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As I mentioned in a previous post, this past February I took off for a 5 month backpacking trip around Asia. I spent the first month trekking in Nepal. For the second month (March), I took on India – which, admittedly, was not the brightest idea to do as a female traveling solo. It was such a mind-f*ck being immersed in a culture where gender roles are so warped. I felt like I couldn’t do anything or go anywhere without being hassled by Indian men. And you know the stereotype of how Indian men view western women as being very open and easy? I’d assumed that was an exaggeration – whatever, I can hold my own, I’ll be fiiiiiine. Well, unfortunately I can confirm that this stereotype exists for a reason: it’s TRUE. I’ve got first-hand stories to back it up. Ah well, all in the name of adventure, right?
India as a whole was exhausting and frustrating for me, but there were some good things about it too. The palaces are gorgeous and unlike other architecture I’ve seen. Seeing the Taj Mahal was undoubtedly a highlight. Escaping to the far north to Rishikesh was a much-needed retreat from the chaos of Rajasthan. And of course, the whole reason I went to India in the first place: HOLI! This festival of colors has been on my bucket list for years, and I’m so glad I finally got to experience it firsthand – though not without being hassled.
One really cool thing, though, is that I’ve photographed 2 Indian weddings since returning from Asia. I have a whole new appreciation for them after having traveled around India. They are just beautiful, beautiful events. I’ll be blogging those weddings here later this year!
For more details and photos from my 2013 Asia trip, check out my travel blog! Here is a selection of 20 of my favorite photos from India:
It’s a rare treat when I’m able to *walk* to a wedding from my apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A few years ago, I photographed a wedding in McGolrick Park just a couple blocks from me; then last month, I got to shoot Callie & Kiel’s wedding at Giando on the Water on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront.
It was such a beautiful day in all respects. We had glorious September weather, plenty of time to roam around the neighborhood for bride and groom portraits, and gorgeous light during the ceremony around sunset. We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day!
Here are some favorites from Callie & Kiel’s Brooklyn wedding:
Ever have one of those days where everything works in your favor, and by the end you’re left with a feeling of utter contentment?
That was Callie and Kiel’s wedding day for me. A beautiful backdrop, gorgeous weather, opportunities galore for portraits, a fantastic couple, and a poppin’ dance floor. It’s like my secret magic formula for wedding photography amazingness.
I’m currently reliving it while editing photos, but had to pull out a few favorites to share before I create the full blog post. Here’s a sneak peek of Callie and Kiel’s wedding at Giando on the Water:
In case you were wondering why there have been crickets on this website for the better part of 2013, it’s because I’ve been traveling for half of the year! In early February, I took off for 5 months of backpacking around Asia on my own :)
Month 1 found me in Nepal, where I wasted no time in doing the thing that sparked this whole trip: the Everest Base Camp trek. These were 3 of the most beautiful and exhausting weeks of my life. The route was, for the most part, not too physically challenging – but you do need to have endurance to keep up for 2-3 weeks. Aside from the glorious alpine scenery, my favorite part of the trek was getting to pass through so many villages along the way. I encountered so many adorable children and got to observe people going about their daily work. Everything just happens right in front of you, out in the open, in third world nations – there isn’t that distance and privacy that separates you from everyone else in the western world.
Afterwards, I had a few days to recover in Kathmandu and spent some time exploring this city as well as Bhaktapur. To sum them up: temples and monkeys!
Nepal is a beautiful country, especially ideal for anyone who’s into hiking. I’d love to go back someday to take on the Annapurna trek!
For more details and photos from my 2013 Asia trip, check out my travel blog! Here is a selection of 20 of my favorite photos from Nepal: