I always say that I never shoot weddings. Which is true. But when my cousin Martin called and asked me to do a tandem shoot of a bride and her bridesmaids getting ready for a wedding…welllll…that doesnt really count. Right?
I’ve finally found a tournament that I might like as much as the US Open. The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells was amazing. Serena’s return was an absolute tear-jerker and my favorite moment, but watching the game’s best players from the front row of the outer stadiums was a very close runner-up. Don’t know what took me so long to get down to SoCal to check this out.
…and, of course, Serena.
Since the very first time I saw a picture of Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang Palphug Monastery), Bhutan has been at the top of the list of places I’ve wanted to visit. We began planning the trip this summer, and based on how fantastically thorough our tour company (Bhutan Scenic Tours) was throughout the process, Serene and I expected great things. From the moment we touched down in Paro until the morning we were dropped off for our return flight, Bhutan over-delivered in just about every way. The country is more beautiful than we’d imagined, even after having seen hundreds of photos. The people of Bhutan were more welcoming that we expected. And our guides, Rinzi and Tandin, were absolutely amazing. And in a stroke of 100% dumb luck, Serene and I actually met and had a private conversation with the King and Queen of the country!
Several friends have asked how we managed to wrangle the visas and other logistics for the visit. It was easy. There seems to be a lingering perception that visiting Bhutan is both cumbersome and expensive compared to visiting other countries. Neither is true. This was actually one of the easiest to plan and most affordable international destinations I’ve ever visited. I couldn’t recommend it more.
My first trip to Berlin took place over Thanksgiving. Gavin (a friend for the last 20 years, Northwestern classmate, and Brooklyn roommate) and his family showed me a great time…which basically meant that we hung out at his incredible office (SoundCloud; not pictured), walked the frigid streets of Berlin, sat in his neighborhood cafe, had a great time playing with his kids…and CHRISTMAS MARKETS. Man, I love a Christmas Market.
Brandenburg Gate, Brooklyn-style