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victoria & cardo - reception || second shooting with Pilar Tuason

The third installment of Victoria and Cardo’s wedding will be their lovely reception! Held at the Blue Leaf Pavillion in McKinley Hill,  near the Fort, it was the perfect background for this lovely affair… Enjoy their celebration!

xotracey

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Victoria & Cardo - the portraits || second shooting with Pilar Tuason

the fourth and final installment of victoria and cardo’s lovely wedding.

we had a good lot of time to take their bridal portraits. and the venues were divine - outside san antonio church in forbes park, makati and then at the home of cardo’s parents, also forbes park.

these two are simply stunning! and you can see their adoration of each other in their photos. so awesome to photograph couples like this!

enjoy!

xotracey

 

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PUGLIA, ITALY - Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2013 || why you should come :)

so i decided to scout out the interwebs and give you a list of all the REMARKABLE reasons WHY you should come to PUGLIA, ITALY this coming OCTOBER 2013.

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taken from LONELY PLANET:

Puglia is sun-bleached landscapes, seascapes and silver olive groves; hilltop and coastal towns; factories and power stations; taranta (mesmerising local folk music); fields polka-dotted with spring flowers; cigarette- and people-smuggling; elderly men on benches and bicycles; elderly women on string chairs outside their houses; summer carnivals; immigrants arriving by boat; and dialects that change from town to town.

that sounds fantastical! talk about experiencing ITALIAN culture!! let’s read on…

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Italy’s heel has the country’s longest coastline – 800km of it. Two seas meet here: the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian to the south. It’s legendary for its foodstuffs, in a land where food is all-important. The region looks out to sea and bears the marks of many invading overseas visitors: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Puglia feels authentic – in some places it’s rare to hear a foreign voice. In July and August it becomes a huge party, with thousands of Italian tourists heading down here for their annual break.

Italy’s heel has the country’s longest coastline – 800km of it. Two seas meet here: the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian to the south. It’s legendary for its foodstuffs, in a land where food is all-important. The region looks out to sea and bears the marks of many invading overseas visitors: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Puglia feels authentic – in some places it’s rare to hear a foreign voice.

ok seriously?? is this place for real???

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then i headed over to an article posted in the UK’s TELEGRAPH:

…you’ll find yourself among the huge olive groves (Puglia produces almost half of all Italy’s olive oil) that cover low, fertile hills rolling down into the sparkling blue-green Adriatic Sea. On a clear day you can see across to Albania.

Wine lovers will enjoy tasting the local grapes - the region was once known as “the wine cellar of Europe”. Castel del Monte is produced in the north, and in the south, full-bodied reds such as Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are popular. The local whites are lighter and include those from Locorotondo and Martina Franca.  

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The empty beaches provide serious chilling space. There is shale rather than sand underfoot, but the water is clear and warm. Private beach clubs abound along the coast, and some will let you join for a day to take advantage of their sunbeds, cafés and showers.  

Puglian cuisine is a happy revelation: dig into the simply cooked fresh produce - including an abundance of seafood - and try the local pasta, orecchiette (which means little ears).  
 

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from my own personal EXPERIENCE, olive oil tasting is RIGHT up there with wine tasting - for reals…fresh bruscetta and olive oil, with wine?? come on! this very well could be HEAVEN ON EARTH here people!!


ciao!

xotracey

 

all photos courtesty of max brunelli :)

next stop: INDIA

in just 2 days i will be getting on a plane and heading for INDIA.

it will be my first time in india. and the primary focus of the trip is NOT for travel pleasure. no infact it is to “scout” some land and building that was given to my inlaws, the founders of Gentle Hands here in Manila, to start a new work in India, a Gentle Hands India.

using my skills as documentary photographer, i will be going with one primary goal - to photograph everything about everything. :)

i am bringing but a small bag and my little backpack will house my camera and 2 lenses. it will be my “lightest” trip yet - i’m kinda excited about that!

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so i will have a few blogs scheduled while i’m gone. but if you would like to see my instagram feed which i will keep up to date while in india, my IG handle is, none other than, traceylheppner.

namaste!

xotracey

 

victoria & cardo - ceremony || second shooting with Pilar Tuason

 

today’s post will be the 2nd installment of the lovely wedding of victoria and cardo - their beautiful ceremony at san antonio church in forbes park, makati.

enjoy!

xo tracey

 

 

 

 

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victoria & cardo - getting ready || second shooting with Pilar Tuason

since july was the last wedding of my photographic career that i primary shot, i have had the pleasure of still second shooting with good friend and amazing photographer here in the philippines, pilar tuason, which has kept me happy with being able to still photograph love.. :)

this was a wedding i shot with pilar in the fall…gorgeous couple…gorgeous wedding…and gorgeous family. a few of my photos…pilar’s second set of eyes.. :)

today’s post will be featuring the getting ready shots…enjoy. :)

xotracey

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cardo’s mom designed victoria’s ring..gorgeous hey?!! :)

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wild flour cafe & bakery || an OLIVE MAGAZINE PHILIPPINES feature

like i mentioned in my previous post, its super fun to be able to shoot food features! this feature was a review of a new restaurant in bonifacio global city that is only less than 6 months old. wild flour is a very quaint and lovely place and the food was super yummy!! i had the pleasure of meeting celebrity chef here in manila, sandy daza as well, who was one of the reviewers. :)

here’s some outtake photos of the feature…

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mamou, too! || an OLIVE MAGAZINE PHILIPPINES feature

i love shooting editorial type stuff…especially when it’s food!

when i was asked if i could shoot for an article for OLIVE MAGAZINE philippines for their STEAK issue, i said i’d be happy to. and what was even cooler - my husband was going to be writing the article! fun, no?

here’s some of the extra photos from that day we ate at MAMOU, TOO! in rockwell, makati. 

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and then a few shots of the actual magazine article… :) {taken with my iphone 4!}

the cover..see? steak..carnage!! :) 

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and there’s lover and i! :) :)

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our article is featured in “meat chronicles”.. 

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and tada!! :)))) (but dont read too close - his last paragraph got cut off during the editing process. :(((( he was really bummed about that. if you want to read the ENTIRE article, email me - he closed the article so well..too bad the greater public wasn’t able to read it how it was intended!

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i’ll feature my other OLIVE MAGAZINE Philippines article next post!

xotracey

satisfying your palette in istanbul || turkey tours

with a new TURKEY tour announced on my Follow Your Heart Tours site, and the fact that i have NOT blogged about my turkey trip, except for it being published in Lonely Planet Philippines magazine, i decided today was as good a day than any to start showing the world how AMAZING turkey really is, if you didn’t know. :)

this post is going to showcase all the yummy food that i DID actually partake of in istanbul, during my 8 day stay in turkey.

let us begin our culinary tour thru istanbul…. :)

one thing that was very helpful while in istanbul was this chain cafe, simit sarayi, open all the time. they have pretty decent turkish coffee and pastries in a bind!

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i also loved seeing bright and early in the morning the bread being made and ready for delivery…

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then of course, there is the street food. so much goodness! everything from pretzels to freshly squeezed juices..and they seem to be everywhere which is great if you suddenly are overcome with hunger pangs!


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chesnuts..

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and corn…

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and mobile stores that make sandwiches and sell drinks of all sorts…

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then there is the pommegranete juice….

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are you salivating yet? good! now we’re gonna head into a few sit-down type restaurants that make some seriously AMAZING home-cooked type turkish food…

 buhara 93 - DELISH food…and right near the HIPPODROME in old istanbul…definitely amazing..the stew-type mains.. the flat breads…the fresh salads..the little baklava…and the turkish tea.. mmmmmmmm… :)

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even the hotels where we stayed had really great spreads in their in-house restaurant buffets…not gonna lie - i MOWED on the feta cheese… :) 

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when you go down to the fish district, you not only see the markets where the fish is buyed, but you see many many fish restaurants to choose from!

