Travel Photography - How to Capture the Local Culture of a Place - Be a Story Teller!

When I’m discovering a new place and culture, I am eager to capture, with my camera equipment, how people live and something unique about the place. I enjoy watching people and walking the streets. I look for color, every day lifestyle, movement, and dogs and cats. I take photos using different light sources and angles. To protect my knees, I wear knee-pads, so I can get down low to photograph my subject without pain. No matter where I am, I am always looking for a story to document in my photographs. I believe if you start to think about telling a story with your photographs, you will see improvement in your photos too. Here are some photos from our recent trip to Patagonia (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands). Enjoy!

Outdoor fruit and vegetable market

When your shooting - using a natural frame, like the tree limb adds something of interest to the photograph. The Coca-cola photo is nice; however having the lady selling her vegetables and the bike adds even more interest an authenticity to the image. And, when you are photographing indoors with flash remember to turn up the ISO on your camera. The photo on the left is a graffiti image of Pedro Bonifacio Palacios, an Argentine poet; iconic Coca-Cola signage and local lifestyle, and the dome of Santera Cathedral in Montevideo, Uruguay.

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

San Telmo, Argentina architecture, graffiti, and basketball courts and hoops

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

Collectable stuffed animals at the Sunday San Telmo collectable and antiques market, San Telmo, Argentina

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

What makes this photo work is the dogs in the picture.

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Graffiti wall, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Lady in red walks past an art mural, Montevideo, Uruguay

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dog and a sunbather at Floralis Generica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Cooking steaks in Argentina. Did you know, people in Argentina eat more meat and steaks than anywhere in the world? We thought the steaks were delicious!

Jolly and Rich eat a steak dinner

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Stupendous Ring of Fire Mountains in Patagonia's Chilean and Argentina Fjords

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the ‘End of the World’? Or, checking off those ‘1001 Things to See and Do Before You Die’? Our recent trip to South America and Patagonia provided us some of the world’s most dramatic scenery; unveiling places few ever see. The weather too, in this area, can change so quickly; from calm to ferocious gale force winds preventing ships from traveling around the Cape Horn or arriving safely in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Boy, did we luck out! In fact, the captain of our cruise ship said, “This is the calmest it has ever been, on my watch, sailing around the Cape Horn” The following images were taken on our journey. Happy Holidays!

Glacial striation and its reflection in the water with icebergs
Osorno Volcano, Puerto Monte, Puerto Varis, Chile

Osorno Volcano, Puerto Monte, Puerto Varis, Chile

Glaciers at Glacier Alley, Chile

Glaciers at Glacier Alley, Chile

Usushia, Agentina - last city on the South American continent.

Usushia, Agentina - last city on the South American continent.

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Sailing the Strait of Magellen

Glacial Striation and a beautiful reflection

Glacial Striation and a beautiful reflection

Tierra del Fuego rainbow off of the Strait of Magellen near Usushia, Argentina

Tierra del Fuego rainbow off of the Strait of Magellen near Usushia, Argentina

A cruise ship sails around the the Cape Horn, South America.

A cruise ship sails around the the Cape Horn, South America.

Sailing around the Cape Horn
Iceberg

Iceberg

Jolly Sienda — Jolly Sienda Photography

Jolly Sienda — Jolly Sienda Photography

Argentine Tango and Chilean Cueca Dancing Sways to Sexy Rhythms

During our recent trip to Patagonia with stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Santiago and Puerto Varis, Chile, we learned a lot about the history of the sexy and sublime Argentine tango and the coy and colorful Cueca folk dance.

Argentine tango dancers

Tango originated in the late 1800’s along the River Plate and the colorful port town of La Boca, Argentina. Slaves, brothels, and men first danced together to the pattern beats of the bandoneon. Over time, the dance was accepted by middle class and is seen today throughout this part of South America.

