This winter I traveled to Nicaragua to visit one of my best friends and old roommate, Stephanie, who moved down over a year ago to do help run a clinic. At the end of my trip, I also had the opportunity to teach a wedding photography workshop with my Nicaraguan photographer friend, Rafa!
Stephanie was in town for the holidays, so I flew back down with her and her roommate Jamie to stay for about 10 days. We landed in the capital city Managua and drove to Stephanie’s town of Somotillo, a rural community in northern Chinandega, near the Honduran border. While there, I visited the clinic where she worked, met some nice people, and explored the area.
Stephanie and I then took a weekend trip to León. We stayed in a hostel the night before going Volcano boarding- an obscure extreme sport where you hike up the side of an active volcano, and if that doesn’t kill you, slide down the entire side of it on a wooden board. It was awesome. And I will NEVER do it again. That night we stayed in an amazing beachside hotel on Poneloya beach and relaxed.
Many images not featured here (including volcano boarding, as it wasn’t safe to bring my real camera) are on my instagram feed, so check that out!
The last two days of my trip I spent back in Managua where I taught a “Taller de Fotografia de Bodas” with the help of my friend and translator Rafa. It was an amazing experience to be in the role of an educator, helping other photographers in my industry and sharing any information that might be helpful. We spent some time in a classroom setting as well as on location working with some models during a mock portrait session: