new orleans, march 2017

At the very last minute, my family and I decided to take off on a road trip to New Orleans for a long weekend during our daughter Alex's spring break.  Alex is a musician, and we thought that spending time in a musical town steeped in rich African-American history would be both fun and culturally educational and enriching for her -- for all of us, really.

We were right.  My favourite images from our whirlwind trip are below, and you can click here to read more about our adventure.


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While there's nothing I love better than being on assignment, I love the practice of photography as well:  taking time each day just to look around and see what moves me, what beauty I can capture, what light I see.  And so for this reason, every day I try to take at least one photograph of something beautiful, and also upload one image a day to Instagram.  

These are my most recent images.  (Click on each image to open them in a lightbox; once they're enlarged, you can hover your cursor over the image to read the caption.  And, of course, if you're on Instagram, you can follow me and leave comments at @heychookooloonks!)

women's march houston, january 20, 2017

In response to the election and inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, there were protests all over the world in support of the Women's March on Washington in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017.  My family and I marched in the Houston sister march, in solidarity for the protection of women's rights and the rights of all people of colour, people of all faiths, LGBTQ, immigrants, refugees, differently-abled and our families and our children, and in recognition that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

These are some of my favourite shots.  And you can read about the entire experience here.


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BOSTON, NOVEMBER 2016

In November 2016, one of my dearest friends (Alex's godfather) invited us to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his family.  We're not huge Thanksgiving celebrators in our house, since I grew up in Trinidad, and my husband Marcus grew up in England, so we eagerly agreed -- we'd never been to Boston before, and it seemed smart to leave Thanksgiving to the pros.  We flew out on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and returned to Houston on the Friday after.

Below are some of my favourite photographs from this whirlwind trip.  And click here to read more about our trip.


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alaska, october 2016

In October 2016, I was invited to keynote a corporate retreat at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, just outside of Anchorage, and I flew out for approximately 36 hours.  This was my second trip to Alaska:  the first was almost 30 years earlier, when I was flown out for a similar length of time for a job interview -- only that time, it was in late December, and I never actually saw the state in daylight.  (Also, I didn't get the job.)  This trip, however, the sun was in its glory, and I had an hour or two to go exploring.  A highlight:  on the flight on the way back, I was able to photograph the aurora borealis.

Below are some of my favourite photographs from this whirlwind trip.  (And click here to read about my adventure in trying to hunt down those elusive northern lights.)


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aruba, august 2016

In August 2016, my family and I traveled to Aruba for a holiday.  Aruba is a tiny island country, located just north of Venezuela, and one of the four countries that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Unlike most of the Caribbean, Aruba isn't tropical so much as it's desert, windy and hot, with a distinctly Dutch feel.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from the trip, shot with my handy little point-and-shoot (and one underwater shot using my iPhone 6s in a Lifeproof case.)

 


disney world, orlando, MArch 2016

In March 2016, Disney World generously invited my family for a special #DisneyTweens event -- a 3-day program that was designed for maximum enjoyment for kids between the ages of 9 through 12.  Since my daughter had just celebrated her twelfth birthday, we happily accepted.  

Since I knew I'd be walking a ton and getting in and out of rides, and I didn't want to have to carry a huge camera bag all day, I decided to forego my usual large Nikon in favour of my Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100-III point-and-shoota little powerhouse of a camera if there ever was one.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to put it through its paces.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the trip.  And of course, you can read all about it here.

 


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malawi, may 2015

In May 2015, I traveled to Malawi with The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  ONE works to convince governments (the United States, as well as others) to invest in smart programs that help to eliminate poverty and preventable disease in a sustainable way.  In addition, the trip was sponsored in large part by Heifer International, whose mission it is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

Malawi is a colourful, vibrant country.  Click here to read more about our trip, and my favourite shots are below.

And then, if after viewing them you'd like to continue to support the beauty you see here, please consider adding your voice and joining ONE by clicking here.  Your information remains confidential, and ONE never asks for your money, just your voice.  Also, please check out Heifer International, to learn how you can help farmers thrive around the world.

 


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england, november 2014

 

My husband is English, and in November 2014, we returned to his homeland to celebrate his mother's 70th birthday, and visit the rest of his family.  Our travels took us to Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and London.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the trip.  (And to read some of my thoughts, click here.)


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new york city, july 2014

 

Right on the heels of my trip to San Francisco, I flew to New York City for business meetings:  opposite coasts of the United States in 7 days.  I didn't think I would have time to photograph anything during this very quick trip, but I was wrong:  turns out there are beautiful photo opportunities everywhere in the Big Apple -- you don't even have to go out of your way to find them.

These are my favourite images from this trip.


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san francisco, july 2014

 

Soon after receiving a Sony Cybershot RX100 III for my 47th birthday, I was scheduled to travel to San Francisco for a whirlwind business trip.  Happily, however, I had some down time, and my sister (who is now officially a local San Franciscan) took me everywhere to get an overview of this funky city.  It was a great opportunity to put my new point-and-shoot through its paces.

These are my favourite photographs I took on this trip.  (And click here to read a full review of this lovely little camera.)


