Photo Byte Friday: Colorful

Butchart Garden

This week’s #FriFotos theme is colorful, which can mean so many different things in travel. It can be a beautiful sunset full of reds, oranges, and purples. It can be the turquoise waters off of some exotic island. It can be the vibrant hues of a rain forest or the subtle tones of the desert. It can even be the style of your photography, kicking the colors up a notch. This is typically done via HDR (high-dynamic-range imaging) photography, which I am dying to learn! It makes for very vivid pictures. I always get home and realize my pictures aren’t nearly as vibrant as I remember places being, so I want my photography to match the beauty of destinations in my mind. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this on Instagram lately, so make sure to follow along @bytesizetravel!

But until I learn more about HDR, here are a few of my favorite photos from some very colorful places I’ve visited:

Hawaii

Hawaii

A beautiful hibiscus flower in one of the most beautiful locations on earth!

Savoring Napa Valley

Savoring Napa Valley

The colors of Napa Valley are truly breathtaking–and the scenery is pretty good, too!

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass

I love just about everything having to do with glass, and this place in Seattle is incredible! If there’s one name people know is glass, it’s Dale Chihuly, and he has put together a colorful, magical world at the foot of the Space Needle.

Rainbow over Costa Rica

Rainbow over Costa Rica

Costa Rica is extraordinarily diverse and colorful, and this rainbow was a special treat on our way out of this beautiful country.

Cactus!

Cactus!

I love the flowers on the prickly pear cactus so prevalent in Arizona.

The Shores of St. Lucia: Trash the Dress Photo Shoot

When we decided to go to St. Lucia for our “real” honeymoon, we knew we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful landscapes. You see, our dream was to be married on a beach—however, it didn’t quite work out that way. It’s pretty impossible to have a destination wedding with your family if your family doesn’t want to travel. So we decided that if we couldn’t have our beach wedding, we could at least have our beach pictures!

Having long since booked our stay at Sandals La Toc, we started looking into photography options. Sandals itself cost about a zillion dollars for photos, and wouldn’t take you off property. We wanted the dramatic Pitons in our pictures—which we later learned were over an hour away from the resort.

After some research, we stumbled upon Karay Media. I started conversing with owner, Ray, about the most beautiful picture, where a couple was out on this giant rock in the middle of the ocean, with the Pitons looming behind them. I wanted to recreate it.

Ray agreed to take us out for the day for only $450USD (photos included). Little did we know, it would basically be a tour of the island. He picked us up at our resort, and whisked us away to a quiet beach with a phenomenal view of the Pitons. Unfortunately, we didn’t get our rock shot, as it was raining off and on, and there was no boat to take us, but it was for the best. Ray didn’t mention he gets very motion sick (on land and sea!)—and I wasn’t anxious to leap from a tiny boat onto a huge rock anyway. I just wanted that great shot. Check it out on Ray’s site!

We got some beautiful pictures on the beach, and Ray decided to take us to Diamond Falls Botanical Garden—a tropical paradise! We got some incredible and completely unexpected pictures there.

Diamond Falls Botanical Garden

En route to our next destination, we ended up getting some shots from this fantastic vantage point. You’d never guess we were just pulled off on the side of the road!

Our ultimate goal for this photo shoot was to “trash the dress”—a trend in wedding photography. Typically the bride wears her actual wedding dress, and essentially destroys it. I’ve seen beautiful images of brides in oceans and lakes, but I’ve also seen shoots where the bride is hiking through the woods, playing with mud, or engaged in a lively round of paintball! Unfortunately—or fortunately, depending on how you look at it—I wasn’t able to wear my own dress, as it weighed so much, I knew I’d sink to the ocean floor if I got it wet. So, I got a new dress, and played in the waves at Ti Kaye Resort—a private resort that Ray often uses for sunset pictures.

Ray was an absolute delight to work with, and took incredible photos. The day we spent with him was our absolute favorite in St. Lucia. We realized if it hadn’t been for him, we never would have gotten to explore the island. We would have only seen the Pitons from the airplane window, and we never would have gotten to soak up some local culture. Ray had all kinds of interesting stories he told us, from getting almost mugged on the beach during a photo shoot, to how he got kicked in the ribs by his pet goat the day before. It was amazing he made it through our session, what with his motion sickness and goat-related injuries!

I highly recommend Karay Media for any special occasion photography—or just as a great way to see St. Lucia and capture some memories in the process. Here’s my review and all of our pictures on KarayMedia.com.

Photo Bytes: Beautiful Landscapes of Hawaii

So many things of beauty in Hawaii!

There are so many gorgeous landscapes in Hawaii. We thought we’d share some of our favorite photos from the three islands we visited: Oahu, Kauai, and Maui.

Waikiki Beach

As seen on Oahu

The Mystique of Kauai

Sunsets and Beaches in Kauai

Maui Marvels

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