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Teri Genovese Photography Blog bio picture

In a nutshell:

A documentarian at heart from the beginning, I strive to capture the subtle beauty in everyday life, near and far.  I am proud to have earned my degree in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003, where I learned the traditional craft - shooting film and making fiber prints in the darkroom. 

After 10 years of city life in Chicago & Los Angeles, I was recently pulled back to my midwestern roots.  Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I also travel to clients in California and throughout the U.S.  

Besides photography, I live for yoga, hiking, weekend road trips, a good Lake Michigan swim, simplicity, and anything chocolate. :)


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Tag Archives: Bali Photographs

Travel Photography Tips for the Minimalist Traveler

Goa Gajah Elephant Cave; Bali

Whenever I travel to a new place, the desire to soak up every last detail with my camera is apparent. If you’re a photography enthusiast and planning an exciting trip near or far, I hope these few simple photo tips for traveling will help you prepare for an easy-going and memorable experience.

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June 4, 2012 - 7:51 pm Rachel - Teri, What beautiful photos! These are also great tips. I agree that keeping things simple when traveling lets you stay alert and open to seeing all the new and wonderful surroundings. I like your minimalist approach!

September 18, 2012 - 4:32 am hannah - dear teri, thank you for this beautiful {!} and very helpful post! i’m going to bali on sunday {my 1st time} for a photoshoot/work/trip.. *smiles* kehen, ~ & gunung kawi temples look stunning, ~ hope we can fit those in ! oh my.. i will keep your words in mind when packing; think even lighter {perhaps both in cloth- items & weight of bag} .. ! thank you all the way from an autumngrey sweden, hannah

September 18, 2012 - 6:52 am Teri Genovese - Hi Hannah - So glad to hear my post was helpful! Enjoy every minute in Bali (i'm sure you will!) If you happen to post some of your photos online, please share the link - I'd love to see!

flashback to Bali..

Ubud, Bali Travel Photograph

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since this amazing trip. In my continual efforts to print and archive my photographs in a meaningful way, I recently decided that the 500+ 4×6 prints filed in a box would not be enough. So, I’m gearing up to make a Fine Art Photo Book …

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hotel tjampuhan / ubud, bali / pure bliss.

Hotel Tjampuhan; Ubud, Bali; Bali Travel Photography

as i look out from our porch, i see nothing but green upon green upon green. our room is called Beji 2 and you enter through the squeaky, traditional Balinese carved doors, which lock from the inside with a simple piece of wood. i feel like i am someplace at another time entirely. someplace imaginary. from the labrynth of stairways leading you every-which-way to the river rushing below, i certainly could never have dreamed of a place quite like this..

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Tea with a Prince + Holy Springs in Amed + A Ceremonial Cock Fight…

Bali Travel Photographs - Prince of Pelitian

this ceremonial cock fight was a very spontaneous stop en route to Amed in the village of Sidemen. i was engulfed by the complexity of it all. there was so much going on in every direction, i hardly noticed the actual ‘cock fight.’

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A Traditional Balinese Market / in Ubud at Sunrise

Traditional Balinese Market, the Ubud Market

it seems so simple, they just ‘do.’ we have a lot to learn.

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June 29, 2011 - 10:44 am Jennie - The passion for your work really comes through in all of your Bali photos, Teri. Very beautiful.

June 29, 2011 - 12:16 pm Teri - Thank you, Jennie. I really appreciate all of your kind, encouraging words!

From Point A to Point B: Bali-Style..

Bali Documentary Photograph, Balinese man with bicycle in Ubud

continuing along in my series of Bali photographs.. here is a glimpse into the Balinese way of traveling about…

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June 16, 2011 - 12:54 pm Jennie - Loving your Bali photos, Teri! So vivid, full of life and spectacularly colorful!

June 16, 2011 - 12:56 pm Teri - So happy you are enjoying them! There are many more posts to come!

Life is an Offering: The Anatomy of a Balinese Prayer Offering..

Bali Documentary Photographs: Balinese Prayer Offerings

the phrase “life is an offering” was painted on the side of a building somewhere between Kuta and Ubud. it caught my eye on our very first day and, in that moment, i knew we were someplace very special.. i couldn’t wait to understand more.

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Welcome to Bali / An Introduction..

Bali Travel Documentary Photographs: Holy Water Temple Prayer, Amed

at 1am on Sunday, May 8th after about 36 hours of travel, we landed in Bali, Indonesia. within the first day alone, i was moved to tears as i absorbed our new surroundings.. struggling with how in the world i would capture the pure magic of this place, these soulful people, and this beautiful culture, unlike any other, in just 10 days..

..but i tried, oh i tried.

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June 21, 2011 - 10:47 am Arnold Margolin - Your blog site was sent to me by Jennie McCashin, who was my next door neighbor in Pasadena, until I moved to NYC in mid-April. She thought I would be interested in your photos, since I spent this past February and March in Bali. I must say, you have certainly captured that aspect you went looking for. Being a comedy writer, I focused more on the ridiculous and the sublime. Anyway, thank you for your photos and commentary and I look forward to hearing and seeing more.

June 21, 2011 - 11:24 am Teri - Hi Arnold - Thank you for your thoughtful comment.. I really appreciate it and would be very interested in reading your comedy writing! I hope you had an amazing time in Bali, as well.

August 1, 2011 - 9:21 am Marnee - Hi Teri -- It's Marnee from Bali Institute. I just returned from my 3 month Bali journey. Which, by the way, didn't feel like enough time to digest or capture it all. Your work is AMAZING! I am so looking forward to following your upcoming posts... Oh how I longed for a "real" camera (and some photography talent) while I was there.