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Travel Pictures from around Benevento, Italy

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Images from trip to Benevento & Fragnito Monforte in Italy

We usually only do wedding photos but while visiting a wedding venue abroad we simply can’t close our eyes to the scenes around us!  Loads of wedding pictures in the various posts below.  If looking for storybook wedding photos or say, winter wedding photos,  or Sikh wedding pictures etc, just pick that category from the index on the right here to see the ones you are interested in…

 Enjoy!  xx Elaine

Italian lady smoking while in conversation with elderly Italian gentleman in Benevento

Caught this couple during late evening sunlight in Benevento , Italy.

graffiti on wall in Fragneto Monforte Italy

Arty graffiti in Magneto Monforte, Italy

Detail from Palazzo Ducale in Fragneto Monforte in Campania near-ish Naples

Detail from a wedding venue on Italy

tree with amazing blue sky for a January Winter’s day in Arpaia, Italy.

Winter tree against clear Italian January skies, casts  shadows patterns on the wall

Shop with watching dog, Via Roma, Arpaia, Italy

January washing day in Arpaia, Italy

January washing day in Italy – at least they have the weather for it!

Delicious red patina on this Italian truck against the pure blue sky

Just love the rusting red patina of this truck against the perfect deep blue sky!

roadside seller in Arpaia Italy offering me lemons as she has had no sales all day

Roadside fruit-seller in Arpaia Italy offering me lemons as she has had no sales all day…

classical Italian street lamps against prefect blue foil of the January sky

white-painted Italian house with Catholic Icons in Balcony alcove windows

Italian rural mailbox in Arpaia

lady in waiting at railway station in Arpaia, Italia

toothless but such a friendly Italian guy waiting for the train in Arpaia Italy

Art photo of cobbled street in Benevento, Italy

abstract art photo in Benevento Italy with lemon yellow and cerulean blue painted walls

picture of graffiti covered bus stops in Benevento, Italy

abstract art picture of green grafitti-covered bench against red car in Benevento

black & white portrait of intelligent Italian gentleman as he walks round old haunts in Benevento Italy

two black guys hang out at night by a Trendy Girl clothes shop in Benevento, Italy

Two black guys hang out at night by a Trendy Girl clothes shop in Benevento, Italy.

wite walls and signs of decay - Italian balcony detail

International wedding photographers course in Egypt

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Arched windows in Sofitel Hotel Taba Heights Egypt

Sofitel, Taba Heights, Egypt – has amazing architecture!

Wedding Photographers Elaine and Julie are just back from 2 weeks away, after attending an International photographers’ course there, thus missing all the snow and chaos in the UK!

!beautiful blue sky with one striking white cloud above palm tree Taba Heights Golf Course

for landscape & architectural photography in Egypt see Travel Section :


picture of the Coloured Canyon near Nueiba in Sinai Egypt

Coloured Canyon, Sinai.

Wedding photos below this entry…

Wedding photographer Elaine arrives in El Minya for Egyptian wedding

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Reel Life Photos wedding photographer Elaine on camel by pyramids in EgyptAfter wandering round Cairo taking photos of interesting people and places – including a camel ride round the pyramids in Giza – my journey to Afram & Mona’s wedding takes me by train from Cairo to El Minya. Tickets sell out in advance but I was lucky to be rescued by a student from Sinai who happened to be studying at the university in El Minya itself so despite being told that there were no tickets at all, we boarded the second best train in First Class, claimed 2 seats and paid on the train itself!

Despite extremely dirty rain windows managed to get a few nice pics of the palm-lined little river that kept us company throughout alongside the train tracks.

view of  palm trees at night from Cairo El Minya train palm trees along river in Egypt at sunset palm trees along river in Egypt towards sunset palm tree sunset in Egypt by river Cairo to El Minya sunset along river by train tracks in Egypt dying red sun from train window Cairo to El Minya

I’m sitting in a top floor restaurant-bar with glass walls on 3 sides, looking out over the river Nile at night.It could almost be any river at night with a string of roadside amber lights reflecting into the water at regular intervals, but for the constant hum of traffic and manic horn-tooting as the drivers weave in and out precariously – clumsy as feet with shoes on in the shifting sand beneath them. Its cooler up here as my single room faces the untidy jumble of services into a tiny square of internal fresh air that seems to come only from a Mummy’s tomb.

night view of river Nile from top of King Ahkenaton Hotel in El Minya
Mona & Afram actually just did their civil ceremony tonight (while I sat in their family home doing emails!) – the paperwork only for their wedding really – without anyone there and dressed in jeans, but tomorrow have their Henna party, so the wedding celebrations proper start to get underway then, with their Orthodox Church wedding the day after, at 8pm.I’ll be covering it all, from start to finish, so that will be exciting!

