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Incredible India

January 13th, 2013 | Personal, Travel, Uncategorized

I came across these files tonight while doing some work. Apparently I had exported these images with the intentions to share them but never did. I don’t even think they have been photoshopped but since here they are and they look pretty decent I figured I should share them.
Maybe one of these days I will get around to posting more.

More of China

May 9th, 2010 | Personal, Travel

These images are from the first couple days we spent in China.

We went to a local market to get some breakfast…. Doesn’t that duck look Yummy??

Travelling buddies

Our first stop was to a Unic cemetery where I took this photo that I love.

Next we went to a temple outside of Beijing. It was so different from what we saw in Cambodia. Had a bit of a Mexican flair to me.

Next we took long winding mountain roads, which made me terribly car sick, to this little village.

I LOVE this photo too

A Taste Of China

May 1st, 2010 | Travel

In case you didn’t know we are in China. If you have emailed or called over the last week and haven’t gotten a response, I apologize. We have limited internet and I cannot check my voicemail from here. I will be home on May3rd and will respond then.

Here are a few pictures from our crazy hike up and down and up and down The Great Wall of China. We didn’t do the one most people do. The one we did took 5-6 hours one way thankfully it was arranged  for a driver picked us up at the end and we didn’t have to hike back. I will write more later


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Cat Hoffman wrote:

I’m in love with that second photo!!

 [ May 3rd, 2010 4:22 am ]

Procrastination….and a Mexican treat

April 1st, 2010 | Personal, Travel, Wedding

I hate hate hate that I am such a procrastinator. So in light of doing better, I am procrastinating on the work I should be doing so that I can bring you some lovely images from The Jose Villa workshop I attended in November that I have procrastinated on posting since then…. Make sense?? wow that sure is a runon sentence, but if you have been reading my blog long that shouldn’t be new to you, I am terrible at grammar and spelling and such get over it 🙂

First off I must give credit where credit is due. These photos were made possible by an amazing team of people:

Jose VillaTEAM Hair and Makeup / Stylist: Matthew Johns /  Location: Hacienda Del Carmen / Jill La Fleur /Jessica Claire / Joel Serrato / Citro Modelos

Attending this workshop was such a great investment for my business and excuse the cheesyness of it but also for my soul. The hacienda was so incredible, so serene and naturally beautiful. I met so many amazing photographers and learned as much from the other workshop attendees as I did from Jose.

From the moment I stepped foot on the grounds of the hacienda I was in awe. Even though it was the middle of the night by the time I got there, and I wanted to PASS out from exhaustion, I wanted to stay up all night and explore that beautiful place! I literally couldn’t believe the grandeur of it. Jose had every detail worked out and it seemed that each day it was better and better. I have to say that one of my favorite things was the the first official night. Jose had arranged for a mariachi band and traditional Mexican dancers to entertain us for hours while we enjoyed hor dourves & drinks. I literally almost cried when they started playing (and I am SERIOUSLY absolutely not… for real not kidding, a big cryer). I could go on and on about what a great time we had, and how much I loved it, but I don’t want to bore you anymore so here are some photos of the Hacienda Del Carmen.

This may have been my favorite spot of the Hacienda. I LOVE the stairs. and the photo to the left is what you got to once you went up the stairs. If I could just put my office up there I would be in heaven…. Well almost heaven, there would need to be an ocean out there too 🙂

This is on the inside of the front porch from the first photo of the post.

By far my favorite picture of the dancers…. And me and the first person I met while in Mexico, Kim Ing

This is my favorite one from the engagement shoot…. i think?….

**Sad that that was the last picture?? No worries, there is a Part II to this post coming soon!

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Becky Griffin wrote:

They look like models.

 [ May 17th, 2010 3:22 pm ]

Angkor Watt & A Cambodian Orphanage

February 9th, 2010 | Personal, Travel

We got up before the crack of dawn to head over to Angkor Watt to watch the sunrise. Did you know it takes the sun a little while to come up? I must have shot 100 pictures that almost look exactly alike, I am sharing one on here. It was a great experience and has even been featured on the travel channel. There were a ton of people there to watch. Much like when we were watching the sunset at the ruins, watching the people was one of my favorite things. I was SOOOOO tired but stayed to walk around for a bit. It was so massive and beautiful. There were so many things I could say about it but I will just post a few pictures for now.

