Rio de Janerio, Brazil

November 25th, 2012

Few cities are as striking as Rio. The glittering skimpy costumes of Carnaval, the statue of Christ, arms outspread on the mountaintop, the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, crowed with women in minuscule bikinis, the rocky Sugarloaf, or the persistent rhythm of the samba, all key images that will always remind me of Rio. Brazil’s incredible Rio de Janerio, is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive cities.

After getting settled in your hotel, you definitely need to head for the beach. Beaches are to Rio what cafes are to Paris. If you happen to be in town on a Sunday, you’re in for a lucky treat. The streets along the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are shut down to local traffic, so people can enjoy the day strolling up and down the streets. Be sure to try the acai berry smoothies, a healthy treat to cool you down from the heat.

I also recommend you take a jeep tour up through Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, later arriving at the peak of Corcovado Mountain, home to the iconic statue of “Christ the Redeemer”. Sitting 39.6 meters tall, it is definitely a sight to behold, and yet one more historic sight crossed off my bucket list.

To view more images from my trip to Rio de Janerio, Brazil check out Sukhi Ghuman Photography on Flickr

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The Stuff of Legend: Machu Picchu & Cusco, PERU

November 1st, 2012

Peru is fast becoming South America’s top destination for mountain climbing, river rafting, bird-watching and rain forest treks. Even though I’m not the outdoorsy type Peru still virtually turned me into an amateur archaeologist.

I arrived in Cusco, and the typical thing to do is hit the ground running. The city’s altitude, more than 3,600m (11,800 ft) may be daunting, but if you acquire a taste for their local Cocoa tea, you’re good to go. Once you’ve acclimatized to the Andes Mountains and seen some of the greatest Inca legacies, spend some time in the city square people watching.

We took the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which sits down below camouflaged by Machu Picchu. You definitely need one full day at Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu is located in the midst of a tropical mountain forest in the Andes and is a rich site that is a labyrinthine display of an ancient cultural attempt to coexist with Mother Nature.

Machu Picchu truly is a site to behold. The 15th-century Inca site located 2,430m (7,970 ft) above sea level reminds us all the love and respect Mother Earth deserves. The Inca used this as a religious sanctuary and there were many carvings portraying the symbol of the goddess Mother Earth. In addition, Machu Picchu is within the sacred circle of one of Earth’s Major Chakras, the Sacral Chakra which is located approx. 100km south at Lake Titicaca. Isn’t that amazing?

For more images of my trip to Peru please visit Sukhi Ghuman Photography on Flickr.

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Fall Lifestyle Session

October 24th, 2012

Every season has its special beauty and autumn is no exception. Watching the trees turn from a uniform green to all varieties of gold, yellow and red is a spectacular experience.

I love capturing images in the fall and these three kids were a blast to photograph. Not only did we get the opportunity to explore Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, BC, we happended to walk through a film set of one of my fave shows, “Once Upon a Time”.

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Tony + Jothi Lifestyle Session

September 6th, 2012

Tony and Jothi are a beautiful couple. Their wedding is less than 6 weeks away, and you can defintely see these two are meant to be together. Their love was easy to capture, which made things a little easier for me too. Wishing these two all the best as they embark on their new adventure together as husband and wife.  “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Jyoti + Pardeep + Gavina = LOVE

August 8th, 2012

I really enjoy family lifestyle sessions. Children love being outdoors with their parents especially with all the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately. Meet baby Gavina. She’s a beautiful girl who recently turned two years old and it was a lot of fun photographing her with her parents. At the age of 2 you can see their true personalities beginning to shine, which means during a photo shoot they’re running the show. While soaking in the rays at False Creek Olympic Village, we had an amazing time. It was a pleasure capturing this loving family’s memorable moments. -SG

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Mani Lifestyle Photoshoot

August 5th, 2012

I love making my clients feel comfortable infront of the camera and allowing their inner beauty to shine. Recently, Mani contacted me wanting to take some professional fun head shots. We had a lot of fun with it and as you can see she looks amazing and her true personality shines in these images. -SG

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Cuba – Havana & Varadaro

July 10th, 2012

If I could be paid to be a full-time travel photographer, that would be a dream come true. This summer, I had the opportunity to spend one week at a Resort in Varadaro and two days in Havana.

I have to admit it was an interesting trip, as I wanted to ensure I had the opportunity to truly experience authentic Cuba while it’s still under Fidel Castro’s rule. The Cuban people loved Canadians and truly appreciated our presence as tourism is their number one industry. The old school cars make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and that’s probably why I was so drawn to photographing them. They have such character and history, which you don’t get to see very often.

Hope you enjoy my photographs and perhaps I’ve convinced you to book your next trip to Cuba. -SG

To view more images from my trip to Cuba click here

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Seville

February 14th, 2012

They say sometimes a city becomes famous simply for its beauty and romance. Seville (pronounced Sevilla in Spanish) is just such a place. Imagine orange trees, lovesick lovers, flower-filled patios, and Gypsies – as they come to life in this capital of Andalusia. The sultry summer heat won’t deter you from visiting this beautiful city. And what I found so fascinating were the artistic works and architectural monuments in Seville. Of course, the wine, the food and watching my first authentic Flamenco performance wasn’t so bad either.

The only way to explore Seville is on foot, with a good map and camera in hand.

A must-see was the Alcazar. This 14th Century Mudejar palace is located north of the famous Cathedral. It’s the oldest royal residence in Europe still in use and the well-kept gardens alone are well worth the visit. The Catedral de Sevilla and Giralda Tower are other attractions one must visit when in Seville too.

When the moon is high and the scent of orange blossoms is in the air, one must wander the alleyways of Santa Cruz in pursuit of the Spanish folk singers and dancers. I can’t describe how amazing it was to watch authentic flamenco performers. I only wish they would have allowed me to take photographs during the performance.

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San Sebastian

January 20th, 2012

San Sebastian, also known as Donostia is a beautiful city located in the Basque country in Spain. It’s where the Spaniards and French flock to enjoy their summer vacations.

I traveled to San Sebastian by flying into Bilbao, a small town situated 100km East of San Sebastian. Flights into Bilboa are fairly cheap and a bus from the airport will take you to San Sebastian for as little as 20 Euros.

I spent two days in this beautiful city and looking back, I wish I could have stayed their longer. San Sebastian is one of those places that offers you literally everything your heart desires. The beautiful scenery, sun-kissed beaches, enthusiastic and lively people, the rich culture and the renowned cuisine are just a few of the highlights of this wonderful city. San Sebasian will always have a special place in my heart. It is the place I went top-less for the very first time and enjoyed platters and platters of the most delicious Iberian Ham.

To view more pictures from San Sebastian check out my flickr reel Sukhi Ghuman Photos

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Destination Wedding – Cabos San Lucas, Mexico

December 6th, 2011

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Cabos San Lucas, Mexico for Andrea and Mike’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony over looking the ocean.

You never know how lucky one might get on their special day, and this couple was surely very lucky. A man with his horse just happened to be walking across the beach while we were photographing the couple, and we were able to convince him to allow the lovely bride to mount the mare for a few pictures.

Hope you enjoy this exclusive sneak peak from Andrea + Mike’s Wedding. -SG

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