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Iceland // Travel Photography

In July of 2015 I went with Jaimie on one of the most incredible adventures of my life.  We travelled to Iceland for close to two weeks.  While there, we rented a camper van and drove around the Ring Road (Iceland's main highway which runs around the whole Island) camping, exploring and taking photographs.

I'm an only child so the quiet, barren landscapes were a paradise to me.  There were minimal tourists (and this was during high season!), but we also took quite a few photos at night to avoid the crowds as we were there shortly after Midsummer.  Iceland in the summer has around 22 hours of daylight and a few hours of dusk, it actually doesn't get completely dark (good thing we packed sleep masks!).  

There were too many highlights to capture in a blog post, and the photos really capture the essence of the country.  For anyone who has an interest in travelling here, I would highly recommend it!  Make sure that you do more than just explore Reykjavik though, there is so much more the Island has to offer!  We loved it so much that we are making plans to go back this year.

Also, for those of you looking for a unique place to get married Iceland is a great spot!  I had the opportunity to shoot wedding portraits while I was there and the amazing landscapes make a stunning backdrop.

Click on the image link below to see all the photos from our trip!

Getting in the Spirit of Giving

All of the photos above were from my travels to Myanmar, you can see more images here

Having travelled extensively throughout some very rural and poverty stricken countries has left me acutely aware of how lucky I am to be able to do the job I love and be able to support myself doing it.  It's made me committed to doing something, however small, to try and give back.

Earlier this week I launched a big Giveaway to win a destination wedding.  Today I would like to announce something a little different but still in the spirit of giving.  I have decided to donate 1% of the profits from every 2016 wedding to Kiva, an organization I have been supporting for the last two years.  This money will go directly to people, who need loans to build their businesses, get an education and improve life for their families.  In other words, people just like us, who need a little help getting started.

You can read more about Kiva here.  I have also posted my commitment directly on my Get to Know Me page.



Myanmar Part I

In the spring of 2014, Jaimie and I travelled to Myanmar (also known as Burma), and we left forever changed.  There are almost no words to describe the magic of Myanmar, the absolute beauty of the lands, the modest but wonderful people, the rich cultural texture.  Have you ever travelled somewhere that was, for the most part, untouched by the gross consumerism of North America?  I hadn't until I went there.  Can you imagine a place with no Starbucks? no McDonalds on every street corner, little to no wifi in most areas.  I have travelled pretty extensively and can say that Myanmar, is one of those places that seems truly authentic.  But it may not be for long.  I really hope that in 10 years, it hasn't gone the same way as Thailand.  I highly recommend going there now, if you are searching for somewhere a little off the beaten path.

We started in Yangon (which translates to "end of strife"), the largest city in Myanmar.  There we explored, visited the famous Shwedagon pagoda and had a marriage blessing by buddhist monks, ate BBQ skewers on the streets in Chinatown and shopped for longyis (popular Burmese garment worn around the waist) in the local market.  A day later we packed up and headed to Bagan, an important historical site in Myanmar which is home to over 2000 temples and stupas packed into a condensed area.  Sunrise in Bagan was one of the most breathtaking scenes I have ever witnessed.  Life there is quiet and peaceful.  The people are welcoming and kind, always offering you food and tea even though they have little to spare.  Jaimie and I were lucky enough to meet many locals and speak to them through the help of a guide.

One of the destinations that I have been lucky enough to experience, I will forever hold Myanmar in my heart.  

I couldn't fit all of our Myanmar travels in only one post, and I will be posting the second half of our trip very soon!  Click on the picture below to see the whole gallery.