The Dance of the Samburu Tribe

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The young girls from the Samburu Tribe whisper to each other, their hands cupped over their mouths in playful secrecy. I can’t help but laugh to myself; it’s funny how some things are so universal. The scene reminds me of my high-school days, my friends and I giggling over my latest crush. A few feet […]

Stop Neck and Shoulder Pain from Sitting at Your Computer

I nearly went bonkers with neck and shoulder pain from sitting at my computer. Whether traveling or at my local coffee shop, hours spent with my head tilting downwards to read the screen screwed with my body. Then I bought The Roost, a collapsible, nearly weightless, travel-friendly laptop stand. (This post is not sponsored) and […]

A Helpful List of Havana Do’s and Don’ts

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Updated January 2020 Visiting Cuba is an exciting adventure with Havana at the center of the country’s urban community. The city is a wildly photogenic destination with a remarkable history and welcoming locals. But before you hop on a plan check out my list of Do’s and Don’ts, you be glad you did. UPDATE: The […]

DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

How to Make My Super Easy, Ridiculously Cheap, DSLR Rain Cover

Do you need to buy an expensive camera rain cover? I don’t think so. Make you’re own. I posted a photo-essay about shooting portraits in the rain in Bejucal, Cuba. I mentioned a DIY DSLR rain cover I made with a plastic bag, which led to some inquiries from readers asking how they could make […]

The Gift of a Cuban Serenade

Paolo serenading me in Havana, Cuba

It’s already been a pretty wonderful day. In the morning I’d met Maria Theresa, a local woman who invited me and my fellow photographers, four complete strangers, into her home. She was kind and sweet and had made a huge impact on us all. Hours later, I am sightseeing on my own, walking at my […]

At Home in Cuba with Maria Therésa

Photographing Maria Theresa in her apartment in Havana Cuba

Eduardo, the young Cuban photographer guiding our merry band of five is shouting at the sky behind me in Spanish. Seconds later, a set of keys drop into his hands. He smiles. “She’s inviting us into her home. Do you want to go?” I look up but the “she” he’s speaking of has already disappeared […]

Cuba Photography: Exploring Havana with Santa Fé Photographic Workshops

Front facade of a colorful home in Havana

For the avid traveler and photographer, photographing Cuba and its people is the definitions of an embarrassment of riches. It’s visually compelling and the source of 24/7 inspiration far beyond the brightly colored buildings, decaying facades, and a seemingly inexhaustible fleet of vintage automobiles. Cuba’s challenging history and complicated present should not be ignored, and […]

Two Kenya Safari Lodges with Spectacular Views

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There are beach people and there are mountain people and I am most definitely the latter. There’s something inherently peaceful about looking at the countryside from above. Serenity washes over me as if the worries of the day are exhaled along with my breath. I’ve always been drawn to the clouds. So it’s not too […]

Soul of the Elephant: An Extraordinary Film by Dereck and Beverly Joubert

Nature: Soul of the Elephant

Motionless, the water sparkles in dappled patterns where the sun strikes the surface. Ever so slowly, it begins to shift and separate. I watch, riveted to the screen. The music swells and a massive black head breaks through the spray. First, a giant ear, a web of shallow veins catching the light, then a rounded […]