pic of River Nile from King Akhenaton Hotel El Minya Egypt

View of River Nile from top of King Akhenaton Hotel in El Minya

picture of River Nile from King Akhenaton Hotel El Minya Egypt

Morning dawns to reveal the Nile in a totally different light: a hazy fat line split in the middle with a mile long island, complete with cows grazing and a little lake within itself too.The opposite side has a narrow fertile strip filled with banana trees and the odd palm, above which rise well-eroded mountain rocks in faded pink and blue hues.

view across River Nile from King Akhenaton Hotel El Minya Egypt

Egyptian breakfast of soup of chewy brown beans, tomatoes, cucumber, cold potatoes mashed with fresh parsley, cheeses soft and hard, (had to pass on the boiled egg, bread, jam and spreading cheese and cold meat) and the ever present Egyptian tea will keep even the neediest body going all day.Time to wander around and explore, before the henna party gets going late this afternoon

See pics from that wedding here:

If you are getting married anywhere in Egypt and would love to have your person UK-based wedding photographer who understands multicultural weddings and has 13 years experience as a wedding photographer – 6 as an international wedding photographer – then contact Elaine!  Visit our international wedding page too for more ideas on exotic weddings abroad.

Reel Life Photos International wedding photographer in Cairo Egypt

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Reel Life Photos wedding photographer in Cairo Egypt

Picture of Elaine & an Egyptian girl in Cairo taken by her little sister!

Just arrived today in Egypt to cover an Egyptian clients wedding in El Minya. Couldn’t resist taking a few interesting travel pics along the way though. See
for the whole lot.

On arrival at the customs exit of the airport, amidst all the unruly jostling crowds, an Egyptian with an official name tag did the usual offering to find you to a hotel script, but since I had nothing planned anywhere, accepted the travel agents offer and ended up being delivered in person to the hotel of my choice – a budget hostel in Downtown Cairo called New Palace Hotel.

View from the balcony of New Palace Hotel

View from the balcony of New Palace Hotel in Cairo Egypt

local Egyptians in downtown Cairo

Downtown Cairo

An Egyptian’s pride and Joy

classic American car in Cairo

Well its now day two in Cairo so have a look at the rest of the pics here:

New Palace Hotel rooftop cafe in Cairo

Rooftop garden cafe at New Palace Hotel

Had a lovely meal – for just over £1- (10 Egyptian pounds), with fish, tomato & cucumber salad, aubergines, rice, pitta bread and Tahini: very spicy, but typically Egyptian. I’m sure you would love it here – the street life, full of colour at night and everyone sitting out of doors. The down side is the drivers are crazy- weaving in and out all over the place tooting their horns all day and night, missing pedestrians by millimetres – literally!

Am going to see the nearest Pyramid and Sphinx tomorrow. Have hired a private driver-taxi so will be safe: its £20 but worth it, as I would never find it using public transport: Cairo is HUGE! The cars all spew out soot and black exhaust fumes but its good round where I am staying though.



Egyptian girls dancing on boat on river Nile






Egyptian girls dancing on boat on river Nile

Had a little boat trip tonight – on the river Nile – one where all the young people go and dance to Arabic music – like in a wedding.


A man selling tea on the boat, before it set off ripped me off as should have brought my change from £1 (10 Egyptian pounds), said he would come back with the 6 Egyptian pounds – but he didn’t!. Still it was only peanuts, and he would be very happy now! Otherwise all has been very good.

Reel Life Photos team arrives in Southern Ireland for a wedding in St Aidan’s Cathedral

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

The ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin sent our wedding photographer Julie crashing to her knees, skidding across the spray-sloshed deck like a rag doll, but in the end she made it safely down below: I had to stay on deck though, as didn’t want to waste the recent picnic by regurgitating it for the seagulls!

 Irish roadside friut and veg stall  Our first impressions of Ireland are happy ones, despite the driving rain, as we passed roadside stalls selling strawberries  and potatoes, 

Southern Irish Strawberries

discovered a home from home B&B – Hillside House in Gorey, County Wexford – and found everyone so friendly along the way.

view from Hillside B&B in Gorey Souhern Ireland 

View from Hillside  House B& B which is highly recommended by Reel Life Photos for service and location!

This dog seemed quite at home in his owner’s cab,

Dog in Irish Truck Cab

Love the colourful shops and houses – so full of personality! 

colourful shops in Gorey Southern Ireland 

Joanne - shop painted Red in Gorey

Its the Strawberry Festival this weekend in Enniscorthy so the wedding in the afternoon will be sharing the celebrations with all the strawberry lovers!

Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Southern Ireland

Strawberry stall at Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy

blue shop front in Enniscorthy colourful shop front in Enniscorthy Enniscorthy

Irish Green Post Box colourful couple outside shop in Enniscorthy delivery at shop in Enniscorthy boy eating strawberries at Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy

 We rounded off our first full day in Southern Ireland listening  and recording live music of a girl band singing and playing as a quartet at the delightful bar and reastaurant  the BANK in Gorey.

Dar Raider Irish girl band playing at the Bank in Gorey

The Bank - bar & restaurant in Gorey - at night

Blue Sky in Gorey at night

Sydney Opera House, city streets, harbour at night by wedding photographer in Australia

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

night-lit windows facing onto Sydney harbour

Sydney has many facets and moods. Even without ever having set foot in the city, everyone has an image of Sydney Opera House in their heads; so much so that we have a perceived sense of scale in our minds too. I made a flying visit to Sydney a couple of months ago – on my nephew’s birthday, as it happens – (while in Australia to photograph a wedding in Jacob’;s Creek) so was given a whistle-stop tour of the area – at night, when the streets come alive and the multicoloured glow of lights coats it with a surreal magic that most big cities seem to conjure up out of the blackness, changing its shape and forms.

Boss chrome towers in Sydney at night

illuminated street signs: Boss logo at night illuminated building at night in Sydney Australia windows and more windows at  night seductively lit building in Sydney at night neon signs in Sydney at night

neon signs in Sydney at night blue neon signs in Sydney at night Sydney streets at night

passing woman become a silhouetted shop dummy

Sydney at night Sydney bus at night The oldest pub in Sydney at night

Sydney Illusion

passers by destroy the painted illusion

glass fronted building in Sydney lit up at night

shadowy passers by the colourful buildings in Sydney at night

traditional view of Syndey Opera House at night

Sydney harbour at night

ice cream shop on Sydney harbour at night

buildings around Sydney harbour at night

Sydney bridge and ferry boat at night

Sydney Opera House at night

Sydney Bridge sparkling into the water at night

Sydney Opera House and market at night

Aire Valley Guest House along the Great Ocean Road near Otway National Park in Victoria Australia

Monday, March 17th, 2008

I was supposed to cover around 300 kilometres a day in order to get to the Barossa Valley in South Australia in good time to meet up with the bride and groom the evening before their wedding, but by the 4th day of travel since leaving Melbourne, I was only 300km in total from my starting point, with another 700km still to go!  Still it was impossible to miss out on so many beautiful sights on the Great Ocean Road, and the peaceful Aire Valley Guest house above a rain-forest – the Otway National Park – offered an oasis of calm in which to deal with the backlog of wedding enquiry emails.  It was also impossible not to go mad with my camera round Anabelle and Martin’s house/guest house, a sprawling wooden single story house with an all round veranda, surrounded by trees of all kinds, grapefruit, lemon, and the ubiquitous Eucalyptus.

Aire Valley guest House veranda off the Great Ocean Road, by Otway National ParkVictoria Australia

Early morning view from Aire valley Guest house off the Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

Detail of Aire Valley Guest House off the great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

A wooden Chair on a flower-filled corner of the veranda at Aire Valley Guest House of the Gt. Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia morning view of veranda at Aire Valley Guest House off the Great Ocean Road, Victoria

tree with long cream pendulant bell flowers

 I don’t know what this tree is called but maybe someone reading this can tell me…  It struck me as soon as I approached the Guest House after dusk during my travels.  Anabele and Martin nearly passed me on to another Guest house, as it was their night off and they were to be away early the next morning for a trip out with their 3 beautiful  children, but I was lucky!  They trusted me to let myself out the next day, and even personally autographed a children’s book for Levana (my granddaughter) that Annabel had written. They are a wonderful couple who moved here from the UK 4 years ago.  They even provide handmade soap in the ensuite bathroom – just perfect for a honeymoon couple – paradise on earth!

 guest entrance to B&B

The Guest entrance.

view from Aire valley Guest House over Otway National Park

Travelling through Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

I’m sitting at a beautiful location (Lorne) with individual wooden cabin houses on the hillside under Eucalyptus  trees, listening to the screeching/squawking of pure white cockatoos  (sulphur crested cockatoos apparently) – in their dozens.  Amazingly enough its a YHA, so if you don’t mind the guy in the bunk above you sounding like an earthquake every time he turns over, then it is paradise indeed!  If you are fussy though, there are private rooms available too, of course…

