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An avid photographer since his teenage years, Chris turned pro in 2010 and has delighted clients ever since. Chris is from the U.S., born near Chicago, and has called Asia home since 2008. He’s married to a wonderful Canadian, who he met in Seoul, South Korea. He offers professional photography and tour guide services to expats and tourists alike.

When not taking photos for clients, he’s usually traveling and writing for his travel blog, One Weird Globe. The blog documents the more unusual destinations he comes across in his travels, and is another place to see his photography online.

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Krabi / Ao Nang, southern Thailand

Here until: March 31, 2015

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2014

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2014

  Last weekend we took in the 2014 Chiang Mai Flower Festival here in northern Thailand. As you’d expect, there’s plenty of pretty around; it’s not particularly weird, thus it’s featured here instead of my travel blog, One Weird Globe. (I do have a post about the parade coming soon over there, though…) Held around Thapae gate and the Buak Had Park, the amount of actual flowers were almost equalled by the amount of lights. A look back at an interesting couple of days: Some of the displays seen around the Thapae gate area were also featured in the parade on Saturday, including this one of HM the King. For better or worse, the nighttime displays seen around the Thapae gate were heavier on the lights than the flowers. Some did a fine job at incorporating both flowers and lights into their displays. The next day, my wife and I headed to the Buak Had park area of Chiang Mai, in the southwestern corner of the square. The park itself had plenty of flowers to go around: Plenty more were around the perimeter of the park: There’s a part of me that would love to know the judging criteria behind these flowers – especially when they look near identical. After a couple of hours perusing the flowers, we found a seat along the parade route, a bit ahead of the curve. Assuming this doesn’t change in future years, the parade started at the Narawat bridge (east of the Old City) and proceeded west towards Thapae gate. One of several marching bands, the neon-colored outfits made these guys as much fun to watch... read more
Chiang Mai Jazz Festival – or the ‘butt-in-seat’ challenge

Chiang Mai Jazz Festival – or the ‘butt-in-seat’ challenge

  So my wife and I recently enjoyed the first night of the Chiang Mai Jazz Festival. We arrived a couple of hours too early, thanks to a website that didn’t differentiate the opening of the event with the time the music started. In any case, I wanted to enjoy the music as much as I wanted to get pictures – since this wasn’t a paid job, I had every intention of enjoying the music and the evening. Thus began what I’ll call the ‘butt-in-seat’ challenge: Get the best pictures you can from whatever seat you’re sitting in. No changing chairs, disrupting your neighbors, or trying to outdo the staff. With that self-challenge, these all came from our fifth-row seats, roughly center to the stage:   The opening act: an orchestra that played the King’s song and a few other well-known classical numbers.   For better or worse, being in the fifth row means working around people – or incorporating them into your shot.   One of the many talented musicians that took the stage.   Jazz with maracas? A great Latin-American sounding treat.   This was the night of extended solos by more than one band, and this drummer was no exception. As his near-eight-minute solo came to an end, he decided his elbow made a better body part to make sound than his hands… A pretty famous Thai saxophone player, by the sound of things. I’ll be in Chiang Mai until the end of March, so contact me to get your portraits and... read more
Yeni – a five month pregnant mother-to-be with her family!

Yeni – a five month pregnant mother-to-be with her family!

My goodness, some time has passed. Suffice it to say life has kept me busy with projects (travel, web development, and of course photography) and I’ve had little time to write here. I’m happy to have a few free minutes to write up my most recent client. Yeni arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand from Singapore about 5 months pregnant, complete with a wonderful (and large) entourage. We found the hotel she was staying at to be a great place to shoot, especially along the riverside. Without further ado…!     Five months into a pregnancy, most women don’t have a big baby bump yet… One easy way to emphasize what you have: hands just under your belly! With her son – a reluctant participant in some shots, but having some fun in others. Always nice to get the family together. Did I mention the family got together? Nothing like a little friendly arm wrestling…! There’s always got to be someone messing around! Chiang Mai celebrates the Yi Peng Lantern Festival, and the whole family came prepared. Plenty of lanterns were sent up with plenty of best wishes and hopes. These aren’t the easiest things in the world to launch, mind you – after lighting the circular piece in the middle, you have to hold the lantern until it fills with hot air.   These guys made it look easy. We had a lot of fun with a great family in Chiang Mai – safe travels and best wishes back to... read more

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