A bit of a different sort of blog for you today folks, one I hope you will enjoy!
In February I took a spontaneous trip to somewhere very far from home and had the most wonderful adventure. As a girl who has travelled very little in my 28 years, this was a huge deal to me. My first time in Asia, first time backpacking, and most of all my first real chance to do some serious travel photography.
A bit of context for you - why Nepal? Well, my partner Simon, was born in Dharan and grew up in Pokhara. His Father was the recruiting officer for the British Ghurkas, and so he enjoyed a blissful wild childhood in the Himalayas. Pretty cool eh? He talks about Nepal ALL . THE . TIME so it was only fitting that we pop over for a couple of weeks so I could finally see this magical place that shaped him so much.
Nepal is a stunning country. Aside from the majestic snow-capped mountains that we all know and love which absolutely dominate the sky, the landscape holds endless visual delights unlike anything I've have ever seen in the flesh. Pink Rhododendrons on a misty hillside, emerald green paddy fields, turquoise rivers and lakes, banana trees and bamboo everywhere, and ancient twisty moss covered forests that make you feel like you're walking through the set of The Jungle Book. It was truly magic.
The capital Kathmandu is a level of bonkers that I wasn't expecting, but the pockets of peace are worth seeking out. I was struck by just how harmoniously Buddhism and Hinduism live alongside each other in such a chaotic environment, and visiting Boudhanath and Pashupatinath temples (the two most sacred temples in Nepal) was a real eye opener for the senses, as well as a treat for the photographers eye.
But my favourite thing to photograph (exactly the same as in my work at weddings) was the people. I had really hoped I would have a few opportunities to shoot portraits of the beautiful Nepalese, and I was truly spoilt for choice. It seemed that round every corner there would be somebody interesting doing something unusual that I simply had to capture. They are such a welcoming, friendly and loving people and I feel privileged to have spent even a short amount of time getting to know some of them and learning about their extraordinary culture.
I would recommend a trip to Nepal to anyone who has a taste for adventure. You wont be disappointed!
Here are just a few of my favourite photographs of the wonderful people and places we saw.
If anyone would like to know more about travelling to beautiful Nepal, Simon and I would be delighted to give you some tips. Alternatively we highly recommend visiting the amazing blog Global Help Swap for great travel advice.
For the geeks: All images shot using a Canon 600D cropped sensor camera with either a Sigma 10-20mm or Sigma Art 35mm lens and edited in Lightroom.