I left my heart in... || Kalinga, Philippines

I may or may not have left my heart in Kalinga <3

Fun & Love in Bataan || Lifestyle Love Session, Philippines Photographer

When Anton’s mom asked me if I could photograph her son’s wedding from “my point of view”, I will admit….I was nervous!

Even though we have know the Guerzon family for over 15 years, the thought of having the responsibility of making lovely photos of a special day is still a little nerve-racking. Besides, I “hung up” this hat a few years ago!

Anton and Rina are absolutely adorable! They balance each other out and have a buncha fun all the time! They are gorgeous and their love is so radiant.

So how could I NOT photograph them?? :) Off to beautiful Bataan we decided to go, to capture their engagement photos.

Enjoy xo

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Under the Tuscan Sun | Italy Travel Photographer

This is the very Bramasole, from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, just outside of Cortona…It was a little surreal to see. :)

Upload from October 10, 2011

Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

The magical sunlight || Manitoba Travel Photographer

There is something so beautiful about the way the sun hits fields and grass in the summertime on the prairies.

Something almost magical…  

Upload from July 22, 2012

South Junction, Manitoba, Canada

 

Back in time || Bataan, Philippines Travel Photographer

In Bataan is a remarkable resort/museum. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a place where dozens upon dozens of old buildings and home have been made to form this town-like place, a living museum. Its like going back in history. I’m so thrilled that I will be shooting an engagment session there next week for some friends!

 Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines

A room with a view || Mumbai, India - Travel Photographer

 Taken out a small window while having afternoon tea at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai.

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The Arabian Sea near the Gateway of India, Mumbai, India

An Afternoon Stroll || Italy Travel Photographer

An afternoon stroll..

 Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Blogging can be a daunting thing, like cleaning out the storage shed || Travel Photographer & NGO Advocate

Right? I mean really..who LONGS for cleaning out that storage room or shed that you continually stuff into and hope it won’t explode the next time you open the door?

I kind of think of blogging like that daunting task: I think about blogging often. More than I ACTUALLY blog.

Let’s get real…it’s time consuming. And how do i know what to blog, day in an day out? And WRITE about???

So instead of feeling bad for NOT blogging and feeling overwhelmed WITH blogging as i have know blogging to be, I have decided to do blogging differently from today on.

I am going to do my best to post one simple photo. maybe it will happen every day. maybe it won’t. maybe it will have words. maybe it won’t. And sometimes I will blog more in depth or stories or specific topics and sessions.

But today I begin. A simple photo. :)

 Makati City, Philippines

Magic flying carpets || Turkey Travel Photographer

Well they don’t have REAL magic flying carpets…but they DO have flying carpets…read on…

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Tucked away just off the Hippodrome in Istanbul is this grand building which houses not only NAKKAS carpets but an underground cistern from centuries past.

The art of Turkish carpets and the craftsmanship is seen throughout the many gallery show rooms of NAKKAS

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As you are served turkish coffee or tea, a carpet presentation, featuring “flying” carpets commences…

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And right before you are presented carpets from all sorts of different eras and carpets that are new and very old. It’s one of my favorite things to watch - the flying carpet shows. :)

Then they bring out the reeeeeeeeally expensive ones - like this small 11x14 inch silk carpet whose stitching is amazing and so very small as you can see…

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This small piece can be yours for only $35,000, they say with a smile.

Its at this point I am always tempted to say, Let me just see if I brought enough cash. But I refrain and giggle to myself at my smart pants-ness :)

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 But in all seriousness, to have one of these ecsquisite carpets would truly be amazing.

You can get not so luxurious carpets sold on most corners in the old city…some cheap, some not so cheap. 

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And some are just thrown on the side of the street for I dont know why…maybe to clean? Maybe to toss?


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But I simply brought home little faux carpet bookmarks and pouches….taking a memory of the beauty of Turkey’s magical flying carpets. ;)

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Join us this fall as we journey through the old villages of Turkey…a photographer’s dream!

My Lovely Manila, Part 2 || As featured in Wanderer Magazine Online

Manila is so diverse. It has areas that remind you that you are in the tropics, areas that remind you that you are in the Philippines, and even areas that remind you of North America.

The first post of MY LOVELY  MANILA preceeds today’s post. Let me take you again to some places that are jewels in this bustling metropolis…

PINTO ART MUSEUM

Located just on the east edge of Metro Manila is the city of Antipolo. The easiest way is to go east on Ortigas Ave and the signs will lead you to Antipolo.

Nestled up in the hills, is this amazing art museum. Like nothing I have seen. Art installations and other amazing pieces are throughout the grounds and buildings. The grounds themselves are absolutely breathtaking and just taking a break from the hustle of the city and enjoying the treed grounds is just what is sometimes needed.

 
 
 
 
 
For more information about schedules and maps and all the juicy details, check out their facebook page:
 
PINTO ART MUSEUM on Facebook

RONAC ART CENTER

Back in the city, nearby Greenhills, San Juan lies an art center like no other. 
 

Cafes, Retail shops, Art galleries and even a huge state of the art indoor basketball court are some of the enticing features of Ronac Art Center.

 
 
 
 
MALABON CITY

One of the 17 cities of Metro Manila is Malabon. Located on the west side of the metro along the coastline, this city is know for it’s flooding, informal settlers and poverty on a whole.
 
What happens though when you dig a little deeper, try and find the hidden gems of a once-thriving city?
 
You find things you would never imagine.
 
 
The city of Malabon has one of the biggest population of old style spanish style houses in all of the Metro. As you drive around some of the streets near the city proper, you will be amazed at all the beauty you see…
 
 
 
 



To see the intricate detail still intact is amazing!

 
We found this treasure of a home…and after a little conversation with the dwellers, they let us in to take in her beauty up close. Inside was as though we had gone back in history.
 
 
As well there are old churches that exude beauty inside and out.
 
And then hidden away behind gates on a busy street we came across an artist whose home also housed his personal galleries. Angel C. Cacnio, or Kuya Angel as we fondly called him, is an artist/painter who work of capturing the lives of Filipinos is absolutely captivating.
 

 
Kuya Angel’s work has not only been sold around the country and world, but his art has also been in the hands of many Filipinos.
 
How? He designed a few faces of the peso bills of the Philippine Currency.
 



 
 
Inside of his gallery we passed through and noticed that he was about to eat lunch…while working on a latest piece..He was so gracious to have us visit, even during lunch. :)
 
 
 
As he toured us through his amazing residence and grounds, everywhere we looked, there was art of some kind..some his, some other artists. It was so refreshing.
 
 
Truly it was an honor that we “happened upon” this treasure. Malabon became one of my favorite places to wander, to discover, to love that day.
 
 
To view more of Kuya Angel’s work, visit his facebook page:
 
Angel Cacnio on Facebook.
 
Well that concludes the second part of MY LOVELY MANILA series. 

Manila is a wonderment. And full of life and life that is waiting to be discovered if you give it the time and patience. 

It’s absolutely worth the treks, the traffic, the crowdedness…Manila is a beauty in her own. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

Come visit our Manila, if you have never been. Or rediscover her if you already live here. I surely will continue to, and will share my findings in the upcoming MY LOVELY MANILA series.

xotracey