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    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer. The blog started while I was at photography school in Massachusetts, covers my time working in Florida and Georgia, and chronicles our recent 6 month adventure working with orphans in Thailand. Thanks for visiting!

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Orphanage Photo Class Progress – Our Thailand Home

Paul and I decided to spend 6 months in Thailand to help the Baan Unrak Children’s Home in any way that we could. Since October, we’ve been involved in lots of different projects and tasks here (with varying success) like relief work, sponsorships, fundraising, communications, IT, video-making, teaching, social media, art projects, supervising, etc. But planning and teaching our own Teen Art-Photography Class has really been what makes my heart sing (besides making the little ones giggle, of course). When you’re passionate about something, its such an amazing feeling to be able to share that joy.

After receiving enough used cameras and supplies from several generous sponsors a month ago (thank you, again!), we started the class. We will be teaching it for two more months before we need to leave. The group of 12 students meets twice a week. During the week we meet for an hour and a half for a lesson in the library, and on Sundays we go out for a three or four hours on field trips in the area. The students have trance-like concentration and their faces often light up so beautifully with joy and pride throughout our sessions.

Below are some photos I took of the teens during our past couple of field trips, but what you should really see is their own stunning work on the Baan Unrak facebook page. We have also started an etsy page for them to sell their very best art prints, profits going directly to funds for the young photographers. We hope that you enjoy their work and that you will help spread the word about their etsy shop. Love and peace!

River Day Cuteness – Our Thailand Home

Is it possible to look at these adorable faces without smiling? I don’t think it is! These are some photographs I took over the weekend. Every weekend the volunteers take the Baan Unrak Children’s Home kids on day-trips. Usually we walk to the lake, drive to the buddhist temples, or drive to a nearby river on the Thai-Burma border. As you can see, they absolutely love their river days! This time we were able to rent some inner tubes; for most of them it was their very first time ever using one! They didn’t quite know what to do with them, it was pretty cute. After three months (three more to go) with these kids, they have become so precious to us. I hope these photos bring a smile to your face! I added more to the Baan Unrak Facebook page if you’d like to look. Love and peace.

 

Koh Rong, Cambodia

These are the last photos from our 2-week Cambodian adventure. The island of Koh Rong is now one of my favorite places on earth. Its one of several small islands off of Cambodia’s southern coast. The islands are a bit hard to get to, but most definitely worth the trip. They’re wonderfully undeveloped (for now), equipped simply with small docks, generators and natural-materials bungalows. There were only a few dozen people on the island, so we had whole stretches of beach completely to ourselves. We spent a few days on Koh Rong reading books, playing scrabble, lounging in hammocks and swimming in the warm, clear water. We also made the jungle-trek across the island to an amazing 7km (!) beach. It was a slice of heaven.

All of these photographs were taken by Paul one evening. He has become a fantastic photographer! I have been teaching him how to use Adobe Lightroom and he edited these images as well.

We are still enjoying the simplicity of living and working in Thailand. I will share some photos from our daily life soon. Love and peace.

Orphanage Photo Class + Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

 

Life at Baan Unrak Children’s Home in Thailand has been busy as ever. Paul and I have started our Art Photography Class for the teens! I am so excited about it. Thanks to generous camera donations from donars in the U.S. each of our twelve students has their own camera to use. They’re beaming faces and strong desire to learn are incredible. We have class two times a week; one Tuesday evening and one Sunday field day. I think we will be covering the very basics for awhile. The language barriers are rough, but I can’t wait to see their creative vision develop and to share their unique work. Below is a picture from Paul’s phone of some of our students learning about their cameras in the library yesterday evening!

 

 

Since we have been busy with the class I haven’t had a chance to post more photographs from our visa-run to Cambodia. Here are some photographs from a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap, Cambodia. Paul took four of these six images; I’m crazy about the first one! I hope you enjoy these images.

 

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Hello! Paul and I have returned to Thailand after two weeks of traveling in Cambodia! We went to Cambodia to renew our Thai visas for another three months. We have been working hard at the Baan Unrak Children’s Home these past few months so it was really nice to have a break and experience another beautiful culture. We traveled by bus and had a lot of ground to cover; we had a few long trips including an unpleasant twenty-five hour bus trip back…yikes! We spent most of our time in Siem Reap and on the amazing, tiny island of Koh Rong. Now we’re back to daily life at the Home of Joy and happy to be here with our friends again. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I hope that your New Year will be full of love, joy and many new experiences!

Below are our photographs from three full days spent exploring the Angkor Wat Archeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Seeing the massive temple complexes was awe-inspiring. Angkor Wat is where Tomb Raider was filmed and the main temple is the largest in the world. My favorite temples were the small, remote Wats where the jungle completely overflows into the stonework. We met a lovely gentleman, Ny Yuth while we were there. He was our tuk tuk driver for three days, taught us about the Khmer culture and became our friend. If any of you travel to Cambodia make sure to contact him. I hope you enjoy these images!