Tracey L. Heppner | Photographerhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/Most recent blog posts from blog.traceylheppner.comen-usSun, 12 Jul 2015 00:22:26 +0000The Griffiths - Family Lifestyle Session || Manila Photographerhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/12/griffiths-family-lifestyle-session-manila-photographer/<p>Every once in a while I put on my Portrait Photographer hat, a hat I have hung up a long while back. But there are times I dust it off. These times, however, cannot be forseen or forced, I might add. It just has to &#8220;feel&#8221; right and all the right ingredients must come&nbsp;together.&nbsp;</p> <p>But when it does happen, it happens with really awesome people. And this family was one of those &#8220;awesome people&#8221;. You guys are <span class="caps">THE</span> awesome.&nbsp;:)</p> <p>xxtracey</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_ce4409c23f9d6449518a.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_9c14f28c59227523c728.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_a18de849a1427cf86eb1.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_c862baf8005061ddcc3b.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_11a33ea15c26f8137228.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_8ac0e706fd1cfb5817bb.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_40f36eaaa7d1197033f3.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/12/large_26c794acd4492660d9e2.jpg" /></p> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:22:26 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/12/griffiths-family-lifestyle-session-manila-photographer/Smartphone Travel Photography || Overnight Workshops - July, August & Septemberhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/01/smartphone-travel-photography/<p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/06/04/large_a8c84e7becce7eeb3981.jpg" /></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:43:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/01/smartphone-travel-photography/When in Bali... || Las Harum Coffee Plantationhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/01/when-bali-las-harum-coffee-plantation/<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="line-height: 1.4;">If anyone knows me at <span class="caps">ALL</span>, they know my love for&nbsp;coffee.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">Even though I have had to cut back my cups-per-day for health reasons, the passion in which I drink the highly addictive legal stimulant remains.&nbsp;:)</p> <p style="text-align: center;">When I was shooting in Bali, Indonesia earlier this year, I went to Las Harum - an organic coffee plantation on&nbsp;Bali.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">It was&nbsp;<span class="caps">AMAZING</span>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_7cbe7f4426b41427296c.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0143.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0143.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_0ec5e3bb5dcfd3605963.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0144.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0144.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">They grow all their own herbs as well as teas and coffees right&nbsp;there..&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_d3c7ea10c048d593affc.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0145.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0145.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">And of course we had a coffee and tea tasting there in the middle of the rainforest..it was&nbsp;divine!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_e91a2a86beb9cb5dbb63.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0148.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0148.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_1b9c4fcafbb36120d008.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0150.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0150.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;They have two sweet little Luwak, or Civets - a feline animal that eats the coffee beans then poops them out and you get the most expensive, yet smoothest cup of coffee from those there poop beans. I highly recommend anyone who loves coffee to try&#8230;even if just for a treat.&nbsp;:)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_0d78dec1162ec9ff008d.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0154.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0154.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">When you are in Bali next, be sure to visit these guys - they don&#8217;t have a website, but they are known there. That makes them all the more awesome.&nbsp;:)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/07/01/large_9b901112b4f72f0cb3df.jpg" alt="201501_BALI-0155.jpg" title="201501_BALI-0155.jpg" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">traveling the world to give you rad&nbsp;photos,</p> <p style="text-align: center;">xxtracey</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:14:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jul/01/when-bali-las-harum-coffee-plantation/:: ONE SHOT :: Pura Tirta Empul, Tampaksiring, Bali http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jan/23/one-shot-pura-tirta-empul-tampaksiring-bali/<p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pura-Tirta-Empul-Tampaksiring-Bali/155463691223697" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=155463691223697">Pura Tirta Empul Tampaksiring Bali</a><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;- One of the many Hindu temples in Bali. It is famous for its holy water, where a pond has a spring that gives out fresh water regularly - I saw the pond and the spring inside it - it was wild!