All posts tagged: photography

Humans of coffee: Kyle Wade Sheppard

Who is Kyle Wade Sheppard? In a nutshell, I’m a husband, Jesus follower, professional photographer and coffee enthusiast, so basically your average Instagram hipster haha. I’m a big picture oriented dreamer with an excessive amount of energy and I’m frequently stoked about a great many things. Professionally, I travel and shoot weddings with my wife (Kyle Loves Tori Photography) which is a crazy awesome gig, I couldn’t be happier with it! When I’m not traveling, I manage social media and content creation for local businesses in St. George, UT, where we live currently. Though I live in Utah, I’m a native born Coloradan at heart, and I’m very proud of my home state. What is your favorite childhood memory? My dad bought a digital SLR sometime when I was in late elementary school/middle school. He would take pictures through out the week at the summer camp my family ran. Sometime in high school, I remember my mom telling me that he, referencing my dad, had a special eye for it. I don’t know why that …

Here’s why your next holiday needs to be to Vietnam

Viet Nam, a diverse Southeast Asian country bordering Cambodia, Laos, and China, has a lot to offer to a curious traveler, with the sprawling Mekong River Delta and non-stop rhythm of Saigon in the South, relaxed rural pace of Hoi An in the country’s center, and the stunning landscapes surrounding the capital, Hanoi, in the North. Charting a course from the South to the North, let’s embark on an in-depth exploration of this fascinating country, with stops below serving as guideposts to your own journey. South Vietnam: The energy, youth, and future of Viet Nam is here, in Saigon (officially known as Ho Chi Minh City). So is the foreign investment, the startups, and the momentum. The city is on fire and does not stop; there are more motorbikes than people in this metropolitan of more than 8 million – cross the roads at your own risk! The city is divided into 24 districts. Most visitors stay in Districts 1 and 2, but a more authentic experience awaits outside of this overdeveloped, backpacker-friendly scene. Districts …

The Midlands has a new coffee hotspot

The part of my ongoing education in coffee which I am enjoying the most is the discovery. Discovering new coffees, new perspectives and new coffee shops. And after I saw  photographer and designer Julie Patrick‘s lovely photo essay, one spot that’s made in onto my bucket list is Ground Coffee House in Hilton, KZN. Here’s a sample of the photographs that inspired me to add it to my 2017 list of coffee places to see. To see more, go to her blog post on this new hotspot in Hilton.

Humans of coffee: Dan Carter

Who is Dan Carter? That really famous All Blacks fly-half? Afraid not (I get that a lot). I guess first and foremost I’m a brother and a believer. I have so much faith that our strength, determination and will is enough to get us to where we want to be. I also happen to be a blogger and photographer which has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and adventures that life has to offer. What is your best childhood memory? It was a few days before Christmas and I was standing in the middle of field somewhere in Belgium. My feet were as numb as a rock from the bitter, icy wind and I hadn’t felt my hands in a few hours. My sister was competing for England in a Cross-Country race when the snow began to pour down. I remember screaming and chasing her down to the finish line, my eyes welling up with pride as she took gold. We spent the afternoon eating waffles and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate which …

Humans of coffee: Seb Schneider

Who is Seb Schneider? The son of Helmut and Veda Schneider, two exceptional folks to whom I owe most of my admirable traits. I currently live in Johannesburg. I’m a bit of a non-conformist at heart, lover of the outdoors, old school hip-hop, cheerful people, misfits and skateboarding. I’m also a family man, besotted with my beautiful wife and daughter. I fill most of my waking hours as the General Manager and Head of Brewing at Motherland Coffee Company. What is your best childhood memory? When I was around 6 years old my father was transferred to a position in Durban and our family relocated to that wonderful city. My carefree parents didn’t have a home lined up, so we lived in a hotel on the Durban North beachfront for a few months. No school, no obligations, I just went to the beach every day, skated up and down the promenade, and drank what I still know to be the world’s best chocolate milk made by our waiter David, who naturally became a good friend. …

