Category Archives: Travel

Travel Diary | Rome, Athens and Ephesus, Part One

Back in July Robbie had the unforgettable experience of traveling to Rome, Athens and Ephesus all in the span of two weeks. Here is a little bit of the essence of our travels, part one. The below chronicle our time in Rome and the beautiful town of Taormina in Sicily, Italy. Stay tuned for Part 2 is coming very soon.

Spanish Steps

The Pantheon

The Vatican, St. Peter’s Cathedral

St. Peter’s Square

Messina, Sicily

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Kusadasi Port, Turkey

Ephesus – The streets were made of marble.

The library and ancient theatre in Ephesus

Ruins of St. John’s Cathedral

St. Mary’s Home and the Wailing Wall.

At the Turkish rug shop.

 

Travel Diary | Phuket, Thailand, Part Deux

So I am finally getting these Phuket photos out of the coop two years later from our original trip’s date. I am a stickler for organization so I couldn’t get past posting this summer’s Italy photos before getting these out (more on those to come in the next few weeks!) If you’re here for the people pictures, fear not, I have an engagement session, a family session (grab me now while my schedule is still free to get your Christmas photos!), and a gorgeous rustic Fillmore wedding lined up in the next few weeks!

Two years and 27 days ago we set off for Thailand on a 14 day adventure to celebrate our honeymoon on different soil. Instead of Europe, we chose Asia because of our love for the southeast. Highlights from Part Deux of the trip include the Phi Phi Islands, Phang Gna Bay and a floating Muslim fishing village which was featured two seasons ago on a Robbie and Maritha favorite, The Amazing Race. To get around to the bay, we had to hire a local fisherman to give us a grand tour on his long-tailed boat. Though the day out on the water of Phang Gna bay was slightly cloudy and overcast, I just still can’t believe a lot of things like… how beautiful the water was, that I was really there, and that I got to swim in the Andaman sea! Part Deux of our travelling adventures off the Andaman coast ensue…

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Out and About

I am currently out and about having a feast for the eyes in Europe…Italy to be exact. This morning I awoke at 2am to the unforgettable noise of a 15-20 car Italian wedding caravan honking like there was no tomorrow outside of the Rome Cavalieri…not to mention the room across from us ended up being their honeymoon suite, so you can imagine all of the hullaballoo outside of our door. It’s local tradition in Italy for the bride and groom to be followed back to their honeymoon suite in like fashion, but unfortunately for me I did not bring earplugs like Robbie so wisely did. (He’s still asleep!) Most people know that I am the better sleeper of the two of us (I can fall asleep at pretty much any time of the day), so for me to be the one awake is an irritating miracle – ha!  My medicine? Elizabeth Bedford’s voice, worship, a good view of Rome, and photo editing land…It’s around 6AM and since I couldn’t go back to sleep I just wanted to share a piece of my medicine from the jetlag – one of my favorites. One taken from our room’s balcony this morning, the other taken while taking a stop at the best (no lie) gelato place in Rome yesterday, the La Gelateria Frigidarium.

….beautiful Italian windows aren’t they? Off to Greece and Turkey next. I shall be back soon to share the goods! Now to see if I can get the husband out of bed for 7AM break-y hehe…

Travel Diary. Phuket, Thailand. Part One

I have always had a love of the tropical, Asia and of travel so when it came time for picking our honeymoon destination (which – yes – was over a year ago), naturally my choice was Phuket, Thailand. Being the adventurers we are, without hesitation we made our way to the south of the island and up to the mainland. Places like Phuket Town, Karon Beach, Patong, Phi Phi Islands, Phang Gna Bay and Laem Singh Beach were some of the places we made an effort to stop off at. A few highlights of the trip were paying $3 for the best Seafood Pad Thai we have ever had in our lives from a vendor off the street in Patong, striking a deal with a local muslim fisherman to give us a ride in his long-tailed boat, also known as a Ruea Hang Yao, and snorkeling in the most gorgeous see-through azure waters that can’t be beat.

I am happy to announce that, as promised (though long over due), here is Part 1/2 of my Phuket, Thailand photograph series. Editing these was a slightly rewarding and testing journey. I have spent much time editing these pictures and then starting all over again…kind of like making a canvas painting, then painting over it with new acrylic multiple times…until finally they were just right for the story I wanted to tell. Photography is a never ending journey of exploration, depth and feeling and that is what I love so much about it. All of these photos were taken before I ever had any fancy  lenses (the best one in my possession was dropped in France!). A measley 10d, stock lens and 12-24mm wide angle with a horrible f-stop. I regret I did not have anything better to capture the places I will probably never visit again in my life, but so rewarded that these were a product of my ‘humble’ beginnings. Happy photo looking!

Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Phuket Thailand Travel Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

More of the Thailand trip, unplugged in coming weeks. Come back next week for an incredibly romantic engagement shoot under a beautiful bridge!

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Travel Diaries | 7 Days in Hawaii

Happy 2012! Okay, I rarely do 2 posts in one week. But this week a miracle happened and somehow you’re seeing this post up. I know you’ve all been waiting for these babies…so eat ’em up, they’re here to stay. Over the holidays, Robbie and I had the chance to go to our home away from home…the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a family tradition my family has had since I was 13. My grandma being born and raised here, my father making frequent visits there as a child, and our love of paradise all just contribute to the fact that it’s been our natural instinct to stay knitted to this place. This year I was particularly excited to show Robbie my typical stomping grounds on the west side of Oahu — Ko’Olina where the view is beautiful and the breeze is warm.

I guess you could say that my New Year’s Resolutions for photography are existent, few and far between. But I did make them this year. #1 is to keep up an ongoing inspiration and style board describing my photographic voice, style and what I’m aiming for…made possible via my account with Pinterest…coming all too soon. #2 is to slow down my shooting pace and take cleaner, clearer shots. It’s the first one I’m really excited about. But together the two will prove to be a powerful force. I guess my trip to Hawaii was a good beginning for some of these inspirations and moods.

Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography

And of course there’s no escaping a trip to Leonard Jr’s Hot Malasadas, a food truck off the side of the road in Aiea where they make it live and fresh. This is the second location they’ve got and from what I’ve heard from my aunt, they are a lot fresher here. If you’ve ever watched Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate”, you’re probably familiar. Malasadas are a portuguese ethnic treat which remind me of donuts. Topped with plain sugar or cinnamon, they can be filled with chocolate, coconut, or nothing if that’s the way you like it. It all started in a hole-in-the-wall bake shop in Kahahulu in 1952. Today the tradition holds strong and they are served as an exotic desert in many fine restaurants. You can bet that the ones we scraped up were hot tasty morsels that melted in our mouths.

Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Hawaii Lifestyle Photography by Maritha Mae Photography
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time. :)