Portrait Photography: Tobey in Cadaqués

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Let’s step into the small Spanish town of Cadaqués for a moment…

cadaques_spain_travelphotographer_beach_travel_europecadaques_spain_travelphotographer_beach_travel_europe-2cadaques_spain_travelphotographer_beach_travel_europe-16Cadaqués is on the unbelievably beautiful, incredibly picturesque Costa Brava. It’s a quiet beach town, made famous by Salvador Dalí and the time he spent there. During my time in Spain, I visited the town twice and couldn’t get enough of its charming windy streets and whitewashed architecture. On my second visit, I asked my friend, co-worker, and resident muse Tobey to model for me. She and I get to work together once a year on our trips to Barcelona and she is just one of my all time favorite portrait models! She let me photograph her as part of a portrait workshop I did for my travel photography students.

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cadaques_spain_travelphotographer_beach_travel_europe-32Tobey has a style that’s the perfect mix of eclectic, boho, and funk and the confidence to pull off anything she wants. And, she trusts me as her photographer…which is the best quality of all :)

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cadaques_spain_travelphotographer_beach_travel_europe-12Tobes, muchas gracias for all your confidence and portrait modeling skills. You’re a pro!

xoxo//besos & abrazos

Kate

 

Barcelona with National Geographic Student Expeditions

I’m halfway through my month in Barcelona teaching photography and trip guiding. My first trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions just ended and my second trip with Putney Student Travel began yesterday! I love this job. It’s a crazy mix of shooting, teaching, entertaining, and chaos management. Personally, I think it has all the ingredients for a great reality show. Barcelona is the perfect setting for teaching travel photography and photojournalism in the Nat Geo style. I loved watching my students jump right in and abandon their comfort zones in order to become better photographers. My 3 co-leaders are each amazing photographers and fabulous people to hang out. I miss them already, since we were kind of a dream team. We had the absolute pleasure of having the National Geographic photographer extraordinaire Tino Soriano join us for the entirety of our workshop! Tino began our trip with the best advice for photographers, “This workshop will half be about learning to take good photos, and half be about learning to enjoy your life. Because you cannot take good photos if you do not enjoy your life.” Snaps to that Tino, you photographic genius. Here’s a few of my shots from the past few weeks…

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Of course, we visited Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

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Visited the Dali Museum in Figueres…

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Went to a total hipster artisan market…
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Visited the Medieval city of Girona
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In the same day as the heatwave swept across Europe…we visited Besalu
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And ended our day trip in Tino’s quiet hometown of Banyolesnationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9677

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Our third day trip was to Castellar de N’Hug in the Spanish Pyrenees

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nationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9795We also put on a pop up gallery show for our final night!

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nationalgeographic_barcelona_travelphotography_seattle_barcelona_natgeostudentexpediations-9910And then there was the dream team: Jill, Sarah Marie, and Jes.

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Un Abrazo,
Kate

Mt. Rainier National Park Hike

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Last weekend the Boyfriend and I took a drive from Seattle to Sunrise at Mt. Rainier National Park and good god, it was beautiful! See, I’m a recent immigrant to Washington and I had never been to Mt. Rainier before this. I’m not exactly outdoorsy…but this day could certainly nudge me in that direction. It’s so lovely to get out of the city and have a little adventure. Even though the first 15 minutes of our hike to Frozen Lake had us feeling super out of shape, the rest of the way was easy and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get great views of Mt. Rainier. mtrainier_seattle_photographer_mtrainierphotography_hike

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xoxo

Kate

 

 
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