</span><br style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;" /><br style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;" /><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">Here the followers, both locals and from abroad, line up to go through the many faucets of water for&nbsp;cleansing.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/01/23/large_afd54854b86580ed68c5.jpg" alt="IMG_0099 copy.jpg" title="IMG_0099 copy.jpg" /><br /></span></p> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:25:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jan/23/one-shot-pura-tirta-empul-tampaksiring-bali/:: ONE SHOT :: Bali Destination Weddinghttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jan/21/one-shot-bali-destination-wedding/<p>I decided to start a new series for my blog and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/traceylheppnerphotography" target="_blank">Facebook page</a> - <strong>:: <span class="caps">ONE</span> <span class="caps">SHOT</span>&nbsp;::&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>SImply put, it&#8217;s just a single photo with a little bit about it. It may help me in becoming a more frequent blogger in 2015 :) One can hope.&nbsp;;)</p> <p>Here&#8217;s the first in the&nbsp;series:</p> <p><strong><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">Bali Wedding - Jan 17,&nbsp;2015</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">I had the distinct pleasure of second shooting a destination wedding in Bali last weekend with my dear photog friend <a href="http://www.pilartuasonphotography.com" target="_blank">Pilar</a>.</span></strong><br style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;" /><br style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;" /><strong><span style="color: #141823; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">I don&#8217;t shoot weddings anymore&#8230;but sometimes, just sometimes, I can be convinced to shoot gigs like these&nbsp;;)</span></strong></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2015/01/23/large_7ce553116d101d657de7.jpg" alt="IMG_0022 copyLR.jpg" title="IMG_0022 copyLR.jpg" /></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:23:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2015/jan/21/one-shot-bali-destination-wedding/the love miss E - Manila, Philippines || Lifestyle Photographerhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/dec/08/love-miss-e-manila-philippines-lifestyle-photographer/<p>I dont &#8220;do&#8221; graduation photos anymore. It&#8217;s just one of the hats I hung up a few years back. Along with familiy&nbsp;portraits.</p> <p>It&#8217;s only if I really love the people and think they would be amazing to capture that I&#8217;ll&nbsp;indulge.</p> <p>Miss E was one of those I wanted to &#8216;indulge&#8217; in&nbsp;:)</p> <p>I photographed her and her family a year or more ago&#8230;and when I got to take a few portraits of E, I said to her, &#8216;I would <span class="caps">LOVE</span> to shoot your grad photos, if you don&#8217;t have anyone else shooting&nbsp;them&#8217;.</p> <p>She took me up on the offer. And I was so&nbsp;thrilled.</p> <p>Her beauty radiated in and out. So much grace. So much love. So much&nbsp;joy.</p> <p>As you see the end of a season coming, E, know that a great awesome new one is right around the corner. I can&#8217;t wait to see all that you encounter and become.&nbsp;xxtracey</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_4901e530f4597bca8b11.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_447dde92d2c77d7a5b4a.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_8c11023cc20a8e5d4813.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_fc9591f630995be7e4b2.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_86281e413cff97fd8b47.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_c6e898401c7dbf6f04e8.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/12/08/large_b505c8bc34a0d8c18177.jpg" /></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:35:20 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/dec/08/love-miss-e-manila-philippines-lifestyle-photographer/Turkey was AMAZING, by the way || Travel Photographerhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/dec/08/turkey-was-amazing-way-travel-photographer/<p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4; background: transparent;">On October 25, myself and 9 other fantastic folks from around the globe - Canada, China, Australia, Manila, Sri Lanka - joined together for a 12 day&nbsp;travel&nbsp;experience.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">The Old Villages&nbsp;</strong>journey took us from bustling Istanbul to coastal Assos, down to Izmir an onto the Aegean coast of Kusadasi. We then set inland to<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4; background: transparent;">&nbsp;Pamukkale and the lake of Egirdir and down to the mediterranean city of Antalya on the Turkish Riviera. &nbsp;Up into the Taurus Mountains we found mountain villages, stopped in Konya and enjoyed the magical landscape of Cappadocia. Our final leg of our journey took us to the gorgeous village&nbsp;of&nbsp;Safranbolu.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">Our journey was every bit magical and exciting, each and every day. There was always &ldquo;something&rdquo; that wowed us. Along with our knowledgable and trustworthy guide, Cem, we could not have asked for a more amazing&nbsp;time&nbsp;together</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">It was decided at the end of our travels that this destination would be repeated, so that the many who were not able to join, can do so and see the gorgeousness and rich culture and patriotism of this land&nbsp;called&nbsp;Turkey.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">2015 will have excursions back to Turkey, to these Old Villages and more. I hope you will join me on one&nbsp;of&nbsp;them.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">xoTracey</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/followyourheart/photos/2014/11/12/large_dde09952f06ea0a07510.jpg" alt="WP_20141025_14_56_53_Pro_1.jpg" title="WP_20141025_14_56_53_Pro_1.jpg" style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; display: block; max-width: 100%; -webkit-user-select: none; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); background: transparent;" /></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/followyourheart/photos/2014/11/12/large_b6acb687833d9ffc064d.jpg" alt="WP_20141103_07_32_58_Pro_1.jpg" title="WP_20141103_07_32_58_Pro_1.jpg" style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; display: block; max-width: 100%; -webkit-user-select: none; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); background: transparent;" /></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/followyourheart/photos/2014/11/12/large_f12955549e99263bbec9.jpg" alt="WP_20141103_15_22_45_Pro_1.jpg" title="WP_20141103_15_22_45_Pro_1.jpg" style="margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; display: block; max-width: 100%; -webkit-user-select: none; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0); background: transparent;" /></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #363434; font-family: Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif; line-height: 19.5px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">(Simply sign up on the right to receive our updates for our 2015 destination,&nbsp;coming&nbsp;soon!)</strong></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:47:37 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/dec/08/turkey-was-amazing-way-travel-photographer/Some things about Turkey that I am so looking forward to || Turkey Travel Photographerhttp://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/sep/15/some-things-about-turkey-i-am-so-looking-forward-turkey-travel-photographer/<p>This coming October will be my 3<span class='ord'>rd</span> anniversary of my first trek to Turkey, as well as my 3<span class='ord'>rd</span> visit since&nbsp;then!</p> <p>The first time was when my friend Pilar was supposed to go shoot the cover for Lonely Planet Philippines but had a bigger gig she needed to do in Indonesia (Ya she&#8217;s that much of a big deal) and asked me if I could go. Heck yes I could&nbsp;go!</p> <p>That was an 8 day whirlwind trip with a writer from <span class="caps">LPP</span>, Madie, who quickly became a friend and we had a blast those 8 days, 7 hotel rooms and 8 flights&nbsp;later.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was after this that I knew I simply <span class="caps">HAD</span> to go&nbsp;back.</p> <p>Almost 2 years had passed and I organized last years Follow Your Heart Tour to Turkey - The 7 Church of St Paul. It was an awesome adventure with friendw, new and old, from around the globe coming together for the&nbsp;journey.</p> <p>During the tour we stopped at a couple of old villages that are still very much intact and the community lives and functions mostly like they did &#8220;back then&#8221;. This inspired me greatly and I asked my tour guide and friend Yucel, if such a tour could be made, discover the Old Villages of Turkey. Of course it can, he said. Thus began the planning for this year&#8217;s tour. And again, new and old friends from around the globe will be along&#8230;I cannot&nbsp;wait!</p> <p>Because this is my 3<span class='ord'>rd</span> visit, I have already begun to look forward to certain things when I get there. That is one thing I do when I travel - try to fully immerse myself in every way in the&nbsp;culture.&nbsp;</p> <p>So I have made a blog post about the &#8220;things I look forward to&#8221; on this next&nbsp;trip:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="caps">TURKISH</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">COFFEE</span>:</strong></span></p> <p><strong>There is nothing like the thick, gritty coffee that the Turks make, I tell you! I did buy a Turkish coffee pot on my first visit and have since learned how to make it. ( I love coffee and learning how to make it in every culture&#8217;s own&nbsp;way)</strong></p> <p><strong>I hope to perfect my coffee making skills and ask and watch my local friends for some tips. I shall&nbsp;conquer!