Category Archives: NORTH AMERICA

Postcards: Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry BlossomsYesterday, at the invitation of a visiting friend who is new to Washington DC area, I braved the crowds and witnessed the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom. The chance of this happening, by the way, is one in four–according to our excellent guide from Washington Walks. Whether you’re new to the area or not, I highly recommend them for some great local tips and insight into this city (including what not to miss at the various Smithsonian museums).

It didn’t take much arm twisting to get me out there. I was looking forward to taking a break from my heavy workload as I prepare for my upcoming trip to New Zealand (more on that soon). Besides that, I was inspired the day before by National Geographic Traveler’s live, virtual photo workshop and Google Hangout with Dan Westergren, on how to shoot the cherry blossoms.

Below are some photos from our afternoon, from catching a few minutes of the Cherry Blossom Festival parade to strolling the tidal >> Continue reading »

Postcards: My First Attempt at Wedding Photography


This is the first wedding post on my blog. That’s the beauty of travel and photography–you never know what you’re capturing next.

And the fact that it was my brother’s nuptials makes this entry all the more special.

Bride and groom asked me to capture a few pre-ceremony photos and their first moments of seeing each other before the walk down the aisle. More couples are opting for a “reveal” these days–meeting in private and getting a few photos taken pre-ceremony. It gives them the chance to have quality time together before their big day launches, and to have more intimate photos before having to share the next 12 hours with giddy friends and family. And I imagine it >> Continue reading »