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Chris Cusick Photography

Photo Credit: Chris Cusick Photography

By Courtney Ridgel

We are very excited to send our guests to our photographer partner, Chris Cusick, who is based out of Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Chris has been living and working in Cambodia since 2014, and when he isn’t working with guests, he is scouting out new locations and expanding his expert knowledge of the area.

The Angkor Temples are so intriguing and beautiful that around 2.1 million people visit them each year.   As many travelers discover, sometimes a series of selfies don’t do justice to the real thing.  If you’d like better mementos, we recommend adding Chris’s photo shoot services to your tour.  As your guide shows you through the temples, explaining their history, Chris will tag along and quietly take some incredible shots of you surrounded by ancient and spectacular monuments and carvings.  We especially recommend these photos for families and couples, to preserve your memories of your time in this incredible place.

For our guests who love to spend time behind the camera instead, a full day or half day with Chris can be the perfect addition to your tour.  Chris specializes in travel photography, photography workshops and showing guests the best angles and shots in the temples of Angkor.  He has worked with photographers of all skill levels, so he can easily adjust to your needs – whether you want to learn your way around the camera, you want a workshop to improve your technique, or if you simply want someone to point out those unique shots and views to capture the essence of Cambodia and Angkor.

Photo Credit: Chris Cusick Photography

We are so excited to be working with Chris and we love his work!  If either option listed above interests you, be sure to mention it to your tour consultant.  In addition to his website, you can find more of Chris’s travel photography work on Instagram at chriscusickphoto, or on his Facebook page.

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Markets of Myanmar: A photo essay

Words and photos by Edna Kornberg

Fruit seller
Many exotic fruits are available.

The best way to know a country is through its people. Visiting the daily markets that each town has opens worlds. Myanmar was no exception.

Everything is sold from all types of foods (some of which Westerners would find extremely exotic, like fried ants!) to the basic vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. Colorful spices abound as well as a multitude of grains.

friend ants
Ready for a snack? How about some friend ants?

You could furnish a gourmet kitchen from all types and sizes of pots and pans, utensils, silverware, and drinkware.

The people (sellers as well as buyers) interact with each other as well as with the tourists which makes this a first class social event as well. It is a way of life that has been going on for decades even centuries.

The color and spirit and the din of everyone talking at the same time is infectious. The friendliness, warmth and humility of these people is contagious and so inviting.

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How to incorporate your travel photos into your home décor

By Virginia Munsterman of Aspen Leaf Interiors

You’ve just arrived home from a fantastic vacation and your camera’s memory card is positively brimming with photos. If you’re like most people, you might post a few on a social networking site and upload the rest to the cloud or Dropbox, where they’ll more than likely sit unseen indefinitely.

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Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho, Flickr

It’s easy for these images to be uploaded and forgotten, but in fact there really is no reason why these photos should not become a part of your home decor.

Perhaps the most important piece of advice for incorporating travel photos into a space is to focus on some element of congruity. When a similar element is repeated throughout a set of photographs, it pulls them together. And rather than having a disjointed array of images on your wall, the photos appear crafted into a tasteful collection.

Here a few ideas for finding congruity amongst your photographs:

Focus on a common color
You’ll always be able to find a background with some blues or yellows or pinks in your travels. Pick a color that you’re fond of or one that you’ll find often on your trip and turn that into a point of commonality. (See the photo above for a great example of color tying all the photos together.)

Black and white or sepia
If the color isn’t an option for you, another way to bring your photos together is to print them in Sepia tones or Black and White. This way, the visual chaos that can come from too many colors is removed, and what you’re left with is a pleasing, calm series of photos that draws your eye inward.

Framed !
Photo by Craig Sunter, Flickr

Print a variety of sizes of photos and don’t be afraid to mix up the frames to add interest. But again, focus on keeping a sense of congruity through these images, whether through color or theme.

Hallway - After
Photo by Kathleen, Flickr

Pick one, and make it a good one
The last and best piece of advice for travel photography is a bit more complicated, but results in a lovely arrangement. It requires a bit of planning beforehand:

  • Choose your composition: Before your trip, practice taking photographs using a certain specific composition of your choosing.
  • Take your photo carefully: Locate a striking scene on your trip and utilize your composition style. (Make an effort to ensure that the photograph is ideal – everyone’s eyes are open, the exposure is good, the composition is appealing and the photo is taken on your camera’s highest quality setting.)
  • Choose wisely: Pick a single image from each trip that has this similar composition.

Once you have enough of these photos, you can create a collage that highlights each image without feeling overwhelmed.

My Life In Pictures - 10th Nov, 6pm
Photo by Kris Williams, Flickr

About Aspen Leaf Interiors
Aspen Leaf Interiors is a full-service interior design firm with over 15 years of experience designing luxury residences in Lake Tahoe and Northern California. Our creativity, coupled with collaboration, puts our award-winning design team at the leading edge of exceptional interior design. Our style is influenced by architecture, as a firm believer that the structure and program will hint at what it wants to become. The inspiration for the different solutions we use in design comes from collaboration with the design team, traveling and exploration of arts and all forms of design.

We believe in designing spaces that reflect the lives of the people who will live in them. We are driven to create extraordinary designs that are personal and distinct, environments that inspire and delight you with detail, and rooms that envelop you in luxury and beauty. In our firm, we value showing up every day inspired and full of ideas, ready to explore and expand our resources, and eager to create unique design solutions for each challenge. We believe in listening closely to the client’s requirements, and then listening to the structure and programming, looking for hints at what it wants to become.Read more »

Festival Photos in Laos – vote for your favorite!

By Nicole Long

Below are some photos taken of a few festivals in Laos that I have captured over the last few years. They are just a few chosen ones that don’t show you too much (don’t want to give it all away)!  I wanted you to vote and choose which one you liked the most out of the bunch. The photo to receive the most votes will be the subject of my next blog posting. Enjoy and post your vote in the comments!

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