</strong></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_5cf18c043171c6267a4b.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_a74cbf14513127683680.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> <p><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_edaf85794335419bff50.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-009.jpg" title="Turkeylove-009.jpg" /></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><br /></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="caps">TURKISH</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">DELIGHT</span>:</strong></span></p> <p><strong>There is Turkish Delight and then there is <span class="caps">GOURMET</span> Turkish Delight. Not gonna lie - the pasalubongs (gifts) I will bring back that will be of Delight, will <span class="caps">NOT</span> be the gourmet stuff. (sorry friends!) The first time I had gourmet Delight was last year and I was like, where have you been all my&nbsp;life!?</strong></p> <p><strong>Seriously. Will be bringing back copious amounts. And if I invite you over for coffee after my travels, you <span class="caps">MIGHT</span> get a piece&#8230;maybe But you will at least get the &#8220;regular&#8221; stuff..so be happy.&nbsp;;)</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_a12984407be010776841.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-013.jpg" title="Turkeylove-013.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span class="caps">BABUSHKAS</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong>If anyone knows me at <span class="caps">ALL</span>, you will know my love for seniors and those of my grandparents generation. (Oh wait, my grandparents are all gone&#8230;sigh&#8230;ok&#8230;well&#8230;you know what I&nbsp;mean)</strong></p> <p><strong>Turkish Babushka (which is what we call them in the Ukrainian culture) are gorgeous women. Their lives lie in the lines of their faces and in the souls of their&nbsp;eyes.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>I could photograph them all day long. I promise you some awesome portraits of them from the Old Villages tour. That&#8217;s a&nbsp;fact!</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_d924e1b1001a46dfbdef.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-004.jpg" title="Turkeylove-004.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_93909652575443fad6e9.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-011.jpg" title="Turkeylove-011.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="caps">COASTAL</span> <span class="caps">VILLAGES</span> <span class="caps">AND</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">TOWNS</span></strong></span></p> <p><strong>I think this has to do with the fact that I grew up on the West Coast on Vancouver Island in Canada&#8230;I <span class="caps">LOVE</span> the ocean. And the coastal village of Assos, below is out of this world magical and quaint and&#8230;I am thrilled we get to stay there for one night (perks of helping and suggesting the tour to my Turkish Travel&nbsp;Agent!)</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_78bea63719d61c28083a.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-012.jpg" title="Turkeylove-012.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong style="line-height: 1.4;">Also the Aegean Sea&#8230;the Medditeranean Sea that Greece and Turkey share. We will be in Kusadasi, a summer hot spot for Turks, for one night. And her sunsets are absolutely breaktaking and&nbsp;fabulous.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_a007ec985440f67b74a4.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-008.jpg" title="Turkeylove-008.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">COTTON</span> <span class="caps">CASTLES</span> <span class="caps">OF</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">PAMMUKALE</span></strong></span></p> <p><strong>What a sight to behold&#8230;These mineral deposits are breathtaking&#8230;and the view from here looking out to the country side - <span class="caps">WOW</span>. I expect to enjoy this again, as we will be stopping over here on our trip.. ((happy dance!!))</strong><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_13bfd86e37e83b7e53f5.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-006.jpg" title="Turkeylove-006.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span class="caps">FRESH</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">FIGS</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong>The first time I had fresh figs was when we lived in Vancouver in 2007. I thought I died and went to heaven. And then to find fresh figs for so little cost in Turkey my first trip&#8230;I <span class="caps">KNEW</span> I had to keep coming back&#8230;just for the <span class="caps">FIGS</span>!&nbsp;:)</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_660022d759ba44295a1e.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-003.jpg" title="Turkeylove-003.