Thailand With Kids

Next up in our adventures around the world… Thailand! Coming straight after 6 weeks in New Zealand, it was quite the change of scenery, pace, and culture! Having always wanted to explore Thailand, when Rhaea and JP hired us to photograph their destination wedding in Phuket, we immediately started dreaming and planning! We were also incredibly honoured to host an unforgettable workshop experience while we were there, with amazing photographer’s from 3 different continents! All in all, it was a month full of experiences, life and memories we will never forget. We’ll just let Madelyn (9yrs) and Timmy, who celebrated his 7th birthday in the jungles of northern Thailand, tell you all about it…

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Family Travel Blog – Manns in New Zealand

Our family travel blog continues with our time on New Zealand’s south island, which can best be described in one word…

Wild / adjective / w-aî-ld – Living or growing in a natural state or uncultivated environment; not ordinarily tame or domesticated; passionately eager or enthusiastic; beyond normal or conventional bounds; a deviation from the intended or expected course; growing or produced without restraint or control, especially in pursuit of happiness.

These photos (and Madelyn and Timmy’s journal entries) say the rest…

For more photos and stories from our adventures around the world, check out our family travel blog posts from Australia, Greece, Croatia, Kauai, New YorkCottage CountrySri Lanka and India. Next up, Thailand!

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Manns in India

India overwhelmed us in every conceivable way. It swept us up, shook us to the core, flooded our every sense, and then set us back down again as different people, in a world that will never quite be the same.

It all started with our tourist visas… the ones we failed to acquire until the absolute last second of the 11th hour. Having been so immersed in our travels through Sri Lanka, we totally forgot to request our tourist visas until the night before our flight from Colombo to Bombay. Little did we know, this was to be the first of many speed bumps along our topsy turvy journey through the chaos of India… missed flights, rescheduled trains, 8 hour delays, crowded markets, cow jams, unfathomable traffic, and HORNS! But within all this chaos, confusion and noise, was an inexplicable beauty and peacefulness we have never experienced.

A few of our most memorable adventures in India were…

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Manns in Sri Lanka

When we boarded the plane for the start of our round-the-world adventure, we had only one night’s accommodation reserved… our first. The rest was completely up in the air. We knew we were starting in Sri Lanka, and that our first night would be spent at Kandy Cottage, but that’s about all we knew. On the way to the airport, we purchased the Sri Lanka Lonely Planet guidebook on iTunes, and we were off into the unknown, with two kids, two cameras, and two heads filled with dreams coming true.

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Manns in Cottage Country

Every summer, we spend one incredible week at our family’s cottage in Ontario. Here is an attempt to capture the feeling of this experience in photos (by Erika) and words (by Madelyn & Timmy)…

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Manns in New York

When The Brenizers (the artists formerly known as Tatiana & Ryan) asked us to photograph their wedding in New York City (coming soon), our only hesitation was having to leave Madelyn & Timmy back home. It’s one of the hardest things to do, when we travel to shoot or teach abroad. But then it dawned on us…

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Manns in Kauai

When we found out that we were going to be escaping the bitter cold January weather to shoot a wedding in Hawaii, the next logical thing to do was find a way to extend the experience for as long as possible.

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A Life Lost and a Life Saved

I have held off posting about my trip to Ghana because, quite frankly, I have been at a loss for words. It has taken a long time to process and formulate logical thoughts about what happened in Ghana… what I discovered, and what was unearthed within me.

In November 2015, I joined my sister, Dr. Carlye to a remote region of Northern Ghana. There, I spent 7 days documenting the important work of a medical relief team. Together with local Ghanian health professionals, the team travelled to remote villages with no healthcare. It was an incredible gift to document the work and impact of this team. I owe every single image I made to their compassion, dedication and hard work. I owe even more to the local Ghanaians who showed me their reality. As much hardship as I witnessed, these are some of the wealthiest people I have ever met. I witnessed the wealth that comes from the simplicity of living, free from phones, computers, internet, tv…etc. A good reminder of what’s important.

If i were to sum up my experience in Ghana with one word, it would be “Truth”. Truth that beauty exists in both life and death. I witnessed a life lost, and I witnessed a life saved. Both equally impactful. Both equally beautiful in their own unique way. I’ve chosen to limit this blog post to these two stories.

For a full spectrum of the images I made in Ghana or to make a donation please click here.GHANA_0803

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