I am so happy and proud to announce that the multi-talented Karim Nagi ( @mrkarimnagi ) is releasing a CD featuring MY photo on the cover!!! Karim is a musician, dancer, and educator of Arab arts and culture, and it is an honor for him to choose my work. The CD features Taqsim melodies, as well as informative tracks that highlight various Maqam (scales). It will be available in March, so keep a look out! #jaanabaker #jaanabakerphotography #taqsim #karimnagi #buzuq #arabarts #maqam #fineartphotography #bellydance #worldmusic
Today, I got the opportunity to photograph the super talented, aerialist, fire artist, and mermaid, Chantel Durelli! Such an amazing experience to be able to do this in beautiful Hawaii! @eccentricmermaidchantel #dance #dancephotography #dancer #firedancer #firepoi #firearts #hawaii #travel #sunset #jaanabaker #jaanabakerphotography #beautifuldestinations
Now that I am back home and settled, I can start posting some of the photos I’ve accumulated on our Alaska trip. The photos I will be posting here will be a sample of my collection, so if you are interested in seeing more, please feel free to view my vacation album on Flickr. It was a beautiful trip, constantly surrounded by delicious food and nature’s majesty, often together at once!
But first, we had to get on a plane…
We brought small bottles of booze with us, and security didn’t say anything, so we thought it was kosher. Once we finished them, a flight attendant informed us that we weren’t supposed to bring alcohol on board, because “they can’t control how much we have.” Oops. Breakin’ the law.
We arrived at our hotel in Anchorage around midnight, and it was totally trippy stepping outside to bright sunlight like it was afternoon. The next day (it’s weird saying that because 3 hours of darkness made it feel like the days melded together), we met up with our travel party to travel from Anchorage to Whittier, which included our friend, Allen, and his family.
After leaving the conservation center, we had to travel through this eerie tunnel.
Whittier used to be a top-secret American naval base, and the only way to get there by road is through this narrow, one-way tunnel.
We stayed at The Inn at Whittier, which was a very quaint little harbor hotel with amazing views of the bay. We immediately put our stuff down, pronounced our state of starvation, and ventured out to look for something to eat.
When we got back to the inn, there was a wild bald eagle just chillin’ on a tower just outside the building. Keep in mind, by this time it was about 10 PM, so I was pooped! After photographing the eagle, that was it for me. Day 1 of our Alaskan adventure was awesome, and the wildlife, the wonderful food, and the breathtaking scenery all set the tone very well for our whole trip. Up next, Day 2; we board a cruise ship and prime ourselves for lethargy and diabetes! Stay tuned!