Although traveling as a photographer, seeing the world, staying in hostels, meeting the locals and absorbing everything that kind of experienced has to offer has always been a goal of mine but by no means is it means easy! Woe is me, I know I know :P
Turns out its super hard leaving with strangers while carrying thousands of dollars worth of equipment that my livelihood depends on. On top of that I'm still not at the stage to sacrifice clothes or my skin care routine for an extra lens hahaha. Again, woe is me! :P
Recently I got to fly to Mongolia for a travel wedding/photography reality show and all jokes aside it was an incredibly fun trip! The experience was amazing, the country was amazing, the people I traveled with were amazing and Im so thankful to have gone. As is the case with most of my work trips I extended after production ended so that I could do a little holidaying and extra shooting. Few more days in a beautiful location hanging out with 3 other super cool photographers? Yes please!
We got to do nomadic homestays together (Google it...its epic), enjoy the stars (not too successful though, we kept falling asleep), try Mongolian food and appreciate the views and wonderful light that Mongolia had to offer. I definitely recommend Mongolia to anyone who appreciates a trip outside of the big city lights. If you have an eye for beautiful landscapes its just impossible not to appreciate Mongolia! The other photographers and I were basically convinced we would just lounge around doing nothing during our extension given our exhausted we were after the production ... and 5 hours later our cameras, drones and other equipment were out snapping up everything we could lay our eyes on! After we got that out of our system we found our way to our nomadic home which was very cool, very authentic and very foreign to our Singaporean noses :)
We slept, we woke up, we were still exhausted, we saw breakfast prepared for us by our hosts, we yawned, we ate, we smiled and we were ready for the day! The scenary shots that my travel buddies took the previous day were gorgeous but not really my cup of tea. I found my cup of tea when we were about to leave after breakfast and I saw one of the local women standing at the door of the yurt. Inspiration activated!
This was all lit by the Profoto B2!
Before the trip, I had also planned to make use of the gorgeous backdrop and do a fashion shoot while I was there. Unfortunately, all the agency websites were in Mongolian and the language barrier made it too difficult. However, while I was there during the production I got to meet with a couple of locals who had contacts in the fashion industry. They were incredibly helpful in linking me up and soon a shoot was on the way.
This spread got published on Buro24/7 Monogolia! (:
You can see them here too but the article is in Mongolian haha
Anyway it was overall a really great experience! Despite my appreciation for skin care, clothing and the gear I depend on ... I would go back to Mongolia and re-do this trip in a heartbeat.