Kenya

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Kenya. This was my first time traveling to the continent of Africa and words cannot adequately describe its natural beauty and vast landscape. On this trip, I visited three different areas in Kenya: the city of Nairobi, Maasai Mara (Masai Mara) National Reserve Park, and the Island of Lamu. In Nairobi, I visited the giraffe center and an elephant sanctuary. I also sampled authentic Kenyan food and drinks at a few local restaurants. After that, I toured a few markets and tried to flex my negotiation skills to purchase authentic gifts (and failed miserably, lol). Next was the three-day Safari at the Maasai Mara National Reserve Park. Luckily, I saw three of the big five animals (buffalo, elephant and lion; the rhino and leopard were hiding) and visited a local Maasai village to learn of their culture. Finally, the trip ended with a few days on Lamu Island just off the coast of Kenya where I experienced first hand the Swahili culture and island life. Interestingly enough, there are no cars on the island because the streets are very narrow. People mainly travel by boat, foot or use donkeys. Although all of these places were in Kenya, each offered a very different and unique experience that I will never forget. Take a look at some of my favorite moments captured on photo. Karibu Kenya!

 

Travel Bug

Traveling internationally has always been something I wanted to do. When the time came to plan a cool trip with friends, I would always have a difficult time committing to the travel dates. So, I would just talk myself out of going. However, all that changed this year when I decided to let go of fear and doubt, and book a trip around my flexible work schedule instead of other people. As a result, I booked two amazing trips and got the opportunity to capture some great images, meet new people, make new friends, experience new cultures, taste delicious food, and see some of the most beautiful places on earth. I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. Now, I am eagerly looking forward to the next trip. Keep an eye out for my first travel blog post from the beautiful continent of Africa coming soon.

 

Photo Credit: James Anthony http://jamesanthonyphotos.com

Olivia

Olivia was recently recognized for her contributions to the lives of others as a Social Worker. She will receive the Unsung Heroines Award for her outstanding work in this field. To celebrate this special recognition, she asked me to shoot new headshots to submit to the nominating firm. Take a look at some of her images.

The Carter Wedding

After initially meeting in high school and reconnecting years later at a mutual friend’s party, Tasha and Josh finally exchanged wedding vows alongside close family and friends. Their ceremony was very small and intimate followed by a fun-filled reception with lots of laughter and dancing. Take a look at their beautiful wedding through pictures I created for them.