Santa Fe de Antioquia

Last weekend I took a little side trip out to Santa Fe de Antioquia with the 4 Musketeers (the name that we have given to our little clan which includes myself, my girlfriend and another couple. We have become great friends seeing how we all met together in the same dance academy).

This town is about an hour Northwest of Medellin, Colombia which still has the old colonial feel with the cobblestone roads. Here are a few photos from our weekend get-a-way.

Gran Fiesta Salsera 2012

Last May the newest and most popular salsa academy of Medellin, Colombia, Academia Baila Latino, celebrated their 1 Year Anniversary with a huge event located on the top floor of the Dann Carlton Hotel which is considered the best hotel in the city. With a view of city and the energy of dancing all around there was fun to be had. Here is a look at some of the photos we captured throughout the night including the surprise engagement at the end of the night!

I must give a great deal of the photo credit to my friend and photographer Joseph Le. He was kind enough to help me out with the photos so that I could dance a bit as well! Special thanks to Joel Duncan Photography as well for capturing some great photos of the night which can be found here. If you love travel and photography make sure to follow his blog AdventureJo as well!

Byrne – Etcheverry Wedding!

About two years ago I took photos of a wedding for a family friend. I was just there for the celebration but took advantage of the moment and snuck in some photos of my own. The couple’s two year anniversary is coming up so I thought it was about time to share their photos with them. What do you think?? Perhaps it is a little delayed but as they say, “Better late than never”!

New Business Name: Shaun Patrick Fotos!

Well hello everyone! I know I have taken a half year hiatus from my blog but I am back in full force!

I have spent the last 6 months creating a new photography company in Colombia, South America. It is almost up and ready to go but you will have to wait for another post to hear all about it. For now I want to tell everyone about my new business name. I have decided that “SPStakem Photography” has been a bit confusing for people to understand and it has been even more challenging in Spanish. With that, I introduce my new name: Shaun Patrick Fotos.

I came up with my new name in the middle of the night at about 3am. I was trying to search for a new name forever and then bam! it hit me one night. I woke up, headed to the computer, starting playing around on Photoshop, and then voilà! I had it!

The new design is simple. I have always liked to represent myself with elegant designs. For me, elegance = simplicity. With that, I designed something simple but with a touch of one color and made the “A” without the crossbar in order to get a touch of something a bit more artistic into my design.

Here is the logo:

Shaun Patrick Fotos  Logo

Shaun Patrick Fotos Logo

New posts will be coming more often! (I promise Oscar!) These past few months have been packed with new photo events from fashion to apartments to traveling and beyond. Thanks for keeping up with me!

Salsa Dancing!

While living here in Colombia I decided to join a dance academy. This dance academy specializes in cuban salsa called “casino salsa”. Every 4 months they have a banquet for all of the members of the academy to attend and enjoy a night out with everyone. Throughout the night some of the top students of the academy perform their dances for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the shots I took throughout the night!

Gabriel & Sarah’s Wedding

On June 11, 2011 I had the pleasure to attend my cousin’s wedding in North Carolina. The wedding took place along side Lake Logan nestled inside the mountains of North Carolina. This is one of the most peaceful, romantic, and nostalgic locations I have ever been to for a wedding. The wedding was filled with love from the time we arrived until the moment we left the secluded lake. The greatest part about this lake was that cell phone service did not reach it. With this, everyone was able to focus on the event at hand. The wedding ceremony was followed by a fantastic reception with the first dance being one for the books (or cameras!). Instead of a typical first dance, they showed their personalities with the most exciting and goofy wedding dance in history! Here are some of the photo I captured while attending the wedding. I wish the best to Gaby and Sarah on their new journey in life together!

Lake Como 2008

In September of 2008 I went to one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Lake Como is nestled up in the Alpine mountains in Italy just before reaching Switzerland. I was there for only two days but I fell in love with every part of this lake. It is shaped like a wishbone and in the heart of the lake lies the city of Bellagio. Here is a collection of the photos I took through my quick stop there. I can not wait to make it back there one day to watch the sunrise and sunset sneak past the crest of the mountains surrounding the lake.