This is actually at the entrance and not the building. Everything about these places are so grand. It isn’t something you can explain, you have to experience it for yourself. I wish I could live a day in the past and know what it was like to walk the halls back then.

Here are a couple of the MANY details I shot while inside. I can’t even imagine how they made such beautiful details without the use of modern tools. The one all the way to the right was actually on the ceiling and that is stone my friends… Not pressed tin.

I was seperated from the group for a while and decided to go find our tuk-tuk drivers. I know I have said it before but these guys were AMAZING. I had walked around for about 15 minutes in a sea of Tuk Tuks when my driver ran across the “parking lot” to get me. While we waited for everyone else these kiddos kept us entertained. We even played a game of hakey sac (sp?) with them and the tuk tuk drivers.

Here is one of my favorite shots from Angor Watt and a photo of the view from inside the Tuk Tuk.

We spent the mid day napping and maybe a little shopping 🙂 We were headed to an orphanage that evening. We had no idea what a treat they had in store for us! We got there and there was a stage set up and kids in costumes. They did some traditional Cambodian dances for us. They were so dedicated and talented! They perform these shows some weekends to raise money. These kids were not oppressed. People have made comments on how sad they thought it would be to visit an orphanage. These kids were so happy. They didn’t cry when we left but they did ask if we were coming back, it broke my heart to say no. They would hug on us and ask us our names and what our jobs were. You could tell that they were in a very loving and nurturing environment. Bobby and Lindsay had visited this orphanage before but they were only in a hut in the jungle and now they are in a brick and mortar building.  I hope to update this blog with contact info for the orphanage so you can get involved or donate to them if you wish.

I double puffy heart LOVE this kid. He is an amazing dancer! So he’s got lots of photos! Seriously the next night we paid money to see a traditional dance and these kids were 100% better than the adult professionals!

The little guy with me in the middle is the dancer behind that monkey mask! That’s Richelle with some puppies (we thought this picture looked like a 2 headed puppy)

Here Megan is with some new friends!

So I am a SLOW blogger…. I picked these photos out to blog a couple weeks ago and I wanted to share a story on what a great mother Lindsay is going to be someday, but now we know that she will be a mom sooner than we thought! Bobby and Lindsay just announced that they are expecting. I couldn’t possibly be happier for them, they are quite possibly the CUTEST couple I have ever met. I’m not kidding! I don’t think I saw Lindsay without a kid in her lap the entire time we were there!

After the formal dancing, the place turned into dance party USA (oops I mean Cambodia). We were all dancing around with the kids. It was so much fun. you could tell they were having the time of thier lives! Here are a few of the boys right before they tackled bobby.

I think Dane got a little lovin from the Giant Puppet thing!  😉 I just love that picture of them dancing for some reason!

Here are the kiddos showing off  for us. They probly could have done this all night. It was such a treat. Bobby put it best when he wrote this on his blog… ”

Visiting an orphanage can be a very emotional event. The temptation for many can be that you feel guilty for going just for a day — almost like you’re using the kids to make yourself feel good. I’m too big of a pragmatist for this. As a group, I’m guessing we left enough money for food for the kids for an entire month. That’s a net gain, in my opinion. As a group, we danced an entire night away with these kids — all of them smiling, laughing, and wrestling their little hearts out. That’s a net gain, again, in my opinion.

So we weren’t miracle workers, I know that. But we got perspective on life, the orphanage got much needed money, and the kids got a fun night of playing. These are all better than not going because you feel bad about not being able to be a bigger help. I’d rather help a little than not at all. It was such a great evening 🙂 ”

Meg wrote:

You captured awesome pictures of the kids and the kids during the dance!

 [ Feb 9th, 2010 3:34 am ]
Bobby Earle wrote:

Wowzers. So many great photos/memories. I freaking love so many of these, Amy!!!

