Pu Luong – Vietnam Travel Photos

 

Just came back from a great trip to the Pu Luong National Park about 4 hours away from Hanoi, Vietnam by motorbike. This was mostly a trip to relax with some good friends and just enjoy where we are.

The bike trip was amazing both going to Pu Luong via the Ho Chi Minh Highway and then on the way back through some back roads. This time of the year everything is super green and it is hard not go ohhhh and ahhhh as you drive along the picturesque roads.

When we got to our destination we went waterfall bouldering, hanging out with the locals at the “pool”, a little bit of hiking and some fishing. It was all very stressful as you can imagine. If it could get any better, on the last night we were there we got to see a wicked lightning storm.

I have never visited a national park in Vietnam but after this trip I defiantly want to go see more.

Here are some not so serious images from the trip. Enjoy

 

Vietnam Wedding Photographer and Videographer

Hoi An Wedding Photographer

In about the middle of last year I started to get a lot of inquires about doing some wedding photography in Vietnam. I have always wanted to shoot weddings as, to me, it is a documentary photography paradise, filled with ample supplies of emotion, passion, light and of course great moments all waiting to be captured. This is a great experience to document and now I love shooting weddings! I was lucky enough to get some wedding work in Hanoi, Vietnam and Hoi An, Vietnam at the end of last year and have a couple more already for 2012. As to organize my images I have finally put together a small business, MWeddings, and a dedicated website where my portfolio of images and videos can be seen. I hope that people looking for a wedding photographer in Vietnam or Southeast Asia can find me easier and can see my work.

 

Thanks for checking it out and hopefully I will see you at your wedding.

Vietnam Wedding Photographer and Videographer

Calm after the storm

Every year at the end of January or beginning of February, Vietnam is in a chaotic flurry of buying, preparing and tidying up in anticipation of Tet. I hate this time of year and so do most other Expats as the traffic and general feeling of the city is all too stressful.

Yes more than normal.

What I do like is the calm and tranquility that replaces the chaos that was just one week before. This is the first morning of Tet. If you are ever lucky enough to experience it, it would be to experience Hanoi, Vietnam in its true Zen like or Valium induced state. The streets are empty except for the odd straggler here and there. You can hear birds clearly while walking down some of the larger streets in the city like Dai Co Viet. People are in a joyous and festive mood and will let you take photos of them with no problem (big deal for me as the ratio of asking is usually 1/3). All in all, it is really amazing and a joy to experience.

Since most photographers love to take photos or get assignments of the leading up of Tet, I thought why not show the actual first day of Tet and how calm it is and what remained after the chaos has subsided. So I set out at 6 AM and anyone I saw on the street I took a portrait of them. Got to say after 3 hours there were not so many portraits as it was really that quiet.

My first intention was to do this purely with images, but as my time on the street progressed I wanted to capture the sounds I experienced in the hope of helping place you, the audience, next to me in my morning journey. Sorry the sound is not better all I had was my iPhone, but I think it can still put you in the setting

I hope everyone has a great new year. May the year of the dragon bring you luck.

 

2011 EAW Thoughts and Assignment

It has been just over a week since I got back from the 2011 Eddie Adams Workshop. I must say I had a great time there and made some really good friends. Recently I was contacted by Wonderful Machine owner Bill Cramer, who was a real pleasure to meet at the workshop. He asked me to write a little bit about my time at EAW and it got me thinking once again about exactly all that I experienced there and what I took away from all the sleepless nights.

I know it might sound cheesy but, an EAW acceptance was something I had strived for ever since I first heard of the workshop. Since I didn’t go to photography school, being accepted was for me, a total a validation of my work from the industries best people. It felt really great when I found out the news. During my time there I made some great new friends I hope meet again in future, listened to amazing speakers and began the foundation for lasting relationships with some of the editorial industries best editors.

One of the most memorable moments of the workshop for me happened after it all ended. I was sitting drinking a coffee the day after and thinking about everything when I realized that EAW was like a team building and bonding experience between photographers, editors and the suppliers that work in our industry. For me, this is a very rare experience and I would imagine it is rare in our industry as a whole to connect to people like you do at EAW. I now can see why many of the editors and organizers of EAW use words like “Family” and “Love” to describe how they feel about the participants and the experience in attending EAW.

I thought to myself at that moment, how often do photographers get to just talk to editors you don’t know, one on one, like a normal person where your not selling yourself? Most of the time when I talk to a editor I know they are very busy and are tired of being bombarded with emails and promos of photographers selling themselves. So to be able to have a normal conversation that wasn’t 5 min long and then later show my work for another 30 min was just amazing.

It was also a great opportunity to meet a lot of the industries suppliers like Anthony Pak from Manfrotto who hooked me up with a bunch of missing parts (I know I owe you a photo. I promise it is coming) and hanging out with J.C. from B&H during my whole assignment day talking about life and of course photography. These are good people who work in the industry and want to help photographers do their jobs. Now that we know each other, I’m sure  i will be a loyal customer to them and they will be happy to help me out in the future.

EAW gave me the opportunity to meet all these great people from all over the industry and connect with them on a personal level and hopefully make new friends in the business.

It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I will never forget it. Thanks to all the sponsors, editors, producers, black team and the Adams family for continuing this tradition in pushing and inspiring new generations of photographers.

For me this made my trip from Vietnam very worth while and something I will remember forever.

The photos above and below were from my assignment, which was to shoot downhill mountain biking. On my assignment, I meet 15 year old Taylor who is a fearless pro downhill biker. Needless to say I love what I do and had a great time shooting the sport even if I’m not a “sports” guy. Thanks again EAW. Love you all.