Tearsheets | Bai Tu Long Bay

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A few months back I got to take a trip with a good friend and writer for Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia to Bai Tu Long Bay in northern Vietnam. Which is basically a lot like its really famous big brother Ha Long Bay, just a little smaller and slightly more out of the way. Same karst landscapes, same lime green waters, and unfortunately, at times, the same pollution problems the bigger bay has, apparently due to the international shipping lanes just beyond. Though if you can just look past the (maybe more than occasional) trash floating on by, it really is a majestic and awe-inspiring landscape. Highly recommended for a few nights of peaceful respite. Here’s the tearsheet and a few outtakes that didn’t make it into the story. Enjoy!

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NYT | Chinese Tourism in Vietnam

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A few weeks back, I shot a really interesting story with Mike Ives (among the top writers in this region in my opinion) about the drop offs in Chinese tourism in central Vietnam. We spent a few days in Danang speaking with tourism officials, hotel managers, and the handful of Chinese businessmen we could find. What was just a few months ago a city with a heavy reliance on tours from all over China, has now seen nearly 100% of those tours cancel, and hotels are reeling and travel agencies are wondering what the future holds. And I’m wasting my time writing anything about it, when really you should just be reading the article (and watching the slideshow): China Tensions Choke Off Tourism to Vietnam.

Snapshot | Tokyo, Japan

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I’m currently working in Tokyo, Japan, and had some free time to wander around the Shibuya crossing area with my Fuji X-Pro1. Nothing industry-shifting, just a few snapshots while I waited to meet up with friends for the night. I love the Fuji camera for carrying around when I’m traveling and not actively on assignment–light, lithe, and likely as not to get a good shot on the go. And it fits oh so well over your shoulder.

Fashion Photography | Sula AW2014

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Last month I traveled to Mai Chau, in the northern mountains of Vietnam, to shoot Sula Clothing’s new AW2014 collection. I’ve worked with the boutique design house for over two years now, and each shoot is a chance to experiment more and take more chances. Sula remains one of my favorite clients, and I really can’t say enough good things about them. I love their clothes, and Alison, the owner and designer, has always granted me an almost limitless freedom to do what I will on each photoshoot. The images here stood out for me for whatever reasons. For those interested, you can check out the website–and buy Sula’s beautiful boutique designer rags–HERE.

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Sneak Peak | Morning Yoga

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From a recent shoot at a luxury resort in central Vietnam. Morning sun bursts and yoga on the beach. There are way worse things to see and not see at 5am.

Tearsheets | Phare Circus in Cambodia

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At the end of last year I had a chance to travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to catch a few shows and go behind the scenes of the newly-opened Phare Circus. The circus originated in Battambang, a bit up country from the famed Angkor Wat locale, but with its success, it soon migrated and opened a second branch. While I was in town–on assignment for Silkwinds Magazine out of Singapore–the performers made several journeys to the town center to raise interest in the show, and we also made it out to the temples for a few action shots. Above are the tearsheets, which look amazing. Though trust me, it’s way better in person.

Tearsheets | Hanoi, Vietnam

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A young woman walks along the streets of the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A few months back, I worked on another cover shoot for Cebu Pacific Air, out of the Philippines. The concept was to follow a model through Hanoi for a day and capture her amidst the color and vibrancy of the capital. A simple idea with a lot of room to be creative. My favorite kind of assignment. Here are a few of the final images used in the story. That specific shade of golden yellow in the top photo will forever remind me of northern Vietnam.

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