Photographing Falkland Island Penguins at Bluff Cove

King Penguins and Gentoo Penguins are at home at Bluff Cove, a family farm, owned by Hattie and Kevin Kilmartin, on the Falkland Islands. We really enjoyed our time photographing the penguins, birds, and the farms sheep; while taking in the raw, natural, beauty of the Falkland Island landscape, and sampling delicious home baked cookies and scones at the farm. www.falklandpenguins.com

Baby King Penguin wants to eat!

Baby King Penguin wants to eat!

Penguin Rookery at Bluff Cove

Penguin Rookery at Bluff Cove

Magellanic Oystercatcher, Falkland Islands

Magellanic Oystercatcher, Falkland Islands

Sheep at the Bluff Cove farm

Sheep at the Bluff Cove farm

Dancing Gentoo Penguins

Dancing Gentoo Penguins

Creating Beautiful, In-the-Moment, Wedding Photography Bridal Portraits

Beautiful, candid, classic, bridal portraits is what every engaged bride-to-be dreams of. Here are some great bridal wedding photography moments that are lovely for weddings.

Andi Moore and Michael Smith Wedding photography

Using natural window light is lovely for all portrait photography.

Incorporating props can add the perfect touch to a bridal portrait.

Contact me today for a bridal photography consultation for your 2019, 2020, and 2021 wedding! Jolly Sienda Photography creates and captures your wedding story with love, flair, and artistry. Tel: 240-899-5295 E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Newborn baby portrait photography

Nieves and Chad Wright had their precious baby Amelia just a couple of weeks ago. Our photo shoot was done indoors in the comfort of a bedroom and we did a few shots outside under the pretty Autumn red maple trees. Baby Amelia is very photogenic and is so adorable! We loved seeing Nieves and Chad again — we did their wedding photography two years ago. It was wonderful to meet little Amelia and to take some of her first family photos with mom and dad. Here are some of the photos from our baby and family portrait photography photo shoot today in Bremerton, Washington.

Thank you Nieves and Chad. We loved doing your newborn baby pictures! Your friends, Jolly and Rich. Jolly Sienda Photography — helping you to create and capture beautiful family memories that will last a lifetime.


Puget Sound Weddings are Creative, Beautiful, and so Northwest!

Using the natural landscape and a few props…2018 Pacific Northwest weddings are off the chart unique, beautiful and creatively Northwest! Best wishes to all of my couples. I loved being your wedding photographer! The following weddings were photographed at the Bremerton Raceway, Bremerton, Washington; Tiger Lake, Belfair, Washington; Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington; and Heronswood Garden, Kingston, Washington.

Let me help you capture your dream wedding! Booking wedding and event photography now for 2019, 2020, and more! Contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, e-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com

Come see me at the 2019 Kitsap Wedding Expo at the Kitsap Fairgrounds in Bremerton on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 am - 4 pm.

Jolly Sienda Photography - helping you create and document your memories with love, artistry and flair!

Photo trip to Columbia River Gorge for Autumn Color and Cool Photography Ops!!

Had a great time this past week exploring the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. We made the loop, driving on Highway 84 (Oregon) and Highway 14 (Washington) going to Maryhill, Washington, up to Hood River, Oregon, White Salmon, Washington, and too Trout Lake, Washington. Both Mount Adams and Mount Hood shined with new snow and the mountains were surrounded by beautiful Autumn color. Here are some landscape photo pics from the trip!

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Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Snow capped Mount Hood looms over Hood River, Columbia River Gorge, and the Hood River Bridge

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Columbia River Gorge near Maryhill, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Crystal clear White Salmon River and Autumn color, White Salmon, Washington

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Ring of clouds dance around snow capped Mount Adams with Autumn deciduous trees a blaze

Breast Cancer Survivors get Mastectomy Tattoos

Fourteen breast cancer survivors from across the United States and 14 mastectomy tattoo artists came together at Bremerton’s Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott on Sunday, October 21, 2018, to give and get the gift of love — Mastectomy Tattoos for their scars after having breast reconstruction. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Breast Cancer Survivors get 
Mastectomy Tatoos
Alicia Quinby, Good Karma Tattoo

