In memory of Mari. My best friend who passed away from brain cancer at the young age of 31. She is my angel and I miss her everyday. In her honor, I gave away 100-sunflowers on her birthday this year because that was her favorite flower. I turned Project Mari into a short video you can see here. When deciding where to spread the sunflower joy, I thought of things Mari loved like basketball, beaches, and MAC makeup! This project also shows life in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (where I was living at the time). I tried to capture the essence of the Taiwanese culture and people that brought Project Mari to life!
A maternity photoshoot with Vanessa, my beautiful sister-in-law right in her own backyard! She was radiating that extra pregnant glow so her pictures turned out GORGEOUS!
My brother even came home from work early that day so I had him jump into a few pictures. Their natural chemistry made my job so easy! They loved the photos so much, they asked me to join them at the hospital to capture my nephew's first pictures!!
As you will see he is the cutest little baby EVER (no bias by me at all). It was a special moment for me to capture the authentic deep love radiating from them as they held their newborn baby for the first time!!
Maolin, Taiwan is famous for their aboriginal tribe culture and the largest butterfly migration in the world! We took a trip here with our friends to celebrate my birthday last month. It was such a magical day and I'm so glad I captured it all on camera...
While having lunch, we encountered a friendly aboriginal tribe leader. As you will see in the pictures, he was extremely proud to dress Ryan and I in his tribe's traditional gear. We got to try bamboo rice, which is a bamboo stalk stuffed with sticky rice and then steamed to perfection. You then eat it right out of the bamboo stalk!
On our hike to see the purple butterflies, we were super grossed out by some HUGE spiders. Then a giant grasshopper barely missed us before a man grabbed him just long enough for me to snap some up close and personal photos.
But perhaps the best part of the day was our trip to use the bathroom where the guys actually got challenged by some aboriginal tribe kids to play basketball! An hour later they were completely sweaty and euphoric from the four-on-four game. Sharon and I bonded with some local young girls who were more than happy to pose for a picture. It was truly a magical day!
A 2 day trip with our friends that felt like 2 weeks because of all the fun adventures we had! The finale of the weekend was the famous Dongang Boat Burning in Taiwan that we stayed up all night until dawn to witness.
But besides this epic spectacle, we visited a lighthouse and star gazed on the very southern tip on Taiwan. We went go-carting and paint-balling (My first time, I have the bruises to prove it)! Then I got talked into rolling down a hill in a giant beach ball right before walking through a haunted house.
We saw a beautiful sunset together a we climbed through a rocky beach in search of sea cucumbers. Then ate delicious fresh seafood at a famous fish market. And finally, we did KTV (a private Karaoke room, very BIG in Taiwan)!
In short, it was un unforgettable weekend with my Taiwan family that I will never forget.