Jordanian Coffee Ducks

Finding a single Duck in the desert is pure luck. Finding many Ducks is hitting the architectural jackpot. Architect Robert Venturi coined the name “Ducks” for these architectural metaphors: buildings that project their purpose in a way that is sure to catch an exhausted driver or a bored child’s attention from the back seat. Typically found along interstates in the United States, it is plain to see that this joyful kitsch has also traveled about the world. Whether you’re on the sixth hour of an interstate drive across the United States with only... Read The Rest →

Family Travel Diary: Wadi Rum, Jordan

  To be faced with your own incredible smallness in a time in the world when all the likes and loves and the ability to swipe from country to country – has us feeling larger than life – is a gift I wish I could give to everyone. Alas, I can only give it to a few. My few. Wadi Rum was, without a doubt, the thing we were most excited about when we learned we were coming to Jordan. With all the Star Wars and Sci-Fi fans in my life,... Read The Rest →

Paris // Family Travel Diary

Paul and I went to Paris for the first time on our honeymoon 13 years ago. It was our first trip over the seas together and it planted something in both of us that has grown. You know how it’s grown, we have hardly been home since. We enjoy the feeling of being completely outside of our comfort zone. In fact, I think we’ve become more comfortable in our discomfort zone than in our comfort zone. We’ve fallen in love with the insulation travel provides our marriage and our precious family.... Read The Rest →

Petra // Family Travel

Petra is just a short, three hour drive, from our home base in Amman. One beautiful, fall Friday we load up and cruise out of town, music on, coffee in hand, while the kids spot dust devils spawning along the horizon from the back seat and the way back seat. Amman is built atop a series of hills and sends you down a luge of sorts each time you head out of town in any direction. You seem to descend to each destination from the center of the city, as if by airplane.... Read The Rest →

Ajloun Olive Harvest

My arrival checklist in a new country, includes cataloging, collecting and sampling all that there is to know about a place. To dig deeper, without being intrusive, to be patient and to know that I have two entire years, where many travelers have just a few days and to simultaneously realize that I only have two years when some people have a lifetime. And just like earning the trust of a child, the relationship of a long staying guest in a new country comes with a certain delicate dance, a shy smile, a kind gesture, a... Read The Rest →

Cheney Rodeo 2017

  I feel like I’m always in a hurry to finish things, but this project has no start and no finish. It began long before I even began my career in photography and will last, long after I am gone. I’ll never grow tired of, or feel rushed by this project, and in that is a great sense of love and of ease. I envision looking back at these photos ten and twenty and more years from now and finding things that look exactly the same, but also marveling at... Read The Rest →

Society of the Four Arts // Palm Beach

I prefer to marvel over the bounty of a person’s garden than a person’s pocketbook. At the level which we are all one, where we tend to nature, from which we all came and raise bounty from mere seeds. We can all be equal when our fingernails and the cracks in our skin are soiled brown from sowing the same earth. I spent 10 years living in Palm Beach County, I’ll admit to times that I wanted it all: the lifestyle, the money and the beautiful, perfectly sculpted hedge wall.... Read The Rest →

The Knowlton Family

To book your own family portrait session email me me at hello@elisehanna.com. I’ll be in the Washington, DC area for the remainder of 2016 and midway into  2017 before we take flight on our next overseas adventure (location TBD!). I’ll be in Spokane, Washington and booking limited portrait sessions from July 12-26, 2016. I look forward to hearing from you!

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