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Photo highlights of 2015

2015 was an eventful year for me! I’ve explored more of the PNW and traveled to new destinations in the U.S. and abroad. I reconnected with old friends and made many new friends. I’ve worked with some amazing, adventurous people, shooting weddings and portraits in some gorgeous locations around the world. I’ve even been named as one of the top 25 best Seattle wedding photographers of 2015 by Expertise! How cool is that?!

Needless to say, it has been a memorable year! I’ve gone through and collected my photo highlights from the past year to share with you. This very random assortment includes weddings, portraits, and a big chunk of travel photography. Some of these have never even been shared before!

These are by no means my very best photos of the year. Some are meaningful to me personally, some stand out to me visually, and some are stolen moments from memories I’d like to share. It was very challenging to narrow them down to just this many, but it had to be done… otherwise this post would take ages to load. I definitely have some favorites as you will see, but I think a few extras from the same shoot tells a more complete story. 😉

Without further ado, please enjoy my photo highlights of 2015 in no particular order.

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A visit to Washington’s coast with a photographer friend made for a fun evening on the beach.

A foggy sunset at Richmond Beach park.pinimage

Sometimes a photo outing with spontaneous friends results in pretty sunsets in unfamiliar places.

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One of my favorite images of the year from my shoot at the Arboretum in spring.

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top 25 Best Seattle wedding photographerpinimageThis styled destination elopement was one of my favorite photo shoots of the year.

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A self-portrait taken during a hike while I waited for my dad to catch up. Apparently there was a bear a few hundred meters ahead but I never saw it.pinimageI set up this shot, but my dad took the photo of me hiking. Apparently there was a bear a few hundred meters ahead but I never saw it.

One of many hikes this year, but one of the few with clear skies and mountain top views.pinimage

One of many hikes this year, but one of the few with clear skies and mountain top views.

Sofitel So Bangkok view over Lumpini Park and the city of Bangkok. http://tracietravels.com/2015/10/sofitel-so-bangkok-a-luxurious-welcome-back-to-bangkok/pinimage

The view from my room at Sofitel So Bangkok over Lumpini Park and the city of Bangkok.

A lovely Bangkok wedding styled shoot with my travel blogging friends.pinimage

A lovely Bangkok wedding styled shoot with my fellow travel blogging friends, Natalie and Rob of www.loveandroad.com .

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Dragonflies buzzed around us during this shoot in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.

This view of Mount Bromo and surrounding volcanoes was one I had been dreaming of for a long time. pinimageThis view of Mount Bromo and surrounding volcanoes was one I had been dreaming of for a long time.

One of the most surreal experiences of my life was when ash was falling on my like snow from the crater of Mount Bromopinimage

One of the most surreal experiences of my life was when ash was falling on me like snow from the crater of Mount Bromo

A quiet moment next to an erupting volcano in Indonesia.pinimage

A quiet moment next to an erupting volcano in Indonesia.

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A lovely bride with lovely light.

I loved the light and the setting of this Lincoln Park wedding styled shoot.pinimageI loved the light and the setting of this Lincoln Park wedding styled shoot.

Somehow the gorgeous Cameron Valley Tea plantation is not one of the places normally included in tours. I think this view could rival some others that I saw.pinimage

Somehow the gorgeous Cameron Valley Tea plantation is not one of the places normally included in tours. I think this view could rival some others that I saw in Cameron Highlands.

I fell in love with these expressive monkeys who came down close for a visit. This one always makes me giggle.pinimageI fell in love with these expressive monkeys who came down close for a visit. This one always makes me giggle.

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A boatman pulls into the shore at Ubein Bridge, Myanmar.

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Myanmar’s famous Ubein Bridge offered up many photo ops, including this bike silhouette.

This lovely lady got all gussied up for my annual (sometimes) ValentinepinimageThis lovely lady got all gussied up for my annual (sometimes) Valentine’s boudoir shoot.

My silliest couple this year, doing what they do best during their Gasworks Park engagement shoot. pinimageMy silliest couple this year, doing what they do best during their Gasworks Park engagement shoot.

