Here we are, closing in on two full years since my trip to Nepal. And I still haven't shared all of the images from this incredible trip. Life gets in the way, other priorities take over, sharing certain things gets pushed towards the bottom of the list.
I was running errands today and paused for a moment thinking about the people I met in Nepal. This time of year, here at home in Seattle, the holiday hustle and bustle gets to us all. I was irritated by slow drivers, stop lights that kept turning red on me, and plenty of other little things. I started to think about how despondent I feel some days over the political climate in our country, worried that the lower income brackets and middle class workers are slowly going to be pushed even further into financial troubles because of a greedy billionaire class that has succeeded in buying off too many of our politicians.
But this is not a political post except for to say I thought these things for a moment and then remembered that in Nepal the political climate and way of life are so vastly different than here at home. Clean drinking water is non existent in Nepal. There are no traffic lights in Kathmandu, just gridlocked intersections that drivers manage to find their way around somehow. And the vast majority of the population is low income, managing to live entire days on the equivalent of just a couple US dollars. Despite the hardships, the people of Nepal are so kind, loving and thankful for what they have. If an entire country of people can still find a way to be happy, peaceful and loving even though they don't have much, why can't the rest of us?
There are many days that I wish I could jet right back to Nepal. It was such an inspiring trip, one that I would gladly repeat over and over (even though I was sick almost the entire time).
One of the photo shoots that I have yet to share was from our time in the mountains outside of Kathmandu, in the town of Nagarkot. Our wonderful models that were with us for the entire workshop I was attending let us capture an intimate lifestyle session of them, enjoying a cool mountain morning with a wood burning stove keeping them comfy. The cottage tucked away in the mountains is full of detail, texture, and life and the couple is so in love. This was a beautiful morning to document and I am so thankful for Suzanne & Frederick for being authentic and willing to express their love and close bond in front of the camera.
I still have more Nepal work that has yet to be shared. I promise I will get to it soon.
As always thank you to our incredible workshop hosts - Nina & Wes Photography, creators of The Beyond Workshop.
Venue - The Fort Resort in Nagarkot, Nepal