Welcome. Merhaba. Benvenuto.

 

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I love the ocean. I love the mountains. I love coffee. I love chocolate. I love Ayran. I love vegetables. I love Greek food. I love Nutella…and peanut butter. I love scarves, skinny jeans and boots. I love shorts, flipflops and sarongs. I am a bohemian I would like to think…eclectic in so many different ways.

I love to travel. I love Italy, Turkey, Morocco, India, Canada, of course, and so many more places I have visited and have yet to visit. 

I am passionate. I am sensitive. I am deep. I am thoughful. I am intuitive. I am confident. I am pensive. I am funny. I am beautiful. I am strong. I am determined.

I love airports. I love coffee shops. I love mountain villages. I love the beach. I love Fiats 500s and Vespas. I love postcards. I love silver jewelry. I love short hair. I love my iPhone 6.

I am a fighter. I am compassionate. I am an advocate. I am all of these and more.

Simply put, I love life. And with this same love, I choose to photograph people, places and situations around me.

Love. Travel. Life. This is me. In a nutshell.

Have a look around my site. I have some travel galleries and blog posts in the links at the top.  

I hope you enjoy what you see and are inspired to see more of our beautiful world. xx

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FOR MORE INFO ON MY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES, VISIT FOLLOWYOURHEARTTOURS.COM

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ABOUT MY NGO ADVOCACY AND GIVING BACK THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, VISIT PHOTOGSFORACAUSE.ORG

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Maison de Spa - Makati Spa || Salcedo Village, Makati, Philippines

in the fall i was asked to shoot some photos of a new and elegant spa located in salcedo village, makati…the business district’s residential area.

the apparent PARIS theme was lovely and the simplicity and elegance of the spa was inviting. 

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the details in MAISON DE SPA were such a delight to photograph…and with olive oil as a main ingredient to their spa, the olives and oil were in plenty.

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the treatment rooms colors and decor instantly took you into a state of relaxation.

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also available through the spa was the outdoor patio with pool and massage lounges that looked out to the makati skyline.

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and let’s not forget the specular view where you can indulge in some lunch break yoga.

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maison de spa - located in salcedo village in makati, metro manila. your urban oasis. :)

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november 8 || NGO & travel photographer

 It has been quiet around these parts of the web. but it doesn’t mean i have not been busy.

on nov 8, the world witnessed the devastation that typhoon haiyan brought here to the central philippines. our family’s NGO, Gentle Hands, has been involved extensively. you can read about everything we are doing and will be doing in the coming weeks and months here:

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 i also penned some thoughts and experiences here on our personal blog:

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 so i’m back…and organizing blog post schedules and photos for some great posts coming.

i am also really excited about the upcoming travel tours i have planned for 2014:

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please stay tuned for some good stuff.. my hubs just came back from a north american tour of 20 days. we are all happy to have him back. and my parents come for 3 weeks, this coming saturday, for christmas. good times to be had!

xotracey

Photogs for a Cause

Over a year ago I had this notion…a notion that seemed like it could work.

What IF professional photographers worked together with the hundreds of NGOs in this city?

Why you ask? It’s simple: Almost regularly I get asked, “Why are you in the Philippines?” as many know I’m a foreigner, as my light skin is a major giveaway. :)

I then begin to tell them about my husband’s sister who runs Gentle Hands in Quezon City, and how they care for neglected and abandoned kids and instantly they say to me, “Wow, I would LOVE to give back to an NGO”.

This was my thought - NGOs in Manila usually don’t have the budget for professional photographers to come in and document their NGO to the degree that it can be effectively portrayed through their website, marketing materials, etc. 

That’s where Photogs for a Cause comes in - Photographers who want to be on a list that we can match up to NGOs when they are needing a photo shoot done. And the photographer gives their services pro bono. The NGO gets amazing, quality photos that will impact their audience and the photographer will have given back to their community.

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It’s a win-win.

Are you a pro photographer? or a part-time pro photographer that would like to give back? We are looking for photographers to join the team. 