Michael was not going to let these aggressive geese ruin his engagement shoot.pinimage

Michael was not going to let these aggressive geese ruin his engagement shoot.

Who says jumping photos are overdone? Not me! IpinimageWho says jumping photos are overdone? Not me! I’m glad they asked for one.

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One of Inle Lake’s famed fishermen doing his work.

A long passageway filled with countless vendors at this market next to Inle Lake. pinimage

A long passageway filled with countless vendors at this market next to Inle Lake.

A shy little girl pokes her head out the window on YangonpinimageA shy little Burmese girl pokes her head out the window on Yangon’s Circle Train.

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Seattle’s sky will occasionally give a good show. I was fortunate to be down on the waterfront with this couple during one such occasion.

Now also a wedding venue, Emerald City Trapeze got all spruced up to host this wedding last year.pinimage

Now also a wedding venue, Emerald City Trapeze got all spruced up to host this wedding last year.

I loved the set up of this non-traditional elopement ceremony.pinimageI loved the unusual set up of this non-traditional elopement ceremony.

I finally got to mark Bagan off of my bucket list. What a magical place it was!pinimage

I finally got to mark Bagan off of my bucket list. What a magical place it was!

I loved these moments on tiny paths in Bagan amongst the temples and the fields of crops.pinimageI loved these moments on tiny paths in Bagan amongst the temples and the fields of crops.

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My last Bagan sunset. Such a beautiful place.

My most adventurous couple of the year asked me to climb down to the falls for these elopement photos. I needed no convincing!pinimage

My most adventurous couple of the year asked me to climb down to the falls for these elopement photos. I needed no convincing!

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Countless steep and precarious steps wore me and my friends out during this hike in Borneopinimage

Countless steep and precarious steps wore me and my friends out during this hike in Borneo’s Bako National Park.

A semi-wild orangatan swings down from the jungle to get his afternoon snack. pinimage

A semi-wild Orangatan swings down from the jungle to claim his afternoon snack.

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This sunset is probably one of the five most spectacular sunsets I have ever witnessed in my life. One of my good travel mates provided an interesting foreground for me.

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Alone in a jungle in Malaysian Borneo I had a quiet moment with these Probiscus Monkeys.

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Love these guys! They had something like 5 ceremonies between Nepal and Seattle, and I was there to capture a few during the Fremont Solstice parade.

Two of my dear friends got married this year and honored me by asking me to shoot their wedding. pinimage

Two of my dear friends got married this year and honored me by asking me to shoot their wedding.

I was happy that the Creole Queen was parked in such a way that I could capture some of the old world charm present in New Orleans.pinimage

I was happy that the Creole Queen was parked in such a way that I could capture some of the old world charm present in New Orleans.

The impressive alley of oaks at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana.pinimage

The impressive alley of oaks at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana.

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Oreo, everyone’s favorite Louisiana wild boar. Isn’t he adorable?

My dear olpinimageMy dear ol’ dad also enjoys photography. He joined me for some location scouting and after much begging, allowed me to take this shot. He never stops inspiring me: www.philiphoweillustration.com

A wild 1st birthday shoot started off with the serene moment.pinimage

A wild 1st birthday shoot started off with the serene moment.

A hilarious, yet very real moment captured during a family shoot. pinimageA hilarious, yet very real moment captured during a family shoot.

Taken in Krabi with a crappy underwater camera, this one of Dave kayaking turned out cooler than I expected.pinimage

Taken in Krabi with a crappy underwater camera, this one of Dave kayaking turned out cooler than I expected.

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A little exploring around Langkawi revealed some beautiful tropical beaches that we discovered on our own.

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A bird’s eye view of a boat loaded with some of Thailand’s glorious fruit.

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I loved this bridge at Echo Falls Golf Club as a setting for this couple shoot.

A Chinese-American wedding photo in the woods. pinimage

A Chinese-American wedding photoshoot in the woods.