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">EGYPTIAN</span> <span class="caps">SPICE</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">MARKET</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong>Hands down, I enjoyed the Egyptian Spice Bazaar or Misir Carsisi better than the Grand Bazaar. It has basically the same stuff in it, but it&#8217;s smaller. Don&#8217;t get me wrong - one must visit the Grand Bazaar when in Istanbul, that&#8217;s a given. But if I were a local, I&#8217;d go to the Egyptian Spice&nbsp;Bazaar.</strong></p> <p><strong>Between the pottery and spices and pillow cases and lamps&#8230;I just go nuts. I can&#8217;t wait to bring home more of all of&nbsp;those.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_4404106c6ae329519203.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-014.jpg" title="Turkeylove-014.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_f11e9b5e299a89c151cf.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-016.jpg" title="Turkeylove-016.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_4985bc3f938b90f4615b.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-017.jpg" title="Turkeylove-017.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_7e7493762456fb253b46.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-002.jpg" title="Turkeylove-002.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_60932fca1b80dd0d9044.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-015.jpg" title="Turkeylove-015.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span class="caps">POMEGRANATES</span></span></strong></p> <p><strong>Heaven in your palm, I tell you. I dont eat enought and drink enough of its fresh squeezed juices here in Manila as it&#8217;s so expensive. But in Turkey, it&#8217;s one of the most affordable drinks and snacks!&nbsp;<span class="caps">YES</span>!!!&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Pomegranate overload here we come!!!! And the fact that there are random trees out in the countryside..<span class="caps">HELLO</span>! Can&#8217;t beat that!</strong><span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/15/large_4cce87b79ca498080882.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-018.jpg" title="Turkeylove-018.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/14/large_ba8b8f3598a73eedc3f9.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-007.jpg" title="Turkeylove-007.jpg" /></strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><span class="caps">OTTOMAN</span>&nbsp;<span class="caps">CANDY</span></strong></span></p> <p><strong>On my last visit I was introduced to&nbsp;<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 21.600000381469727px;">Tarihi Osmanli Macunu or Ottoman Candy. I must say. I was hooked. And I&#8217;m not a candy lover. I shall find a vendor in the Hippodrome and feast again.&nbsp;:)</span></strong></p> <p><strong><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 21.600000381469727px;"><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/09/15/large_879cab2338417a53199f.jpg" alt="Turkeylove-019.jpg" title="Turkeylove-019.jpg" /></span></strong><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 21.600000381469727px;"></span></p> <p><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 21.600000381469727px;">So there you have it. My &#8220;things I&#8217;m looking forward to&#8221; list for Turkey. I am sure I will discover a phlethora of new things I will fall in love with, as we will be going to regions of Turkey I have not yet been. How exciting&nbsp;indeed!</span></p> <p>Watch out for my next post on my &#8220;things I&#8217;m looking forward to&#8221; list for Italy&#8230;I have the privilege of going to Italy after the tour for 6 days to be with family friends and I haven&#8217;t been back to Italy in 4 years. I&#8217;m so&nbsp;excited!</p> <p>xotracey</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:14:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/sep/15/some-things-about-turkey-i-am-so-looking-forward-turkey-travel-photographer/The Shape of me and other stuff | Personal post inspired by Dr Seuss http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/aug/12/shape-me-and-other-stuff-personal-post-inspired-dr-seuss/<p><span style="color: #37404e; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">I lead a pretty full life here in the Philippines. Stop chuckling. I&nbsp;know.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #37404e; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">Not only am I mom to two teenagers &#8212; aka lunch maker/out the door in the morning pusher/coordinator of thei</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: #37404e; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">r social events/mom taxi&#8212; I am wife to Jonathan who is the biggest supporter in life I have and who truly inspires me to live the dream.&nbsp;<br /><br />Aside from this at-home full time job, I go all over Manila and Luzon (so far!) shooting <span class="caps">NGO</span> photos for amazing organizations for my non-profit group, Photogs for a Cause.&nbsp;<a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.photogsforacause.org%2F&amp;h=-AQE-bHtH&amp;s=1" target="_blank">www.photogsforacause.org</a><br /><br />As well we are in the process of starting a livelihood program, Magtayo ng Buhay, or in English translated, Build a Life. More about that another time&nbsp;<em class="_4-k1 img sp_1-5JdbvTV3M sx_a73214" style="vertical-align: -3px; display: inline-block; height: 16px; width: 16px; background-image: url('https://fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net/rsrc.php/v2/yF/r/y7JUKSiUB66.png'); background-size: auto; background-position: -187px -987px; background-repeat: no-repeat;"></em><br /><br />It can be full, sometimes even stressful but definitely fulfilling.