When a friend suggested we meet in Beirut for a couple of days I said yes without hesitation (as I always do) then suddenly realized I didn’t know a lot about the destination itself. So, I did a little research on things to do and places to stay and really went there with no expectations or idea of what it would be like. What I discovered far surpassed any preconceived ideas of Beirut or Lebanon I may have had.
I very randomly booked flights to Bari after having months of Italy cravings and coming to the realization that 2 years was far too long since my last trip (tip: it’s always too long since your last trip to Italy).
Lying on what’s known as the Gold Coast of Africa, located between the Ivory Coast and Togo is the enthralling country of Ghana. Hailed as the most developed nation in Western Africa with a growing economy, easy transport and stable democratic government Ghana has become known as “Africa for beginners”.
Images of Greece: Athens, Paros, Santorini and Mykonos.
Spending a month in Greece was like living in a cloud of blue and white.
The food is amazing; every day we filled up of fresh fish, Greek salads, creamy yogurt and delicious slouvaki. I made friends for life with a couple of amazing locals who take great pride in their hospitality; and the hundreds of islands in the country could keep me island hopping there forever, which is about how long I wanted to stay there.
It’s no secret that the city of enlightenment is also one of the most beautiful and photogenic cities in the world. As a photographer specializing in tourist portraits, I have gotten to know a few very special parts of Paris that have become my “go-to’s” when scouting for locations, and I thought I would share a few of those with you here. Keep in mind, that even though these are pretty popular photo shoot destinations, each finished image can look incredibly different depending on who’s behind (and in front) of the camera, the time of day, and the temperamental Parisian weather. So don’t think for a minute that your photos will look the same as everyone else’s! Here are a few of the best locations for photo-shoots in Paris.
While on a road trip with a friend through Croatia, we stumbled across the stunning Villa Dubrovnik online and were fortunate to find a room left during the end of a busy tourist season in September.
Our plan was to initially stay two nights here and then move on to another part of Croatia, but we arrived and we’re utterly blown away, especially when we received a room upgrade.
Two nights turned into three, then four, and then it was five days before we forced ourselves to leave this sublime five-star hotel. If I can recommend somewhere you MUST stay while travelling in Croatia, this would be it. Just be warned, you may never want to leave…
This summer I was lucky enough to spend 9 days on the beautiful island of Bali.
My family spend a lot of time in Bali and someone ends up going pretty much every year so we know a bit about it and how to get around. This tradition to take family holidays there dates back over 20 years- before it was a massive, developed tourist destination, and before that my Dutch grandfather was serving in the army there. Years after he left and married my Oma and moved to New Zealand, they sponsored a child through World Vision called Yohana (coincidentally the same name as my Grandmothers’) and befriended her on their many visits there. She is now a successfully retired police woman with children and grandchildren of her own, and my family still goes to visit her whenever they can. For this, Bali will always have a special place in our hearts.
Though it has a booming tourist industry, the Eastern European country of Montenegro has managed to remain slightly off the radar in comparison to neighboring Croatia. It’s beauty however is as equally breathtaking, and perhaps even more extraordinary with a diverse landscape dominated by snow capped mountains, lakes, forests and an expansive crystal clear coastline. I was lucky enough to spend five days on the private island resort of Sveti Stefan, a small fifteenth century fishing village connected to the coast by a narrow isthmus.
Images from Paris Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2016-17- Jean Paul Gaultier
Out of all the shows I shoot, I still think Jean Paul Gaultier invites some of the most interesting attendees. It’s less classic, and much more edgy than other couture shows. Sometimes it’s full leather onsies, sometimes it’s men dressed in daring black lace numbers. This year there was a lot of beautiful color, and a lot of beautiful shoes. You may notice my obsession appears to be growing… This will be my last show for this weeks’ couture week, I can’t wait for the next. Watch this space!
Images from Paris Fashion Week Couture Autumn-Winter 2016-17 – Chanel
There is just something about Chanel… Today’s Haute Couture show invited a beautiful collection of elegant and sophisticated people with incredible outfits to match. And the shoes! OMG….
Big named celebs like Will & Willow Smith, Jessica Chastain, Caroline de Maigret and Mila Jovovich attended next to an army of Chanel clad billionaires and buyers from all over the world. The entrance is a show in itself! See if you can guess who my favorite attendee was…