Contact me today at tracey [at] traceylheppner [dot] com

xotracey 

ps - you dont have to use a Canon to be a part of the team! ;)

back on the saddle || travel photographer & NGO advocate

It has literally been MONTHS since I have paid any amount of attention to this poor blog. There is no excuse except for letting life get too busy to carve out “me” time and blog time.

I have looked back at my blog patterns and I decided i’m going to go back to some of them…

 HEART BEATS - sharing a little about what’s going on in my life personally, what is new, etc…the 411 on me. :) 

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this may be my favorite one - THE VOYAGE SNAPS - a post about somewhere i have traveled to recently or in the past.

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 FOLLOW A FABULOUS PERSON - there are so many amazing people in my networks of friends, acquaintances and other. some of them are so incredible that i simply cannot keep it to myself. :)

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 MY PHOTOGRAPHY NOTEBOOK - simply put, a project i am currently or have worked on for amazing clients.

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WEdnesdays - WE, you and me - community. This is where I will post something going on in either the NGO I work in or another NGO that I know of.

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I’m not going to post every day, but i will post often… so be sure to subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed and stay current.

xotracey

presenting the first issue of WANDERER MAGAZINE - online travel magazine || travel photographer

It is with great excitement that we present the first issue of WANDERER

so much passion and art and creativity has been channeled into this project. none of it has been “work”…travel is my recharge.

and i couldn’t have done it without many people behind it. photographers & writers - thank you for collaborating with me in this! and to my husband who has always given me 150% support in all i do. and to my dear friends who helped with proofing this gem.

after you have flipped through its pages, PLEASE would you leave your feedback here. thanks so much.  

xotracey

 click on the cover below to view the online magazine :)

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Less than a week left to register for ANCIENT TURKEY tour! || turkey travel tour

on JULY 31st it will be the very last day to register for our fall tour to ANCIENT TURKEY

i’m so excited about the group that is going so far - such a vast group of age and background! it will be an amazing time no doubt!

take a look at the site where all your questions can be answered and info given about all the aspects of our tour. 

it will be a tour you do NOT want to miss. 

contact me today to reserve your spot! :) email me at: tracey@traceylheppner.com

xotracey

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the library of celcus, in the ruins of the city of ephesus.

photographing from the campanile in san marco square - venice, italy || italy travel tour

one of my most favorite personal spots in the world is the city of venice. and one of the things i wanted to do on my last visit there was to go up to the campanile, or bell tower, and see the islands below and lagoon from a bird’s eye view.

it was nothing less than breathtaking to say the least. even though it was a gloomy fall day, the beauty of the view was no less captivating…


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mary's house - near ephesus, turkey || turkey tours

the house of mary. the house where the virgin is said to have lived in her later years after jesus was born.

the grounds are beautiful, and the house is very humble yet serene.

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along with the home of mary, there are fountains of “holy water”, as well as places to write prayers and leave them, and light candles.

do you want to walk through ANCIENT TURKEY just like in bible days?

join us as we tour ANCIENT BIBLICAL TURKEY this coming Sept 22-29, 2013. Registration is coming to a close JULY 31, so contact us today! visit the website by clicking on the photo below:

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a wander through EPHESUS, TURKEY || turkey travel tours

i remember walking down the main road of ephesus on the way to the library of celsus. it was absolutely surreal. i literally stopped in my tracks and imagined. imagined what it would have been like to walk this road every day. 

it was an experience i will never forget.


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want to walk through ANCIENT TURKEY just like in bible days?

join us as we tour ANCIENT BIBLICAL TURKEY this coming Sept 22-29, 2013. Registration is coming to a close JULY 31, so contact us today! visit the website by clicking on the photo below:

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CALLING ALL TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS! || Turkey Travel Tour

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY LOVERS!

the very LAST day to sign up for this years tour to TURKEY is JULY 31st, as we need to book the hotels. the cost for the tour is $1225 USD (this does NOT include airfare, travel insurance and visa costs)

all the details for this tour are on the site website—click on the photo posted below—(ie, itinerary and FAQ) and all you need to do is contact me to save your spot. we have only a few spots left!

and you can write it off as education for your business! ;)

email me at tracey@traceylheppner.com to register! :) 

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