Rachel and I travelled to Central America this past summer to share in our wedding vows and travel together under the Guatemalan sun. This image was taken on the morning of the ceremony by my good friend Patrick Dobbins sharing in coffee and conversation.
Travel in Central America is often most beautiful during the rainy season, with storm clouds approaching each afternoon, we read our vows shortly after sunrise, fresh flowers and champagne compliments of the house!
Rachel and I navigate the beautiful gardens and terraced landscape of our posada on the edge of Lake Atitlan.
One for the Books. A moment captured on film as Rachel and I toast to our friendship, marriage and all the adventures ahead!
July 17th 2010.
Images from my third and most recent trip to Guatemala are available in a recently published Gallery: La Ruta Maya I
These images span travels throughout the Lake Atitlan region and the colonial city of Antigua.
Click HERE to enter the photo gallery! …keep checking back! Adventures in Coban and Tikal are soon to be posted.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.
In travels, I would say that one can almost count on rain. Be it a steady drizzle or turbulent downpour -Streets, cafes, and cantinas are an ideal place to shoot. Find some shelter, buy a beer and set up for a good shot. The results will prove more interesting than your average sunny day! Enjoy the weather.
Travel photography is about relationships. Much of photography is. This of course is my opinon-others will certainly differ. The cliche travel photograph seems to be fraught with motion blur, as figures weave in and out of picturesque landscapes and popular restaurants. While the timeless images of our century are intimate portraits of people, their culture. The landscape is merely an environment, and the emotion of your subject will go well beyond the exotic nature of place.
I only say this in an effort to open conversation. Conversation perhaps being the most important tool you can equip yourself with as you travel foreign lands, and distant places with camera in hand. If you are open to the people and accepting of the culture, all doors will open eventually. This sort of intimacy is what separates the true traveller, and the most experienced photojournalist from the rest of the camera wilding tourist who most likely pack the very same guidebooks as you. Take your time, open yourself up, and explore. Making friends is the key to great travel images, and certainly the thing that will bring you back to same community for years to come.
Enjoy your travels-both near and abroad! Cheers, Jeremy
On Friday morning, the 15 of July, Rachel and I woke to clear skies, reflected in a body of water equally as blue…against natures finery we took each others hands, with Patrick’s words echoing in our hearts, we exchanged our own promises and hopes for the future, and entered into sacred matrimony on the edge of Lake Atitlan…
Please take a moment to view some more photos from our wedding ceremony on Lake Atitlan and some more adventurous moments from our travels together at Pat and Amalia’s site…..Pearls and Oysters.