 [ Feb 9th, 2010 1:43 am ]

More of Cambodia

January 19th, 2010 | Personal, Travel

So…. where to start…

All of the temples were insane. It is so hard to believe that a very long time ago there was life here (besides tourist). I can’t wrap my head around what it must have been like to live in those days. These temples are so beautiful.

Thom Bayon – Cambodia

I heard someone say that the faces (they were ALL over this temple) were supposed to be the king and he wanted his face everywhere so that he could watch over his people forever. I don’t know if it is true but it sure sounds good.

This is right inside the gate of this temple. Imagine trying to get away with this riding situation in America!

Here I am during one of Cherish and I’s impromptu photoshoots. I think we were both unaware of the lack of sleep that showed on our faces! LOL seems those photos were all a waste of time. I was able to salvage a few thanks to a little patch tool in photoshop to get rid of the bags under my eyes!

Here I am again with some of the traditional Cambodian dancers

Whatever this foot was attached to had falling off at some point in time. It kindof looks to me like its a hand trying to climb out of a grave… creepy right?

Here is a photo that I took of my brand new handy dandy Shootsac that I won at the Jose Villa workshop that I attended before I went to Thailand! I cannot wait to blog that stuff too, but have vowed to finish this first. The shootsac has completely changed the way I shoot. I was more if a one lense shooter before I got this.I could go on and on, but if you are a photographer or a amateur and you don’t have one… get one! They are worth every penny!

After we visited this temple, Bobby (you can read more about our trip on his blog) asked our Tuk Tuk drivers to stop whenever we saw any wild monkeys. This was my favorite experience of the trip! If you didn’t check out the video trailer of our trip do so here and watch a monkey sneak some fruit off my head (i think it is around the 2 minute 38 sec mark).

This little guy was with his mom and a couple other kids selling fruit to pesky tourist like us. I think I bought all of the green fruit you see below that he had.

Here are a couple pics of me stolen from Bobby’s blog

Let me just preface this by saying that these are not tamed monkey’s, this is not at a zoo. These animals are wild and on side of the road. It would be same as stopping on side the road and hanging out with some squirrels here in the states (closest thing I could come up with at 2am… its a lame metaphor I know) (wait… is that a metaphor?)

Anyway…. Everyone was feeding the monkeys and of course they will hiss at you and you can see those teeth. And its a little scary. But I coaxed a few to get on me. There were prob about 50 monkeys at least and also a giant boar that actually frightened alot of the monkeys back into the trees. At one point I think I had 3 monkeys on me. I know that it may sound stupid to most of you, but it was SOOOOO awesome! I can’t explain it really! I am an animal lover. My friend Claire said her husband saw her on my Facebook page and this next photo was my profile pic and he said “Tell me she didn’t get a monkey… She got a monkey didn’t she?” It’s the joke around town that we have a zoo, and I am okay with that 🙂

I would live right there on that street just to relax and hang out with the monkeys all day… If you would all agree to send me like $5 a day for the rest of my life I think I might could afford to do that 🙂 not too much opportunity to make money there.

LOVE those mohawks!

Given my recent Dentist bill for my kids I am printing this up and hanging it in the bathroom!!!!

This was my favorite temple, Ta Prohm. The movie Tomb Raiders with Angelina Jolie was filmed here. It was magical.

I became obsessed with these spindles (on the right), I guess that is what you would call them. I think I photographed every one there was at this temple for a project that I thought of while I was there.

Here are Erika and (blogless) Erin at Ta Prohm.

Here is a heard of Tuk Tuk’s waiting for their passengers. Someone compared them to a heard of wildebeest cooling off under a shade tree. And who could blame them it was SOOOOOO HOT that day. They basically drop you off and wait for you, and for only $15/day! It’s crazy!

Kim Ing wrote:

Hey Amy!!! Amazing trip and images! What a dream! Cambodia has been top of my list for ages…

 [ Jan 29th, 2010 3:32 pm ]
Kim Charlet wrote:

OH AMY!!! I want to be there! I want to escape America and eat raw foods, play with the monkeys, and ride on the Honda! Of course, all with my family!

 [ Jan 19th, 2010 7:35 pm ]
Meg wrote:

I stayed up to read this! Love that you’re posting, Amy!

 [ Jan 19th, 2010 2:56 am ]

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