3 New Travel Workshops this July, August & September || Philippines Travel Photographer

It’s true! I’m offering 3 freaking RAD travel workshops! Contact me for more info at tracey@traceylheppner.com!

Stepping into Norcia, Umbria || Follow Your Heart Tales

 This is my first intentional attempt to short stories along with my photos…mostly photos, of course.

Follow me to Norcia, Umbria, Italy…

xotracey

As we stepped out of the vehicle, the crisp autumn air fully welcomed us and the anticipation of all we were told of Norcia continued to grow.

Each step on the cobblestone street below our feet, the shopkeepers setting up their outdoor displays and the locals gathering for their morning cappuccinos, made us wonder what this medieval Umbrian mountain town must have been like 100 years ago. It was in that instant that we stepped into another world— the world of an Umbrian local.

 

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Organic Farmers in Kalinga || My KLM On Assignment Submission

Every year KLM and Digital Photographer Philippines (DPP) magazine do this awesome travel contest for photographers and writers.

I have entered 2 times - the first time i was in the top 20, an insider told me - that one was a trip to Toulesse, France. The second time I was in the top 6 and was in the shoot out to see who would go - that one was to ITALY!

This year it is to Paris. So after much thought and a day to spare, I decided to enter. What do I have to lose? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

So without further delay, here is my submission, which is up to 15 photos (12 min) and some words to string the story together. And then my “pitch” why they should choose me :)

Photo Story Words

In the mountains of Kalinga in Northern Luzon atop a hill overlooking rice fields and mountains in the distance, is a small mountain Butbut village.

The early morning fog is almost tangible as you look out to the mountains and rice fields. A hot steaming cup of Kalinga brew takes the chill off and sets the morning straight, as a group of farmers from the village, come together as they do every week – prepare their organic sprays for their rice crops.

The fathers and the sons, the mamas and the babies, the young girls and the old women, all come together as a community from early morning until just before noon.

Some cutting banana tree trunk into thin slices, others mincing fresh ginger as more peel the skins out of egg shells and crush them, while others still fill bamboo with cooked rice.

  

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All of these ingredients make up the concoctions for the organic sprays that are used. These sprays that are a fraction of the cost of store-bought chemical sprays and are 100% organic.

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Cathee, a 3rd generation Butbut, lives among them with her American husband and their 2 children. She has started this co-op for organic farmers in their village as well as surrounding ones. She sees what the future holds. She has a heart for her people. She has learned from the ones who have gone before her, and she is the bridge to the younger ones.

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The generations coming together and farming how farming used to be in years gone by, all while building a beautiful sense of community. 

Why you should send me On Assignment

Some of you judging know me already. Some do not. I don’t like to talk about myself or like gloating or bragging. So this part of the submission proves to be somewhat difficult for me.

I will say this: I know how to connect with people. I know how to document life as it happens. I know how to see beauty in things others do not. I always have a good time, and I know how to write a story with photos. I know that I can deliver whatever you need me to deliver.

 Sending me to Paris to do your story will be a win. You will get kickass photos. I will travel which is something that fuels my passion. So you can see…it’s a win win. :)

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Doors of Umbria || Italy Travel Photographer

A small look into my vast collection of DOORS of Italy…

 

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Doors & a Deli in Norcia, Italy || Italy Travel Photographer

 One thing I have always found captivating is doors. The shapes, the design. But what I really love? Old doors. 

Italy has enough old doors to keep anyone who has a door fetish for a loooong while.

Here are a few I found in Norcia, Perugia, Italy.

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As you wander the streets of Norcia, the storekeepers invite you into their shops with simple smiles and waves, beckoning you to come and see what delighful goods they have to offer…

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I definitely didn’t mind the little detours into the shops. Not one bit. :)

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Glass maker in Sirince, Turkey || Turkey Travel Photographer

What an awesome experience to make your own glass pendant for a necklace!

This is what we did when we visited the small eclectic village of Sirince, just outside of Kusadasi, Turkey.

 

 

 

 

 

Sirince at sunset.

Join me this fall on our Follow Your Heart Tour, “Old Village of Turkey”…we will visit this magical little village.

 

Tracey's Summer Photo Camp || Manila, Philippines

It’s true! I am holding a photocamp this summer for Missionary Kids!

If you know of anyone who may be interested, send me a note!

xotracey

Markets in Munich || German Travel Photographer

Autumn in Munich.

The crisp air…the orange leaves. Walking through the streets of Munich at this time of year has got to be one of the most lovely things.

And happening upon an open market - made it even better.

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Wandering through Stroncone, Italy || Italy Travel Photographer

There are little villages in the hills of medieval Umbria, that literally make you feel like you have time traveled. 

Stroncone is one.

And walking through her cobblestone streets felt like I was in an Italian movie scene.

I was…my own: I left a piece of my heart in Italy.

Italy is amazing. And will always be making sequels of that movie til the day I die. :)

xotracey

 

 

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Making travel photos with a smart phone?! || Turkey Travel Photographer

As I continue to travel, and as I continue to get older, I think I may be getting a wee wiser. :)

I love traveling light. What do I mean by light? By using a single backpack.

No having to wait for your luggage.

No pushing a luggage cart around.

Being able to be super mobile with your simple backpack.

As a travel who wants to fully immerse myself in the culture and local life, traveling light is definitely something I aim for.

I took my gear when I was commissioned to shoot for Lonely Planet Philippines in 2011, but I also took my then iPhone 4 and grabbed a plethora of fun shots. 

Here’s a few from that trip to Turkey:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I mean of course, they are not top quality shots, BUT they are great snaps that captured parts of the trip.

 It’s not about the gear - its about the photographer, your eye and how your frame what you are seeing.

Remember that the next time you are cursing that you don’t have the latest camera for your holidays.

;) xotracey

Speaking of next trip - Next month - JULY - I will be hosting a Turkish Night in Forbes Park, Makati. We will have an authentic Turkish Meal, as well as a presentation of this fall’s AMAZING tour to Turkey. AND a short talk on how to make better travel photographs.

If you are in Metro Manila, you should consider coming. Details on the Turkish Night ticket cost will be available in the next week. Check my Facebook page for update. :)

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A bird's eye view of Venezia || Italy Travel Photographer

The view atop the Campanile, San Marco Square, Venice, Italy