Sapa Trekking Homestay and Rice Terraces

SAPA Trekking Homestay – Travel Photography

Sapa is in the mountains of Northern Vietnam and is home to the Black Hmong tribe. My Travel Photography Mentoring Student, Robert and I participated in a homestay trek over as few days with a community-minded travel company called Sapa O’Chau. All the money that is raised from the trekking and tours is put back into helping support and develop the community – from an English school to training up locals to be guides.   The trek was challenging as there was a lot of climbing up and down mountains/rice terraces and stone steps. I paid a guide to carry my big backpack so I could concentrate on taking photos. Robert was a crazy man and was happy to carry his own heavy backpack! Over the few days we went through the many essentials for great travel photography. This included: how to get permission to photograph strangers, how to talk to those...

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Fun Family Portraits with Nicole, Tim, Camilla, Henry and Florence

Since 2012 I have photographed 13 of this family's significant events! It is safe to say that I feel like part of the family and love seeing them all grow as a family. I have photographed weddings, engagements, christenings, easter egg hunts, 1st birthday parties, 2nd birthday parties and 6 month portraits.  We have had so much fun throughout the years and I think this is one of the most wonderful times we have had whilst in Centennial Park recently for Florence's 6 month portraits. Anything goes with this family as Nic and Tim want their kids to be themselves and let their inner spirit sparkle in front of the camera! Please enjoy the fun that is the Curran Family! "Gemma is now a part of our family. Her work is amazeballs and we don’t really have a significant event without her there to capture it. We have a family doctor...

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Hanoi Street Photography

If you have never visited a busy Asian city then you are in for a shock when you arrive in Hanoi, Northern Vietnam! The traffic is everywhere with a constant flurry of horns being beeped. You wonder how you will ever be able to cross the road with the traffic constantly darting across in front of you! Within 24 hours though, you start to understand how it all works. Those horns beeping is a little sign to say “I’m here, I am coming through, be on the lookout.” It could even be considered polite. If you are crossing the road keep a constant pace so people can judge when to go around you. It is as simple as that! After we mastered that we were able to observe more things around us like the people performing their morning Tai Chi, the vendors selling their fresh fruit from their bicycles and...

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Sapa Town and Bac Ha Market – Travel Photography

The Hmong people are very colourful people but the most colourful tribe would have to be the Flower Hmong who we met at the Bac Ha Market – a 2.5 hour ride from Sapa Town. This is where many tribes gather and sell fresh food, clothing, gorgeous handmade crafts, dolls, water buffalo and other animals. There is so much to choose from, it is hard not to go home with everything. The ladies who do most of the selling are very clever and will walk with you and ask you how you are and where you are. They are very sweet and try their best to sell, sell, sell!!  When we were in Sapa Town I promised to come back and see some Red Dao women to do some more shopping. I did just that and I was well looked after, negotiating a deal where I could wear one of the...

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Beautiful medieval Italian town of Spello and its Flower Festival

There is a beautiful town in Umbria that shows off Roman and Medieval architecture. It is a town with an amazing community spirit and closeness and once a year people from neighbouring towns and villages come to celebrate a religious flower festival. I think Wiki describes it best – “Spello’s Infiorate is a manifestation which takes place every year in the small Umbrian town of Spello (Italy) on the occasion of the Corpus Domini feast, on the ninth Sunday after Easter. On that night, almost a thousand people work incessantly to create carpets and pictures made of flowers along the narrow town’s streets. The floral creations cover streets throughout the historical centre in preparation to the passage of the Blessed Sacrament carried in procession by the bishop on Sunday morning. The result is a unique one mile-long path of beautiful floral creations with an explosion of colours and scents.” Through my friend Max Brunelli, I was...