delighted me.  I hadn’t started booking work again yet (in fact we didn’t even have a place to live yet), but I figured it was as good a time as any to get back into the flow of photography.  I called her back and agreed to shoot their event at Chautauqua Park in Boulder.  As it turns out, this little ceremony was the perfect reintroduction to wedding photography.  A beautiful setting, gorgeous weather, and a stylish and photogenic bride and groom – not to mention their two adorable kiddos and overly friendly family – what else could you ask for?

Chautauqua Park couldn’t have been looking more beautiful than it was last Saturday.  It’s no surprise the place was plum full of hikers enjoying the perfect weather.

Natalie and Sean have two little people – Ky (5 years) and London (8 months.)  They were both dressed to the nines and looking adorable.  Ky was eager to help the acoustic guitarist with his job before the ceremony.For a ceremony that came together with just two weeks of planning, Natalie did an amazing job.  She and Sean both looked fantastic, and the setting tucked beneath a shady tree in the park was just perfect.There was so much laughter during the ceremony – I love the sense of humor these two have.
That’s Natalie’s mom holding baby London and watching the vow exchange – such a sweet moment.
After the ceremony we quickly snapped family photos with all the attendees before a quick portrait session with Natalie and Sean and their adorable little family.I wish I’d had hours with this cute troupe!  Such a photogenic family.A few shots of just mom and dad…aka the bride and groom!These two just make it look easy…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I just love being a part of small, intimate weddings.  (Like this one, and this one, and this one, just to name a few!)  I’m honored to have been a part of Natalie and Sean’s ceremony.  Congrats you two!

 

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World Tour Recap

It’s hard to recap an entire year of international travel in just one post (which is why it has taken me so long to write it.)  In an effort to bring a close to our trip I’ve just thrown together a basic list of some of the stats from the year and a few Best/Worst awards.  (I never managed to get John to sit down and give me his answers to these questions, so you’d have to get his opinions from him.  You can see a fun list of all the work accomplishments he achieved all over the world on his business blog here, though!)

Since I’ve already posted the top images from our trip, this post features the best images of the two of us taken on our trip.  These are photos that other people took of us (only a few of which turned out to be in focus and decent) and does not include the many, many self portraits we’ve taken!

Total days spent outside the US: 365

Total days spent without a home:  485

Countries Visited:  22.  This does not count layovers in countries where we did not leave the airport/bus, including Honduras, India, Oman, and Qatar.  My lifetime total is now 48.

Continents Visited:  6

Countries we thought we’d visit but ended up skipping:  Fiji, South Korea, Japan, Croatia, France, Ireland.

Countries we added to our trip last minute:  El Salvador, Belize, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt.

Most asked about Destinations:  Cuba and Egypt.  Everyone likes to hear the horror stories!

Number of countries visited where you could drink the tap water:  4

Number of flights:  33

Average flight cost per person:  $165

Priciest flight:  Lima, Peru to Managua, Nicaragua at $504/person.

Cheapest flight:  (Not including the ones we used miles for) Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for $50/person

Flights Booked with Miles:  Mexico to Peru (Business Class), Belize to San Francisco (for our connection to Auckland), San Francisco to Auckland (for one person only.)

Amount of money saved by NOT doing an Around the World airline ticket:  Nearly $7,000.

Longest Flight:  San Fransisco to Auckland, New Zealand at 12 hours.

Longest Layover:  22 hours in Miami between Lima, Peru and Managua, Nicaragua.

Best Airline:  Air India.  They had the best food, and they served us full meals on 55 min flights.

Worst Airline: Cubana.

Quirkiest Airline:  Air New Zealand.  Their in-flight safety film is Lord of the Rings themed and features a cameo by Peter Jackson.

Best Flight:  Rome, Italy to Detroit in Business Class Elite, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law and her buddy passes.

Worst Flight Delay:  Our flight from Cancun to Havana departed 9 hours late, landing us in Cuba at 2am.

Best Airport:  Singapore.

Worst Airport:  Havana, Cuba.  That place is crazy and weird, and the baggage claim is insane.  Honorable Mention: Heraklion, Greece.


Overnight Trains
: 3

Overnight Buses: 1

Overnight Boat: 1

Motorbike rentals: 3

Car rentals: 2

Elephant Rides:  1

Apartment Rentals: 7

Hotels: 29

Hostels: 15

Couchsurfing Hosts: 3  (six people, but three “couches.”)

Campsites:  2

Housesitting Jobs:  1

Average Nightly Rate:  $30.32

Most Expensive Room:  $104 for a hostel room in Katoomba, Australia.

Least Expensive Room:  $14 for a hostel room in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Longest stay in one place: 8 weeks in Bali

Visitors: 1 from the US, 2 from New Zealand.

Number of minor illnesses: Approximately 10.

Worst illness:  Food poisoning in Laos.

Crime Experienced:  None.

Number of amazing people we met along the way:  Too many to count.

We’ll definitely return to:  Bali, Vietnam, Turkey, Nepal, Guatemala

We’ll never again step foot in:  Cuba, Egypt, Thailand

Most Expensive Destination:  Australia

Most Budget Friendly Destination:  Vietnam

Best Street Culture: Saigon, Vietnam

Least Interesting Culture:  Sydney, Australia.  (It’s too much like the US.)