Alicia Quinby, Good Karma Tattoo

Grover Collins, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Piercing

Grover Collins, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Piercing

Tino Gomez, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Tino Gomez, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Ali Peterson, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Ali Peterson, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Krystin Jones, Red Peony Studios

Krystin Jones, Red Peony Studios

Chad Willingham, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Chad Willingham, Aces N Eights Tattoo and Body Piercing

Thank you so much. We posted a link to your blog post on our main Facebook page this morning. Deepest gratitude to you for providing these images, that are so important to furthering awareness of this amazing alternative to traditional reconstruction. -Karen Richards, executive director, Personal Ink - P.ink www.p-ink.org www.facebook.com/p.inkdenverCO

Bremerton Symphony Orchestra Event Photography

The first season performance, October 20, 2018, for the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra with guest piano soloist Adrian King, Silverdale, Washington, performed ‘Classic Masterworks’ from Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Johannes Brahms at the new Performing Arts Center at Bremerton High School, 1500 13th Street, Bremerton, Washington. The performance was led and directed by Alan Futterman, music director.

Please click on the photo to view the slide presentation.

The photos are gorgeous! We do appreciate you and your work so much! We will give you photo credit each time we use one - Anna James Miller, executive director, Bremerton Symphony.

Autumn Nature Photography Where You Live! Sign Up for My Photography Classes!

I enjoy all of the seasons of the year. I especially love Autumn and its rich, warm, colors; red, yellow, orange, purple, and green! When I get free time in the early morning or late afternoon to go outside into nature I’m feeling a bit of zen. Our earth gives us gifts of paradise each day to enjoy. When I get to play with my cameras and lens I’m really in the zone.

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

Seagull drifts on the water while a reflection of Autumn trees adds a touch of fall color to the water

I’ve traveled throughout the United States in search of beautiful colorful landscapes to photograph. There are many. But, in fact, some of the best and most beautiful natural landscapes showcasing Autumn color is where I live - close to my backyard.

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

The Olympic Mountains (Brothers Mountain) and beautiful Autumn color on the Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington

And, for outdoor wedding photography — photographing a bride and groom under a blazing oak, alder, or maple tree is the best! All of my couples love this!!!

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

Autumn photojournalism wedding photography by Jolly Sienda Photography at the Jacob Smith House, Lacey, Washington.

I also love to let myself go and be totally creative! How about this abstract photography landscape in the water. It really looks like a watercolor painting!

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

Abstract photography of the Puget Sound - its like a watercolor painting

I really enjoy helping people who want to learn more about photography. If you want to see things differently, learn photography techniques, and get better pictures, please contact me at Tel: 240-899-5295, message, or email at info@jollysiendaphotography.com. I do one-on-one lessons and small groups. Let’s explore our world!

Catching Autumn Color at Seabeck's Hood Canal

The sunrise, cool crisp air, crystal clear water, warm autumn color, fog layers, Olympic Mountains, seagulls, a fisherman taking his boat out to sea, tranquil and calm — this is what I feel and see as I look, linger, and take in the natural beauty of the Hood Canal, at Seabeck. A picture perfect slice of Pacific Northwest paradise.

Want to learn how to be a better photographer? Please contact me today to set up an appointment for one-on-one photography instruction. Tel: 240-899-5295 E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com . Let’s have some fun and take our photography to a new level!

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Fisherman goes out on the Hood Canal in Autumn.

Serenity, color, light, shadows, reflections…and more.

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Seagull flies over the pastel cloud reflection and the marina on Hood Canal

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

Wide angle shot of cumulus clouds over the Hood Canal with a seagull and a crow

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

The Brothers Mountain, Olympic Mountains, peaks over light pillows of fog on the Hood Canal.

Amanda Marie and Matt Godsey's Rustic Wedding at the Jacob Smith House

Two hearts united on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the civil war-era farm manor house, the Jacob Smith House, in Lacey, Washington. The happy couple were surrounded by family and friends.