Two young female monks humored me with a quick photo. I love their reactions to the request.pinimage

Two young female monks humored me with a quick photo. I love their reactions to the request.

Great timing for this pretty summer engagement shoot in the rose garden at Woodland Park.pinimageGreat timing for this pretty summer engagement shoot with good friends in the rose garden at Woodland Park.

Holy Spring Temple in Bali was one of the most fascinating places I visited on the island.pinimage

Holy Spring Temple in Bali was one of the most fascinating places I visited near Ubud.

One of my favorite discoveries in Indonesia was this rocky cliffside viewpoint in Nusa Lembongan.pinimageOne of my favorite discoveries in Indonesia was this rocky cliffside viewpoint in Nusa Lembongan.

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I caught this moment while stuck in a cave during a downpour.

If you happen to love any of the travel photos, many of them are also available as prints. Just shoot me a message or visit my new Etsy shop (where I’m still adding photos) if you would like to order one.

If you’re curious about any of these photos, most can be searched by subject here on this site, over at http://tracietravels.com , or can be found on my Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/tracietravels . (I had some alignment issues when I tried adding links to each photo, so I think this is the best I can do.) Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for looking! Happy 2016!

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  • January 11, 2016 - 5:35 pm

    Valerie D. Perry - Fantastic work! I love the photos of the couple at the bottom of the waterfall. What a memorable shoot!

    I too visited Washington’s coast and Mt Rainier last year. Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • January 12, 2016 - 10:31 pm

      traciehowe - Thank you so much! How great that you visited both the coast and Mt. Rainier! I always try to get people to go to those places when they visit!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2016 - 12:31 pm

    Sreeram - Amazing fotos, following your Instagram gallery right-away .ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2016 - 6:12 pm

    Marta Cunha Grilo - You’re pictures are stunning! My favorite one is the last of the list, the one you took in Kuala Lumpur. Happy new year, Tracie!ReplyCancel

    • January 12, 2016 - 10:32 pm

      traciehowe - Thanks, Marta! You know that photo is definitely one of my favorites too. Happy new year to you too!ReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2016 - 12:05 am

    Elizabeth @ Compass & Fork - I think the Myanmar shots are my favorite. Very mystical and exotic. You hae some lovely photos.ReplyCancel

    • January 28, 2016 - 3:51 pm

      traciehowe - Thanks, Elizabeth! I think I probably took the most photos in Myanmar of all the places I visited this year. I totally agree with the mystical and exotic sentiment!ReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2016 - 12:23 am

    Jessica - Such talented eyes you have, Tracie. Thank you for showing us so many wonderful spots on earth. Hehe. That Spring near in Ubud is really fascintaing when I saw it last June. After passing by that, there was a snake in the street. Haha. Though I rented a bicycle when I was there, I love walking along the narrow streets in Ubud because of its mini forest trying to wildly climb over the wall. Waiting for your best 2016 photos. I know you will give us amazing collection again. Happy clicking!ReplyCancel

    • January 28, 2016 - 3:50 pm

      traciehowe - Thank you, Jessica! Yes, I was happy to see that Holy Spring Temple. It was pretty interesting. I agree that Ubud had a lot to offer down it’s smaller streets! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • January 17, 2016 - 4:20 pm

    Jennifer McMillen - Wow! Absolutely beautiful photos! Amazing work Tracie!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    evan kristine - You had such an eventful year! Thank you for sharing some of your best photos, they are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2016 - 3:59 pm

    Gemma - What a year documented by your lens. Lots of hikes, happy couples, and skylines! I do love the pink of the Seattle skyline, we’ll need to get back there sometime soon.ReplyCancel

    • January 28, 2016 - 3:48 pm

      traciehowe - Thanks, Gemma! It was such a fun year! I hope the next time you’re here that the sky puts on such a show.ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2016 - 7:41 am

    Himanshu - This is the first time i am visiting your blog and feeling sad for not knowing you earlier.
    You are an amazing photographer and all your pics are superlative.
    My fav is of Mount Bromo. Kudos for those awesome captures.ReplyCancel

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