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The Photo Week: Witnessing Tiny Miracles in Ecuador

Have you ever had a moment or an experience that shaped your life? Or were you ever surrounded by the worst circumstances that you didn’t know what to do next?

The first time I traveled to Ecuador I was fifteen years old and my mother, who is a Ecuadorian native, took me to see the neighborhood where she grew up. I remember how I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera at the time because I knew that my experience the first trip was special and could never be revisited. The thought kept ringing in my mind that one day I will go back and this time I’ll be prepared. So when William and I decided to travel to Ecuador this year – I was overjoyed!

We didn’t go to a fancy hotel with room service and a private quick access to the beach unlike most tourists on vacation. Instead we traveled along the coast roaming from town to town in a huge jeep engaging with the locals. Through this experience, we came across something incredible and frightening…

We arrived during the last few weeks of March which in Ecuador is the rain season. While traveling from village to village we were completely surrounded by flooded streets and debris. The rain became so hazardous that during our stay, we saw houses completely destroyed and families picking up the pieces of what remained of their home.

documentary photography in ecuador

It was heartbreaking to see families standing on the side of the road waiting for the water to subside. I looked at my husband and said that I could not imagine the devastation they must be feeling. But regardless of the natural disaster, there wasn’t a single frown in sight. In fact the people in these small villages viewed this as an every day occurrence, almost numb to the event and continued working. They possess a strength and unity that I haven’t seen in a very long time and for that, I was able to see the tiny miracles during my trip to Ecuador and how the human spirit can endure more then we think.

(Click on the image below to see the series Milagro)

documentary photography in ecuador

Although this will definitely not be my last trip to South America, I will always keep the memories of Ecuador and the strength of it’s people in my heart. Let me know what defining moment made your change your images on life! Leave a comment below!

Til next time,

Artist vs. Love: How Artists Can Break Your Heart

There comes a time where artists have to make choices.

It can be a number of things: what gallery to choose, where the next job is going to be or what new series to create. We make choices for the better and to live happier. However when it comes to matters of the heart, things can get a little tricky and an artist can loose their way. Which then brings up an important question: The heart or the art? 

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The Photo Week: Why It’s Great To Go Back To The Basics

Most of the work that I have been focusing on is photography related and I absolutely love it!

I really pushed me to use technology since I really love to focus on sketching and painting. I first started my art journey through painting and I developed everything form there. But when it came to photography and using photoshop – that was a huge challenge for me to face. And I’d like to think that I am doing an awesome job (let me know what you think haha!) Continue reading “The Photo Week: Why It’s Great To Go Back To The Basics”

The Photo Week: Top 5 Things You Should Ask Your Photographer BEFORE Your Shoot!

Do you ever have a nervous feeling whenever you are introduced or meet someone new?

I know their are times where I get a little shy when I do meet new people because I never want to come off as rude or disrespectful.

It’s like going into a job interview for the first time – you have no idea who you are going to meet or you’re afraid you are going to trip and fall flat on your face (which has happened to me before haha!). Continue reading “The Photo Week: Top 5 Things You Should Ask Your Photographer BEFORE Your Shoot!”

The Photo Week: The Real Truth About Your Photos

“So, why art?”

I get asked that question a lot! I think almost every artist get asked the same question about the work that they do – the why question. Out of all the things in the world that you could be doing, why did you choose this profession or why this medium of art. And the response that I use to give was “I didn’t really choose it, it chose me.” Continue reading “The Photo Week: The Real Truth About Your Photos”