Amanda Marie and Matt Godsey wedding photography

The bride’s family and friends flew in from Connecticut for the wedding celebration — joined by Matt’s family and friends from Washington. Their day couldn’t have been more perfect with delightful autumn skies and lots of love.

Their nuptials started with a beautiful and romantic First Look pictures.

Followed by their First Look kiss. So sweet!

Amanda and Matt said their wedding vows under an arbor with rose petals.

With just the right touch of color for the autumn leaves and trees; and, the historic Jacob Smith House for their backdrop…the setting could not have been more romantic and ideal for their wedding photography.

Using the front porch and fall color for family photos.

The wedding reception with Amanda and Matt cutting their wedding cake. The cake was very yummy!

Amanda Marie and Matt Godsey cut their wedding cake

Amanda Marie and Matt Godsey cut their wedding cake

Our best wishes to Amanda and Matt Godsey. Thank you so much for asking us, Jolly Sienda Photography, to be a part of your celebration! Much love to you both!!!

Marry me...Autumn color and wedding themes for the perfect fall wedding

The colors of Autumn are breathtaking! I love shades of green, rose, purple, orange, pink and the warm tones they bring to a wedding and wedding reception.

Monster wedding cake at an Autumn wedding

Monster wedding cake at an Autumn wedding

There’s so many themes you can have at your wedding. These brides and grooms chose crystal and ostrich feathers, monsters and rich purple flowers, a vineyard, and Autumn leaves on their wedding cake. As a photojournalist wedding photographer, I love capturing all the details of the wedding season — whether it is Autumn, spring, summer or winter.

Let me help you capture your dream wedding. Booking for 2019 and 2020+ wedding photography seasons! Can’t wait to hear from you!!! E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com, Tel: 240-899-5295.

Rich Autumn Color is Dreamy for Nature and Landscape Photographers

Look in your backyard and grab your camera! This is the time of year to capture autumns richest colors at their peak. In my Kitsap Peninsula, Washington backyard, we love our beautiful Red Maple tree. In fact, this photo is one of my best fine art photography print sellers! Everyone loves the oriental style tree line and the warm red color or the leaves. And, I didn’t have to hop on a plane and fly to New England to get this fall color!

Maple Tree, Bremerton, Washington.

Maple Tree, Bremerton, Washington.

I’m amazed at the variety of colors of the trees found in Washington State and throughout the West. From New Mexico to the Olympic Peninsula and Canada there is so much beauty! Americas nature playground provides a bountiful display for landscape and nature photographers.

Get out there and enjoy! Here’s my friend Rachel Zachary taking a walk along the burning Aspens along the Rio Grand near Taos, New Mexico. So relaxing!

Better hurry — the color won’t last long.

Jolly Sienda Photography offers personal instruction for budding photographers who want to be more comfortable with their cameras and see things differently when they photograph the world. Contact me today and lets have some fun together!

Taking a walk along the golden Aspen trees

Autumn family portraits and your four legged friends!

Let’s have some fun and run through the leaves together! I love photographing family portraits. There’s nothing better than being outside, on a cool fall day, with the sun on your back, beautiful autumn color, and perhaps your four legged friend beside you.

Family portraiture and pet photography


Family Portrait and Family Pet Photography at your home.

Family Portrait and Family Pet Photography at your home.

Contact me now to book your autumn family portrait session! What a wonderful and unique holiday gift to yourself and loved ones. Tel: 240-899-5295, E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com, jollysiendaphotography.com

Autumn Weddings & Event Photography -- Apples, Falling Leaves, and Lace.

The last breath of summer and the early fall months of September and October are so warm and inviting! Engaged couples who choose to marry at this time of year can enjoy warm sunshine and cooler breezes. Romance is in the air!

The color of fall leaves, golden yellow roses, and rich burgundy, sage, and purple hues are delightful to photograph and are so romantic.

I love to photograph the wedding rings using symbols of the season -- how about rings on a red delicious apple tree?!

Getting married? Hire me today to capture your wedding moments. I look forward to working with you! E-mail: info@jollysiendaphotography.com