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Matt & Sydney

I hate being cold. It is without a doubt on the “Top 10″ of my most hated things in the world list. So when my clients want a wintery engagement session I load up on the layers and the hand warmers, I even throw in some earmuffs for good measure.

This engagement session was freezing! 15 degrees is not a temperature, it’s my own private torture chamber from mother nature herself, but this couple rocked these photos like it was springtime. Wind chill ain’t got nothing on them!

Cheryl Lee Photography - love these!

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Chitwan & Pokhara – Nepal – Part 2

If you are interested in reading part one of my journey you can go here.

I wrote a ton about Nepal in my previous post so I will keep this short and sweet.

Chitwan is up first. Where people get around on ox cart, bikes, foot, elephants and pony rickshaws mostly. It is surrounded by jungle with animals like Rhinos, Tigers and Crocodiles. ( On my canoe adventure we saw 9 Crocodiles, but they were bathing on the side of the river  as we passed and decided not to swim with us)  Luckily the Tiger and Rhino sightings were lacking. Elephants though… they were a plenty. I spent quite some time with them in Chitwan. An elephant safari, visited the baby elephants, bathing an elephant in the river (got thrown off an elephant in the river), I don’t think I could ever get enough of those amazing animals.

I visited the village, saw how the locals lived and took a photo or two.

 

 

 

Pokhara was last on the list the visit. There were plenty of taxis’ here to help me out but luckily it was not as cramped as Kathmandu on the streets. The lakes are what this little town is all about. They are freaking gorgeous. I also visited a couple caves, some Tibetan refugee camps and got to sit in on a Tibetan Monk ritual ceremony, which unfortunately you are not allowed to photograph. If only I could of brought back a snippet of their chanting though. It is mesmerizing to listen to. So much to see, so much to do.

 

 

 

…and just in case anyone was interested. Here are a couple photos of me. Photo credit: My amazing client Sam or my awesome travel buddy Carolyn.

Side note: I know there are plenty more photos out there of me in Nepal, I just don’t know who took them. I got to experience a small piece of celebrity while there. As people would run up to me and ask to take a photo with me, or try to sneak them as I walked by. I even had a mob of tourists from India following me through a cave, flashes going off in every direction and people running into the picture to pose and quickly run back out… it has to be the hair!



Heather Crippen - Love all of these pictures! Thank You for sharing!

Carolyn Powers - Photo credit for Sam, Me…or Gopal haha

Rashelle Crippen - Amazing ❤️ thank you for sharing!!!!!!

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Kathmandu – Nepal (Part 1)

 

I got to take a trip of a lifetime to visit a client and create something spectacular for her. She has lived in a Nepal for a while now and wanted a travel book to remember it. This is Part 1 of 2.

Sometimes in this life, you need to step out of what is comfortable to be able to really appreciate it.

4 flights. 22 hours in the air. Half way around the world. Nepal.

Kathmandu – A valley nestled by the Himalayas and Nepal’s capital… and where I spent the first part of my trip.

A city filled with pollution, poverty and deprivation. A city filled with people who work hard to survive – and survive on their faith.
The people of Nepal learn to live without what so many of us feel are necessities and not what they are, privileges.

Power is inconsistent at best. The luxuries that electricity provide don’t really exist. What good is a stove that won’t stay hot or a dryer that can never finish a load of laundry. Walking around Kathmandu you can almost feel the pollution sticking to your skin while trash lines the streets and rivers. Children beg for money and candy while parents peddle trinkets and handmade pieces.

Yet, I would still go back.

The tradition, the culture  and the heart of Nepal… the people, and they all worth experiencing, not to mention the indescribable views that Nepal has to offer. Some places will always be apart of you once you leave. The people that you met, the places you have seen, the food…. oh man, the food. In three weeks I feel like I experienced what most wont in decades.

8 days in Kathmandu – 3 Days in Chitwan – 4 days in Pokhara

With the money rate being 100 rupees to the dollar – it is insane – the amount of money you feel you are spending and yet aren’t is ridiculous…RIDICULOUS. You barter back and forth with taxi drivers and street vendors for 100 or 200 rupees. Forgetting that the thick stack of cash you are holding really only comes out to 10 dollars. It feels like so much more. The average person in Nepal makes 700 dollars a year. That’s crazy!

The experiences. To be able to experience so much in so little time. Good and bad.

cremation customs – Tibetan monk rituals – elephant safaris through the jungle – pollution – temples – more temples – monkeys – motorbiking through Kathmandu – canoeing down the Narayani river – poverty – Curry and more curry – Bike riding through villages – ox carts – elephant bathing – caves – Tibetan refugee camps – rickshaw rides – hunting for crocodiles – power outages upon power outages, traffic.

“Ke Garne.” – a saying in Nepal that means “what can you do?” It is one of the best ways to describe their outlook on life. I believe this is in fact due to their immense faith. With temples on every corner, scattered throughout the city like coffee shops in Seattle. Faith is definitely not taken lightly. It is their everything.

To visit this place that so many might never see was amazing. I enjoyed every step I took through the country and every experience. There is so much to show that this will be a 2 part series…

I spent most of my time within the city of Kathmandu so it is the best place to start…

Namaste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John & Erika – Snoqualmie Falls, Wa.

I will travel anywhere to take photos. You name it, and I will be there. Rain, Sleet, Snow… as long as there is a way, nothing will stop me.

John and Erika wanted their engagement photos around the Seattle area. They did not want an urban city session, they wanted a woodsy destination with some form of water. No problem!… until there was a problem. A lot of possible problems. Snow, fog and ice were the first. My little car and I made it over the pass with the help of a lovely gentleman willing to throw on my chains for me. Truthfully they should have someone at the other end telling you how to get them off or you could be on the side of a freeway under a streetlight using a phone as a flashlight, but against all the odds and maybe with a couple chipped nails, I made it to Seattle.

I met up with John and Erika on a pretty clear day and we drove to the falls. Apparently mother nature was not aware of my very important plans that evening and as we arrived at our destination she decided that it was time for some rain…. and then a lot of rain… and then A LOT of hail. I am not kidding.

We decided that we would wait it out for 30 minutes and after that… rain or shine…. we would be taking photos… possibly drenched…  or possibly while being pelted with large balls of ice. I would be game either way… I had an umbrella and a coat.

30 minutes later… as we emerged from the safety of the car… it cleared up and not a drop dripped for the rest of the day. It was a perfect. Nothing is better than the PNW after a rainstorm, the greens are just that much greener and everything glistens.

Oh Seattle. I love you.

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