YHA in Lorne Victoria Australia

A Sulpher Crested Cockatoo is eyeing up the breaklfast Table! breakfast in paradise: YHA at Lorne in Victoria Australia

Yesterday I saw my first Kangaroos – albeit on a well catalogued popular haunt – at Anglesea Golf Course…

Kangaroos browsing on Anglesea Golf Course Australia

Kangaroo classic pose

The Great Ocean Road has many visual temptations, so its time to carry on my journey to fit a few of them in…
coastal view near Anglesea Australia on Great Ocean Road beach scene at Bells. Victoria , on Great Coastal Road Bells beach view from near Great Coastal Road Australia

First impressions of Melbourne Australia

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Its a week now since I first set foot on Ozzie soil, but have been out taking pics every single day so am working flat out just to get them all online!  The crows are talking loadly over head, as I sit in a quiet suburb of Melbourne  – Aspendale – where where my niece and her parents have kindly welcomed me into their home for a few weeks.

Crows talking at top volume in the Eucalyptus tree

The sky is a perfect blue, the sun pleasantly warm overhead, but the evenings are chilly like England. The hardy grass lawn beneath my feet and super-tidy neighbourhood is peacefully suburban – except for the neighbour mowing his patch of grass with an industrial noise-machine!

suburban garden in Aspendale where I am sitting typing this

Socrates, is cooking Octopus outside on a lttle camping stove.  Just had a taste too – mmmm!

Socrates cooking Octapus out of doors in suburban Melbourne 

Just eaten the results of Greek chef’s cooking!

table of fried fish set ready to eat outside on patio

and finished off with fresh ripe figs from the tree in the garden

dessert of fresh ripe figs straight from the tree

Out of approx 1000 images shot so far here in Australia, its hard to know which ones to show you first.  They’re all online in the “travel pictures worldwide destinations” section of our galleries, or via this link below…

Two things strike me in this area:  the rows of individually designed mail boxes and the diversity of trees, from Eucalyptus, to Tea Tree, She Oaks, Banksias and many my limited botanical knowledge fails to identify.  If anyone who know more specific names reads this please forgive my ignorance in advance!

Australian mailbox built into brick wall - smart and orderly large envelope rectangular mailbox in Aspendale Australia Australian mailbox round polished chrome variety free-standing Australian mailbox Australian combination mailbox with round and rectangular post slotsEnglish-style - but tiny - wall mounted letterbox in Aspendale late evening sunlight curls round this newspaper in an Aussie mailbox simple gap in brick wall creates mailbox slot ornate but rusty white free-standing mailbox in Aspendale 

Aussie trees in and around Edithvale Wetlands in Aspendale: Eucalyptus – so many varieties I cannot be more specific!  I just take photos…

Eucalyptus tree Eucalyptus leaves Tee Tree in Edithvale Victoria Australia trunk detail of Ecalyptus tree Sheoak fronds or needles white bark Eucalyptus tree avenue of trees in Edithvale

one day’s visit to Hong Kong: Hong Kong in pictures

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Hong Kong seems to be two worlds: one of ultra modern continuous shopping malls, and one of ancient traditions and culture. blue and yellow bus in Hong KongChinese Shrine

 The visual excitement of landing in Hong Kong is almost too much, but I’m sad as my camera kit is somewhere on another plane so I miss capturing the sweep of the bay as the Hong Kong Express swings round to reveal its beauty.  Enormous skyscrapers shoot upwards like credit cards on their side, slim and impossibley balanced.  Gradually the open sea gives way to continuous monoliths of mankind’s crowded acievements – skyliving to the extreme, an explosion of upwards space enclosed and encaged.

I ask directions to ther nearest camera shop, and follow a trail that eventually leads to a pro hire shop on the 11th floor of Lumar Street off 89 Lockard Road  Wai Chai, and an EOS 20D instead of my two 5D  Canons  but am so happy I can at least capture something of these few brief hours in Hong Kong before flying to off to Australia to cover Lisa and Andy’s wedding in Jacob’s Creek Retreat on 15 March.

zillions of colourful Chinese characters announce Hong Kong to me A yellow clad boy plays sport on a rain shining play area below tower blocks in Hong Kong Chinese woman walks between towering blocks of living accommodation in Hong Kong Chinese man contrasts with artistic signs colourful Chinese neon signs in Hong Kong

beautiful movement from Chinese flower shop in Hong Kong

Chinese frood shop Chinese sign writer

blue Chinese writing on sign in Hong Kong 

Beautiful female Chinese shopper