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don’t have time to sit down? you can always hop into a “corner store” there and find familiar items to tie you over til you can. because sitting down for meals in turkey is all part of the culture and you get to take in your surroundings and do and see what the locals do. :) 

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and of course..there is ALWAYS room for dessert - ESPECIALLY turkish delight and baklava!!! :)

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thanks for eating with me in istanbul…the next post will feature foods from capadoccia and izmir! :)

xotracey

ps - dont forget to check out FOLLOW YOUR HEART TOURS website… :)

to rome, with love - travel photographer

anyone who knows me even a WEE bit know i LOVE italy.

i have only stayed 6 hours in rome, though, if you can imagine! but i took as many photos of rome as my 5D could take, let me tell you.

here is 6 hours in rome through my lens…

xotracey

 me, driving into roma and seeing roma first by car…

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the old wall that rome was built inside of…cool. :)

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for the record - i went to HARRY’S BAR in venice a few days prior..thats why the shot :)

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there is something about the italian flag that makes my heart flutter.. :)

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the INFAMOUS colleseum…. *swoon*

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this is me saying goodbye to my amazing italian friends who are now family, max and cristiana…soon friends, we will meet again!!  

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next was our little hotel we stayed and it’s hood”…our place was Casa Cleo…quaint and simple. exactly what one needs for a quick stop over in roma! :) the old elevator was sketchy..so i took the stairs.. :)

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this was at the end of my FOLLOW YOUR HEART…to ITALY tour in 2010 so my parents and the rest of the ladies were with us in rome and then going our seperate ways… we decided to have a bite to eat in our neighborhood…

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and then began the photo wandering…like seriously..photo wandering in rome. no big deal. ;)

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first sight we saw - the collesium during the day. boy was it ever grand!20101106_IT-0040.jpg

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oh hi! :)

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i know i know…so many photos… but it was THAT amazing!!! :)

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we then made our way to the ruins, the roman forum… WOW…as in. :)


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then we walked about an area i have NO clue what it was…wait..let me look on a map…i’ll be right back…………………………………………………..Monument of the Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome! it was really awesome around there… :)

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then we went back towards the colleseum to get some night shots…but first night shots around the roman forum!

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and then…we saw her from the distance..standing so tall…and so beautiful….

 

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ok and onwards we went! we  had things to see! we had the trevi fountain and the pantheon on our list yet…off on foot we set thru the streets of rome… i HEART wandering!!!!!!

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to be able to describe what i saw as i turned the corner to see trevi fountain is hard to do…the amount of people around this MASSIVE fountain was overwhelming!! and yes, i remembered to throw a coin in it - i will be back to italy! :)

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and then onwards we went…to find the pantheon! we found other beautiful places along the way…

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i’m not sure why exactly but i was looking forward to see the pantheon the most…it was like a first date sort of feeling in my stomach…i was suuuuuuuuuuuper excited! maybe cuz it’s the oldest standing building inthe world?!? anyhow… the moment i saw her, i literally had to sit and take it all in before i began shooting her… <3 she was even lovely with the scaffolding on the one side..however it was a little more difficult to get a “winning shot” of her. i guess i shall go back ;)

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the piazza or square where she lives..

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by this time, all the walking made us pretty tired but mostly hungry…to find food was next on the list…

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an incredible mother teresa display…it reminded me of my sisterinlaw so i had to shoot it…thinking of her, even in italy <3

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our map of where we went in 6 hours… :)

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and of course….caprese!

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this was the amazing group of us who experienced italy together, all for the very first time. i love these peeps…forever and for always! :)  

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oh! and who can go to rome and not come home with souvenirs? ;)

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love what you see? come with me this coming APRIL to italy! details here! FOLLOW YOUR HEART blog