Humans of coffee: Jo-Ann Strauss

Who is Jo-Ann Strauss? I am a multi-faceted woman who is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, but has no intention of growing up too quickly. I am a mom, a wife, a media entrepreneur and enjoy the absence of routine in my life. What is your best childhood memory? My baby brother (he is four years younger) and I riding our BMX bikes around the neighbourhood streets – we grew up in Blackheath in the Western Cape. He had a blue one and mine was red. We would ride through puddles in the gravel roads of our hood and splash each other wet much to our amusement and my mom’s consternation. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably buy a few properties that I didn’t think I could afford back then. I look at how much I’ve learnt about the property market and realise how my gut instinct was often right and my fears sometimes …

Humans of coffee: Ryan Chew

Who is Ryan Chew? Ryan Chew is a perfectionist because he always pay attention to every little and minor detail around him and always making sure things go according to what he wishes for. He is also an “Optometrist”, an eyecare practitioner who checks eyes of patients everyday. He spends his leisure time hopping cafes around the town and being an avid food/ coffee/ and portrait instagrammer. He is currently living in a small state called Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What is your best childhood memory? I don’t exactly remember very well, but I was quite fat when I was young, perhaps it must be involving lots of food. So I presume that I got to eat what I want at anytime and anywhere? *laughs*   If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? Frankly, I’m not exactly the studious and bright student material when I was in high school due to my laziness. I often spend my time with friends over unnecessary things and ended up getting poor result, …

Humans of coffee: Anna-Belle Durrant

Who is Anna-Belle Durrant? I’m particular, critical and quite serious but on the other hand I’m a loskop, easy going and pretty darn ridiculous. I’m an amateur photographer, blogger, business owner and wife. Some people might say that’s what I do not what I am but I think what I do defines who I am and vice versa! What is your best childhood memory? I’m the youngest of three children, so, when I was little my brother and my sister took it upon themselves to terrorise me. At the time I was probably upset when they played their pranks on me, but now when I look back they are happy memories. Whenever we get together we laugh and laugh about the things they used to do and get away with. One prank lead to me being tied to a chair and being hurtled through my mom’s stained glass window… now that I think about it that one was pretty funny at the time, I’m surprised no one got hurt! If you had a chance for a …

Humans of coffee: Mikal Strøm

Who is Mikal Strøm? I have no idea who Mikal Strøm is, until this christmas I would have said that you have to ask everyone that has ever met me and put all the answers into a blender and I would be a slightly confusing smoothie. Is a person the sum of his environment or is he something more? If you strip away everything else, family, friends, enemies, geography, culture, language etc. Is there anything left? And what is it? I’m figuring this out. Ask me again in 2017. What is your best childhood memory? I guess the best memories are not a specific memory. I remember the safety that facilitated the freedom to go to the ice skating rink and play hockey all day long. Or walking over to the local snowboard slope without a care in the world. The freedom to live in the moment I guess. Just doing fun stuff and coming home to a warm home with a nice dinner on the table. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in …

Humans of coffee: Jenna Echakowitz

Who is Jenna Echakowitz? I am known by (and as) many things – freelance photographer, writer, bookworm, car fanatic, pop culture enthusiast, animal rights activist – but simply put, I am a creative. I am a person who is constantly inspired by the world (and the people) around me. Sometimes I am completely besotted with everything in existence, and other times I loath the very world in which I live – I am a person of extremes (also, one who tends to be overly dramatic). I also have a chip on my shoulder about standing only 5″1′ tall. What is your best childhood memory? Learning how to work a camera for the first time – it was grade four, I was young and inexperienced, and it involved a disposable film camera from a Wimpy kiddie’s meal. It was cheap, plastic, rattled a bit when you moved, and bright red. Most of the shots from it were unfocused and shaky at best, but I enjoyed the action of taking an image so much that I was …