&nbsp;<br /><br />So then how do I try to lead something that tries to resemble a balanced life?<br /><br />~I spent some time every morning in a quiet place with my Creator.&nbsp;<br /><br />~I am in search of good coffee and food so have monthly dates with like minded friends. And time doing fun things with friends is always a good idea.<br /><br />~I have a handful of heart friends. Real friends to journey life with, be real with <span class="amp">&amp;</span> laugh/cry/celebrate with.&nbsp;<br /><br />~ I try and organize travel tours here and abroad to scratch my travel itch which rejuvenates me and keeps me going on with my above crazy life, without spending money we don&#8217;t have for me to do that otherwise, by being the host and organizer.&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.followyourhearttours.com%2F&amp;h=PAQFHP8rp&amp;s=1" target="_blank">www.followyourhearttours.com</a><br /><br />~And I am always making photos, for myself, not as a job. Either with my iPhone, big camera or Nokia Lumia.&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.traceylheppner.com%2F&amp;h=KAQFagHGR&amp;s=1" target="_blank">www.traceylheppner.com</a><br /><br />It seems to be working for me for the most part. And some days I don&#8217;t get it right. But try and try again&nbsp;<em class="_4-k1 img sp_1-5JdbvTV3M sx_9b318d" style="vertical-align: -3px; display: inline-block; height: 16px; width: 16px; background-image: url('https://fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net/rsrc.php/v2/yF/r/y7JUKSiUB66.png'); background-size: auto; background-position: -85px -987px; background-repeat: no-repeat;"></em><br /><br /><strong>What are some ways you stay balanced in life?</strong></span><img class="fj-Photo fj-large" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/12/large_2aee555405a5ae888265.jpg" alt="10385577_319174938240642_7685136171506703148_n.jpg" title="10385577_319174938240642_7685136171506703148_n.jpg" style="line-height: 1.4;" /></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:12:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/aug/12/shape-me-and-other-stuff-personal-post-inspired-dr-seuss/Anton & Rina - Lovely Details // Sofitel Wedding || Philippines Wedding Photographer?!http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/aug/12/anton-rina-sofitel-wedding-philippines-wedding-photographer/<p>I hung up my Wedding Photographer hat a couple years back. I ended strong and well. But knew I was&nbsp;&#8220;finished&#8221;.</p> <p>I have kept in the wedding photography scene by doing some occasional second shooting with one of my dear friends and amazing Philippines photographers, Pilar&nbsp;Tuason.</p> <p>When Anton&#8217;s mom asked me to consider shooting her son&#8217;s May wedding back in February, I was a little reluctant. We met together with Anton and Rina as well, and when she told me the reason she wanted me to photograph their wedding I was a little stunned&#8230;&#8221;I want you to shoot it from your perspective - I love your eye. I want&nbsp;that&#8221;.</p> <p><span class="caps">WOW</span>. Now <span class="caps">THAT</span> is a big order to fill! So with nervousness I agreed. :) Thank you for choosing me, Ate Girlie&nbsp;:)</p> <p>May 31 has come and gone. Pilar, my photographer friend did me the favor and second shot for <span class="caps">ME</span> for this wedding.&nbsp;Funny!</p> <p>So here is the first of many posts of Anton <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Rina&#8217;s&nbsp;wedding.&nbsp;</p> <p>This one is &#8220;The Bridal Details&#8221;.&nbsp;:)</p> <p>xoTracey</p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_0e54ce9eb9bd5bfd0354.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_6b3d6fa9eb970aec2ef9.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_9faaf53622ee13c26726.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.4;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_76dd42349a95c5eff688.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_39dd77ef3873df2958d7.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_2238e89e6fa241904309.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_5619bbf615b209257368.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_cd74a3ada24dc599d3d1.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_445eb6756ff0d73edc72.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_486f4b466c5cc2f2f07b.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_79b288d351e9b4f52c36.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_6b355a569da4d7bcca3f.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_3d4dc348ea1311f267d1.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.myfotojournal.com/blogs/traceylheppner/photos/2014/08/04/large_624800f16d7e8d32d6b7.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;The next post in this series? Getting ready of course!&nbsp;:)</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:55:00 +0000http://blog.traceylheppner.com/2014/aug/12/anton-rina-sofitel-wedding-philippines-wedding-photographer/