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costa rica, june 2014

 

In June 2014, I traveled with youth groups from Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, both in Houston, to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. There, these wonderful young people worked with Hogar Escuela (literally "Home School"), on the outskirts of San José, the nation's capital.  This school is really special:  it is designed to support to mothers of a nearby neighbourhood, one that suffers from severe poverty.  The school provides a safe, supportive, loving place for children, ages 6 months to 12 years old, who receive hot meals and the equivalent of a private school education, while their mothers work or receive an education of their own -- all at no cost to their families.  It's really stunning, the work that Hogar Escuela is doing:  despite the fact that many of the stories of these children are incredibly difficult, there's no denying that these kids are absolutely thriving in school -- engaged, developing strong relationships with each other, not to mention their smiling with beautiful, bright faces.

These are some of my favourite images from this trip.  I can't wait to get back to visit again (and you can read more of my impressions here).


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bermuda, march 2014

 

In March 2014, we took off to the amazing country of Bermuda for our daughter's spring break holiday.  It was still "wintertime" in Bermuda, so we didn't spend very much time at the beach (the water was too cold for swimming); nonetheless, it is undeniably one of the most beautiful island destinations I've ever visited. 

Here are some of my favourite shots (and you can read more about our holiday adventure here):


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santa fe & northern new mexico, usa, december 2013 - january 2014

 

At the end of 2013, my family and I joined close family friends for a quick getaway in the mountains of northern New Mexico, including Santa Fe, Madrid and surrounding areas.  

The light was incredible.  Here's what I captured (and you can read more about our holiday here):


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australia, october 2013

 

In October 2013, I was invited to be a part of Go Mighty's #goaustralia initiative, sponsored by Tourism Australia, Air New Zealand and Go Mighty.   This was my very first trip to Australia, and thanks to these amazing sponsors, the experience was incredible.

You can read more about the adventure here.  And the following are my favourite shots from the trip. 


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west texas, usa, may 2013

 

In May 2013, my husband and I drove 8 hours to Marfa and Big Bend National Park to spend the Memorial Day weekend -- truly the wild west.  To capture its nostalgic, throwback-to-the-frontier-days feeling, I photographed our trip on film, using my vintage Nikon FE and Hasselblad 501c cameras.

Here are the results.  Giddy-up. 


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sonoma county, usa, february 2013

 

In February 2013, La Crema Wines invited me to their winery and vineyards in Sonoma County, California, to learn all about the process of growing, making and tasting wines.  Despite the fact that it was winter, the mustard was in bloom, and so the experience was at once beautiful, magical and very educational.

These are some of my favourite shots from that trip. 


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ethiopia, october 2012

In October 2012, I traveled to Ethiopia with The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  ONE works to convince governments (the United States, as well as others) to invest in smart programs that help to eliminate poverty and preventable disease in a sustainable way.  

Ethiopia is a magical country.  My favourite shots are below.

And if, after viewing them, you'd like to continue to support the beauty you see here, please consider adding your voice and joining ONE by clicking here.  Your information remains confidential, and ONE never asks for your money, just your voice.

 


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paris, france, june 2012

My husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2012; to celebrate, we took a 2-week family trip to Paris, one of our favourite cities in the world.   

Of all the shots I took on that trip, these are the ones I love the best. 

 

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bath, united kingdom, november 2011

 

My husband is from the United Kingdom, and his family lives in the central and western parts of England.  Every 18 months or so, we try to return for a visit, and in November 2011, we rented a large flat in the city of Bath for our family reunion.  Bath is famous for its ... well, Roman baths, actually ... making it a truly one-of-a-kind British city.

These are my favourite shots from that memorable trip. 

 


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kenya, july 2011

 

In July 2011, I traveled to Kenya with The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  ONE works to convince governments (the United States, as well as others) to invest in smart programs that help to eliminate poverty and preventable disease in a sustainable way.  

In many ways, Kenya felt like coming home.  My favourite shots are below.

And if, after viewing them, you'd like to continue to support the beauty you see here, please consider adding your voice and joining ONE by clicking here.  Your information remains confidential, and ONE never asks for your money, just your voice. 

 


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trinidad & tobago, july 2011

 

In 2011, I had the chance to travel with my daughter back to my homeland of Trinidad & Tobago.  Despite the fact that by now I've lived the majority of my life in the United States, Trinidad will always be home -- it's like my soul breathes a huge sigh of relief whenever I set foot on Trinidadian soil.

These photographs are some of my favourites I shot on that trip.  I hope they capture the essence of my beautiful country.


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EVERYDAY BEAUTIFUL

 

Although some of my projects require travel to faraway places, more often I find the best subjects to photograph are ones I stumble upon accidentally, and closer to home.  Here are some of my favourite shots of my everyday. 

 


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uncommon light

 

When I take portraits, there's nothing that excites me more than when I've managed to capture a person's light.   Seeing the light of a friend or loved one is relatively easy, but capturing anyone's light on camera can sometimes be a challenge -- most especially when photographing a casual acquaintance or stranger.  

Nonetheless, the light is always there, in each and every one of us.  And it's always breathtakingly beautiful.

These photographs below are some of my favourite portraits I've ever taken -- of both friends and strangers --  where I managed to capture the subject's light in a way I believe is readily apparent.  Hopefully, as you scroll through them, you'll see it, too.  I share these with you as an ongoing body of evidence showing that everyone -- every single one of us -- is uncommonly beautiful.

 


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