📷: @theamandasummerlin A month ago, I married the love of my life, but it wasn’t the only extraordinary thing that happened that day. On my wedding day, I was surrounded (in real life and virtually) by a group of the best women in the world. I was meeting some of them in person for the first time at our wedding and events. I’ve known these colorful women for more than a decade. We met on LiveJournal (yes, you read that right) in a group and then formed another’s group which then became our group, the Hairbowl. There aren’t always a lot of shining examples of women supporting other women, but the Hairbowl is the gold standard. Together we have weathered tremendous ups and heartbreaking downs. There is no judgement, just support and love. Sometimes that love is tough, but it’s always fair and always from a place of wanting only the best for one another. Not all of the women are pictured here. We are a group from all over the world, and I couldn’t believe so many were willing to invest so much to be there with me, and one another, on my wedding day. The others who couldn’t be with us in person weren’t far away, either, connected with technology and virtual hugs. We’re strong women. Resilient women. We are best friends and confidants and misfits and unicorns and I would give anything for any one of these women. Having them at our wedding made the best day of my life even better. #weddingstories #bridesmaids #atlantawedding #theknot #bridesmagazine #weddingwire #weddingplans #bestfriends
Golden hour in Zambia. Hard to believe that I was just there the other day, and tomorrow I’m back on the road to Nashville to (hopefully) finish out travel for the year. I love being able to see all I see and photograph all I photograph, but I’m sitting with my dogs as I type this and it’s nice to be home.
It’s been a productive and incredible time in Zambia, but alas, tomorrow starts the 23-hour journey back to the States. I’m taking home with me dozens upon dozens of stories that will stay in my heart forever. #ngophotographer
We aren’t near any of the national parks in Zambia, but we did take a break yesterday to visit a nature preserve. In addition to antelope and zebra, we saw elephants, birds, buffalo, warthogs, wildebeest, giraffes, and a handful of other beautiful animals.
Kapenta fish are lured to boats by a mercury light, and then scooped up into a net by the fisherman who man the kapenta rigs. Once caught, they are dried on concrete bricks or slabs in the sun for at least a day or two before eating. Kapenta is a staple here in Zambia, providing a protein-packed meal without the need for refrigeration, which is financially out of reach for many Zambians. Like many things, fishing for Kapenta comes with its own challenges. They are most abundant during the rainy season, but all the rains make the fish more difficult to dry and store for the not-so-abundant season. When I visited a local school, each child received about 3/4 cup of these fish with their nshima (a corn-based starch staple), and the Kapenta were devoured instantly. #ngophotographer #onassignment
I’ve been in Zambia for about five days and we were in the Makalulu area of Kabwe filming an interview when I saw a rainbow out of the corner of my eye. We looked up, and it was a tremendously beautiful #sundog. #zambia #photojournalist #ngophotographer
My first wildlife frame from my time here in Zambia, a southern masked weaver. I loved watching the athleticism of this bird as he used the tension in his legs against the leaves to start weaving a new nest. He was working so fast that I didn’t even realize he was weaving until I went through my frames. The first shot is his sheer ability. The second shows him clinging to the nest of another bird, taking bits and pieces of it for his own. It was so lovely to watch him make his new home. #zambia #lusaka #ngophotographer #birdwatcher
We’re getting married today! 📷: @theamandasummerlin
Happy 94th turn around the sun, #PresidentCarter. It’s been an honor to photograph you over the last few years, hear your words of wisdom, and witness your leadership and courage. #potus #jimmycarter
Wanda // Redzyńskie, Poland