Early morning sunrise view of the mountains from Menaggio along Lake Como.

The Villa Balbianello in Lenno.

Flags from all nationalities in Menaggio.

The small quaint town of Varenna.

A look across the lake from Varenna.

A look across the lake from Varenna.

Along the dock you can see the town of Bellagio from Varenna.

The town of Bellagio.

Looking back towards Menaggio from Bellagio.

Breathtaking Time Lapse Photography!! MUST SEE!

I came across this video not too long ago and I have shared it with many people. Everyone that has seen this video has been blown away by the photography of this Norwegian photographer.

TSOPhotography by Terje Sørgjerd has produced some amazing videos of his photography. At the moment he has 3 videos. His latest one “The Arctic Light” is the one I am going to post today. Make sure to read the making of the video before you watch it. It will help you appreciate what this photographer went through in order to capture these images.

To help understand how this video is made, here is a little explanation. It is called Time Lapse Photography which means the photographer takes a photo every hour or so and then puts them together in a continuous sequence which turns it into a “mini video” you could say. In this video he covers many parts of Northern Norway and this is what he has to show for it…

Enjoy!!

Hola Colombia! Again!

So I have just embarked on my new adventure in life. I have moved to Colombia, South America in search for a job here. I am interested in living here for a year or two. I truly want to engulf myself in the Colombian culture and learn Spanish to my best ability while being able to give back to others by teaching English to Colombians. I don’t technically have a job yet but I am going to start knocking on each door of the schools here in order to obtain some interviews. I know that I am lucky and positive person so I feel that I will have a great chance of getting a job soon. I will keep everyone posted!

While teaching here I hope to travel through the country side and take more photos of this breathtaking country. I will post my photos as I go along but I can’t promise they will be on a regular basis, but I will do my best!

Well it has been a refreshing start. I left Dallas at 104F degrees (40C) and am now in Bogotá at 55F (13C).

I hope to post soon with a wonderful update of having a job!! Stay tuned!!

My journey up the volcano!

In January of 2010 I stayed in the amazing town of Manizales, Colombia for just over a week. During my stay I traveled around the town taking many photos which I have previously posted. However, I decided to take one day out and go on an amazing trip just outside of the town. The town has three volcanoes that tower over it always keeping the citizens of the town on their toes. The largest and closest volcano to the city is the Nevado del Ruiz. It stands 17,784ft (5,389m) tall and erupted last in 1985. This means that it is taller than any mountain in both the United States and Europe.

The journey began with a Colombian breakfast just as we made it outside of Manizales. Our breakfast was held in a little house just off the side of a dirt road. From this viewpoint we had the chance to view the town of Manizales along the horizon and take in the tranquility of the mountains that surround Manizales.

As we finished up breakfast we started the ascend up the volcano. As we drove along we could see the land start changing quite a bit. We finally arrived and the highest point that the bus was allowed to drive to. From there we hiked up the rest of the way while taking a number of breaks due to the lack of oxygen at that altitude. The half way point of the hike was marked by a Colombian flag while the top was marked with a large ice glacier! While ascending upside the volcano I was surprised to see how many little kids were climbing up to the top. I learned afterward though that the reason why so many Colombian kids go to the top is so that they can see and touch the snow that is there. Due to Colombia being located on the equator, this is the only place that Colombians can ever see snow in their country.

A few weeks later I flew from the city of Cali over to Bogotá. During the flight I was sitting by the window when all of a sudden a few people ran from the opposite of the plane over to my side to look out. A man explained to me that I was about to see the very top of the 3 volcanoes next to Manizales. Sure enough, just as the man had said, I began to see the tops of the volcanoes appear just above the clouds; as if they were breaking through the sky. It was, yet again, the perfect ‘Kodak’ moment which I had to embrace.