Maya Designs // Pokhara, Nepal

In the wee crack of dawn, few people roam the streets of Ranipauwa. Housewives sweep their homes as fathers and children remain asleep, stray dogs bark like no other and cocks crow to wake the day. During my recent November stay in Pokhara, I had the awesome chance one early morning to shoot photos for my friend Shonnie and her recently launched jewelry and accessories website, Maya Designs (in Nepali, “Love Designs”). Funds are dedicated towards the lives of exploited Nepali women to help them rise above poverty. I had an amazing time capturing some of the winter best from their fresh hand-made designs.

Shonnie is probably one of the coolest, most courageous women I have ever met. Our meeting was almost pure happenstance and the shoot one of my richest in recent memory. Maya Designs’ Nepali made goods available at

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