Vietnam just set a record for the hottest day (110 degrees Fahrenheit), and it's only April. It's been unbelievably sweltering, so I am already in a summer-state-of-mind. SO! I am thrilled to announce my "summer plans" and where I'll be starting in May. Drum roll please.....
My visa is up the first week of May, and I had a few options I went through. I could either renew my visa, stay in Vietnam longer, find housing, and hopefully find clients to photograph. Or I could go somewhere else. I've really lucked out with house and pet sitting since November in Vietnam, but that field is slowly drying up, and I couldn't find any housing once I started looking into May. Also, rainy season is now on its way. Expats head out for the summer and go on extended vacations; that's my client-base. And if I did manage to schedule any photoshoots, as an outdoor photographer, the odds of me having to reschedule because of rain are high.
So leaving Vietnam made the most sense.
The next thing I considered was finding a city with a decent-sized expat community and bunkering down there for a few months. I reached out to connections and people in my network in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. The general consensus was I would be spending all my money to get to one of those places and find housing, and there wouldn't be any guarantee of work.
I put in my time in Vietnam and build up a great client-base and community over a lengthy period of time. I don't have the funds and/or time to do that again in a new country for such a short period of time.
So that leaves America! Once I realized that, things started falling into place. I will split the majority of my time between Washington, DC and Wilmington, NC with smaller trips to Richmond, VA; Louisville, KY; Raleigh, NC; and Long Island, NY. I am SO.FREAKING.EXCITED to photograph old clients and build relationships with new ones! My tentative schedule is as follows:
MAY - WILMINGTON, NC; LAST FEW DAYS: RICHMOND, VA
JUNE - WASHINGTON, DC
JULY - WEEK 1: WASHINGTON, DC; WEEK 2/3: WILMINGTON, NC; WEEK 4: WASHINGTON, DC
AUGUST - WEEK 1: WASHINGTON, DC; WEEK 2: RALEIGH, NC; WEEK 3/4: WILMINGTON, NC
If you are in those areas and in need of updated photos, please reach out! And share my information far and wide, people. I am here to WORK.
Hope to see as many of you as possible in the coming months! And enjoy some photos below from my last photoshoots here in Vietnam.
Danielle Desnoyers Photography
PS - I'll be returning to Vietnam the first week of November. So don't worry everyone interested in holiday mini sessions in Ho Chi Minh City, I'll be back!!
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Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.