Friendliest People:  Jordan

Favorite Religious Site:  Sheik Zayed Mosque

Favorite Ancient Ruin:  Petra

Most Overrated Tourist Attraction:  Pyramids at Giza

Best Place to Buy Souvenirs:  Kathmandu, Nepal

Most Overrated Destination:  Thailand.

Cleanest Country:  New Zealand.

Filthiest Country:  Egypt.

Most Scenic Country:  New Zealand.

Best Sunset:  Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

Worst Country for Internet:  Cuba.  (Duh, they don’t have it.)  Honorable Mention:  Nepal.

Best Country for Internet:  Greece.

Favorite Local Cuisines:  Vietnam, Bali, Peru, Greece, and Nepal.  (We liked a lot of food!)

Least Favorite Local Cuisines: Nicaragua, Laos, Thailand.

Best Alcoholic Beverage:  Mojitos in Cuba.

Cheapest Place to Buy Beer:  $.25 for a pint in Vietnam.

Most Expensive Place to Buy Beer:  $23 for a 6-pack in the grocery store in Sydney.

Cheapest Place to Buy Wine:  $1.75/bottle in Greece

Best Non Alcoholic Beverage:  Frozen Mint Lemonade in Jordan.

Best Coffee:  Vietnam.

Favorite Foreign Fruit:  Dragonfruit.

Weirdest Food Consumed:  John ate alpaca and guinea pig.  As a vegetarian I got a pass on the weird stuff.

Favorite Street Food:  Pupusas in El Salvador, tied with everything we ate on the streets of Vietnam.

Favorite Dessert:  Insane hazelnut cake in Abu Dhabi.

Favorite Food Market:  Antigua, Guatemala.

Favorite Cooking Class:  Thailand.

Best Massage:  Bali.

Oddest Massage:  In an armchair on the street in Cambodia, where a 30 minute foot massage included a can of beer.

Best Holiday Away From Home:  New Year’s Eve in Sydney watching fireworks over the harbor.

Most Surreal Experience:  Watching dolphins swim through a double rainbow next to a waterfall while cruising in Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Most Frustrating Moment:  The 2 hours we spent waiting in multiple security lines in India.

Most Awkward Moment:  Having a middle aged Arabic man wash my hair in a Turkish bath in Jordan.

Most Frightening Moment:  Being tear gassed in Taksim Square in Istanbul.

Most Absurd Transit Moment:  Watching a bucket of fish spill all over the inside of our public bus in Nicaragua.  (Fortunately I had just moved our bags out of the splash zone, thanks to the suggestion of a local.)

Most Pronounced Moment of Culture Shock:  Arriving in pristine New Zealand after four months in slightly shabby South and Central America.  Honorable Mention:  The transition from Nepal to UAE.

Most frequently asked question while on the road:  Where are you going next?

Most frequently asked question since we’ve gotten back:  Is it weird being home? And that pretty much wraps it up for now.  We’ve moved into an apartment in Denver, officially ending our 16 month span as homeless nomads, and we’re looking forward to having somewhat more regular life.  Thanks for coming along for the journey – posts on this blog will return to photos of happy, smiling families shortly.

Tricia - September 2, 2013 - 3:56 am

Amazing. This homebody is so impressed with you two. I love all the pictures.

World Tour: Top 30 Images

I never counted the number of images I took during our year around the world – I know it was a lot.  Like, a lot a lot.  Narrowing them down for individual blog posts was hard enough, but now I’ve taken on the monstrous task of narrowing down to the Top 30 Images of World Tour.  It was not easy.

And so, I present to you my favorite 30 images from our travels.  Not all of the 22 countries we visited is represented in this list (some places were just not as photogenic as others…El Salvador I’m looking at you.)   To avoid the herculean task of ranking them by favorites, I’ve just kept them in chronological order.  I’ve also linked each to its related post, so if you want to know more about where that image came from you can click through to read more.

Please note that there are dozens more images I love – these are just what I think are the best of the best.  Enjoy!
#1: Havana, Cuba#2: Machu Picchu, Peru#3:  Cusco, Peru#4: Granada, Nicaragua

#5:  Merida, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua#6:  Santa Cruz, Nicaragua#7: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala#8:  El Remate, Guatemala#9: Tikal, Guatemala#10:  Queenstown, New Zealand#11:  Fox Glacier, New Zealand#12:  Sydney, Australia


#13: Katoomba, Australia#14:  Bali, Indonesia#15:  Bali, Indonesia
#16:  Halong Bay, Vietnam#17: Hoi An, Vietnam#18: Hoi An, Vietnam#19: Kuang Si Falls, Laos#20:  Kathmandu, Nepal#21:  Kathmandu, Nepal#22:  Pokhara, Nepal#23:  Annapurna Range, Nepal#24:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 

#25:  Wadi Rum, Jordan#26:  Petra, Jordan#27:  Pyramids of Giza, Egypt#28:  Istanbul, Turkey#29:  Sitia, Greece#30:  Santa Maria del Molise, Italy

A post about the winners and losers and stats of our trip is coming soon!