Just a quick note from Chochabamba, Bolivia. Wifi cafes are not exactly the norm here, so photos will be slow coming. I do have regular access to email though, and will be back in California on June 3. From here Nancy and I will be heading to La Paz, then up to the Madidi National Park and Lake Titicaca.
I’ve made it back from Patagonia, and on to the next phase of my South American trip. Nancy and I spent about 10 days in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) in Argentina. It is known for the Fitz Roy Mountain range, with spectacular trekking, along with the Perito Moreno Glacier, a huge mass of ice that calves regularly into Lago Argetina with huge booming crashes. April was a wonderful time to see the area, with fall colors turning the alpine beech trees into little bonzai forests of bright yellow and red, surrounded by jagged peaks and glaciers. Simply spectacular- and beyond the capacity of either words of photos to fully explain. The glacier in contrast was impressive, and well worth a day trip, but nothing compared to the isolated natural beauty of the mountains beyond.
Here is a quick sneak peek from the road.
Nancy bringing sassy Cal girl attitude to Argentina.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently on my way through South America, traveling with my girlfriend Nancy through Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. Thus far we have made our way through a day in Mexico City, and then down to Chile where we have visitied Santiago, Valpariaso, Pucon, and we’re now on the shores of Argentine Lake Bariloche to get into Patagonia and Glaciers National Park in Argentina. This will be followed by the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Cold, but fun! I’m actually off to buy some gloves after this blog post, as my fingers almost froze last night walking around town.
Here’s a quick favorite of a dancer we passed in (warmer) Mexico City, in full Aztec regalia dancing in from of the Zocolo (central square).
I met with Evangeline and Jason at the Filoli Gardens near Redwood City for a shoot with some of the amazing Spring flowers that they are having there now. We carefully wove our way through the crowds oggling over the daffodils, and even found our way into a side road where there was an amazing classic Volvo. We shot right through some spring rain, and yes, my camera’s advertised waterproof qualities do seem to be functioning correctly. Evangeline and Jason both work for Adobe, with Evangeline being part of the Lightroom team there (I use Lightroom for a lot of my photo processing…I hope it’s up to par!). These photos are being blogged from way down in Patagonia (Chile). Here’s to laptops and internet!
Destination weddings are a wonderful opportunity to stretch my skills, engage my creativity in a novel setting, and ok, maybe have a little fun too. Lauren and Ozant’s fun-filled international celebration brought me back to the Tensing Pen Resort in Negril, Jamaica. Ozant’s family came in from Turkey, Lauren’s from Toronto, the couple came from Dubai, and friends from the USA, UK, South Africa and more. Heavy storm clouds and a spattering of rain made for some amazing backdrops and easy shooting. Ozant is a photography student in London, prompting me to even take a few frames during the wedding with his Leica M7 rangefinder…a true photojournalist’s dream. Take a look at some of the photos below.
A flash forward to what my own wedding will most likely be like…
I met Wendy and Grant more than a year ago while I was photographing Masy and Chris’ wedding (they just had their first baby, congratulations!). The plan for this engagement shoot was to explore the fantastic new California Academy of Sciences. We showed up early on a Friday morning to find the place overrun by school field trips and tourists. We played tourist ourselves for a bit, then improvised a bit and headed out into San Francisco. The noon sun was nicely tempered by our infamous fog (the best soft box light ever), and we took advantage to get some great images throughout Golden Gate Park, the parking lot, and Baker Beach, with a stop in the woods next to the Presidio as well. So much fun. It was remarkable how close, genuine, and fun-loving this couple is. Take a look…the photos say it all.
Here are just a few photos from Lauren and Ozant’s wedding at the Tensing Pen resort in Negril, Jamaica. I’m hard at work with thousands of photos, but wanted to put just a couple up. What a fantastic wedding! Thanks to Lauren and Ozant for being such spectacular clients, and for inviting me to come all the way to share in their special day. Tensing Pen is one of my favorite destination wedding spots to date…such a beautiful, secluded and romantic tropical getaway.
More to come shortly!